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Hundreds attend funeral for slain college student Blaze Bernstein

January 22, 2018

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Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral service for Blaze Bernstein, 19, a Jewish college student found dead in a park near his parents’ Southern California home after he went missing for nearly a week. The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 15 at University Synagogue in Irvine, California. Hours later, the Orange County Register, citing a [...]

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Alan Sagner, NJ developer who backed liberal and Jewish causes

January 22, 2018

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WHIPPANY, New Jersey (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)—Alan Sagner, a former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a major benefactor of Jewish and liberal causes and the Democratic Party, died Jan. 3 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 97 years old. A real estate [...]

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Kazimierz Piechowski, leader of daring escape from Auschwitz

January 22, 2018

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BERLIN (JTA)—Kazimierz Piechowski, a non-Jewish political prisoner who led a daring escape from the Auschwitz death camp using the stolen car of a Nazi official, has died at 98. Piechowski died last month in Gdansk, Poland. He was one of four men in the escape plan involving stolen SS uniforms and weapons, and, according to [...]

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ROBIN ROGOFF STAR

January 22, 2018

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Columbus , Ohio—Robin Rogoff Star, 65, of Rockville Md., passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, in Columbus, Ohio. She was the daughter of Rena and Jerry Rogoff of Virginia Beach. Robin was the beloved wife of 44 years of Michael; loving mother of Matthew (Sarai) of Columbus and Drew of Jessup, Md.; adored big sister of [...]

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DORENE ZILBER SARFAN

January 22, 2018

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NEWPORT NEWS—Dorene Zilber Sarfan, 88, passed away December 22, 2017. She was a native and lifelong resident of Newport News. She graduated from Newport News High School in February 1946 and attended Mary Washington College. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Irvin E. Nachman, who died while serving in the Korean War, [...]

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SHERMAN LICHTY

January 22, 2018

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Virginia Beach —Sherman “Sherm” Lichty, 87, loving husband, father and Poppa, passed away January 1, 2018. Sherm was born in Norfolk, Va. He graduated from Maury High School in 1948 and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Sherm spent his time between Florida and Virginia with his beloved wife, Elaine. They enjoyed [...]

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JEANETTE WEINER BARDY LEVY

January 22, 2018

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Greensboro , NC—Jeanette Weiner Bardy Levy, 98, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Greensboro. “Jan,” as she was known, was the thoughtful matriarch of an adoring family that includes four children, nine grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Jan was born on November 27, 1919 in Elizabeth, N.J. She married Edward Bardy (z’’l) in 1936 and [...]

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ROSALIA KAPLAN

January 22, 2018

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Virginia Beach —Rosalia Kaplan, 83, of Richmond, formerly of Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017.She was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham Kaplan. She was the beloved mother of her children, Andy Kaplan (Toni) and Lisa Fantasia; beloved grandmother of Tommy Kaplan. Rosalia was born in Holland and was a Holocaust survivor [...]

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JOAN ROTHERNBERG GRIFF

January 22, 2018

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Richmond , Va.—Joan passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Joan was a resident of Richmond at the time of passing. Joanie graduated from John Marshall High School and attended R.P.I. Memorial donations to Keneseth Beth Israel, 6300 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226.

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William John “Bill” Jucksch

December 18, 2017

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A serendipitous meeting in 2011 spurred a meaningful relationship between the Holocaust Commission and Bill Jucksch. We are so grateful that he allowed us to capture his story of liberating Gunskirchen Lager as World War II came to a close. The hour that he, as an impressionable 19 year old, spent in that pit of [...]

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