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Edith Zebrowitz, 81, Volunteer and Minyan Leader

July 14, 2005
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Edith Zebrowitz, 81, a longtime volunteer and minyan leader at Temple Sinai in Dresher, died June 26 of esophageal cancer. The former Edith Friedman, she was a resident of Wyncote.

Zebrowitz, who spoke English and Yiddish, graduated as valedictorian from South Philadelphia High School for Girls.

During the Depression, she helped her family by working rather than going to college.

She married Albert Podolsky in 1942, and was his partner in his accounting business for 47 years.

During the 1950s to 1960s, Zebrowitz - as "Aunt Edith" - helped produce several "Kool Kat Productions" with the Golden Girls and their kids on Fayette Street in West Oak Lane.

She also volunteered as treasurer of the Philadelphia Region of the American Jewish Congress for 40 years. She received a Heart of Gold from the AJC, as well as the Golden Bagel Award.

After Albert's death in 1989, Zebrowitz expanded her volunteer activities.

She became a volunteer for the Jewish Family Service and worked as a parachaplain in nursing homes. She was also part of the challah program at Abington Memorial Hospital, which delivers challah on Fridays, before Shabbat, to hospitalized Jewish patients.

She was a pastoral associate at Abington Memorial Hospital for the past 15 years, visiting the sick of all denominations every Thursday. After recovering from breast cancer in 2000, she joined the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program to support and encourage women who have recently had mastectomies.

In 2005, she was a Breast Cancer Survivor Honoree of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which recognized her extensive volunteer activities over the years.

A feminist in the Conservative Jewish Movement, Zebrowitz was the leader of the Monday-morning minyan services at Temple Sinai in Dresher for the last 15 years.

She married Stanley Zebrowitz in 1999.

In addition to her husband, Zebrowitz is survived by daughter Meryl Podolsky Littman; sons Joel Podolsky, Harris Zebrowitz and Joseph Zebrowitz; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Temple Sinai, 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025.

 

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