Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
Baruch S. Blumberg, 85, a Philadelphia researcher who won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1976 for his work on hepatitis B, once told a colleague, according to the NASA Watch website, that a day's worth of shoveling manure was an "excellent counterbalance" to the rigors of the intellectual life he led. He did most of that shoveling on the...
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Rabbi Abraham Novitsky, who led a Northeast Philadelphia congregation for more than 40 years, died on March 10 near Monsey, N.Y. He was 80. The funeral was held three days later at the Joseph Levine & Son Memorial Chapel, Inc. in Trevose. Novitsky was born in Brooklyn and earned his rabbinic ordination at Karlin Stolin, a Chasidic yeshiva in Williamsburg,...
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Selma Brodsky, 90, an aeronautical engineer and communal activist, died March 18. She was a resident of Wyndmoor, Pa. Brodsky attended Girls High School and, after a year at the University of Pennsylvania, attended Wellesley College from which she was graduated in 1941. After a short stint as a statistician at the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society in Philadelphia, Brodsky took...
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Henry Fajge, 63, who worked as a finance manager and salesman in the automotive industry for more than 35 years, died Feb. 9. A resident of Richboro, he died two months short of his 40th wedding anniversary. The son of Holocaust survivors, Fajge immigrated to the United States through the HIAS organization when he was 21 years old and learned...
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Rabbi Sandy Roth, 58, the founder of Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River, in New Hope, died March 8; three years ago, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. According to her daughter, Roth considered the Reconstructionist synagogue she brought into being back in 1994 one of her greatest successes. "She simply wanted to help people find their...
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