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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 7, 2011 By Alan D. Abbey (JTA}--When The New York Times Sunday Maga- zine published its annual list of notable 2010 deaths. there were three Jewish names: Ambassador Rich- ard Holbrooke. innova- tive mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and caricaturist David Levine. who actually died on Dec. 29, 2009. We've come up with a bunch more notable figures, divided here by category. Politics/Government Theodore "Ted" Sorensen, 82. was President John F. Kennedy's speechwriter, a longtime adviser and a ghostwriter of Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage." Daniel "Danny the Red" Bensaid, 63, a French phi- losopher and former student radical who was a leader in the student revolt in Paris in 1968, was described as France's leading "Marxist public intellectual" upon his death. Ruth Proskauer Smith. 102, was an abortion rights pioneer. Harry Schwarz. 85. was a South African anti-apart- heid activist who was his country's ambassador to the United States dur- ing the transition from apartheid to the Mandela government. He also was a leader of South Africa's Jewish Board of Deputies, and he ~vorked with Israeli leaders to ensure the safety and future of South African Jewry. Schwarz told his own story as part of a museum exhibit of German refugees in South Africa. David Kimche, 82, was a founding father of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency and a spy who worked un- dercover in Africa and with the Christian Phala~gists in Lebanon before Israel's 1982 war there. Dov Shilansky, 86, was a former Speaker of the Knesset. Actors/Filmmakers Tony Curtis. 85, actor and artist, was born in the Bronx as Bernard Schwartz. A major sex symbol on the big screen from the 1950s on, Curtis helped finance the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Budapest in honor of his Hungarian roots. Tom Bosley, 83, was probably best known as Richie Cunningham's dad. Howard, on the sitcom "Happy Days." The Jewish E:(ponent published a piece on Bosley in 2006 when he appeared in a stage produc- tion of "On Golden Pond" in Philadelphia. Zelda Rubinstein, 76, a diminutive (4'3") actress who won a science fiction film award for her role in "Poltergeist" in 1982. was an activist for "little people." Harold Gould, 86, was best known for his role as the father of Rhoda Morgen- stern in the TV sitcoms "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." Gould. who held a doctorate in theater, taught for four years at the University of California, Riverside. before turning to acting. He appeared in doz- ens of TV shows and mov- ies," including "The Sting." Gould was originally cast as Howard Cunningham in "Happy Days." Maury Chaykin, 61, known for portraying detec- tive Nero Wolfe on TV, had film roles in "Dances With Wolves," "WarGames" and "My Cousin Vinny." Steve Landesberg, 74, an actor, comedian and voice actor, was best known for his work on TV's "Barney Miller." Bud Greenspan, 84, who was best known for his pro- duction of documentaries about the Olympics, was called a "trailblazing film- maker" by TheLos Angeles Times. Irvin Kershner, 87. a film director, was mostnoted for "The Empire Strikes Back," The Inquisitr/Creative Commons Tom Bosley was probably best known as Howard, Richie Cunningham's father, on the television show "Happy Days." the 1980 sequel to the origi- nal "Star Wars" film. Ingrid Pitt, 73, a Ho- locaust survivor, was an actress in horror films in the 19.60s and 1970s. Musicians Eddie Fisher. 82. was a pre-rock-era pop singer. He was married to actress David Soyer, 87, was founding cellist of the Guar- nieri String Quartet, one of the modern era's most celebrated chamber music ensembles. David Deckelbaum, 71, a Canadian/Israeli folk musi- cian from the group "The Taverners," was described by Debbie Reynolds. but left ~ the Israeli daily Haaretz as her, scandalously, for ac- tress Elizabeth Taylor a move that cost him his "Coke Time" TV series and a recording contraCt in 1959. Fisher made the first commercial recording of "Sunrise. Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof." Mitch Miller. 99. a record company executive and conductor who became fa- mous for his 1960s TV show "Sing Along With Mitch." was known for speaking derisively about rock and roll. He passed on signing contracts with Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. Malcolm McLaren. 64, was a rock and punk music impresario and performer who was most noted for managing the Sex Pistols, a seminal British punk band in the 1970s. London's The Telegral:~a ran an extensive obituary and photographs after his death. Doug Fieger, 57, was co- founder of. the power pop band The Knack and writer of the 1979 hit song "My Sharona." an "iconic banjoist" on the folk music scene in Israel. Literature/Media/Art Daniel Schorr, 93. was an award-winning journalist whose name appeared on Richard Nixon's "enemies list" and who angered both government officials and his employers for being a stickler for journalistic ethics and the protection of sources. Schorr spent many years as a commentator for National Public Radio. The station produced a lovely package of stories, audio clips and tributes about Schorr after his death. Harvey Pekar, 69, was a cartoonist best known for his autobiographical comic series, "American Splendor." His life was the subject of a 2003 film with the same title, starring actor Paul Giamatti as Pekar and featuring a cameo by Pekar himself. I.D. Salinger, 91, was one of the 20th century's most celebrated and re- clusive American authors. Salinger's 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," still sells a quarter-million cop- ies a year. The New York Times critic Michiko Kaku- tani said Salinger "domes- ticated the innovations of the great modernists" and presaged the work of writ- ers such as Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. Erich Segal, 72, was an "author and professor Whose novel (and later film), "Love Story," became a touchstone of youthful romance in the 1970s. The film's signature line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," was 13th on the American Film Institute's list of top 100 movie quotes. Segal, the son of a rabbi, also produced scholarly works m the fields of Greek and Latin literature. Abraham Sutzkever, 96, was an acclaimed Yiddish poet who was considered one of the great poets of the Holocaust. Born in the Rus- sian Empire, he was a par- tisan during World War II and spent more than 50 years in Israel, writing wha~ Israeli scholar Miriam Trin called some Of the