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Brian Friedman dies on the date of Hurricane Ida

BRIAN ROUSSEL FRIEDMAN, a writer and radio journalist, passed away on August 29, 2021. He was 44.

Friedman attended Isidore Newman School from kindergarten through 12th grade and received many academic honors. While at Newman, he was very involved in basketball and landed a place on the varsity basketball roster. as a point guard. 

He later attended Harvard University, where he majored in Social Anthropology. After college, he was a...

Annette Smason, music maven of Smith’s Records, succumbs in Dallas

ANNETTE SMITH SMASON, the music maven of Smith’s Records, who helped transform a small card and gift shop into one of the best-stocked and highly-regarded record stores in the nation, passed away on Sunday, September 19 in a Dallas hospice facility after a long illness. Mrs. Smason, who was a native and lifelong New Orleanian had been evacuated to Dallas following the passage of Hurricane Ida. She was 89.


Retired electrical engineer George Haas, 90, dies, is buried in New Jersey

GEORGE HAAS, a retired mechanical engineer who had called New Orleans his home for more than a half century, died at his summer residence in Chautauqua, New York on Thursday, September 9. He was 90.

As a retiree, Haas was a beloved attendee at many area synagogues, but was more often seen in the Metairie area at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center as well as at Congregation Beth Israel and...

Dynamic community, business leader Will Samuels is dead at 52

WILL SAMUELS, the former executive director of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, and the business owner of King Cake Hub, Pizza NOLA and La Dolce NOLA, died after a protracted battle with cancer on September 7, 2021. He was 52.

A native of New Orleans, Samuels was a charismatic figure, who immersed himself in the food culture and made himself the center of colorful events such as “Sharknado” viewing parties at...

Joshua Mitnick, a compassionate Israel reporter in a harsh region, dies at 50

By Dina Kraft

TEL AVIV (JTA) — On a blistering summer day a few years ago, journalist Joshua Mitnick and his Palestinian translator, Nuha Musleh, were out reporting a story about an East Jerusalem village.

The Palestinian residents were protesting the Israeli security barrier that was being built there, cutting them off from the rest of the city.  The two marched for several kilometers alongside the villagers. Musleh, refraining from...

Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant, dies at 91


(JTA) — Ed Asner, who trademarked a gruff, flawed, and loving persona as Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and in a spin-off series about journalism, has died at 91.

“We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully,” the family said Sunday on Asner’s Twitter account. “Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head...

Renowned attorney Max Nathan, Jr., 86, is laid to rest

MAX NATHAN, JR., a prominent attorney considered as having possessed one of the most brilliant of New Orleans’ legal minds, passed away after a long illness surrounded by his family members and at his home on Sunday, August 22, 2021. He was 86.

In addition to being a founding senior partner of the law firm Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, he specialized in estate planning and trust law and also...

Business, community leader Alan Philpson dies at 82

ALAN H. PHILIPSON, a businessman and civic leader, passed away on August 4, 2021 at the age of 82, surrounded by family.

An alumnus of Isidore Newman School and Tulane University, Philipson enjoyed a successful career as the third generation leader of his family’s business, Superior Merchandise. Under his leadership, the business grew from a small regional company into a national distributor to major retailers across the country.

While he...

Ruth Pearl, mother of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, dies at 85


(JTA) — Ruth Pearl, who dedicated the latter part of her life to preserving the legacy of her son Daniel, a journalist who was murdered in Pakistan, has died at 85.

Pearl, who suffered from a lung ailment, died at her Los Angeles home on July 20, according to reports. On Jan. 23, 2002, Pearl woke up with a premonition that her son, then 38 and a...

Carl Levin, longtime Jewish senator from Michigan, dies at 87

(JTA) — Carl Levin, the Jewish Michigander who spent 36 years as a fierce inquisitor in the Senate, has died at 87.

The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School announced Levin’s passing on Thursday. It did not give a date or cause of death, but Levin was diagnosed with lung cancer four years ago. The center, named for Levin, focuses on the passion of his career: government oversight.