A nefarious virus has taken the beloved people from our midst. May their families be comforted, may our memories of them and their good deeds and mitzvot serve as a blessing, a prayer.
As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks prayed on Monday, March 30, 2020 during a video chat: God on high, Please be with us all in the hour of trauma. Extend to us your love, remove from us all hate. Let us be joined, in this time of trial, in our sense of belonging to one another, and help us, when all this is over, to build a better, more just, and safer world.
And from Father Michael Graham, S.J.: May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Mr. Michele (Micky) Sciama, a former secretary-general of the Jewish Community of Milan, Italy passed away at age 79. Weeks earlier he was preparing for the annual gala fundraiser for the Jewish community. He is survived by his wife, Viviane, and two daughters, Dalia and Stefania
Larry Rasky, of Boston, an influential consultant to for U.S. Vice President and Presidential candidate Joe Biden, and an active leader of Jewish groups, passed away at 69.
Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue’s (London) much loved and admired Rabbi Neil Kraft has died after contracting coronavirus. Boston born and bred, Rabbi Kraft studied at HUC and graduated from Leo Baeck. He was preparing to retire this year, and took ill after leading a Shabbat service livestream last week. He leaves a wife and two sons.
Songwriter Alan Merrill (Allan Preston Sachs), who wrote “I Love Rock n Roll”, 70, succumbed to the virus
Feliks Ogorodnik, 88, and his wife, Dr. Luiza, 84, died Saturday at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois. The Skokie couple who were born in the Ukraine died hours apart. They worshiped at the Beth Emet shul in Evanston.
Harav Uri Ashkenazi, the Stanislaver Rebbe of London, died in London at 76. He was the son of Harav Meshulam Yissachar Ashkenazi, and was the son in law of the Nadvorna-Hadera Rebbe
Maurice Bidermann, a French textile magnate and Holocaust survivor, died in Paris. He was 87. He once held licenses for brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. During WWII, he was hidden in France in Marseilles, but discovered after about 18 months, but since he was 11, a local Vichy authority sent him to a hospital instead of a death camp.
Rabbi Mordechai Gurary, a prominent Torah scholar who served as the rabbi of the Chevra Shas synagogue in the Crown Heights, succumbed at 84
Maurice Berger, a writer and respected Jewish Museum curator, 63, died of the coronavirus
Alan Finder, 72, an award winning New York Times journalist and editor and respected mentor to other reporters.
Norman Feinberg, a leader in the menswear industry and 1290 Sixth Avenue, a co-founder of a synagogue in Westchester County, NY (Westchester Reform Temple) and Albert Einstein Medical Center, and active with the UJA.
Rabbi Andre Touboul, Paris, 64, a rabbi affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, who led one of France’s most prestigious high schools – Bath Hanna
Sidney Siegal, Long ISland, NY, 92, a pioneer in the ad products industry.
Robert M. (Bobby, Bob-O) Weintraub, a NY philanthropist
Mordi Arazi, Milan. An important figure of the Jewish community of Milan, former Councilor of CEM, supporter of various Jewish entities and Parnas. of Tempio Yoseph Tehillot di via dei Gracchi
Rabbi Yehuda Yaakov Refson, a Chabad emissary to Leeds, England, who led part of the community for over 40 years, died of the coronavirus at 73
Michael Sorkin, an NYC-based architect and author that prioritized sustainability, 81, succumbed to complications from the virus.
Judith Lowin, Riverdale/Bronx, NY, 75, retired nurse.
Actor Mark Blum, 69, who recently starred in the TV show “You,” died on March 26 from health complications related to the coronavirus.
