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Barbara Walters, groundbreaking Jewish TV host, dies at 93


(JTA) — Barbara Walters, the iconic newswoman and celebrity interviewer who made history for women and Jewish anchors on mainstream American news television, died at 93 on Friday.

ABC News, where Walters regularly appeared on shows such as “20/20” and “The View,” shared the news without giving a cause of death.

Before becoming one of the most enduring and talked about news hosts in the world...

Funeral for retired engineer, chemist and business owner Alvin Samuels is set for January 2

ALVIN SAMUELS, a retired engineer and chemist, who had worked as a deep drilling engineer before founding his own companies for treating hydrogen sulfide in oil and natural gas, died at East Jefferson Hospital on Friday, Dec. 30, after a brief illness. He was 88.

Samuels grew up in Paragould, AR. and graduated from Western Military Academy as their highest ranking cadet ever. He then attended the University of Illinois,...

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, giant of Israeli settlement and Religious Zionist movements, dies at 90


(JTA) — Rabbi Chaim Druckman, whose mission was to unite the people of Israel, was father to a movement now poised to sow some of its deepest divisions in decades.

Druckman, who died Sunday at 90 after contracting COVID-19, was a giant in the religious Zionism movement, which sought to integrate the two preeminent philosophies that saw themselves as bulwarks against Jewish disintegration: Orthodox Judaism and Zionism.


Retired accountant Allen Weiss burial set for today

ALLEN CARL WEISS, a retired accountant, died in Ridgeland, MS. He was 88.

He served his nation during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged.

He is survived by his wife of  68 years, Honorine Karno Weiss, his children Rachelle (David) Spencer, Toby Weiss, Brian (Brooke) Weiss, and Tammy (Bert) Rubinsky, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27...

CPA Neal Morris will be laid to rest on Monday

NEAL LARRY MORRIS, a certified public accountant since 1976, who has practiced for Ericksen Krentel Consultants for the past 35 years, died on Friday, December 16, 2022 after a brief illness. He was 69.

A native of Gadsen, Alabama, he attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he met his future wife Roslyn. Morris was drawn to New Orleans because of his love of food and fine cuisine. He...

Political reporter, public relations consultant Allan Katz rites set for Friday

ALLAN L. KATZ, a respected journalist and a public relations, political, and crisis management consultant, passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside, on December 12 at Ochsner Hospital. He was 84.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Katz graduated from Tulane University and received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Journalism. His career started in Nyack, New York with IBM as a publicist. He eventually returned...

Three-time war veteran and longtime JTA correspondent Tom Tugend dies at 97


(JTA) — It was the kind of story that Tom Tugend loved to tell, except he lived it.

He left Berlin, aged 13, on Adolf Hitler’s birthday, in 1939, driven out by the ideology reflected in the swastikas on the banners fluttering in the streets. Six years later, he was back in Germany as an American soldier interrogating the Nazis who had driven his...

Rustic Bakery’s Scott ‘Scooter’ Frank is laid to rest

Scott “Scooter” Frank, the vice president of Sales and Marketing at Rustic Bakery, passed away on December 1, 2022, following a battle with esophageal cancer.

Frank was always interested in food and cooking. A native of Baltimore, he moved to New Orleans in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the culture and the food scene.

He graduated from Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in 1993 before attending Syracuse University,...

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,...