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First Jewish Massachusetts chief Justice, Ralph Gants' memory lives on

Judges, lawyers, political figures and community leaders remembered Gants as a legal giant, passionate in his dedication to equal justice and steeped in compassion for people from all walks of life.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
19/09/2020
Silvio Berlusconi meets Amos Luzzatto in Rome
Amos Luzzatto, Italian writer and Jewish community leader, dies at 92

He served as president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities from 1998-2006 as well as president of the Jewish community of Venice.

Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning screenwriter of ‘The Pianist,’ dies at 85

He also was nominated for Oscars for his screenplays for “The Dresser” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The South Africa native received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/09/2020
British actress Diana Rigg, 82, passed away

Rigg was famous for her role in the cult 1960s TV series 'The Avengers,' as well as subsequent appearances in 'James Bond' and 'Game of Thrones.'

By REUTERS
10/09/2020
Legal rights, refugees scholar Justus Reid Weiner dies at age 70

Weiner exposed the persecution of Palestinian Christians in the territories under Palestinian jurisdiction.

06/09/2020
A tribute to Dr. Michael Levenstein z”l – opinion

His insight, wit and passionate Zionism was inspiration for many of my columns

Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel
Arnold Spielberg, who helped son Steven make his first movie, dies at 103

Spielberg died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, his children said in a statement published in the Hollywood Reporter. His children reportedly were with him at the time of his death.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/08/2020
Remembering Phil Blazer, broadcaster and Jewish activist

Blazer is survived by his wife, Kathy, his three sons and one daughter, and six grandchildren, as well as his two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

A tribute to Rav Adin

Rav Adin Steinsaltz, died at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem – the city of his birth – on August 7, 2020 at the age of 83.

02/09/2020
Cantor David Hass
Remembering Cantor David Hass

Especially noteworthy had been his uncanny ability to teach congregations prayerful tunes that they felt drawn to join in with at appropriate moments.

By DAVID PRAGER
24/08/2020
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