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Mr. Robert Burton Crystal, 87, of Winter Spring, Florida died Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, at his home following a brief illness. Mr. Crystal was born April 21, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Louis and Shirley (Masch) Crystal. Mr. Crystal was a... Full story



We sadly lost our beautiful Molly Belle Todras, 28, of Daytona Beach, Florida, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. Molly was born May 23, 1994 in Syosset, New York. Molly is survived by her loving parents, Jay... Full story


18 notable Jews who died in 2022

(JTA) - Every year brings the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of well-known Jewish icons in every field and to mourn those we have lost. Here are 18 Jews who died in 2022 and who leave ou...


Pioneering news anchor dies

(JTA) - Barbara Walters, the iconic newswoman and celebrity interviewer who made history for women and Jewish anchors on mainstream American news television, died at 93 on Friday, Dec. 30. ABC News, w...


Pope Benedict XVI, who advanced Catholic-Jewish relations, dies at 95

(JTA) - Jewish groups are among those marking the death of Benedict XVI, the Catholic pontiff who died Saturday at 95, a decade after shocking the world by becoming the first pope since the Middle...



Natalie Ann Abramson, age 88, of Longwood, Florida passed away at her home in Village on the Green on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. A native of New York, Natalie was born in the Bronx on July 1, 1934, to Abe and Lillian (Litschitz) Solomon. Natalie... Full story



Miss Rheda Epstein, 77, of Sanford, Florida died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, following a brief illness. Miss Epstein was born May 26, 1945 to the late Dr. Edwin & Sara (Snyder) Epstein. Miss Epstein was a retired librarian and she moved to Sanford in... Full story



Ms. Sylvia First, 97 of Maitland, Florida died Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Savannah Court of Maitland following a brief illness. Ms. First was born May 22, 1925 in Bronx, New York to the late Samuel & Rebecca (Bloom) Benson and moved to the... Full story


Remembering Freddie Roman, a legendary Jewish comedian

(JNS) — Freddie Roman, a Jewish comedian known for his impeccable timing and his performances at Borscht Belt hotels, died on Saturday in Boynton, Florida at 85. He was the creator of the “Catskills on Broadway” musical and one of the...


A community builder, Marc Katzen, dies

Marc Katzen, 82, of Winter Park, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. He was born Feb. 11, 1940, in Sykesville, Pennsylvania, to Margaret Gordon Katzen and Harry Katzen and was the middle of five... Full story



Mrs. Agnes Rosalie Friedman, 95, of Lake Mary died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at AdventHealth Altamonte following a brief illness. Mrs. Friedman was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Max and Esther (Melnick) Don and moved to the Lake... Full story



Gloria Newberger, mother of Nancy Ludin and Craig Newberger, passed away on December 11, 2022. Gloria was born on May 27, 1928. She was a beloved community member and very active in many charities. He... Full story


Engagement Announcement: Violeta Palombo Levy and Derek Grant Silver

Stephen Silver and Sandy Grant of Winter Park, Fla., are pleased to announde the engagement of their son, Derek Grant Silver, to Violeta Palombo Levy, daughter of Isaac and Silvia Palombo of Mexico...



Elliott Jordan Layish, Hebrew name Chaim Moishe Dov Ben Daniel Tzvi, age 22, died in Lake Mary, Fla., on Nov. 26, 2022 - 10 years to the day of his bar mitzvah, according to the Hebrew calendar. Born... Full story


Gloria Yousha passes away

So many people have asked about Gloria Yousha. She has been ill for quite some time and now it is with a heavy heart that we share with our readers, Gloria passed away on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022...



Born on Aug. 30, 1930, Martin M. Prague (Marty) died on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Martin was born in Bronx , NY. He graduated cum laude from CCNY (City College of New York), now known as The Baruch... Full story



Stanley J. Becker, 96, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at his Lake Mary home following a brief illness. Becker was born March 28, 1926, in Jacksonville, Florida, and he was a life long resident of the Orlando area. He was a World War II Army veteran and... Full story



Elaine Disler, 87, died Wednesday, Oct.19, 2022, at her Sanford home following a brief illness. Disler was born April 16, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late Max and Evelyn (Sandler) Palman... Full story


Obituary - DAVID SHIF

David Shif, 84, Bradenton, Florida died Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Hunters Creek Nursing and Rehab Center following a brief illness. Shif was born Aug. 20, 1939, in Belarus to the late Shmuel and Rachel (Rodinski) Shif and moved to Florida in 1978... Full story


Obituary - TESS WISE

Tess Wise, 99, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 at her Orlando home following a brief illness. Wise was born June 6, 1923, in Szydtowiec, Poland, and moved to the Orlando area in 1946 from Chattanooga,... Full story


Pillar of the community, Tess Wise passes

Holocaust Center founder Tess Wise, who as a teen escaped from a Nazi labor camp and who dedicated her life to fighting antisemitism and the ultimate consequences of hate, passed at the age of 99 on...


Obituary - BORIS OFFIR

Mr. Boris Offir, 59, of Orlando, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at Orlando Health following a brief illness. Mr. Offir was born Oct. 31, 1962, in Petach Tikva, Israel to the late Yosef and Tanya... Full story



Ms. Lora Leiser Wolf, 96, of Lake Mary, Florida, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at Advent Health Altamonte following a brief illness. Ms. Wolf was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Witten, Germany, to the late... Full story


Obituary - RACHEL WOLF

Ms. Rachel Wolf, 98, of Oviedo, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs following a brief illness. Ms. Wolf was born May 26, 1924, in Tehran, Iran to the late Baruch abd Shoshanah Karbasi. Ms. Wolf is predeceased by her... Full story



Ms. Barbara Joan Wolpe, 76, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, died Tuesday Oct. 4, 2022, at Orlando Health following a brief illness. Ms. Wolpe was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Paul and Carol (Jacobs) Wolpe. Ms. Wolpe was a... Full story


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