Adam Cohen said that his father gave him permission to organize a large public event after his death, with the condition that it be held in Montreal.
From comics Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis to scientist Vera Rubin and journalist Ruth Gruber, the historic marks they made on their fields were remarkable.
Finkelstein also helped elected Ronald Reagan as president and Republican senators including Orrin Hatch, as well as Ariel Sharon as Israeli prime minister.
Lewis is best known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin and his four decades of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, as well as his starring role in the 1963 film "The Nutty Professor."
The Jewish singers both happened to be on tour in Berlin, and both drew comparisons to that city's dark past.
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem stands to benefit from the latest sale.
Amir Fryszer-Guttman, 41, a former boy band star, was at the beach celebrating a year since he learned that he had been misdiagnosed with cancer.
Primo Levi was born into an Italian Jewish family in the northern industrial city of Turin in 1919.
Eliahu Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew who served as a legendary Mossad spy in Syria, was publicly hanged in a Damascus square on May 18, 1965.
This Jewish scientist also had a prolific love of music, politics, and writing, and a profoundly deep love for Israel.