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Social worker, teacher Eliot ‘Coach’ Levin rites set for Feb. 19

ELIOT SIMON LEVIN, died peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  He was 74.

A social worker, he spent more than three decades doing what he loved most; helping people in all walks of life.

“Coach” was a New Orleans native, who lived his entire life in the city he dearly...
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Al Vorspan, Jewish social justice leader for the Reform movement, dies at 95


(JTA) — Al Vorspan, who helped organize the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and served as the longtime director of the Commission on Social Action, has died.

Vorspan, who also was former senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, died on Saturday at the...
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Credit manager Dorothy Burk Roth dies; graveside set for Fri.

DOROTHY “DOT” BURK BOTH, 91, a retired credit manager for a furniture store, passed away on February on February 12, 2019. She was a little more than a week shy of what would have been her 92nd birthday.

A New Orleans native and a lifetime resident of the city, she...
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Joan S. Berenson succumbs after long illness

JOAN SEIDENBACH BERENSON, a pillar of the Jewish community whose contributions to organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) and the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS), were...
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Counselor, writer Lisa Brener, 64, sucumbs to brain cancer

LISA BRENER a pioneering attorney and talented writer, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 64.

A native of New Orleans,  Brener had a passion for civil rights, discrimination, and harassment litigation and fought fervently for her clients, many...
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Comedian Bob Einstein of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ dies at 76

(JTA) — Comedian Bob Einstein, who often performed as the satirical daredevil character Super Dave Osbourne and played Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” died Wednesday after a bout with cancer. He was 76.

Einstein was the older brother of the comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks. Their...
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Joe Cahn, popular cooking school teacher and ‘commissioner of tailgating,’ dies at 70


JOE CAHN, the comedic New Orleans cooking school teacher who ate his way across America bringing laughter at every stop as the self-professed commissioner of tailgating, died Monday, Jan. 31. He was 70.

Cahn’s wife Karen said he died of cardiac arrest at a hospital near...
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Beth W. Bloch Issacson Rosenthal funeral set for Wed.

BETH WRIGHT BLOCH ISSACSON ROSENTHAL passed away at her home on December 28, 2018. She was 92. 

Rosenthal was active in community affairs, including The League of Women Voters, the United Way, and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and served in many capacities with, and in the...
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Amos Oz, a ‘saintly intellectual’ who turned Israel’s national reality into art


(JTA) — Amos Oz would often speak in the kind of tossed-off epigrams that come only with a lot of practice. But just when you wanted to smack him for his breezy erudition, he would redeem himself with a flash of spot-on — and hilarious — self-awareness.

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Investment banker Joseph Konopny funeral held Dec. 23

JOSEPH KONOPNY, an investment banker died on Saturday, December 22, 2018. He was 73.

Konopny was a resident of New Orleans since the 1990s and regularly attended services at the Uptown Chabad House.

Born in a Displaced Persons camp in 1945 to Holocaust survivor parents, he emigrated to the U.S., living...
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