Rabbi Herman Schaalman, the oldest living Reform rabbi, has passed away at the age of 100.

Schaalman, a leader in the Reform movement for seven decades, died Jan. 31, according to the Union for Reform Judaism.

He served a small congregation in Iowa before moving to Chicago to become the Midwest director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which later became the URJ. He was named senior rabbi of Chicago’s Emanuel Congregation in 1956, and served for 30 years, though he continued to teach Torah classes at the temple after his retirement.

He was a founder and the inaugural director of the URJ’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, the first of the URJ’s summer camps, which has now grown to 18.

A native of Munich, Germany, Rabbi Schaalman was one of five young men selected by Rabbi Leo Baeck to come to the United States on scholarship in 1935 to study for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

He married his wife of 76 years, Lotte, the day after his ordination in 1941, since rabbinic students at the time were required to be unmarried, according to the URJ. Lotte Schaalman died last month.

Schaalman was active on committees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which he served as president from 1981 to 1983, and was instrumental in helping define the organization’s positions on interfaith marriage and patrilineal descent. (JTA)

 

Obituaries

MORRIS COHEN, most recently of Medford, and formerly of Mt. Laurel, Maple Shade and Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away on Jan. 27. Husband of the late Esther Cohen. Father of Mark (Rhoda) Cohen and Jodi (Alvin) Stern. Grandfather of Michele (Jack) Sharp, Greg (Andrea Amato) Cohen, Joshua (Alison) Stern and Geoffrey (Ilana) Stern. Great-grandfather of Bryce, Reed, Allie, Torren and Ethan. Brother of Rose German. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

ABE FEIGENBAUM, of Aventura, FL passed away on Jan. 26. Husband of the late Syma Feigenbaum. Father of Sam (Dorothy) Feigenbaum and James (Shirley) Feigenbaum. Grandfather of Staci (Jeffrey) Cedar, Lauren (Jonathan) Gindes, Rebecca (Michael) Redel and Jaclyn (David) Wolf. Great-grandfather of Nate, Brianna, Bella, Ava, Matthew, Ellie, Charlie and Hailey. He was a Holocaust survivor. He was a builder and developer in the Vineland area for years, and was an active member of the Beth Israel Congregation in Vineland and the Aventura JCC in Florida. Contributions may be made to the JCRC’s Esther Raab Holocaust Museum & Goodwin Education Center, www.jcrcsnj.org or Cong. Beth El, www.bethelsnj.org or Temple Beth Sholom, www.tbsonline.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

SYLVIA FINE, of Voorhees, passed away on Feb. 5. Wife of the late Dr. Martin Fine. Mother of Dr. Jerould (the late Lillian) Fine, Dr. Burton (Corinne) Fine and Beverly (Carl) Byck. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

ETHEL LUBARS, of Marlton, passed away on Jan. 26. Wife of Herbert Lubars. Mother of Nancy Lubars and the late Julia Mansfield. Sister of Herbert Levine. Grandmother of Melissa Lubars. Contributions may be made to MAZON, www.mazon.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

NEAL ROSENBERG, of Mt. Laurel, passed away on Feb. 1. Husband of Karen Cornell Rosenberg. Father of Meredith (Michael) Rosen and Daniel Rosenberg. Brother of Ted (Susan) Rosenberg. Contributions may be made to Chabad Cherry Hill, 1925 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

LEONARD SATTEL, of Moorestown, passed away on Jan. 24. Husband of the late Ellie Sattel. Father of Linda (Michael Fanger) Sattel and Andrew (Lisa) Sattel. Grandfather of Matthew, Josh, Rachel and Jonathan. Brother of Freda Sattel. Friend of Eunice Smith. Contributions may be made to Jewish Family and Children’s Service, www.jfcssnj.org or Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, www.samaritannj.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

DOROTHY SEGAL, of Cherry Hill, passed away on Jan. 31. Cousin of Frann Petrella, Elizabeth “Liz” Shapiro and Lauren Petrella. Daughter of the late Nellie and Morris Segal. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

 

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