Obituaries

Al Chernoff on a motorcycle

Animal Advocate Al ‘Alley Cat’ Chernoff Dies at 59

When news came of Al “Alley Cat’” Chernoff’s murder at his home on Nov. 5, the reaction online was overwhelming. For days, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,...
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...
Greg Casey at a desk

Kaiserman JCC Mainstay Greg Casey Dies at 59

When Greg Casey failed to show up for a morning group exercise class at the Kaiserman JCC on Aug. 26, a few eyebrows were...
Miriam Spector

Educator, Advocate Miriam Spector Dies at 76

A common thread in all the comments people made in the wake of Miriam Spector’s death was her commitment — how fully invested she...
Philadelphia photographer Robert Mendelsohn

Robert Mendelsohn, Who Photographed the Black Community, Dies at 61

Rep. Dwight Evans. WDAS radio host Patty Jackson. Even Mayor Jim Kenney took to Twitter this week to honor the passing of photographer Robert...
Rabbi Mike Stern

Rabbi Mike Stern, Founder of Rabbi Without Walls, Dies at 58

In the outpouring of condolences and shared memories that have followed Rabbi Mike Stern’s death, it would be hard not to think that there...
Rabbi Mike Stern

Brief: Rabbi Mike Stern Dies

Rabbi Mike Stern, founder of Rabbi Without Walls, has died. Stern and his wife, Denise, founded Rabbi Without Walls several years ago, when they returned...