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Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

April 14, 2017

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NEW YORK (JTA)—Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died Thursday, April 6 at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Bald and squat, Rickles [...]

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Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose ‘Babi Yar’ exposed anti-Semitism

April 14, 2017

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Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, best known for his poem commemorating the slaughter of Jews by the Nazis at the Ukrainian ravine known as Babi Yar, has died at 84. Yevtushenko died Saturday, April 1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had been a faculty member at the University of Tulsa since the mid-1990s. Babi Yar, written [...]

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MORRIS SILVERSTEIN

April 14, 2017

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Virg inia Beach —Morris Silverstein 94, passed away on March 31, 2017. His funeral took place at Woodlawn Funeral Home, with Cantor Elihu Flax officiating.

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LARRY B. KURZER

April 14, 2017

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Norfolk —Larry (nee Lawrence) Bennett Kurzer passed away in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on March 10, 2017. The 63-year-old Norfolk native was the devoted son of Lillian Traub Kozak, the late Phillip Kurzer and step-son of the late Norman Kozak. Larry attended the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and Wilson High School [...]

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AUGUSTA S. GOODMAN

April 14, 2017

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Virginia Beach —Augusta Straus Goodman, born in Richmond, Virginia on May 10, 1917, passed away peacefully early Friday, March 31 with loved ones on either side, just six weeks before her 100th birthday. She is the daughter of the late Aubrey and Wilma Straus of Richmond. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 67 [...]

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Historian Elliott Horowitz, expert on Jewish violence

March 31, 2017

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Elliott Horowitz, the author of Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence—considered the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence—has died. Horowitz, who taught early modern Jewish history at two Israeli universities, died suddenly on Saturday, March 18 of a heart attack. He was 64. Reckless Rites is the first book to fully acknowledge [...]

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Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, who earned doctorate 80 years after Nazis’ denial

March 31, 2017

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Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a German neonatologist who passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis, has died at 104. She reportedly died Thursday, March 23 in Berlin. A funeral will be held in the German capital in May. Syllm-Rapoport, a former professor of pediatrics and head of [...]

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LEV SHIKHMAN

March 31, 2017

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Virginia Beach—Captian Lev Shikhman, Soviet Naval Engineer, Retired, weighed anchor Friday, March 24, 2017 to rendezvous with his beloved wife, Roza in God’s Heaven to complete one of the greatest love stories of life. Born May 31, 1924 in Russia, Lev was destined as a mathematical genius to become an engineer under the Soviet military [...]

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HARRIET SEMEL ORLEANS

March 31, 2017

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Norfolk —Harriet Semel Orleans passed away at home on March 16, 2017. She was the daughter of Sarah Coplon Semel and was born on November 9, 1925. She was predeceased by her husband Howard Orleans, her daughter Dana Kishter, and her brother, Sidney Semel. Harriet is survived by her children Barry (Susan) and Roy (Lorna) [...]

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JULIUS I. MARCUS

March 31, 2017

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Portsmouth —Julius Marcus passed away reluctantly and fighting for every breath at Sentara Heart Hospital on Saturday March 25, begging for the chance to “get out of here and go home.” Born on January 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Meyer and Rebecca Marcus, one of six children. He was predeceased by [...]

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