greatest poetry of the 20th century. However. he was largely unknown in Israel because he wrote in Yiddish. Shmuel Katz, 83, was a well-known Israeli carica- turist and illustrator of chil- dren's books. Haaretz said Katz, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Israel in 1948. drew some of Israel's "best-loved" chil- dren's books. David Slivka, 95, who once famously made a death mask of his friend Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, was a sculptor and painter. The New York Times described Slivka as "one of the last living members of the New York school of Abstract Expressionists." His paint- ings and sculptures are in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Brooklyn Museum. Academia/Science Martin Ginsburg, 78. was an internationally re- nowned taxation law expert and law professor, as well as the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Howard Zinn. 87, was a radical historian and au- thor of. among other titles. "A Peoples History of the United States.'" Adam Max Cohen. 38, was an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. A Shakespeare scholar, he wrote about how the illit- eracy caused by his terminal brain tumor enabled him to gain new insights into appreciating Shakespeare's plays as performance art, and not only as great lit- erature. Crime Martin Grossman. 45. was executed in Florida 26 years after his conviction for the murder of a Florida wildlife officer. The Orthodox world campaigned to keep Gross- man from execution. Other Rosa Rein of Switzerland. who was believed to be the world's oldest Jew and the oldest Swiss citizen, died in February, just weeks before her 113th birthday. Mark Madoff, 46, was an American businessman and son of the infamous Bernard Madoff. Honorary Miep Gies, 100, was a non-Jewish Dutch woman who enabled Anne Frank and her family to hide, and who later discovered and preserved Frank's diary. She was honored by many organizations in later years, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial orga- nization in Israel. Who did we miss? Send your nominees to eulogiz- Please include a link to the person's obituary or another online reference. By Robert Wiener New Jersey Jewish News Eric Cantor, who is about to become the second-high- est-ranking member of the House of Representatives and its first Jewish majority leader, said President Barack Obama has failed to address both Israel's strategic needs and Iran's "atrocious viola- tions of human rights." Speaking recently in a packed Buttenwieser Hall at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. the five-term Virginia Republican replied that "there was a seeming lack of priority placed on this question" when asked about the president's approach to Iran's human rights abuses and possible development of nuclear weapons. He criticized Obama's Cairo speech to the Muslim world in 2009. "The inherent message was that Israel is to blame. I thought it was very dangerous," he told mod- erator Thane Rosenbaum, a lawyer and novelist. Speaking of the "reli- gious connection the Jewish Rep. (R-Va.) Eric Cantor people have to the Land of Israel," the congressman said. "There is something about this administration's policy that misses that point. It dismisses the strategic nature of the partnership. We have got to be there for our ally." He said an American demand for a moratorium on Jewish homebuilding in the West Bank and east Jerusalem "sends a signal that we in this country are not going to be the equal arbiter of the situation when one side demonstrates a Commitment to peace over - and over again and one side cannot and won't deliver." Cantor praised newly elected members of Con- gress from the Tea Party for "playing a tremendously important role. Republicans picked up 67 seats in the House." Asked whether he wor- ried that those isolationist members might oppose foreign aid to Israel as well as other nations, he said many Americans oppose foreign aid, "but I find it convincing to make the case for U.S. investment in Israel." Cantor was criticized by Republicansand Democrats alike in November when he floated separating Israel's aid package from the total foreign aid package. !'Will Israel do better with a Republican majority in the House?" asked Rosenbaum. "There has been a shift in attitude toward Israel over the last two years," Cantor replied. "It has been a shift that many worry about. The strong bond will hopefully be a guide to the way the new Republican House will ad- just itself toward a dia!ogue on foreign policy." Asked about Argentina's recent recognition of an independent Palestinian state, following Brazil's lead, Cantor responded angrily. "I want this administra- tion to speak out as loudly By Robert Wiener New Jersey Jewish News When R.ep. Eric Cantor spoke recently at the 92nd St. Y, the novelty of having a high-ranking conservative Jewish Republican in the heart of liberal Manhattan was not lost on moderator Thane Rosenbaum. . He began by teasing the congressman gently, saying, "L~berals are left to wonder what the hell is wrong with the guy? Was he dropped on his head during his bris?" Cantor responded that his as it can that it will veto any attempt to put [a similar] resolution through the U.N. Security Council," he said. Such declarations of uni- lateral Palestinian statehood are"awarning signal. This is not going to stop," he said. "The Palestinians have been on a mission to declare an independent state without Israel's acquiescence. We immigrant grandparents settled in Richmond, Va and opened a grocery store "and through hard work pulled themselves up into the middle class." "My father, an entre- preneur and real estate lawyer, believed in that es- sence of America, and the Republican Party offered the chance for a Jewish couple to get involved ~in a party dominated by the conservative Christiancom- munity'--most notably two local evangelical ministers with national reputations, know the anti-Israelism that is out there is the newest iteration of anti-Semitism. The Palestinian state and its backers must accept the right of a Jewish.state in the Middle East." Robert Wiener is a staff writer for the New Jersey Jewish News, from which this article was reprinted by permission. Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell. Rosenbaum noted that Cantor votes with the Right on gun control, embryonic stem cell research, same- sex marriage and abortion, taking the opposite position on what the Jewish majority considers "progressive" and Jewish values. "These ~re liberal pro- gressive values," said Can- tor. "They aren't necessarily Jewish values." permission of the New Jersey Jewish. News.