Moish Ellis, 86, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2007. He was involved in Sephardic Jewish community, member of board of Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, President of Friendship, Truth & Benevolent Society of Kastoryalis, gabai of its synagogue, and leader of Broome and Allen Boys Association.
Rabbi Yonah H. Geller, 87, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 15, 2007. He was a seventh-generation rabbir and leader of Congregation Shaarei Torah in Portland for more than 40 years.
“He may have been the most beloved person in the Portland Jewish community,” said Charlie Schiffman, executive vice president of the Portland Jewish Federation, told the Oregonian newspaper. He was was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Houston and raised in Galveston, Texas.
Irving Bluestone, 90, Brookline, Mass., Nov. 14, 2007. He was chief negotiator for more than 400,000 workers at General Motors in the 1970s. Bluestone was traveling in Germany in 1937 and became aware of Nazis when a priest to whom he had shown a letter of introduction refused to speak to him for fear of reprisal because he was Jewish, the New York Times reported. “I became convinced,” Mr. Bluestone said in 1970, “that only a strong labor movement can preserve democracy. The first thing that Hitler did was to destroy the labor parties in Germany.”
Martin D. Raab, 75, New York City, Nov. 14, 2007, of cancer. He was senior managing partner of HLW International architecture firm and revitalized New York City School Construction Authority. He was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 1, 1932, the only child of Carl and Gertrude Greenbaum Raab. Raab is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Gail Leff, a daughter, son; and four grandchildren.
Harold J. Berman, 89, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2007. He taught at Harvard Law School and Emory University School of Law, and wrote 25 books. He once argued in a Soviet Union for royalties owed to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle.
Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch, 100, New York City, Nov. 7, 2007. She was a geneticist who fled Nazi Germany, and whose research shed light on fundamental questions of development in mammals. She was professor emerita of molecular genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.