Nun who championed Jews dies at 85

south orange, n.j. (ap) | Sister Rose Thering, a Roman Catholic nun whose lifelong campaign against anti-Semitism helped change the policies of her church, died Saturday, May 6 in Wisconsin. She was 85.

Thering died from kidney failure at the Sisters of St. Dominic’s Siena Center in Racine, Wis., according to Seton Hall University, where she was a professor emerita of Jewish-Christian studies.

Thering’s life was the subject of the movie “Sister Rose’s Passion,” which was nominated in 2005 for an Academy Award in the short documentary category.

Thering put her concerns over anti-Semitism into action when she arrived at St. Louis University in 1957 to pursue her doctorate. For her dissertation, she examined how Catholic teaching materials contained numerous passages disparaging of Jews.

Her work was eventually used by the Vatican, which issued a declaration in 1965 that the events of Jesus’ death could not be held against “all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews today.”

Thering came to Seton Hall in 1968 to start an educational outreach program in Jewish-Christian studies. She spent her life advocating tolerance between Christians and Jews, traveling across the United States and around the world.

Yiddish actress dies at 99

new york (jta) | Luba Kadison Buloff, a leading Yiddish actress, died May 4 in New York at 99.

Billed as Luba Kadison, she played countless roles in both Eastern Europe and then New York for decades, including Linda, Willy Loman’s wife, in the Yiddish production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” the New York Times reported.

Often she co-starred with her husband, Joseph Buloff. She began her career as a child living in Lithuania, where her father founded the Vilna Troupe.

N.C. Jewish philanthropist dies

new york (jta) | Maurice “Chico” Sabbah, founder of the nation’s only non-Orthodox Jewish boarding school, died recently at age 77.

A wealthy businessman, Sabbah poured more than $100 million into the American Hebrew Academy’s 100-acre campus in Greensboro, N.C.

His contribution, which paid full tuition for the school’s initial 77 students, is believed to be the single largest donation by any individual to Jewish education in the United States.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Great Neck, N.Y., Sabbah made aliyah and served in the Israeli army after college.

After returning to the United States, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea before entering the reinsurance business. He started the academy, which now boasts 126 students, in 2001.