Sociologist William Helmreich, 74, succumbed to coronavirus on Saturday, March 28. An esteemed professor at the City University of New York, he authored more than 12 books, including “The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of Orthodox Jewry” in 1982, and my favorite, a portrait of him in The New Yorker, titled “The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in New York City.” Contact the Great Neck Synagogue for details
Daniel Azulay, Brazil’s most famous children’s performer, entertainer, artist and educator, died March 27 at 72 in Rio de Janeiro of complications from cancer and coronavirus. He is famous for “Turma do Lambe-Lambe” which you can find on Youtube. Born in Rio de Janiero, he was a descendant of the founding members of Rio’s first Sephardic synagogue, and at 21, he participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Rabbi Avrohom Hakohen Cohn – who saved 56 Jewish families during the Shoah, and recently delivered an invocation in Congress, died at 92, from coronavirus. Known as Romi, he was a real estate developer on Staten Island, an author, and a rabbi. He was also a mohel who led over 3,000 ritual circumcisions.
Krzysztof Penderecki, one of Europe’s most famous composers, 86, died in Krakow, Poland. Although not a member of the Jewish faith, he witnessed he served as a lifelong witness to the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in his hometown of D?bica during World War II. One of his earliest compositions – the “Death Brigade” – was composed for the 20th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
Shoshana Davis, 35, Park Ridge, NJ, founder of @WanderlustonaShoestring and a nonprofit professional
Yechiel Leibowitz of Monsey, NY. His son is one of the coordinators of Boro Park Hatzolah.
Yaakov Shmuel Freilach, 66, of Brooklyn, NY. He served as an Administrator of the Krula Yeshiva. His brother is NYPD police chaplain, Rabbi Beirish Freilach.
Mordechai Mendel Wieder, 90, of Brooklyn, NY.
Safra Spilman, 78, of Brooklyn’s Satmar community
Giorgio Sinigaglia, engineer, Milan, il Bene fatto in silenzio. Scrivi il tuo saluto
Moshe Grunwald, of Brooklyn, NY. Moshe survived of Auschwitz and was liberated 75 years ago. He was a direct descendant of the “Arugas Habosem”.
Arish Schwartz, 62 of Kiryas Yoel in Orange County, NY
Ruben “Berco” Bercovich, 59, Resistencia, Chaco province, Argentina. head of Bercomat, which employed over 950 people.Also a leader of the I.L. Peretz school and the Hebraica sports club (He participated in the Maccabiah games).
Yosef Hirsch, 92, of Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY
Efry Levy Azizoff unforgettable husband, father, business owner, 66, a trader and businessman in precious stones, a great traveler, former President and currently Treasurer of Noam and of the Persian Community of Milan
Andrea Finzi, a gentle man, still young, killed in a few days by the coronavirus passed away in Milan. After a life dedicated to the family and to work in the family jewelry business, he was a frequent visitor to the activities of Attivi da Casa and partner of the New Conference
Binyomin Abramowitz, 42, of Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Yosef Tzvi Klein, 50, of Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY
Shmuel Landau, 90, of Brooklyn, NY. A member of the Bobover community
Yossel Czapnik, 72, of Lakewood, NJ
Yerachmiel “Rick” Beiles of Chicago.
Zevi Halberstam, 44, of NY
Rabbi Michoel Tzvi Fettman died at the young age of 39. Leaving a wife and nine children.
Rabbi Berl Kohn, 95 years old.
Rabbi Aharon Leib Schneid.
Rabbi Yeshaya Englard, 66 years old.
Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Katz, (Boro Park-Linden), 71 years old.
Rabbi Yisroel (Izzy) Fogel ZL from Boro Park.
Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Schmidt,, one of the owners of the Paskez Candy company.
Rabbi Yitzchok Banash. He was 50 years old.
Rabbi Dovid Don Reiss, 77-years-old, and a prominent Belzer Chosid.
Rabbi Aharon Hersh Kleinman.
Rabbi Yitzchak Warman, 91 years old. Comptroller of Women’s League.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Grossman, age 65, leaving behind his wife Leah and six children.
Rabbi Aryeh Roth, an elder Sanzer Hassid who recently moved to Boro Park from Bnei Brak.
Rabbi Yisroel Menachem Rosenberg, 70 years old. Shamash in Swan Lake Shul.
Rabbi Dovid Farkash.
Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Hoenig, 48 years old.
Rabbi Boruch Hersh Feder, 73 years old, a long-time Satmar teacher of Williamsburg.
Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Freund.
Rabbi Slomo Zev Fried.
