The retired hardware store owner was a prominent fixture in the Kensington Jewish community for decades and a popular figure at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales.
Edith Seidman, a retired hardware store owner who was a prominent fixture in the Kensington Jewish community for decades, died Jan. 3 at age 95.
She and her late husband, Isadore, operated a business, a paint store that evolved into a hardware shop, in Kensington for close to four decades until their retirement in 1983, passing the business on to their son, Elliott.
The business was sold in the 1990s.
She faced some serious health issues, losing both legs to circulation problems earlier this millennium, but remained a strong presence in Jewish communal activity.
The onetime Sisterhood president of the Kensington Synagogue/Community Center, she was a source of history — as well as photos — for the book, The Jewish Community Under the Frankford El, authored by Allen Meyers and Carl Nathans.
A resident at the time of death at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, she was a popular figure there as a member of its choir and for her charitable work; she served as president of its residents’ association, taking the position in 2013.
“Edith was involved in so many activities, including knitting, singing, synagogue services, Yiddish tisch,” says Rabbi Erica Steelman, the center’s staff chaplain.
“She was a guiding force and constant leader and participant in Hearts and Hands, where she would write out cards to new residents as well as to people returning from the hospital, in beautiful handwriting, and then deliver them. Edith paid attention to people around her— she was an excellent listener and sensitive to other people’s needs and feelings.”
Adds the chaplain: “I saw her on many occasions help a new resident feel a bit more welcome and a returning resident feel warmly welcomed back home.”
Seidman’s communal work was recognized by ORT, which named her “Woman of the Year” in 2003.
In addition to son Elliott, she is survived by son Paul; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Abramson Center, 1425 Horsham Rd., North Wales PA 19454.