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Abraham Schumer, father of Sen. Chuck Schumer, has died at 98


(JTA) — Abraham Schumer, the father of Sen. Chuck Schumer, died Wednesday in a Long Island hospital after recently undergoing surgery for heart problems. He was 98.

Sen. Schumer remembered his father as a hard-working member of the “greatest generation” in a tweet Wednesday.

“In so many ways—he personified the greatest generation. He took whatever was thrown at him no matter how difficult, did his job, never...

Attorney, community leader Sylvan Steinberg to be laid to rest today

SYLVAN JULIAN STEINBERG,  an attorney, civic and Jewish community leader, passed away on Friday, November 5. He was 88.

Steinberg was incredibly generous with his time and his talents, serving on numerous volunteer organizations across a variety of New Orleans area communities.  He was the chairman of the Community Improvement Agency during the administration of Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial. He oversaw the city’s efforts to helping...

Mort Sahl, Jewish comedian who fused stand-up with political satire and inspired the likes of Lenny Bruce, dies at 94


(JTA) — Mort Sahl, a Jewish satirist who was credited with making caustic political and social satire popular in stand-up comedy, died Tuesday at 94.

Often walking on stage holding just a rolled up newspaper, Sahl liked to riff on the headlines of the day in extended improvised monologues. At a time when comedians tended to steer clear of politics, Sahl took aim at politicians and was...

Sylvia Bronfin Emerman services set for Thursday, Oct. 28

SYLVIA BRONFIN EMERMAN, an office worker and community volunteer, died on Monday, Oct. 25. She was 96.

A New Orleans native, she graduated from Henry Allen High School and was married in 1945 to Joel Emerman, a native of Canton, Ohio. 

Mrs. Emerman enjoyed a career in office administration working at the Conservative Congregation and Congregation Chevra Thilim. She also was a volunteer worker for the Greater New Orleans Section...

Retired retailer Joseph Sutton laid to rest

JOSEPH SUTTON, a retired retailer, passed away at his New Orleans residence on Sunday, October 24. He was 92.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y, Sutton was raised in New Orleans and received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. As a retailer, he owned numerous stores in the area. 

Among his great endeavors, he especially enjoyed his time spent on golf courses and on tennis courts.

He was predeceased by...

Jay Black of ‘Jay and The Americans’ dies at 82


(JTA) — When Jay Black wanted The New York Times to understand that he was a hell-raiser, he said he was thrown out of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn.

When he made the same point to The Forward, he added that he was subsequently tossed out of three yeshivahs.

“Three yeshivas,” Black said twice for emphasis in a 2014 interview. “I was a bad kid.”


Neal Sher, Nazi hunter and former AIPAC director, dies at 74


(JTA) — Neal Sher, who as the U.S.’s chief Nazi hunter established the formula that led to the deportation of dozens of Nazis, has died at 74.

Sher, who led the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations for 11 years and was for a period the director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, died Sunday in Manhattan, his widow, Bonnie Kagan, said in an email to...

Longtime community volunteer Frances ‘Frankie’ Wolff dies in Boston; private interment here

FRANCES “FRANKIE” SONTHEIMER WOLFF of Dedham, MA., formerly of New Orleans, died peacefully  at her home on October 6, 2021 with her family by her side. She was 93.

A New Orleans native, she enjoyed living in New Orleans for the first 81 years of her life. She graduated from Isidore Newman School, graduated from Newcomb College, and received her professional degree from the Tulane University School of Social Work. 


Alan Kalter, longtime announcer for David Letterman and a former synagogue president, dies at 78

(JTA) — Alan Kalter, his rabbi said, was a “mensch,” a past temple president who dutifully Zoomed into services throughout the pandemic.

Kelter died Monday at 78 at at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, surrounded by his wife and daughters. His colleagues took to social media, remembering him as a “lovely” man who was generous with his praise and encouragement.

That might not be the Alan Kalter you remember: For 20...

Financial advisor Richard Schornstein, Jr. dies at home

RICHARD SCHORNSTEIN, JR., a financial advisor, died peacefully at his home on October 3, 2021. He was 93.

A native New Orleanian, he was a successful businessman whose career spanned over seven decades. He loved building relationships with his clients locally and throughout the United States in his work as an  expert financial planner.

Schornstein was known by all for his intense curiosity, intellect, energy, determination and warmth. He rarely...