Rabbi Yechiel Michel Rosenfeld.
Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Kahana.
Rabbi Mordechai Mendel Gutman, 55 years old.
Rabbi Shimon Susholtz, Mora D’asra of Cong Keren Orah in Kensington.
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Speigel, Ostrov-Kalishiner Rebbe
Rabbi Yisroel Yechezkel Plutchok, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Derech Chaim, upper 78
Rabbi Moishe Leifer
Rabbi Avrohom Eliezer Gordon. Long time Rabbi at Yeshiva Bais Dovid of Monsey.
Rabbi Avraham Levi Bressler, Rosh Chaburah and mechaber of seforim.
Rabbi Chaim Weil.
Rabbi Lipa Friedrich, Monsey, 39 years old
Rabbi Pinchos Tzvi Elimelech Goldminzer, New Square
Rabbi Gershon Sabel, Executive at Yedei Chesed for a special needs community in Monsey.
Rabbi Menachem Mordechai Nissim, age 69.
Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Dovid Konikov , Rabbi for many years at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, age 58.
Rabbi Nachman Morgan, Los Angeles, CA, a leader at the Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn Torah Emes Academy.
Rabbi Avraham Yechiel Krauss, 67 years old, Montreal.
Rabbi Uri Ashkenazi, London
Rabbi Masoud Chumu, Age 72, Paris
Rabbi Masoud Tovol, Age 60, Paris
Rabbi Yitzchok Steinberg of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Longtime Rebbe At Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn
Gladys “Gaby” Davis, West Bloomfield, Michigan, the first virus related death in Detroit’s Jewish community.
Boruch Aharon Zilberman, 63, Montreal
Betzalel Bertram, 70, Brooklyn. An owner of the Bertram Food Company.
Elya Gelbert, Brooklyn, 91, a Holocaust survivor, he was one of the elder and Choshuvim of the Gerrer Chassidim.
Beirish Berger, Brooklyn, 75.
Rabbi Chaim Yechezkel Shraga Dahan, Brooklyn, 54. A Rebbi at Yeshivat Shaare Torah in Flatbush.
Steve Steiner, 75, fan of the NY Yankees and the former longtime Director of PR for the Orthodox Union.
Yosef Zundel Motzen, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 91, a Holocaust survivor.
Betzalel Kahan, 90, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A survivor of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. The longtime administrator of the Tzelihm Cheder.
Mordechai (Mottel) Leib Chein, 82, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Zelig Gottlieb, 71, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a member of the Chabad community
Rabbi Zev “Zeev” Rothschild, owner of NPGS supermarkets in Lakewood, NJ, passed away on his 63rd birthday
Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ songwriter, Poughkeepsie, NY 52. The acclaimed singer-songwriter had an award-winning second career writing songs for film, theater and television.
Lorena Borjas, a celebrated Transgender Immigrant Activist, 59, NYC. She was a frequent volunteer at the Transgender Law Clinic at Manhattans’s CBST Congregation Beth Simchat Torah synagogue. She helped transgender women deal with human trafficking, health issues and possible deportation.
Ronald David Bayfield, North Finchley, London, UK, 95, a retired educator
Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Mendel Margolis, Sgan Rosh Yeshiva Torah Temimah, 65, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY (a nephew of the Beirach Moshe of Satmar)
Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Aharon Walkin, 54, Lakewood, NJ. A Talmid Chochom and a Rov in a Shul in Lakewood, and was the Rosh Yeshiva of Ohel Simcha Queens.
Aron Halpern, 92, born in Krakow, Poland, Mr. Halpern survived the Holocaust and thrived in the United States and Hollywood, Florida. Brother of the late Rabbi Jacob Halpern of Kentucky
Rabbi / Dayan Osher Yaakov Westheim of Manchester, England, UK. 75. Dayan on the Manchester Beth Din. He established Yeshivas Ezras Torah in Manchester in September 1995.
Immanuel Chanuka, 84, of Copenhagen, Denmark, who was famous for his visits to hospital patients to food deliveries to those discharged from medical centers.
