Obituaries

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...
Lew Klein, who worked at Temple University for decades, and Janet Klein in an undated photo

Lew Klein, Who Taught at Temple University for 67 Years, Dies at 91

Lew Klein, a legend of broadcast media who helped bring American Bandstand to the airwaves and taught at Temple University for 67 years, died...
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Environmental Activist Rabbi Lawrence Troster Dies at 65

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester and a leading Jewish environment activist, died at the age of...

Academic, Lawyer Phyllis Lachs Dies at 88

Phyllis Lachs, who died March 1 at 88, was a woman ahead of her time. She spent most of her career on the faculty at...

Former 6abc GM Larry Pollock Dies at 86

Larry Pollock, the former general manager of 6abc whose leadership helped make it the market’s dominant news channel, died Jan. 31. He was 86. In...