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  • 'Dr. Ruth,' dies at 96

    Andrew Silow-Carroll|Jul 19, 2024

    (JTA) - Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive Holocaust survivor and Israeli military veteran who charmed and educated millions of listeners as the taboo-breaking radio sex therapist "Dr. Ruth," died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 96. Her program, "Sexually Speaking,'" which launched in 1980 on the now defunct WYNY-FM, broke broadcasting taboos about talking about sex and helped make her the most famous sex therapist in the world - albeit one with a motherly demeanor and thick German...


    Jul 12, 2024

    Eme Margolis Chaikin, 95, passed away at home peacefully and surrounded by her loving family, June 22, 2024. She was born in Philadelphia PA., the daughter of Sylvia and Jabob (Lou) Steriss on Nov. 2, 1928. Eme is survived by her children, Maxine Spadaro and spouse, Eugene; Jeffrey Margolis and spouse, Rachel; and Shirley Mayor; grandchildren, Jaimie Dunnick and spouse, Brandon; great-grandchildren, Claire and Benjamin; Stephanie Spadaro, Ollie and Charlie; Jeremy Margolis and spouse, Nicole;... Full story

  • Morrie Markoff, Jewish supercentenarian and oldest man in US, dies at 110

    Andrew Silow-Carroll|Jun 21, 2024

    (JTA) — Morrie Markoff, who was born to Jewish parents in an East Harlem tenement in 1914 and lived to become what was believed to be the oldest man in the United States, died June 3 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 110. Markoff’s remarkable lifespan was matched by his remarkable lucidity: After he turned 100, Markoff became an avid blogger and author and saw his scrap metal sculpture exhibited at a Los Angeles gallery. His memoir, “Keep Breathing: Recollections from a 103-year-old,” was published in 2017. The Brain Donor Project, a nonprof... Full story

  • Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, global leader of Chabad movement, dies at 74

    Jun 21, 2024

    (JNS) — Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, a key figure in the global Jewish community and pioneer of Jewish life around the globe, died on June 4. He was 74 years old, just days shy of his 75th birthday. As vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch (the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement), he played a crucial role in the growth of the Chabad network worldwide. Entrusted by the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—Kotlarsky oversaw the establishment of thousands of Jewish centers, guiding shluchim (or “emissaries”) through the...

  • Obituary - YVETTE BRESSLER

    Jun 14, 2024

    Yvette Wentziger Bressler, 85, passed away peacefully in Winter Park, Fla., on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Yvette born Aug. 12, 1938, to Simone and Francoise Wentziger in Paris, France. She graduated from Girls Latin High School 1956 and attended Mary Brooks College for interior decor, both in Boston. She married her husband of 60 years, Sidney W. Bressler, in 1960 in Cambridge, Mass., after meeting at their place of work at Gilchrist Department Store in Boston. In 1959, Yvette moved to Orlando, to b... Full story


    Jun 14, 2024

    Mrs. Carol Ann Strasberg, 77, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 25, 2024, at her Longwood, Florida home following a brief illness. Mrs. Strasberg was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Sharon, Pennsylvania to the late Gerald and Nancy (Jordan) McDaniel of blessed memory. Mrs. Strasberg was a retired stewardess for Eastern Airlines. Mrs. Straberg is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, James “Jim” Strasberg of Longwood, Florida; loving son, Jordan Strasberg of Orlando, Florida; beloved sister, Bar... Full story

  • Jewish-American tunesmith behind Disney classics dies at 95

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — Acclaimed songwriter Richard M. Sherman, who along with his late brother Robert crafted the iconic melodies for Disney cinematic gems such as “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Jungle Book,” died on Saturday aged 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills due to age-related illness. One of the most prolific composer-lyricists in the history of family entertainment and a key member of Walt Disney’s inner circle of creative talents, Richard garnered nine Academy Award nominations (winning two Oscars for his...

