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IN MEMORIAM 2015

Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945 — the only Jewish woman to win the pageant. She died July 16 at the age of 90.

Lesley Gore, an Oscar-nomiated singer/songwriter best known for her hit “It’s My Party,” died Feb. 16. She was 68.

Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons” TV show, died March 8. He was 59.

Gene Saks, a Tony Award-winning director best known for his work with playwright Neil Simon, died March 28. He was 93.

Theodore Bikel, the actor and folk singer who won fame playing Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” died July 21. He was 91.

Al Rosen, the Cleveland Indians third baseman known as “The Hebrew Hammer,” who was the American League’s MVP in 1953 and a four-time All-Star,” died March 13. He was 91.

Ruth Popkin, who served as national president of Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund, died Jan. 9. She was 101.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, a leader of the national religious movement in Israel, head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the West Bank and a prominent modern Orthodox scholar, died April 20. He was 81.

Albert Maysles, a documentary filmmaker known for “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” died March 5. He was 88.

Joan Peters, CBS news producer and author of From Time Immemorial, a 1984 book that sparked debate for its claim that a large fraction of the Arabs of British Mandatory Palestine were not indigenous to the land. She was 76.

Larry Phillips, founder of the American Jewish World Service, died Sept. 11. He was 88.

Jack Polak, a Holocaust survivor who helped found the Anne Frank Center USA in New York, died Jan. 9. He was 102.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and the best-selling author of Awakenings, died August 30. He was 82.

Rochelle Shoretz, founder of Sharsheret, the national organization offering information and services for Jewish women with breast or ovarian cancer, died May 31. She was 42.

Goldie Steinberg of Long Beach, N.Y., believed to have been the world’s oldest Jew, died in August. She was 114.

Jerry Weintraub, a legendary Hollywood film producer and Emmy winner, died July 6. He was 77.

Bob Simons, “60 Minutes” correspondent, died in a car crash on Feb. 11. He was 73.

Ken Abrahams of Enfield, a leading supermarket executive and an active member of the Springfield, Mass. Jewish community, died March 30. He was 85.

Leonard Nimoy, an actor best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek,” died Feb. 27. He was 83.

Shirley Weinberg Bunis of West Hartford, former publisher of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, died May 11. She was 97.

Robert Wistrich, widely considered the world’s leading scholar on antisemitism, died May 19. He was 70.

E.L. Doctorow, author of a dozen novels and other works, including the novel Ragtime, died July 21. He was 84.

Shira Banki, who was stabbed at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, died of her wounds on August 2. She was 16.

Anne Meara, an actress and comedienne who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, and was part of the comedy team Stiller and Meara, died May 23. She was 85.

 

WE REMEMBER…

The Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism in Israel in 2015

Adele Biton, a four-year-old girl who was severely injured in a Palestinian rock attack two years ago, died of her injuries Feb. 17.

Shalom Sherki, 25, was killed on April 15, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when a Palestinian man ran his car into a bus stop in Jerusalem.

Danny Gonen, 25, was shot and killed on June 19 in the West Bank when he stopped to help a Palestinian man on the side of the road who waved him down, seemingly in need of assistance. The man opened fire on the vehicle, striking Gonen multiple times.

Malachi Rosenfeld, 25, was shot and killed on the evening of June 29 in the Binyamin region, north of Tel Aviv.

Alexander Levlovich, 64, was killed on Sept. 14, when his car was pelted by stones thrown by Palestinian youths, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

Eitam and Naama Henkin, both in their early 30s, were shot multiple times as they drove with their four children in the West Bank on Oct. 1. The children, all under the age of 10, were only lightly injured.

Nehemia Lavi, 23, and Aharon Banita-Bennet, 24, were stabbed to death in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 3.

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed when a terrorist rammed his car into a bus stop in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

Chaim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 59, and Richard Lakin, 76, were killed in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on a bus in the neighborhood of Talpiot in southern Jerusalem on Oct. 13. (Lakin, who lived in Glastonbury before making aliyah, died of his injuries two weeks later.)

IDF Soldier Omri Levy, 19, was shot to death in a crowded bus station in Beersheva on Oct. 18. A 29-year-old Eritrean immigrant, mistaken for a second attacker, died after he was shot by a security guard and beaten by a mob.

Avraham Asher Hasano, 50, was killed on Oct. 20 when he was hit by a truck after being forced to exit his car as it was pelted by stones in Fawwar, south of Hebron.

Staff Sargeant Benjamin Yakubovich, 19, was seriously wounded on Nov. 4 when he was rammed by a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist. He died of his wounds four days later.

Rabbi Yaakov Litman, 40, and his son, Netanel Litman, 18, were shot to death on Nov. 13 while driving in their car in the West Bank.

Rabbi Yaakov Don, 49, Ezra Schwartz, 18, and a Palestinian, Shadi Arafa, 24, were killed on Nov. 19 when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on Israeli vehicles sitting in traffic in Gush Etzion. Ezra Schwartz, of Sharon, Mass., was a gap-year student studying in Israel.

Reuven Aviram, 51, and Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32, were stabbed to death during mincha (afternoon) services in an office building in southern Tel Aviv on Nov. 19.

Hadar Buchris, 21, was stabbed to death at a bus stop in Gush Etzion on Nov. 23.

IDF Soldier Ziv Mizrahi, 20, was stabbed to death at a gas station on Nov. 23.

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