Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
Harriet Berger, a union organizer, political activist and university professor, died May 4 at the age of 94. The former Harriet Fleisher, she graduated from Wellesley College in 1938. After college she worked for the Internation- al Ladies Garment Workers Union and helped start the first union medical clinic in Philadelphia. After World War II, she and her husband, David,...
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Alan Abbey Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Statements of profound respect quickly poured in for Elan Steinberg, former executive director of the World Jewish Congress, who died April 6 of complications from lymphatic cancer. He was 59. "Elan's premature death will leave a huge void in the Jewish world," said WJC President Ronald Lauder, who called Steinberg one of the "greatest Jewish activists" of the past decade...
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Marvin Demchick, a giant in Philadelphia Jewish communal leadership and a major regional financial figure whose positions included serving as chair of Radnor Trust, died April 13. He was 88. Mr. Demchick's many leadership positions were recognized innumerable times over the years: In 1985, he was honored with the Community Award of the then Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater...
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Marge Dauber, 99, a local community activist and elementary schoolteacher, died March 29 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., where she had lived since 2008. She was formerly a longtime Philadelphia area resident. Dauber was active in local politics, serving on the Democratic Committee of Cheltenham Township for more than 40 years. In 1991, she was...
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Justin Sacharoff, Jewish Exponent Feature
Chayale Fuhrman, famed star of Yiddish theater and advocate for the preservation of the Yiddish language, passed away from pneumonia on March 7 in San Jose, Calif., at age 91. She went by her family's stage surname, Ash, and grew up in Yiddish theater, where she began her acting career at age 6. Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, in modern-day Moldova...
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