  • Obituary - HOWARD KICHLER

    Jun 7, 2024

    Howard Kichler, passed away on May 20, 2024 (Iyar 12, 5784). Born in Chicago, Il., Howard Kichler moved to Central Florida from Tampa in 1967. He received a BSEd from the University of Tampa, and a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He worked in both retail and hospital pharmacy for over 50 years, receiving recognition from both the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, and the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 50 years of service. He was given Lifetime honorary membership by the Florida Board of Pharmacy; the American Pharmacists A... Full story


    Jun 7, 2024

    Arthur Richard Louv, Esq., aged 78, of Maitland, Florida passed away peacefully on May 29, 2024. Arthur lived a life marked by service, dedication and unwavering integrity. He was a proud graduate of St. John’s University and Vanderbilt University Law School. His academic achievements laid the foundation for a distinguished career in law, characterized by a profound commitment to his clients and a steadfast adherence to ethical principles. Before embarking on his legal career, Arthur served h... Full story


    Jun 7, 2024

    Mrs. Frances “Fritzy” Solomon, 91, of Clermont, Florida passed away peacefully Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Inspired Living Ocoee surrounded by family following a brief illness. Mrs. Solomon was born June 21, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Alex and Betty (Meyerowitz) Friedenthal. Mrs. Solomon moved to the Central Florida area in 1985 from New York with her late husband Richard H. Solomon of blessed memory. Mrs. Solomon is survived by her loving daughters, Blanche Solomon of York, South Carolina, Dr. Maris (Cantor Doug) Ramsay of Cle... Full story


    Jun 7, 2024

    Beatrice Susan Travitsky, age 83, died peacefully with her children by her side on May 24, 2024, under the care of Advent Health Hospice. Bea was born Sept. 17, 1940, in Queens, New York and was the daughter to Fay and Adolf (Ricky) Weinberger. Bea spent her childhood in Jackson Heights, New York. She graduated from Newtown High School in Queens at the top of her class. Bea worked in the Garment District in New York City and met Larry Travitsky through friends while he was still in the army.... Full story

  • Obituary - MARION SILKES

    May 31, 2024

    Mrs. Marion Silkes, 93, of Leesburg, Florida passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Avante of Leesburg following a brief illness. Mrs. Silkes was born July 25, 1930, in Berlin, Germany to the late Hans Werner and Gerta (Trakatsch) Munk. Mrs. Silkes moved to the Orlando area from Bowie, Maryland in 1987 with her late husband, Leonard Silkes, of blessed memory. She was a retired bank teller for Bank of America. Mrs. Silkes is survived by her beloved and devoted sisters, Edna Wulff of Melville, New... Full story

  • Obituary - MIKHAIL FISHER

    May 17, 2024

    Mr. Mikhail Fisher, 83, of Casselberry, Florida passed away peacefully Friday, May 3, 2024, at Advent Health Orlando following a brief illness. Mr. Fisher was born May 9, 1940, in Bershad, Ukraine to David and Buzya (Berman) Fisher of blessed memory. Mr. Fisher is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Alla (Berner) Fisher of Casselberry, Florida; devoted children - daughter, Svetlana (Anatoliy) Veksler of Casselberry, Florida; and son, Aleksandr Fisher of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Naum...

  • Obituary - IRMA DUBOWSKY

    May 10, 2024

    Written by her daughter, Jacqueline Dubowsky Irma Dubowsky (née Manecofsky) passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024, of natural causes at her home at Allegro, in Winter Park, Fla. She was 98. Irma was born on Nov. 15, 1925, in Dorchester, Mass., the first child of Joseph and Bella Manecofsky (née Linsky). Irma loved fashion, and she continued to dress impeccably all her life. Even at 98 she still dressed for dinner every night, put on make-up, and had her hair and nails done every week. Irma h... Full story

  • Obituary - EDITH FENSTER

    May 10, 2024

    Mrs. Edith Fenster, 94, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024, at her Lake Mary home following a brief illness. Mrs. Fenster was born May 22, 1929, in New York, New York to the late Abraham & Bella (Lifschitz) Krochek. She and her husband, Charles Fenster of blessed memory, moved to the Orlando area in 1959 from New York. Mrs. Fenster is survived by her devoted sons, Mark (Lynn) Fenster of Longwood, Florida and Bruce Fenster of Massapequa, New York; and brother, Barney Krochek of Long Island, New York. Funeral Services for Mrs. Fenster were held... Full story


    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Mr. Melvin Bernstein, 87, passed away peacefully Friday, April 12, 2024, at his Mount Dora, Florida home following a brief illness. Mr. Bernstein was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Harold and Sabina (Kaplan) Bernstein of blessed memory. He was the owner of Melcolor Labs and a United States Army veteran. Mr. Bernstein is survived by his wife Elaine (Nadler) Bernstein of Mount Dora, Florida; daughter, Melanie (Danny) Hirschberger of Sorrento, Florida;... Full story


