Pesach Grupper (21 August 1924 – 29 April 2013) was an Israeli politician who served as Minister of Agriculture between October 1983 and September 1984.
Grupper was born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era. He served as head of Atlit local council between 1959 and 1962 and again from 1969 until 1971.
Jacob Avshalomov (March 28, 1919 – April 25, 2013) was an American composer and conductor.
Jacob Avshalomov was born on March 28, 1919 in Tsingtao, China. His father was Aaron Avshalomov, the Siberian-born composer known for "oriental musical materials cast in western forms and media"; his mother was from San Francisco. Jacob received musical instruction from his father starting at a young age. At eight years old Avshalomov visited Portland from China with his parents and were guests of Jacques Gershkovitch for several months in 1927. More here
Elaine Lobi Konigsburg (February 10, 1930 - April 20, 2013) was an American author and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She is one of five authors to win two Newbery Medals, awarded annually for one contribution to American children's literature.
She submitted her first two manuscripts to editor Jean Karl at Atheneum Publishers in 1966, and both were published in 1967: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. They made her the only person to win a Newbery Honor (honorable mention) and the Newbery Medal in one year. Konigsburg won her second Newbery Medal in 1997 for The View from Saturday, 29 years later, the longest span between two Newberys awarded to one author.
Géza Vermes (22 June 1924 – 8 May 2013) was a British scholar of Jewish Hungarian origin and writer on religious history, particularly Jewish and Christian. He was a noted authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient works in Aramaic such as the Targums, and on the life and religion of Jesus. He was one of the most important voices in contemporary Jesus research, and he has been described as the greatest Jesus scholar of his time. Vermes' written work on Jesus focuses principally on Jesus the Jew, as seen in the broader context of the narrative scope of Jewish history and theology, while questioning the basis of some Christian teachings on Jesus.
Dvora Omer (October 9, 1932 - May 2, 2013) was an Israeli author
Omer was born in 1932 in Kibbutz Ma'oz Haim in Mandatory Palestine. Omer's parents divorced when she was a child, and when she was 11 years old, her mother was killed in a training accident, in the Hagana, a pre-state military organization. Her father, Moshe Mosenzon, was a newspaper editor who served in the Jewish Brigade. In his absence, Omer was raised by the kibbutz.
János Starker (July 5, 1924 – April 28, 2013) was a Hungarian-American cellist. From 1958 until his death, he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor.
Starker was born in Budapest to a father of Polish descent and a mother who had immigrated from Ukraine, both Jewish.