Avrohom Aharon Rubashkin, 92, Of Brooklyn – a philanthropist and the leader of America’s kosher poultry dynasty. Born in the USSR, his family fled Nevel when the Nazis occupied the town and settled in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. After the war, in Paris, he became a butcher. Immigrating to NYC, he opened Lieberman & Rubashkin Glatt Kosher Butchers on 14th Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, which morphed into the famed Agriprocessors – the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the USA, headquartered in Postville, Iowa.
Rabbi Hyman (Hy) Arbesfeld. Philanthropist, Educator, Hotelier. Major Benefactor of Yeshiva University in New York City
Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Matis Blum of Queens, NY. Rabbi of Congregation Torah Lodaas in Queens. Author of weekly Divrei Torah called “Torah Lodaas.”
Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Dovid Olewski, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Gerrer Yeshiva in Boro Park, Brooklyn. 70s
Rabbi Meir Rokeach, 78, Posek and the Kozlover Rebbe, Boro Park, Brooklyn, the son of the previous Kozlover Rebbe, HaRav Moshe Rokeach. A son-in-law of the famed Gaon and Tzaddik, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Grunberger of Pressburg. His funeral on SUnday April 5 had to be broken up by the police in Boro Park when mourners broke the law.
Hagaon Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Littman of Monsey, NY, 71. Was the senior maggid shiur at Yeshiva Ohel Torah in Monsey
Irving Carter, 76, a former property developer and very quiet philanthropist. Used his family foundation, the Locker Foundation, UK, to donate to many charities, but principally was a supporter of Magen David Adom UK and Norwood, the children’s charity based in London. The Carters also funded a youth centre at St John’s Wood Synagogue, named for Irving Carter’s mother, Sylvia, and co-sponsored DCafe, an initiative of the Jewish Deaf Association. Two years ago they opened a medical clinic in Israel for children with acute disabilities, again named for Mr Carter’s mother.
Hagaon Harav Rabbi Shlomo Elazar Wulliger, 81, was the youngest son of the illustrious Rabbi Mordechai Wulliger. Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1939, he learned in Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and was the youngest musmach of the Yeshiva at that time. He served communities in Tuscon, Arizona; Los Angeles, the Bronx, Canarsie (Brooklyn) and Boro Park (Brooklyn).
Harav Rabbi Ben Tzion Coopertstock, known as the “Abba of Meron,” age 63, was Israel’s 46th victim of the coronavirus. A resident of Jerusalem, he was head of the organization “Hilula D’Rashbi.”
Several hundred on https://www.kavodacharon.com/
Hagaon HaRav Tzvi Hirsh Meislish ZATZAL, 80, the Av Beis Din of Shopron was Niftar on Sunday from COVID-19 at the age of 80. The Levaya took place on Sunday night, April 5, on Hewes Street in Williamsburg, and needed to be broken up by the NYPD in a Level 1 response that included a helicopter, since mourners would not follow the rules regarding social separation.
On April 5, 2020, an inquiry to UK burial societies showed that 115 people who identify as Jewish died of the vurus so far. They are the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, the Federation of Synagogues Burial Society, the Joint Jewish Burial Board, Liberal Judaism, the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community and the United Synagogue Burial Society.
Rabbi Yisroel Horowitz, 72. Brooklyn, NY
Madam Frida Wattenberg, 96, Paris, France. A rescuer of Jewish children during the Nazi occupation of France.
HaRav Rabbi Moshe Homnick, 80’s, of Lakewood, NJ and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. A featured teacher at Landau’s Shul abd honored teacher at Chaim Berlin. Also a noted therapist and marriage counselor.
Mrs. Nechama Hass, Lakewood, NJ, leaving a bereaved husband, Naftali, as well as ten children under the age of 19. Daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Englander, of Toronto, and 8 siblings.
Dr Elliot Samet, Pediatrician, Passaic, NJ
Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Nachum Cooper, 58, Brooklyn. Famous for his Daf Yomi Shiur, FLatbush, Brooklyn.
