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Elv​a Yeslow, 82, Religious and Political Activist

July 8, 2010
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Elva Bazin Yeslow, 82, a retired office manager at Records Management, and community activist, died May 21. She was a resident of Ventnor, N.J., and formerly of Philadelphia

In her younger years, Yeslow was active in the Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center, serving as its Sisterhood president for four years, and on the board of directors for about 25 years. In addition, continuing family tradition, she was involved in politics and served for decades as an advocate for the community and as a committeewoman for the Philadelphia Democratic Club.

Yeslow was employed by Records Management in Philadelphia for 22 years, and worked her way up from part-time file clerk to full-time office manager. She was repeatedly honored for her achievements, and received the Valley Forge Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award.

She and her late husband, Fred Yeslow, who were married for 48 years, retired to Ventnor in 1982, and immediately joined and became active in Temple Emeth Shalom of Margate. She served on the Temple's board of directors for about two decades, as congregation vice president for 12 years, and as president of the Sisterhood for four years.

Upon meeting the young Frank Lobiando, Yeslow changed course politically and became a Republican in order to support the future Congressman and sponsored his initiatives as vice president of the Ventnor Republican Club for many years. She also served on the Atlantic County Republican Committee for two decades.

Yeslow is survived by daughter Janet Fein; sons Bruce Yeslow and Barry Yeslow; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Rabbi Geller's Charity Fund, Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate City, NJ 08402.

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