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Farewell to Chabad Lubavitch Chassidic Master of Melodies, Eli Lipsker, z’l

2 Adar 5777 – February 28, 2017
Eli’s recordings of Jewish music opened a path for other observant Jewish musicians and vocalists, and created an entirely new genre.

Steven Spielberg’s Mother Leah Dead at 97

26 Shevat 5777 – February 22, 2017
Spielberg called his mom “my lucky charm” during his 1994 Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Director, for Schindler’s List.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin Dies Suddenly in NYC

25 Shevat 5777 – February 20, 2017
“The loss sustained by Russia is grave and irreplaceable,” said Churkin’s deputy, Pyotr Ilyichev.

Attorney Grazhbile Ventslauskayte, Righteous Among the Nations, Dies in Lithuania at 104

7 Shevat 5777 – February 3, 2017
During the Second World War, Grazhbile and her mother opened a garment workshop for Jewish women living in the ghetto.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore Has Died at 80

28 Tevet 5777 – January 26, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore was best known in her roles as an all-around, wholesome role model during the 1960s and 1970s.

Steven Plaut, Prolific And Acerbic Writer, Dies After Long Illness

28 Tevet 5777 – January 25, 2017
Plaut was raised in a non-Orthodox Zionist home in Philadelphia (he became increasingly observant after making aliyah in 1981).

Professor Steven Plaut, z’l

22 Tevet 5777 – January 19, 2017
Prof. Steven Plaut, z'l, passed away at the age of 65 after a years-long battle with cancer.

1,000 Respond to Mom’s Plea, Accompany IDF Soldier Son to Final Resting Place

More than a thousand Israelis streamed into Rishon Lezion to attend the funeral of a soldier they never met, but whose mother they knew they had to comfort in her grief.

Thousands Accompany IDF Soldiers to Final Resting Places in Jerusalem, Kfar Etzion, Haifa

12 Tevet 5777 – January 9, 2017
Grief-stricken families expressed their love and pride in their fallen IDF soldiers, speaking of their goodness, the ways in which they had left the world a better place.

Funerals for Murdered IDF Officers Set for Monday

11 Tevet 5777 – January 8, 2017
All of the four IDF officers who were murdered by a Jerusalem Arab terrorist at Armon HaNatziv are to be laid to rest on the same day; 17 other injured victims are slowly healing from the attack.

Mastermind of 1994 Buenos Aires Bombing Rafsanjani Dies of Heart Attack

Rafsanjani was sought by the Argentinian government for ordering the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.

VV Veteran Columnist Nat Hentoff Dead at 91

According to his son, Nick, he was surrounded by family and listening to Billie Holiday when he died.

Hunting Down a Terrorist in Haifa, City of Unity

8 Tevet 5777 – January 5, 2017
Security sources are maintaining a partial gag order on an investigation into a deadly attack in Haifa.

PM Netanyahu Eulogizes IDF Major Hagai Ben Ari, z’l

7 Tevet 5777 – January 4, 2017
PM Netanyahu said IDF Major Ben Ari, z'l was an elite commander, a "courageous fighter, he was the salt of the earth."

IDF Commander in Operation Protective Edge Passes Away in Coma

Another IDF officer who fell in battle during Operation Protective Edge has succumbed to his wounds after a long struggle...

PM Netanyahu: I Grieve At The Passing Of… My Cherished Friend, Ya’akov Ne’eman

4 Tevet 5777 – January 1, 2017
PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara send their deepest condolences to the wife of former Justice Minister Ya'akov Ne'eman, z'l, close friends of the couple.

Former Justice Minister Ya’akov Ne’eman Passes Away at 77

Former Justice Minister Ya'akov Ne'eman has passed away after a long fight with a "difficult illness" at the age of 77.

Debbie Reynolds Dies at 84, One Day after Daughter Carrie Fisher

29 Kislev 5777 – December 29, 2016
Reynolds had a stroke while working with her son, Todd Fisher, on funeral plans for Carrie.

Hollywood Actress Carrie Fisher, Dead at 60

28 Kislev 5777 – December 27, 2016
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia, has passed away from cardiac arrest.

Celebrities’ Celebrity: Jewish-Born Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor Dead at 99

19 Kislev 5777 – December 19, 2016
Her 1986 marriage to Prince Frederic von Anhalt entitled her to pass on as Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.

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