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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Rabbi David HartmanDavid Hartman, director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and author of numerous works on modern Jewish philosophy, passed away on Sunday, February 10. He was 81. Hartman, ordained as an Orthodox rabbi, was considered a leading light of the liberal wing of Orthodoxy.

Under his leadership, the Hartman Institute ran hundreds of programs designed to promote the group’s pluralistic viewpoints, giving equal weight and opportunity to leaders from all streams of Judaism, and encompassing ideas and viewpoints from various religious viewpoints, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Hartman, who was born in Brooklyn in 1931, immigrated to Israel in 1971 after serving as a congregational rabbi in New York. He started the Institute in 1976, naming

Quintessential New Yorker and iconic mayor, Edward I. KochEd Koch, the three-term mayor who led New York City during the turbulent 1970s and 1980s, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 1. He was 88 and had been in and out of the hospital for several months.

Koch died surrounded by his sister Pat and other relatives. “The mayor died with dignity,” a nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia said. “He didn’t suffer.”

“Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch,” Mayor

At a special gathering last March, Rabbi Hecht (seated center) was feted by such Jewish leaders as Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar (seated left) and Rabbi Saul Kassin (seated right).Rabbi Abraham Hecht – an outspoken supporter of Israel whose numerous rabbinical credits include serving as president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America and a half-century stint as the rabbi of Brooklyn’s Congregation Shaare Zion, the largest Sephardic shul in the United States – passed away last motzoei Shabbat at the age of 90.

Born in New York’s Brownsville section in April of 1922, the young Abraham Hecht left the comfort of America to go to Poland in September 1939 to learn in the Yeshivah

Legendary advice columnist “Dear Abby” combined classical common-sense wisdom with contemporary thinking to help her millions of readers deal with life’s daily issues.Pauline Phillips, the woman who doled out advice to troubled readers in the hugely popular “Dear Abby” newspaper column, died on January 16 at 94 in Minneapolis. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years, according to her family.

Phillips was born Pauline Friedman in Sioux City, Iowa to Russian Jewish immigrants Rebecca (née Rushall) and Abraham B. Friedman, owner of a chain of movie theaters. She wrote under the pen name Abigail Van Buren. “Abigail” was taken from the wise woman in the Old

Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize LaureateOn Sunday, December 30th, Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian-Jewish Nobel Prize winning neurologist who discovered critical chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerve networks, opening the way for the study of how those processes can go wrong in diseases like dementia and cancer, died at her home in Rome at the age of 103. Working well in to her years, she devoted several hours a day to her research even until her final days, and had been the oldest living Nobel