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Woodstock Festival organizer dies

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Michael Lang, the Jewish co-creator of 1969's legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair, died on Saturday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in Manhattan. He was 77....


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Laren Speigel Barrett will be remembered Jan. 22, 2022, at the Chabad of Altamonte Springs services. Laren moved to Orlando in the early 1970s as a newly wed. She lived most of her adult life in Altamonte Springs, later moving to Port Orange,...


Remembering Bob Saget

(JTA) - Bob Saget, the comedian and actor famous for playing a wholesome sitcom father figure but who never lost his flair for raunchy comedy, has died at 65. Saget died shortly after performing in...



Sally Dreyer Lessure passed away on Jan. 3, 2022, in Orlando. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan on Jan. 18, 1927, the daughter of Jake and Reva Dreyer. Sally lived her adult life and raised her... Full story


From 'The Last Picture Show' to 'The Other side of the Wind,' Bogdanovich faired well

(JTA) - Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated movie director and actor whose films, ego and off-camera exploits encapsulated the personality-driven excesses of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking, has died at...


Tutu identified with Jews, criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinians

(JTA) - Desmond Tutu, the archbishop who identified closely with the historical suffering of the Jewish people in his forceful advocacy against apartheid in South Africa, died Sunday at age 90. Tutu,...


Harry Reid, a pugnacious Senate majority leader with deep Jewish ties, dies at 82

WASHINGTON (JTA) - When Harry Reid was 19, he wanted to marry Landra Gould. Her Jewish parents had other ideas. Reid, a middleweight boxer who converted to the Church of Latter-day Saints as a...



Sheldon M. Blattner, 91, passed away on Dec. 16, 2021. He was born on Aug. 2, 1930, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a celebrated athlete in his youth and earned the nickname "Herky" (Hercules). He... Full story



Jeffrey J.Halperin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 19,1942, and died on Dec. 17, 2021. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Bernard and Ruth Halperin and a sister, Diane Halperin Brown. Jeff leaves... Full story


18 noteworthy Jews who died in 2021

(JTA) - Every year brings the deaths of Jewish icons who leave behind outsized legacies, from the realms of art and culture, government, business, philanthropy and beyond. Here are 18 whom we lost in...



Dr. Morton Arthur Diamond, FACC, FACP, beloved father of Dr. David and Orly Diamond of Winter Park, passed away peacefully at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on Dec. 16, 2021, aged 83. Born in Monticello, N.Y., on June 17, 1938, to the late Paul and... Full story


Mandell made her mark in Orlando

Submitted by the family On Dec. 13, 2021, Sonia Margolis Mandell (known to friends as "Sunny" or family as "Ma"), a beloved wife, mother, and Jewish community leader, passed away peacefully surrounded...


A staunch pioneer in Hebron dies

Israel lost a fearless warrior last Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, when Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, founder and president of the Hesder Yeshivat Nir Kiryat Arba and one of the pioneers of the renewed Jewish...



Submitted by the family It is with a heavy heart we face the passing of Jacqueline Greenblatt in the early morning hours of Dec.10, 2021, after 85 years of life. She was born on July 29, 1936, and was welcomed in the arms of our creator peacefully...



Elli Mae Goodman, 3, of Orlando, Florida, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Aurora, Colorado. Elli was born Jan. 24, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Elli is survived by her parents Michelle Lynn Goodman and... Full story



Gary Frederick Roth, Sr., 88, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed peacefully on Nov. 26, 2021. Gary was born in Fresno, Calif., on Aug. 10, 1933, to Frederick and Ann (Adolph)... Full story



The family of Chris Schafer notes with sadness his sudden and unexpected passing on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Chris was the father of Temple Sinai members Hannah and Sarah Schafer. Chris will also be remembered by his parents, Linda (Sam) Sampieri, Ron... Full story



Joan Sharri Lowy Schwam, age 77, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the hospital with her children by her side. She was born on Aug. 25, 1944, in Brooklyn to... Full story


Ed Shames, 'Band of Brothers' vet who toasted son's bar mitzvah with Hitler's cognac, dies at 99

(JTA) –When Ed Shames described his Jewish self, he used the term “tough SOB.” Shames, the oldest surviving member of the legendary Easy Company parachute infantry regiment, could also have added “patient.” Shames, who died Dec. 3 at age...



Jymmie Lynn Jacobson, a wife, mother, bubbe, aunt, sister, friend, and caregiver for many, died unexpectedly on Nov. 8, 2021, at the age of 58. Jymmie is survived by her parents, James and Patricia... Full story



Elisheva Pinhas Zeira, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 202, in Boca Raton, Fla., with her daughter, Dr. Shelly Fenton-Zeira, by her side. Elisheva was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Tel-Aviv,... Full story


Remembering Joe

Every month stepping in to the Westminster towers in Orlando, I had the opportunity to engage with Joseph Aaronson. Always cheerful, always smiling, always talkative, always positive Joe. Even on days when it was obvious he wasn’t feeling that...


Obituary - DAVID P. NEWMAN

David P. Newman passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, just shy of his 84th birthday, Nov. 20, 1937. David shared his passion for life with his family and many friends. He enjoyed serving his clients...


Jewish comedian Mort Sahl was gifted at offending politicians

(JTA) - Mort Sahl, a Jewish satirist who was credited with making caustic political and social satire popular in stand-up comedy, died Tuesday at 94. Often walking on stage holding just a rolled up ne...



Sybil Biales, 91, formerly of Maitland, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family and loved ones on Oct. 22, 2021, in Southlake, Texas. Sybil is preceded in death by her husband, Maj. Albert Biales, USAF (Ret.) and daughter Sandra Lowson.... Full story


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