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Aryeh Elias, veteran Israeli actor

Aryeh Elias, veteran Israeli actor

ISRAELI FILM legend, Aryeh Elias passed away at age 94 on May 7. The veteran stage, television and movie actor, who was born in Kurdistan in 1921, was the first Jew to be accepted to the drama faculty in Baghdad’s Academy of Fine Arts in Iraq in 1941.

He started his long acting career around age 10 thanks to his uncle’s theater house in Kurdistan.

In an interview with Israel’s Hinuchit 23 TV three years ago, Elias said that there was a huge uproar in the northern Iraqi Jewish community when he was accepted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad.

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Rowanne Spector

Rowanne SpectorRowanne B. Spector, a native Denverite, passed away April 12, 2015, in Denver. Rabbis Joseph Black and Yaakov Chaitovsky and Cantor Elizabeth Sacks officiated at the April 14 service at Temple Emanuel. Interment followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Mrs. Spector was born July 4, 1947, in Denver to Miriam and the late M. Jack Bernstein. She married Sheldon Spector on June 26, 1972.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 14:24 )

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Richard Radetsky

Richard RadetskyRichard Lee Radetsky, a native and lifelong Denverite, passed away April 23, 2015, in Denver. Rabbi Bernard Gerson and Cantor Saul Rosenthal officiated at the April 27 graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “Richard’s greatest love was for antique and classic cars,” the family said. “He was known worldwide for his knowledge of these cars and their parts, specifically pre-WW II cars.”
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Rudolf Meyer

Rudolf MeyerRudolf (Yissochor) Meyer, beloved father of Rabbi Yaakov Meyer and frequent visitor to Denver, passed away April 18, 2015 in Lakewood, NJ. Burial took place April 20 at Segulah Cemetery in Petach Tikvah, Israel. Mr. Meyer was born Jan. 6, 1926 to Dr. Nathan and Tillie Meyer in Hamburg, Germany.  He attended elementary school in Hamburg before coming to the US in 1938 with his mother and sister.  His father had come in 1937. The family fled Hamburg because they experienced strong anti-Semitis...
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Len Chernila

Len ChernilaLeonard “Len” Chernila, professor, writer, an educator of generations of Jewish children and the leader of freedom movements for 60 years, passed away April 25, 2015, in Denver. He was 75. A memorial service took place Wednesday, April 29, at Cheesman Park. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He wasn’t the kind of person you associated with a ‘great man,’” the family said. “He was humble, never imposing. His greatness was in the hearts he reached and in the minds he opened...
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