    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Philip Fleishman, 58, of Orlando, Florida, entered into eternal rest Monday, April 8, 2024. Philip was born July 17, 1965, in Richmond, Virginia, son of Audrey Shipper Fleishman and the late Herman “Sandy” Fleishman of blessed memory. He was a graduate of University of South Carolina and the owner of Fleishman and Associates accounting firm in Winter Park, Florida. Philip served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He was a classic car enthusiast, enjoyed playing the guitar but above all he was a devoted family man. Phi... Full story

  • Obituary - CLAIRE MERCER

    May 3, 2024

    By her son, Dr. Lane Mercer Claire Mercer, a long-standing Orlando area resident, passed away after a brief illness on April 9, 2024 (1 Nisan 5784). She was 95 years old. Claire was born at the beginning of the Great Depression and spent most of her childhood in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up during the Depression, her childhood was difficult. She would joke that times were so tough her parents could not afford a middle name for her. A graduate of Weehawken High School in Newark, circumstances prevented her from pursuing a career in journalism... Full story


    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Michael Eric Rochkind, 69, died Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Born May 3, 1954, in Winter Haven, Fla., son of the late George Rochkind and Esther Rochkind; brother of Arthur Rochkind and Carole Rochkind Lieberman. Michael Rochkind lived in Richmond, Virginia for the majority of his childhood. He attended and graduated from Averett College (University) in June of 1975 and married his high school sweetheart, Marci Sue Pinchefsky, June 1, 1975. They lived in Danville, Virginia... Full story


    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Paula Ann Jurin Roth left us on April 15, 2024, at the age of 78. The world has truly lost one of a kind. Paula was born in Portsmouth, Va., on Dec. 21, 1945, to Sareta and Yale Jurin. Growing up in Richmond, her family was always at the center of a large circle of friends… friends who felt more like family. Apart from the happy times spent in Richmond, Paula and her sisters also formed lifelong memories during their summers spent at Camp White Mountain in West Virginia. P... Full story


    Apr 26, 2024

    Zelda Kolodner Siskind passed away on April 22, 2024. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Melvin Siskind. For anyone who has ever listened to Zelda's phone answering message, you know that Zelda lives on in the "home of the angels." Zelda, the daughter of Morris and Belle Cohen Kolodner, was born Nov. 27, 1928 in Macon Georgia. She graduated from Miller High School and attended the University of Georgia. Married on Nov. 14, 1948, Zelda and Melvin moved to Sanford where they... Full story

  • Obituary - ARNOLD ZAREK

    Apr 26, 2024

    Written by Mike and Helaine Zarek It is with deep sadness that we let you know that our deeply loved father, Arnold Zarek, passed away on April 14, 2024 at the age of 94. Born in 1929 to Herman and Rose of Lafayette, Ind., his favorite subject in school was math and the relatively new technology of radio and electronics. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, attaining the rank of corporal and entering the Signal Corps (Radio School). He completed his tour of duty at the Pentagon. After... Full story

  • Obituary - LINDA MAYER

    Apr 19, 2024

    Written by Susan Zimmon Linda Mayer, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, and a resident of Village on the Green in Longwood, Florida, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the age of 81. Linda was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Longwood, Florida after enjoying 65 years living in the mid-Hudson valley in New York. She is survived by her husband, Gary; her children, Susan (Robert) Zimmon and Bill (Melissa) Mayer; as well as her grandchildren - Jessica, Sam, Sabrina, and Melissa. Linda wa... Full story

  • Obituary - MAURICE SALAMY

    Apr 19, 2024

    Written by Maurice Salamy Mr. Maurice Samuel Salamy, 101, of Orlando, Florida passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Advent Health Apopka following a brief illness. Mr. Salamy was born April 4, 1923, in New York, New York to the late Samuel & Suzanne (Haddad) Salamy. He moved to the Orlando area in 1962 and retired as an Electronics Engineer after 22 years with Martin Marietta. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years Sally Salamy who passed away July 26, 2015, at the age of 103. He and his wife Sally have been members of Congregation... Full story

  • Joseph Lieberman, first Jew on a major presidential ticket, dies at 82

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 5, 2024

    (JTA) – Joseph Lieberman, a longtime senator from Connecticut who as Al Gore's running mate in 2000 became the first Jewish member of a major presidential ticket, died Wednesday. He was 82. A statement sent to former staffers and reported widely said Lieberman had suffered complications from a fall. A moderate - some would say conservative - Democrat turned independent, Lieberman was known for his attempts to build bridges in an increasingly polarized Washington, sometimes losing old friends a...

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