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July 2, 2014 By:
Robert Horen, 77, Communal Leader
Robert Albert Horen, a systems analyst for the petroleum industry whose energetic actions on behalf of the Jewish community sparked admiration and respect beyond the region, died June 22.
The Center City resident was 77.
A member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Horen formerly served on the Committee for the Jewish Poor, which was part of Federation’s Center for Social Responsibility.
With all his activity, Horen always found time to volunteer for the Federation’s campaigns over the many years, and was a never-to-be-missed presence at its phone-a-thons.
Len Zimmerman, chief development officer at Federation, recalls Horen as a true leader: “I had the pleasure of working with Bob for over 10 years; he was the ultimate volunteer.
Horen, Zimmerman remembers, “always had a smile on his face and was willing to do anything for the good of the cause.” His commitment and follow-through were exceptional, remarks Zimmerman: “He was one of our best solicitors.”
And one of the most efficient, not to mention tireless as well as eager. “We would ask Bob to speak to a number of donors, and he completed his tasks quickly and efficiently and then asked for more,” says Zimmerman.
In 1985, Horen was part of the Zachor Mission to Israel, and, in 2012, joined his wife, the former Betsy Elfman, as chair of the Circle of Partners celebration.
Beyond Federation, Horen was active with the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, where he was involved as a former board member.
Horen had other roles in the philanthropic community as well, including serving as a former executive director of the Golden Slipper Club.
David Levy, president of Golden Slipper, recalls a man of substance.
“My father, Leon Levy, was the president of Golden Slipper and he hired him back then. Bob was a truly warm and loving man,” notes Levy.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Harriet Brownstein.
Donations in his honor may be sent to the Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia PA 19123; and Amyloidosis c/o the Boston University School of Medicine, attention of Dr. David C. Seldin, 72 E. Concord St., L-219, Boston MA 02118.
Also, contributions may be sent to Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St., Philadelphia PA 19103.