Obituaries

Rabbi Max Hausen

Retired Main Line Reform Rabbi Max Hausen Dies at 93

Rabbi Max Hausen of Bryn Mawr was famous for his puns and strong handshake. Friends say his sharp mind, quick, dry wit and sense...
Bernard Brachya Cohen

Bernard Brachya Cohen, a Psychologist and Writer, Dies at 93

Bernard Brachya Cohen of Center City was known for sharp and quiet cleverness. The retired clinical psychologist, professor and writer was a legend for...
Max Gordon holds up his Congressional Gold Medal of Service

Congressional Gold Medal Winner Max Gordon Dies at 95

Max Gordon of Northeast Philadelphia, who served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and was, in February 2019, awarded the...
Berta Schwartz

Berta Schwartz, Longtime Jewish Educator, Dies in Bus Crash at 71

Berta Schwartz, a longtime Jewish educator at both Perelman Jewish Day School and Adath Jeshurun’s Hebrew school, was among four killed in a bus...
George and Ilse Sakheim

Nuremberg Interpreter George Sakheim Dies at 96

George Sakheim, a psychologist who aided prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials as a German-speaking interpreter, died Dec. 5 of pneumonia and a heart infection...
Al Chernoff on a motorcycle

Animal Advocate Al ‘Alley Cat’ Chernoff Dies at 59

11/19/2019: This post has been updated to include an additional quote. When news came of Al “Alley Cat’” Chernoff’s murder at his home on Nov....
Allan Kalish and granddaughter Sophia at a family barbecue

Iconic Ad Executive, Dachau Liberator Dies at 94

Allan Kalish did extraordinary things with his 94 years, things about which he could’ve justifiably bragged. From the early ’60s to the mid-’80s, Kalish &...
Robert S. Seltzer

Community Leader Robert Seltzer Dies at 84

Robert S. Seltzer, a longtime Jewish community leader who also led Cohen-Seltzer Inc. from 1969 until 2013, died on Oct. 25 at the age...
Jane and Lee Bender

Lee Bender, ZOA Leader and Involved Community Member, Dies at 56

Update: A previous version of this article stated that Bender belonged to the American Jewish Committee, rather than the American Jewish Congress.  Lee Bender, who...
Jane and Lee Bender

Brief: Lee Bender, Longtime ZOA Leader, Dies at 56

Lee Bender, who served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Zionist Organization of America from 2012 to 2019, died on Sept. 10 at the...