Saturday, October 1, 2016 Elul 28, 5776
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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Neal (Nahum) Bedein, 55, who helped to coordinate activities for Philadelphians in Israel for many years, died Dec. 27, in Jerusalem. Bedein came on aliyah in 1977 from Philadelphia, after graduating from the department of religion at Temple University. In Jerusalem, he studied at the Pardes Center for Jewish Studies and subsequently received a degree in hotel management from the...
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Roslyn Cohn Sklaroff, a medical researcher who was active in the Jewish community, died Dec. 22. Sklaroff grew up in Wynnefield and graduated from Overbrook High School. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Hood College in Frederick, Md. A volunteer in various programs at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Sklaroff ultimately became president of the auxiliary. She helped organize...
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Julius "Jay" Apt, 86, an old-style newspaperman, from his Stetson hat with the wide ribbon where his "Press" card was shoved, to the ever-present pen and note pad, died Jan. 31 in Maryland. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Apt was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School for Boys. He started his career at the Philadelphia Daily News in...
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Marion A. Wilen, a powerhouse volunteer for the Philadelphia Jewish community and countless other social causes, died Jan. 17 of complications from pneumonia. She was 90. Her death coincided with the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man she greatly admired. In 1963, Wilen was at the helm of a Philadelphia delegation to the "March on Washington,"...
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