The Novominsker Rebbe, Harav Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, 89, the head of Agudas Yisrael of America and the Nasi of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. Boro Pak, Brooklyn, NY
Mordechai Askenazi, Mexico City , Mexico, 43
Danny Avrahami and Hulia Avrahami, Bat Yam, Israel
Morris Seban Paris
Nelia Krevetz, Be’er Sheva, Israel
Marcos Eskenazi, MEXICO CITY, México
Tsipora Hadjadj, Yerres, France
Aharon Roni Cohen, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gabriel Meir Yabra, Buenos aires , Argentina
Nicholas Alexander, London, UK
Marat Pearl Weizel, Bnei Brak, Israel
Tamar Peretz Levi, Lod, Israel
Hal Willner, NYC, 64, Music Producer, long time Saturday Night Live SNL Music Producer
HaRav Rabbi Yehuda Leib (“Leibel”) Groner, 88, Boro Park, Brooklyn, former secretary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for nearly half a century.
Richard Brodsky, 73, Westchester County, NY, An elected political leader in the NY State Assembly for over 28 years.
David Behrbom, 47, NYC School Teachers at PS 55 in the Bronx
Michael Goldmeier, 73, leader of one of the UK’s Largest Jewish health care agencies, London, UK
Judy Richheimer, 70, NYC. Fierce preservationist
Fred Pressner, 73, New York City. Former president of the Association of Venezuelan Jews in Caracas during the period that Hugo Chavez led the country. Credited with saving the Jewish community from excess injury
Helene Aylon, 89, feminist artist, New York City
Stanley Chera, 78, one of the most prominent members of Deal, NJ and NYC’s Syrian-Jewish community passed away on April 11. A friend of President Donald J. Trump, the President mentioned him in some speeches. Chera’s wife, Frieda (Cookie) also contracted the virus, but recovered. Chera ran Crown Acquisitions which holds interests in the most retail frontage along Upper Fifth Avenue, as well as Olympic Tower and World Trade Center. The firm is run by his sons Isaac (Ike) and Richard Chera. Haim (Haimey) Chera, another son, is head of retail at Vornado, which is partly owned by Crown. 640 Fifth Avenue, 655 Fifth Avenue, 689 Fifth Avenue and 697-703 Fifth Avenue.
Beryl Bernstein Bernay, 94, Children’s TV Host With a Varied Career. Expert on Bali who worked with Margaret Mead
Allen Garfield, 80, actor, Los Angeles, recognized for his roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” (1974), Robert Altman’s “Nashville” (1975), Michael Ritche’s “The Candidate” (1972) and Richard Rush’s “The Stunt Man” (1980).
Eli Botknecht. Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, 60s. Co-owner of Linnick’s Toy Store on 13th Avenue.
Rabbi Yitzchok Kaplinsky, 83, Far Rockaway, Queens, NY. Former Magid Shiur at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Flatbush. A survivor of the famed Jewish ghetto in Shanghai during WWII. Son of Rabbi Yisroel Kaplinsky
Rebbetzin Miriam Miller, 77, Lakewood, NJ.
Yossi Shapiro, 71, Flatbush and Lakewood.
Dr. Binyamin (Norton) Sokol, Lakewood NJ (Lempel & Cohen clinic)
Dovid Berg, Lakewood, NJ, 50s.
Aharele (Avrohom Aharon) Brook, Lakewood, NJ, 74.
Ari Weichbrod , Lakewood, NJ, 43, a volunteer with Hatzolah.
Mrs. Esther Stern, 75, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Shloimy Freundlich, 46, Crown Heights, NY
Yaakov Mordechai Goldberg, 87, Brooklyn.
Elish Bochner, Brooklyn.
Yoel Sandel, 39,
Yisroel Moshe Baum, 60s, Gerrer, Boro Park, managed a catering business in Boro Park.
Mrs Chaya Saya Gluck, 94
Yeshaya Roth, 90, a Holocaust survivor.
Avrohom Klein, 95
Aharon Moshe Weiss, 93, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Mrs Blima Schwartz, 96, Williamsburg, NY
Mrs. Chava Rochel (Chavie) Pomerantz, 71, (nee Zilberberg), Monsey/Flatbush.
