Rabbi Nardus Groen, 87, Member of Dutch Unde​rground



Rabbi Nardus Groen, 87, died June 13 in Delray, Beach, Fla.

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Groen was a member of the Dutch Underground during World War II, during which he was captured several times by the Germans and escaped each time. Immediately after the war, the Dutch military assigned him to the American Marine Corps, and he served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Groen served as a child psychologist at an orphanage for Jewish children who were survivors of the Holocaust from 1948 to 1950.

He was then assigned to serve as a rabbi in Surinam, where he led a combined Sephardic and Ashkenazic congregation until 1952.

After leaving Surinam, he returned to the Netherlands, where he served as a rabbi in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

In 1955, he moved to the United States. In 1963 he moved to Lansdale, Pa., where he served as rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue at Fourth and Broad streets.

Groen returned to the Netherlands in 1976, where he assumed his last pulpit in Arnhem. In this position, he served as the chief rabbi for the eastern six provinces of the Netherlands. He retired in 1986.

From 1986 to 2005, the rabbi and his wife split their time between the Netherlands and Boynton Beach, Fla., before permanently moving two years ago to Delray Beach, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sipora Rodriguez-Lopes; daughter Debora Groen; sons Marcel Groen, Leo Groen, Ruben Groen and David Groen; sister Sophia Groen; brother Meyer Groen; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Jewish National Fund, 2100 Arch St., Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.



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