A shameful virus has taken loved ones from our midst. May their families be comforted, may our memories of them and their good deeds and Moitzvot serve as a blessing, as a prayer.
How Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks prayed on Monday, March 30, 2020 during a video chat: God in height, please be with all of us in the hour of the trauma. Expand your love for us, remove all hatred from us. During this time of trial, let us be together in our sense of belonging and help us build a better, fairer and safer world when all of this is over.
And from Father Michael Graham, S.J.May we, who are just uncomfortable, remember those whose lives are at stake. May we, who have no risk factors, remember the weakest. May we, who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who have to choose between maintaining their health and renting. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remind us of those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place. May we, who lose our margin money in the turmoil of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all. May we who are quarantined at home remember those who have no home. When fear grips our country, we choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically put our arms around each other, we should still find ways to be God’s loving embrace to our neighbors. Amen.
Mr. Michele (Micky) Sciama, a former general secretary of the Jewish community in Milan, Italy, died at the age of 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
Boston Rarry’s Larry Rasky, an influential advisor to US Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden and active leader of Jewish groups, died at the age of 69.
The popular and admired rabbi Neil Kraft of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue (London) died after becoming infected with corona virus. Rabbi Kraft was born and raised in Boston. He studied at the HUC and graduated from Leo Baeck. He was preparing to retire this year and fell ill after running a live stream to the Shabbat service last week. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
The songwriter Alan Merrill (Allan Preston Sachs), who wrote the 70-year-old “I Love Rock n Roll”, succumbed to the virus
Feliks Ogorodnik (88) and his wife Dr. Luiza (84) died at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois on Saturday. The Skokie couple, born in Ukraine, died hours apart. They worshiped at the Beth Emet School in Evanston.
Harav Uri Ashkenazi, the Stanislaver Rebbe of London, died in London at the age of 76. He was the son of Harav Meshulam Yissachar Ashkenazi and the son-in-law of the Nadvorna-Hadera Rebbe
Maurice Bidermann, a French textile magnate and Holocaust survivor, died in Paris. He was 87 years old. He once held licenses for brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. During the Second World War, he was hidden in France in Marseille, but discovered after about 18 months, but since he was 11 years old, a local Vichy authority sent him to a hospital instead of a death camp.
Rabbi Mordechai Gurary, a well-known Torah scholar who served as Rabbi of the Chevra Shas Synagogue in the Crown Heights, died at the age of 84
Maurice Berger, writer and respected curator of the Jewish Museum, 63, died of the corona virus
Alan Finder, 72, an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times and a respected mentor to other reporters.
Norman Feinberg, leader in the men’s clothing industry and 1290 Sixth Avenue, co-founder of a synagogue in Westchester County, New York (Westchester Reform Temple) and the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and active at UJA.
Sidney Siegal, Long ISland, NY, 92, a pioneer in the promotional products industry.
Robert M. (Bobby, Bob-O) Weintraub, a New York philanthropist
Mordi Arazi, Milan. An important figure in the Jewish community in Milan, former city councilor of CEM, supporter of various Jewish units and Parnas. by Tempio Yoseph Tehillot di via dei Gracchi
Rabbi Yehuda Yaakov Refson, a Chabad emissary in Leeds, England, who led part of the community for over 40 years, died of the corona virus at the age of 73
Michael Sorkin, a NYC-based architect and author who gave sustainability priority (81), succumbed to the complications of the virus.
The 69-year-old actor Mark Blum, who recently appeared on the TV show “You”, died on March 26 of health complications related to the corona virus.