Shlomo Cabessa, 50s, Monsey, NY
Yechezkel Klein, 83, Monsey, NY
Hal Stuart Cohen, 54, NYC, stand up comedian
Michael Edelman, 72, NYC, Educator
Estelle Greenwald Kestenbaum, 91, NYC
Albert Fine, 95, NYC
Reuben Gutoff, 93, NYC
Atty. Mayer Greenberg, 57, NYC
Alexis Gregory, NYC, 84, publisher, and active leader of the Israel Museum
Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel, 79
Zisha Ritterman, 54, Flatbush.
Boruch Gelfand, 87, Brooklyn.
Marcia Waitzman, 88, West Orange NJ. Former school board member of Clarkstown School district
Jane Rosenthal, 78, NYC, artist and former leader of the Menorah Home and Hospital
Philip Rabin, NYC, former IDF Medic and pharmaceuticals exec. Husband and father of 6.
Reuben Gutoff. 93, strategist
Martin Fox, 95, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and of JTA.org
Rabbi Avroham Pinter, Stamford Hill, London. Principal at Yesoday HaTorah Senior Girls School and a director of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Pinter was an influential figure in the Charedi world and beyond, and a mentor to many current leaders.
Wynn Handman, NYC, an Influential Director and Teacher, 97. Co-founder of the American Place Theater.
Rabbi A. Bruce Goldman, past Jewish chaplain at Columbia University, famous for protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s, who got in hot water with the Rabbinical Assembly for opinions that are now commonplace… has passed away at 84
Adam “Yitz” Friedman, 75, publicist, grandson of Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman, the founder of the Boyan Hasidic dynasty.
Mordy Weiner, Flatbush, Brooklyn, 57.
Noach Dear, Brooklyn, NY, 66 (April 19). Brooklyn State Supreme Court Judge, former NYC City Council member for nearly two decades, former NY State Assembly member
Richard Passman, 94, Silver Spring, MD. Celebrated Aeronautical Engineer and Rocket Scientist, who had a leadership role in many of the technologies that gave the United States strength in supersonic aircraft, spy satellites and ICBM long range missiles.
Rebbetzin Faiga Korenblit, Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, April 18, 96, daughter of the Rav of Geivitz-Uzhgorod, Harav Aharon and Rochel Felberman,. Survived the Holocaust with her brother, as her parents and siblings were murdered by Nazis. Widow of the late Rabbi Avrohom Yitzchok Korenblit.
Roberto Yabra, 85, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yabra was the father of Rabbi Gabriel Yabra, 55, who also died of coronavirus. Roberto was one of the pioneers in developing the kosher market in Argentina. It began with the importation of that merchandise from Israel and the United States. He ws also the importer of a kosher version of a famous cola beverage to Argentina.
Avraham Sakoun, Paris, 35. A singer, torah chanter (baal koreh), and member of Chabad.
Moshe Berkowitz, 98, Boro Park, Brooklyn. Philanthropist. Member of the Spinka community. Holocaust survivor.
Rebbetzin Rachel Altein, Educator. longtime English language editor of Di Yiddishe Heim. Pittsburgh, New Haven, Bronx. 95, widow of the late Rabbi Mordechai Dov Altein.
Mr. Alby Kass, baritone, Klezmer musician Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, Russian River Jazz Festival), co-founder and a leader of the modern Russian River (California) Jewish Community, 89. Co-Proprieter of proprietors of the Riverlane Resort. Famed player of regional Tevye.
John Adler, polymath, 70s. A scion of Reb Shmelke of Nikolsburg, an early Hasidic rabbi. Drama teacher, University of Bristol, UK
Isaiah Kuperstein, 70, was first director of education at US Holocaust museum
Rabbi Yisroel Aharon Kopschitz, Jerusalem, 89, rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Torah Ore, and Mishkan Esther shul in the Sanhedria neighborhood.
Rebbetzin Malka Kalmanowitz, 84, widow of the late Rabbi Shraga Moshe Kalmanowitz, rosh yeshiva of Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY.
