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Mrs. Bernice Wexler Diamond, 97, Altamonte Springs, Florida passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at Advent Health Hospice Care following a brief illness. Mrs. Wexler Diamond was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Louis and... Full story


20 Jewish celebrities who died in 2023

By Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Jewish communal mourning was defined in large part this year by Oct. 7. But other notable losses occurred throughout the year, of people who have left outsized legacies on politics, the arts, sports and everything in b...


Conservative Judaism's flagship in mourning

(JTA) - The Jewish Theological Seminary community is in mourning after three revered scholars long associated with the Conservative movement flagship died within days of each other. Rabbi Israel...


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...


Six prominent Holocaust survivors have died in Europe over the past month

(JTA) - The constant stream of breaking news about American politics and the coronavirus pandemic has hidden a sobering fact: Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives...



Submitted by the family Charles B. Rosner, 85, of Kissimmee, Fla., passed away Feb. 6, 2019. He was our dad—a man of ageless stories and quip answers that made one think then laugh, and he most always brought the discussion back to his hometown of B... Full story


Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ founder, dies

(JTA)-To the many employees and partners of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his rel... Full story



Louis Roche Brandes, age 94, of Orlando passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Brandes was born in Bacau, Romania on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Joseph and Ioila Brandes. He complete his medical studies initially... Full story



Theresa Braun, age 56, of Orlando, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, surrounded by her family. A native of New York, she was born on Feb. 16, 1962, to Jack and Josephine Panullo Gehebe. Theresa graduated from high school and... Full story



Submitted by the family Marion Daitzman, predeceased by her husband, Ira Daitzman of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2019, at the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She was 84. Marion was born April 30, 1934,... Full story



Harriet G. Katz, age 98, of Lake Mary, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Oakmont Village at Lake Mary. A New York native, she was one of twin daughters born on Oct. 19, 1920, to the late Abraham and Cecelia Kaufman Gross. Harriet... Full story



Written by her nephew, Joel Kresner Elaine Rose Regenstreich Starn, 89, passed away on Jan. 12, 2019, after a long Illness. She was a patient at La Posada Memory Care Unity, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Elaine was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Nov. 14,... Full story


Obituary - HARRY STARR

Harry Starr, age 96, of Lake Mary, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Mr. Starr was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 10, 1922, the only child of... Full story



Rita H. Weissmann, age 88, of Lake Mary, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. A native of New York City, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Ruth Bloom Grober. Rita was a accomplished... Full story


Obituary - RUTH KLEIN

Ruth “Cookie” Klein, age 88, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Horizon Bay Lake Orienta in Altamonte Springs. Ruth was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Morris and Sarah Reiner Himelfarb. A hom... Full story


Obituary - ROUBEN SAMI

Rouben Sami, age 97, of Winter Park, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Westminster Towers – Winter Park. A New York City native, he was born on Aug. 15, 1921, to the late Samuel and Regina Bivas Sami. He was a college graduate and worked a... Full story


Obituary-LANA FINK

Lana Fink, age 78, of Clermont, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Quality Health Care Center Hospice in Winter Garden. A native of Baku, Azerbaijan, she was the only daughter and one of four children born to the late Lazar... Full story


Carol Channing, the original star of 'Hello Dolly!,' dies at 97

(JTA)-Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the... Full story



Nicholas Robert Pinansky passed away on Jan. 8, 2019 at the age of 35. He was born in San Diego, California, to his mother, Lisa Turano Wojcik, and father, Don Pinansky. Nicholas was a senior web designer for uBreakiFix in Orlando, Fla. He was a... Full story


Obituary - Judy Gerson Schreiber

Judy Gerson Schreiber of Canton, Ga., formerly of Maitland, Fla., passed away on Jan. 12, 2019. She was 71. Judy was born to the late Robert Gerson and Sadie Schwartz Gerson on Aug. 17, 1947, in Macon... Full story


Moshe Arens dies at 93

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Moshe Arens, a veteran Israeli politician and defense minister under three prime ministers, has died. Arens, who first hired Benjamin Netanyahu and is credited with helping him get... Full story


Georges Loinger, French Resistance fighter, dies

(JTA)—Georges Loinger, a member of the French Resistance during World War II who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, has died. Loinger died on Friday in Paris at the age of 108, France’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation confirmed on its we... Full story


Amos Oz is dead at 79

(JTA)-Amos Oz, one of Israel's most widely read and best-known writers, has died. He was 79. The cause was cancer, the Israeli media reported. Barely older than the country he chronicled in dozens of... Full story


Some of the inspiring Jews we lost in 2018

By Gabe Friedman (JTA)-The end of every year brings the grim task of rounding up the prominent Jews who passed away over the previous 12 months. But in doing so, we are able to pay tribute to their... Full story



Ruth Borenstein, age 94, of Apopka, passed away peacefully at her residence on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. A native of New York City, she was born on Oct. 19, 1924, to the late Hyman and Ethel Siegel Schreier. Ruth, a high school graduate and... Full story


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