Composer and pianist wife die in house fire

May 7, 2015

British-born composer Ronald Senator and his wife, Miriam Brickman, were killed in a fire at their home in Yonkers, New York, last week. Mr Senator, 89, was best known for his piece Holocaust Requiem – Kaddish for the Children of Terezin, which was inspired by poems by writers Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. Ms Brickman, 81, was an accomplished concert pianist.


Kaddish in St Paul’s for Vidal Sassoon

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2012

Kaddish was recited in church in memory of Vidal Sassoon last week at a London ceremony following the death of the groundbreaking Jewish hairdresser in May, aged 84.


Jewish WW1 soldiers reburied

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined in France this week by 12 veterans from the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, as the Prince dedicated the first new Commonwealth War Graves cemetery for 50 years.

Two thousand people gathered at Fromelles, near Lille, for the reburial of 250 British and Australian soldiers on the 94th anniversary of the battle in which they were killed.


A shivah is not the time for a tea party

By Rabbi Barry Marcus, July 22, 2010

A colleague once told me about a call he received from a congregant informing him of the death of a family member. Before the rabbi could even offer his condolences, he was asked if he could recommend a good caterer for the one-night shivah.

All communal rabbis face a daily challenge in dealing with the lifecycle events in their communities, whether births, bar/batmitzvahs, weddings or sadly, bereavements. All these events are charged with various levels of emotion which demand sensitive handling.


Where was God during the Crusades?

February 25, 2009

By the end of the 14th century the persecutions of previous centuries created among the Jews the need for a special prayer. It would be said for those parents, children, and the masses of co-religionists who had been killed while sanctifying God’s name. Speculation is that the need was caused by the fact that their gentile neighbours, who had also been affected by the plague, had special prayers for mourning and suffering, and the Jews needed their own versions of such prayers.