Obituaries

Obituaries

Italian-Jewish Nobel Laureate Dies at 103

On Sunday, December 30th, Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian-Jewish Nobel Prize winning neurologist who discovered critical chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerve networks, opening the way for the study of how those processes…

Israel Mourns Former IDF Chief Lipkin-Shahak

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who was the 15th Chief of Staff of the IDF and two-time Citation of Valor awardee, was laid to rest last Thursday at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul. The celebrated soldier – who also served as a…

Ohr Somayach Leader Dies at 79

Born in Poland, Rabbi Weinbach was raised in Pennsylvania, and went to study in New York, earning his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn. He married Sylvie (Sheindel) Lamm, a Belgian war orphan who came to New York…

Mario Modiano, Jewish-Greek Journalist, Dies at 86

Mario Modiano, a Jewish-Greek writer who chronicled some of the most turbulent times of modern Greek history, died November 26 in Athens. He was 86. Modiano was born in Salonica, Greece in 1926 to Sam and Nella (nee Tchenio) Modiano….

Lea Gottlieb, Israeli Fashion Queen, Dies at 94

Lea Gottlieb, the Israeli swimwear fashion designer who survived the Holocaust, died on November 17 in Tel Aviv. She was 94. Born in Sajószentpéter, Hungary, she was planning to study chemistry. During Germany’s occupation of Hungary in the mid-1940s, her…

Former Senator Arlen Specter Dead at 82

Arlen Specter, the former Pennsylvania senator who switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party, died at his home in Philadelphia on October 14. The cause was complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his son Shanin said. Specter had previously fought Hodgkin’s…

Legendary Songwriter Hal David Passes Away

Four weeks after the death of Marvin Hamlisch, the music world has lost another Jewish legend. Hal David, whose partnership with Burt Bacharach produced some of the most memorable pop songs of the last fifty years, died at age 91…