Avraham Yechiel Kraus, 67, Montreal
Mrs. Channa Miriam Tarshish, North Miami Beach, FL, 71, fomer Mikva Attendant and devoted member of the Chevrah Kadisha of Chicago
Mindella “Mindy” Lamm educator, Hunter College grad, opera fan. Wife of Rabbi Norman Lamm, former President and leader of Yeshiva University.
Joseph Feingold, 97, architect, musician, memoirist, Holocaust survivor, Siberian labor camps survivor. NYC. Born in Warsaw in 1923, raised in Kielce. Survivor of the post-war Kielce Pogrom. Subject of the short doc, “Joe’s Violin.”
Alice Coopersmith Furst, 87, San Francisco. A New York native was in the first class of girls admitted to the Bronx High School of Science and one of the first Jewish students admitted to Tufts University. Furst had a long career working with children and adults around the country, including as a speech and language therapist.
Marshall Mitzman, 73, San Francisco. Longtime trustee on the Board of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, former Board President.
Benjamin Levin, 93, Westchester County, NY. Last surviving member of the Avengers partisans. which he joined at the age of 14 in Vilnius, Lithuania. A passenger in 1948 on the Altalena
Stanley M. Cohen, 86, Chevy Chase, MD, Educator, Reporter, Lifetime Board Member of Adas Israel
Leonard Greenberg, 95, Philadelphia and Queens NY. Engineer, School Principal, WWII Bulge Veteran.
Steven Krieger, New York City. Steven survived the Holocaust, leader in the textiles industry, 83.
Philip Kahn died of Covid-19 at the age of 100. His twin brother died a century ago of a flu pandemic, too. Nassau Country, Long Island, NY. Worked as a contractor on the building of the World Trade Center.
Theodore “Ted” Paul Ruskin, 76, Denver. Activist, prison educator, Charitable donor. Leader in creating memorials and headstones.
Alex Klein, 70, Brooklyn kosher caterer. Family man, lonely man of intense faith. Soviet born, worked in Israeli hotel industry for many years before arriving in NYC in 1970s.
Gershon Mayer, 90, Holocaust survivor, scholar, great grandfather, Senior IT specialist for the Federal Reserve of NYC.
Rabbi Mordechai Marcus, Hagaon, Rov of the Beth Medrash Govoha Minyan in Flatbush.
Elias Masri, 91, NYC, a native of Buenos Aires
Leah Bernstein, 99, Los Angeles, at the Motion Picture TV Home for the Aged. Secretary to Stanley Kramer, Asst to Jack Benny’s Manager, and Ralph Bakshi. Tennis friend of Katherine Hepburn.
Avraham Yeshayahu Heber, 55, leader of Matnat Chaim which helped hundreds of Israelis find kidney donors. Some say he helped over 800 transplant recipients.
Iris Love, 86, famed archaeologist, accomplished dog breeder, NYC, lover of languages who could get by in about a dozen. Scion of the famed Guggenheim and Josephthal families
Hagaon HaRav Yaakov Schwei, 86, a Posek in the Crown Heights community, Brooklyn, as well as the oldest member of the Crown Heights Beis Din. Son of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu and Bunia Schwei of Finland, where his father served Jewish communities at the behest of the Frierdiker Rebbe.
Rabbi Motty Kopman, Israel and Buffalo, NY. 34.
Rabbi Aharon Daniel Malech, 60, a head of kosher certification
Elaine Esther (Sarbin) Gilberg, 91, Novato, California.
Paul Shelden, 79, NYC, musician, faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, founder Diplomatte Musical Instruments to produce professional-quality instruments at affordable prices.
Ernest Einzig, 97, NYC. Leaves this world with 30 grandchildren, over 100 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.
Bruce Myers, 78, Actor, Singer. Succumbed in Paris.
Jeri Ellen Bilus, 74, NYC area
Dave Bushman, 76, NYC
Perry Rosenstein, 94, Teaneck, NJ
Arkady Ginzburg, 69, Brooklyn (born in Khoiniki, a shtetl in the city of Gomel, Belarus)
Tedje van der Sluis, 83, Netherlands. Holocaust survivor. A resident of the Beth Shalom Jewish nursing home in Amsterdam, where she was one of over 25 patients who passed away from Covid-19. She and her husband were the subject of a 2018 Dutch television documentary. “Tedje & Meijer: The Promise of Love,” which showed Meijer, her husband, lovingly caring for Tedje as her dementia worsened.
