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Joyce LaZar Ellis rites held at Shir Chadash

JOYCE LaZAR ELLIS, a community volunteer, realtor and dedicated matriarch of her family, died peacefully on December 2, 2022. She was 91.

She had an incredible outlook on life with a positive attitude that reflected in everything she did.  She was variously described as vivacious, joyful, smart, and optimistic.  

Ellis grew up on the South Side of Chicago and later attended the University of Illinois. She met her first husband...

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, who transformed comics first as a muse and then as a feminist artist, dies at 74


(JTA) — Robert Crumb put the “x” in comix by setting to paper his basest sexual longings, including strong-legged Jewish women who were cowgirls and who went by the name Honeybunch Kaminski.

So when an actual strong-legged Jewish cowgirl named Aline Kominsky walked into his life, it was love at first sight, and never wavered.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, who died Wednesday at 74 in France of pancreatic cancer,...

Funeral for Dr. Jack Hudson set for Tuesday morning

JACK ANTIN HUDSON, D.D.S, died peacefully on Friday, November 25, 2022, surrounded by his family.  He was 94.

A New Orleans native, he graduated from Georgia Military Academy in 1948 before attending Loyola University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, graduating in 1952.

Hudson had met his future wife, Grace née Debrovner, when she was a freshman at Newcomb College and by the time she was 20,...

Michael Shafir, who played a key role in Holocaust memory in his native Romania, dies at 78


BUCHAREST (JTA) — When Michael Shafir moved to Israel from his native Romania as a teenager in the 1960s, it wasn’t because the Jewish teen was burning with Zionist fervor. Instead, it was the first country that agreed to take him.

“I would have left for wherever there was no communism, because I could no longer live with the feeling that you say one thing outside...

Judah Samet was a mensch well before he survived the Tree of Life shooting

(JTA) — It is rare that one can say attending a funeral was an uplifting experience. Yet the funeral Thursday for Judah Samet — teacher of Torah at his Tree of Life synagogue, possessor of a unique and vigorous voice and sense of humor, veteran of the paratroop division of the Israeli army, lover of Golden Grahams, generous tipper and possessor of what he termed a “Bergen-Belsen stomach” — was...

Internal Medicine physician Beryl Ames is laid to rest

BERYL DAVID AMES , M.D., an internist, passed away after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

Dr. Ames is survived by the love of his life, Jacqueline Strauss Ames. They were married for 69 years and met through family connections when they were teenagers. They did everything together including jogging, tennis, date night and traveling. Beryl loved to exercise daily at the Jewish Community health club.

A New Orleans native,...

Retired Tulane biology professor Milton Fingerman memorial on Sunday

Milton Fingerman, age 94, professor emeritus of biology at Tulane University, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 

A native of Boston, he graduated from Boston College before attending Northwestern University, where he obtained his PhD.  He joined the faculty at Tulane University in 1954 and retired from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2000, after having served as chair of the department for...

Psychiatrist Sam Rubin rites today

SAMUEL E. RUBIN, M.D., died peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.

A native of Chicago, his family moved to Gulfport, FL, where he attended high school and began his love of golf and music, playing trumpet in the school band and working at a local driving range.  After high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and attended...

Lillian Opotowsky funeral service set for Sunday

LILLIAN TELLER OPOTOWSKY, a wife, mother and volunteer for many local charities, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 31. She was 85.

Lillian’s true calling and passion was as a cook. Her recipes for baked goods – cookies, brownies and cakes – were highly praised and her recipe for brisket was published in the Times-Picayune. Through her efforts, she helped spearhead the production of the Can Do Cookery cookbook through...

Former Latter & Blum president Dick Buckman is laid to rest

RICHARD CHARLES “DICK” BUCKMAN, an attorney who turned his love of real estate into the presidency of Latter & Blum, the largest real estate firm in the area, died peacefully at his home on Sat., August 27, 2022. He was 79.

A native New Orleanian, he attended Isidore Newman School, where in 1961, he was captain of the undefeated Newman Greenies state champion basketball team. An athlete and devoted sports...