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Philanthropist, community volunteer Betty Bloch Kohn dies at 98; private funeral set for Wed.

BETTY BLOCH KOHN, a New Orleans philanthropist known for her elegant sense of style and fun-loving nature, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 at the age of 98. 

Along with her husband, she owned and operated The Leader Store in Napoleonville, a department store located along Bayou Lafourche. The Kohns sold everything from fabric and furniture to lingerie and jewelry, but they closed the 100-year-old store in 1990...

Community leader Shirley Seelig to be laid to rest on Wed.

SHIRLEY T. SEELIG died at her residence on Monday, August 8, 2022.  She was 89.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ralph Seelig, her children Linda S. Greenbaum (Mark), Samuel and Stanley Seelig and  nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Seelig was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, a member and past board member of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, a past president of the Shir Chadash Sisterhood,...

Eli Evans, ‘poet laureate of Southern Jews’ and influential grant-maker, dies at 85

(JTA) — It was the landmark 1993 handshake between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel prime minister Yitzchak Rabin that inspired Eli Evans to invest, for the third time, in “Sesame Street.”

As an executive at the Carnegie Corporation in the 1960s, he had brokered the government support that helped launch the fixture of American educational television. Then, after becoming the first president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation in...

Visual artist Max Nazimowitz burial rites today at 11:30

Max Nazimowitz, a visual artist who was noted for his sketches and paintings of New Orleans,  died unexpectedly more than a week ago. Nazimowitz 

His funeral took place on Friday, July 1, at Anshe Sfard Cemetery, 4400 Elysian Fields Boulevard, at 11:30 a.m. Rabbi Mendy Schechter  conducted the service.

Nazimowitz was born in Austria, but immigrated to the U.S. with his American mother when he was a small child. 


Former nurse Lillie H. Lassen dies at 84

LILLIE HULL LASSEN passed away peacefully on June 18, 2022. She was 84.

Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated from the Charity School of Nursing in the Class of 1959.

She married Dr. Alvin Lassen, who predeceased her. Lassen partnered with her husband both personally and professionally until his death in 2015. As a couple, they lived in Metairie, Houma, and Shreveport,...

Philanthropist and volunteer Jane Burkenroad Bories dies

JANE “JANIE” BURKENROAD BORIES died peacefully on May 31, 2022  at Poydras Home with her family at her side.

A New Orleans native, she was a graduate of Isidore Newman School and Newcomb College. Bories was an active volunteer and philanthropist for many causes.  She was involved with the National Council of Jewish Woman’s programs including the City Hall Answer Desk and the Fox 8 Defenders initiatives.  She and a...

Richard Berenson Stone, major Jewish leader and defender of Israel, dies in NY

RICHARD BERENSON STONE, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations representing more than 50 of the most influential American Jewish non-profits and a former longtime president of the National Coalition for Soviet Jewry (then the NCSY and now the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry or NCSEY), died on Sunday, May 29, in New York. He was 79.

A New Orleans native, Stone graduated first...

Former Tulane law professor ‘Bill’ Lovett dies; memorial to be held here in the fall

WILLIAM “BILL” LOVETT, a former Tulane University professor of Law, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on May 17, 2022. He was 87.

A native of Milwaukee, he exhibited a deep love of learning, which blossomed into a long and fulfilling career as a scholar and teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN., a law degree from the New York University Law School, a...

Goldie Breen Singer laid to rest

GOLDIE BREEN SINGER, a homemaker, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 15, 2022. She was 96.

A native of New Orleans, she was predeceased by her husband of 74 years Samuel Harold Singer in 2020.

She is survived by her son, Ronald Singer (Donna), of Austin, TX., her daughter, Lisa Sanders (Rob) of Covington, Louisiana, as well as five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Private funeral services were...

Carol Levy Creighton, 59, dies after cancer battle

CAROL LEVY CREIGHTON, an outspoken former dental assistant, died on May 8, 2022, after a brave four-year battle with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was 59.

She is survived by her parents, Stan and Anne Levy, her son Taylor Levy and her two sisters Sheryl Levy Udin and Robin Levy (Bobby Garon).

She received her Dental Assistant degree in Memphis and her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans.