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Florence J. Gilbert, 92, Dedicated to Jewish Causes All Her Life

May 19, 2011
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Florence Joan Gilbert, 92, who served as director of volunteers at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia for 15 years, died May 9. The former Florence Sack, she was dedicated to Jewish causes throughout her life.

Gilbert was one of the founders of the Yeadon Jewish Community Center Synagogue. She also started the youth groups at the synagogue.

For a decade following her retirement, she devoted her time to being a docent, guiding tours at the American Jewish Museum in Philadelphia. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and was a lifetime member of the Sisterhood of Har Zion Temple.

She was a staunch advocate for Soviet Jewry, and traveled to the Soviet Union in the 1980s to visit the Jewish community that had been denied visas, bringing them clothing and religious articles, as well as inspiration to stay connected to their Judaism.

Gilbert is survived by daughters Beth Reisboard and Valerie Swarbrick; son William Gilbert; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was married to the late Alfred A. Gilbert, a prominent real estate developer, for 24 years.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the South Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1415 Route 70 East, Suite 502, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034; or the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation, P.O. Box 314, Narberth, PA 19072-0314.

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