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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Obituaries

The founder of popular retail chain Lester’s, Lester Kronfeld, died on Saturday, August 18 at the age of 87.

Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on May 7, 1925 to  proud Jewish parents Esther and Leo Kronfeld, Lester went on to serve his country in WWII. He joined the United States Navy and served on the SS Quincy from 1943 to 1946, fighting for freedom his country on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and later transporting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in 1945.

Lester was most known for founding the family-owned chain Lester’s with his wife Lillian in 1948. Founded in Brooklyn and a New York landmark, the chain eventually grew to six stores, including two on Long Island in Greenvale and Huntington

Jewish leader and renowned philanthropist Zev Wolfson (Z”L)Do you believe in the Kabalistic Jewish tradition of the 36 hidden Tzadikim - saintly Jews who sustain the Jewish people with their good deeds? Do you wonder if they could really exist in our time?

In the age of Google searches, social networks and the prying eyes of mass media, would it really be possible for one person to impact the entire Jewish people and yet still remain hidden? Hard to imagine? Then try Googling the name of Zev Wolfson of Lawrence, NY, an unassuming retired businessman, who

Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, and Noel Cowardare among the names that helped establish the Great American Songbook.

More modern composers like Burt Bacharach, Randy Newman, Stephen Sondheim, and the late Henry Mancini continued that legacy by creating original music for film, stage, and television that managed to be both gloriously artistic as well as extremely popular. But no musician of the last forty years has had as much impact on all genres as Marvin

R. Peter Straus, a pioneering radio executive who turned New York-based WMCA into an innovative broadcasting outlet for both rock and roll and topical talk, died last week in Manhattan at age 89.

Strauss also stood out for his gutsy decision to use his radio station as an editorial voice for liberal opinions on social issues. Separately, several aspects of his life coincided in fascinating ways with situations of historical import.

With a grandfather – Nathan Straus – who owned the major

The arts world this week mourned the passing of Martin Segal, an influential leader of culture in New York City, at age 96.

A businessman who ran the Segal Company, an international consulting firm, Segal achieved his greatest renown as a prime force at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Besides serving as chairman of the organization from 1981 to 1986, Segal both donated and successfully solicited major funding for the cultural mecca.

Over the decade from 1968 to 1978, Segal