Obituaries

2010: In Memoriam

Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam, died Jan. 11 at the age of 100.

Arnold Forster, 97, an attorney with the ADL who devoted himself to the fight against anti-Semitism and for civil rights, died March 7.

Actor Corey Haim, 38, died March 10 in Los Angeles. He appeared in such films as “The Lost Boys,” and “Lucas.”

Rivkah Hecht who, together with her husband, Rabbi Moshe “Maurice” Hecht, established and
presided over a network of Jewish schools throughout southern Connecticut died on July 8.  She was 91.

Emmy Award winning reporter and commentator Daniel Schorr, whose hard-hitting
reporting for CBS landed him a spot on President Richard Nixon’s notorious “enemies list” in the 1970s died on Friday, July 23. He was 93.

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Howard Cunningham on the long-running
hit ABC sitcom “Happy Days,” died Oct. 19. He was 83.

Rabbi Nathan Hershfield, who served as an associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford from 1962-1968 and then served as rabbi at Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation in Simsbury and Temple B’nai Israe in New Britain, died Oct. 23.  He was 87.

Theodore Sorensen, who was President John F. Kennedy’s close confidant and speechwriter,
was born to a Russian-Jewish mother, although raised a Unitarian. He died on Oct. 31 at the age of 82.

Captain Gerry Gitell, who served in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret and was instrumental in bringing to the public the popular song “The Ballad of the Green Beret,” sung by Barry Sadler, died in November in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 69.

Stephen Solarz, a nine-term U.S. congressman from New Yorkwhose avid interest in Israel
propelled him to become a foreign policy leader, died in November at the age of 70.

Rabbi Isaac C. Avigdor, who served as spiritual leader of the United Synagogues of Greater Hartford in West Hartford for half a century, died on Nov. 24 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he had relocated in 2007 to be closer to his children.  He was 90.

Former Knesset Speaker Dov Shilansky, who survived the Dachau death march at the end of World War II, died in Tel Aviv on Dec. 9.  He was 86.

Micah H. Naftalin, a leader in human rights activism on behalf of Soviet Jews, died Dec. 23 in Washington, DC. He was 76 years old.  Since February 1987, he served as national director of United Council for Soviet Jewry, an independent grassroots human rights organization operating across the former Soviet Union (FSU).

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