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A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made billionaire and philanthropist, has died at home in Bloomfield, Michigan, at the age of 91.
Taubman, born January 31, 1924 in Pontiac, Michigan to poor Jewish immigrant parents from Białystok, Poland, got his first start in business at the age of nine, when he was compelled to help out his parents when they lost everything in the Depression era.
Taubman attended University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University but did not graduate. Instead, in post-war affluent America, he turned his attention to how the middle-class, moving in droves to the suburbs, would use their new found wealth. Noting that shopping on traditional thoroughfares hampered the easy flow of commerce and tended to decline as
Rabbi Lichtenstein was one of the religious-Zionist world's most recognizable faces, and considered one of the world's leading halakhic authorities. He also received the illustrious Israel Prize in Torah Literature.
His funeral will start on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and is to leave from Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut in Judea's Gush Etzion on its way to Har Hamenuchot in Jerusalem where the rabbi will be buried.
Born in Paris on May 1933, shortly after the Nazi conquest of France in 1940 his
Bill Mazer, the sports-talk radio pioneer who also was a fixture in New York television during a 60-year career, died this past Wednesday. He was 92. Mazer’s son, actor Arnie Mazer, said his father died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.
Mazer spent more than 60 years in the broadcast business and called some of the biggest games in Canisius men’s basketball history, including the Griffs’ epic four-overtime win against the No. 2 North Carolina State in the 1956 NCAA Tournament. Mazer was
One of the greatest philanthropists of the century passes away.
Mr. Paul Reichmann passed away recently at the age of 83 in Toronto. Mr. Reichmann was a Canadian businessman who built Olympia and York Developments into a multi-billion dollar empire and donated millions of dollars each year to build Jewish schools, synagogues and yeshivas throughout the world. Some of the major financial complexes that Mr. Reichmann built were Canary Wharf in London, the World Financial Center and First
On Monday, the entire Jewish world mourned the passing of Sephardic Torah giant Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died at the age of 93. His passing was not only covered by Israeli and Jewish media but was noted in the worldwide media as well. With some 850,000 people attending his Jerusalem funeral, it was clear the entire State of Israel — politicians, religious leaders, artists and simple citizens — all mourned him.
Many may wonder how it is that Rabbi Yosef, whose comments often drew the surprise