The 74-year-old sociologist William Helmreich succumbed to the corona virus on Saturday 28 March. As a respected professor at the City University of New York, he wrote more than 12 books in 1982, including “The World of Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of Orthodox Judaism” and my favorite, a portrait of him in The New Yorker entitled “The New York Nobody Knows: 6,000 miles run in New York City “. Contact the Great Neck Synagogue for details
Daniel Azulay, Brazil’s most famous child actor, entertainer, artist and educator, died on March 27 at the age of 72 in Rio de Janeiro from the effects of cancer and the corona virus. He is famous for “Turma do Lambe-Lambe”, which you can find on Youtube. He was born in Rio de Janiero and was a descendant of the founding members of Rio’s first Sephardic synagogue. At the age of 21 he participated in the Maccabiah games in Israel.
Rabbi Avrohom Hakohen Cohn, who saved 56 Jewish families during the Shoah and recently made a call in Congress, died of coronavirus at the age of 92. 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 the most famous composers in Europe, 86, died in Kraków, Poland. Although he was not a member of the Jewish faith, he witnessed a lifelong witness to the dissolution of the Jewish ghetto in his hometown D? Bica during World War II. One of his earliest compositions – the “Death Brigade” – was composed on the 20th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
Yechiel Leibowitz from Monsey, NY. His son is one of the coordinators at Boro Park Hatzolah.
Yaakov Shmuel Freilach, 66, from Brooklyn, NY. He served as the administrator of Krula Yeshiva. His brother is the NYPD police chaplain, Rabbi Beirish Freilach.
Mordechai Mendel Wieder, 90, from Brooklyn, NY.
Safra Spilman, 78, of the Satmar community in Brooklyn
Giorgio Sinigaglia, engineer, Milan, il Bene fatto in silenzio. Scrivi il tuo saluto
Moshe Grunwald from Brooklyn, NY. Moshe survived 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
Yosef Hirsch, 92, from Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY
Efry Levy Azizoff unforgettable husband, father, business owner, 66, dealer and businessman of precious stones, great traveler, former president and currently treasurer of Noam and the Persian community of Milan
Andrea Finzi, a gentle man, still young, who was killed in a few days by the corona virus that died in Milan. After a life dedicated to the family and working in the family jewelry shop, he was a frequent visitor to the activities of Attivi da Casa and partner of the New Conference
Binyomin Abramowitz, 42, from Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Yosef Tzvi Klein, 50, from Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY
Shmuel Landau, 90, from Brooklyn, NY. A member of the Bobover community
Yossel Czapnik, 72, from Lakewood, NJ
Yerachmiel “Rick” Beiles from Chicago.
Zevi Halberstam, 44, from NY
Rabbi Michoel Tzvi Fettman died at the young age of 39. He left behind 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 well-known Belz Chosid.
Rabbi Aharon Hersh Kleinman.
Rabbi Yitzchak Warman, 91 years old. Comptroller of the women’s league.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Grossman, 65, leaves behind his wife Leah and six children.
Rabbi Aryeh Roth, an older 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, long-time Satmar teacher in Williamsburg.
Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua’s friend.
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 by Cong Keren Orah in Kensington.
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Speigel, Ostrow-Kalischiner Rebbe
Rabbi Yisroel Yechezkel Plutchok, Rosh Yeshiva by Yeshiva Derech Chaim, upper 78
Rabbi Moishe Leifer
Rabbi Avrohom Eliezer Gordon. Long-time rabbi with Yeshiva Bais Dovid from Monsey.
Rabbi Avraham Levi Bressler, Rosh Chaburah and Mechaber from Seforim.
Rabbi Chaim Weil.
Rabbi Lipa Friedrich, Monsey, 39 years old
Rabbi Pinchos Tzvi Elimelech Goldminzer, Neuer Platz
Rabbi Gershon Sabel, Executive at Yedei Chesed for a community with special needs in Monsey.
Rabbi Menachem Mordechai Nissim, 69 years old.
Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Dovid Konikov, long-time rabbi with Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, 58 years.
Rabbi Nachman Morgan, Los Angeles, CA.
Rabbi Avraham Yechiel Krauss, 67 years old, Montreal.
Rabbi Uri Ashkenazi
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