Arthur Cornfeld, 84, Attorney
Altamiro Zimerfogel, 80, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Leader of the Brazilian Israelite Club in Copacabana
Dr Harvey Hirsch, Lakewood, NJ, pediatrician, 68
Rabbi Yonasan Binyamin Halevi Jungreis, a survivor of Bergen Belsen, a brother in law of the late Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis. One of the 1,600 Jews saved on the Kasztner train. Rabbi of Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel of Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Rabbi Yaakov Kolodetsky, 70, Bnei Brak, Ramat Elchanan.
Pola (Bornstein) Goldsher, 97, West Hartford, CT, Holocaust survivor. A forced laborer sewing German military uniforms, she made her way over the Alps to Palestine as the war ended.
Rabbi Kenneth Roseman, 80, a rabbi in Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), Texas, and Wisconsin, an author who received a doctorate in American Jewish history from Hebrew Union College, famous also for a YouTube series.
Robert Klein, 71, Norwalk CT
Jeffrey Ethan Escher, 72, Westchester County, NY, complications from COVID-19, after valiantly treating COVID patients.
Barry and Carole Kaye. NYC. Philanthropists. Founder of Barry Kaye Associates, an insurance industry leader. Curators of the Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures
Garry Greenberg, 68, NYC. A third generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics and Interiors, the famed NYC century old furniture and upholstery business.
Stewart Alan Turner, 61, NYC.
Benjamin Schaeffer, 58, a longtime NYC subway conductor, union steward and expert of transit history. A community activist and proud Orthodox Jew, he gained fame fighting for religious rights at his jobsite.
Margit Feldman, Bridgewater NJ/Philadelphia area. 91. Survivor of Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and other death camps. Feldman served on the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education for more than 40 years; she helped pass a state law mandating a Holocaust and genocide curriculum in public schools, and co-founded Raritan Valley Community College Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In 2003, Feldman wrote a book about her experiences called “Margit: A Teenager’s Journey Through the Holocaust and Beyond,” and she was chronicled in the 2016 documentary “Not A23029.”
Irvin Kean, 95, DDS, Sarasota, Florida and Wyncote, PA
Burton “Bud” Rose, 77, esteemed professor at Harvard Medical School, and kidney specialist. Father of “UptoDate,” a resource now used by of 2 million physicians and medical professionals
Ethel Hamburger 92, Media, PA; Bethesda, MD; Elkins Park, PA.
Loretta Coleman, 85, England and NY. (mother of Rabbi Alexander Coleman,Institute for Jewish Ethics in Philadelphia)
Enrique Mugica Herzog, 88, Madrid, Spain. Attorney Mugica played a critical role leading to the kindling of official diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and Spain. An opponent of Francoist Spain, he spent three years in prison. He served as Spain’s Justice Minister (1988–1991), a congressman (Gipuzkoa 1977–2000) and Ombudsman (2000–2010).
Marnin Soltes, 76, NYC. A well known resident of the Hebrew Association for Special Children.
Sidney Fleischer, 102, Boston. Born during the flu pandemic of 1918. A whole shoe salesman during his long career and civil rights pioneer. A gunner on a B-17 bomber during WWII, he was decorated for his role in over 7 battles.
Madeline F. Kripke, 76, NYC West Village, famed collector of dictionaries. Copyeditor, editor, genius. Daughter of Rabbi Kripke of Des Moines.
David Toren, 94, NYC. Holocaust survivor. Patent lawyer who waged a single-minded quest to recover art looted from his family by the Nazis
David Joseph Bernstein, NYC, 79, Ex-calculus teacher, lifelong political radical and multi-talented theater worker.
Louis B. Bernstein, 92, Roseland, NJ
Jeri Ellen Bilus. 75,
Irving “Poppy” Buterman, MD, 78.