Archive | June, 2021

Isabel Lohre Blumenthal

June 24, 2021

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Brewster, N.Y.—Isabel Blumenthal passed away on June 14, 2021 in Brewster, N.Y. where she had lived since November 2015. She previously lived in Glen Burnie, Md., Norfolk, Va. and New York City. Isabel Carolyn Lohre was born on May 7, 1929 to Cantor Harvin Lohre and Beatrice Gotthelf Lohre, Manhattan, N.Y. Isabel graduated PS 87 [...]

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Jean Fried Jaffe

June 24, 2021

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Virginia Beach—Jean Fried Jaffe, who asked everyone to call her Mimi, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2021. Married to her college sweetheart Jerry (Pop) for 70 years, Mimi was devoted to family. In her 91 years, she was most proud of their three children: Susan (and husband Alan), Ross (and wife Eve), and Ellen, [...]

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Juliet A. Katz

June 24, 2021

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Virginia Beach—Juliet A. Katz, 100 years old, passed away June 19, 2021. Julie was the daughter of Frank and Josephine Abramson, and she was raised by aunt and uncle Aaron and Ida Levinsky in New York City. As a young woman, Julie attended college, then later worked as a secretary to Samuel David Leidesdorf, founder [...]

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Steve L. Schatzman

June 24, 2021

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Virginia Beach—At age 77, Steve Schatzman passed away June 13, 2021. He is predeceased by his wife Georgia and his children, Shari, Wendy and Marni and grandson Sammy. Funeral services were held in Boca Raton, Fla. with shiva in New York. A commemoration was held in Virginia Beach.

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Janet Malcolm, famed New Yorker writer whose family fled the Nazis

June 24, 2021

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The influential journalist Janet Malcolm, whose family changed their last name after fleeing the Nazis during World War II, died Wednesday, June 16 at 86 of lung cancer. Malcolm, who was known for her incisive interviews and innovative New Journalism style, wrote for The New Yorker since the 1960s and published several collections of essays [...]

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David Dushman, Auschwitz liberator who drove a tank through its fence

June 24, 2021

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David Dushman, a Jewish soldier who liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, died at 98. Dushman died on Saturday, June 5 according to the International Olympic Committee. Dushman drove a tank for the Soviet Army when his division arrived at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland where more than a million Jews were murdered, on [...]

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Herb Sturz, driver of criminal justice reform in New York City and beyond

June 24, 2021

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Herb Sturz, whose extensive career included promoting bail reform and serving as a top deputy to New York City Mayor Ed Koch in the 1970s, has died. Sturz, who was 90, worked with philanthropist Louis Schweitzer in 1961 to found the Vera Institute of Justice, an early effort to advance the idea that those accused [...]

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Birthright Israel is back

June 24, 2021

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Taglit-Birthright Israel is proving it can survive a bout of logistics hiccups such as those presented when tourist travel in and out of Israel is prohibited. Trips may get canceled or re-scheduled, but what’s immune to change is the program’s Why. Existing to connect young Jewish adults to Israel in hopes of fueling self-discovery and [...]

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Ben & Jerry’s stopped using social media after violence erupted in Israel. Why?

June 24, 2021

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(JTA)–Pro-Palestinian activists were swarming the social media comments sections of Ben & Jerry’s to demand the company boycott Israel. In response, Ben & Jerry’s appears to have indeed entered a boycott—of social media itself. The international ice cream brand with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales typically posts to its Twitter, Instagram or [...]

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The Pew study cheat sheet: 10 key conclusions from the new survey of American Jews

June 24, 2021

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Ben Sales (JTA)—Meet America’s Jews: They’re older, more educated, richer, and less religious, on average, than the rest of the country. They’re overwhelmingly white, though Jews under 30 are more diverse. Most of them care about Israel, though one in 10 support the movement to boycott it. Most of their young adults are marrying non-Jews, [...]

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