In Memoriam

The Jewish Theological Seminary honors those we have lost. May their memories be for a blessing (z"l).

IRVING B. TAPPER (February 2013)

The Jewish Theological Seminary joins the family in mourning the loss of Irving Bernard Tapper, DDS, professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, and father of JTS Library Advisory Board Chair Dorothy Tapper Goldman. Dr. Tapper--a model of devotion to family, Judaism, Jewish life, and tikkun ‘olam--had a pediatric dental practice for 53 years and was accomplished in the profession on a local, state, and national level. With his late wife, he established the Irving and Jeanne Tapper Pediatric Dental Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Published in The New York Times on February 26, 2013

David Hartman (February 2013)

The Jewish Theological Seminary joins the family and the Jewish People in mourning the loss of Rabbi David Hartman--prize-winning philosopher and educator, champion of Jewish pluralism, founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and teacher and friend to many Jewish and non-Jewish leaders in both Israel and the Diaspora. Rabbi Hartman was a passionate and lifelong student of Torah whose commitment to religious tolerance and dialogue, to a rejuvenated Judaism, to a closer relationship between Israel and the Diaspora, and to the rights of men and women everywhere never wavered. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Published in The New York Times on February 12, 2013

Daniel Schechter (November 2012)

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Daniel Schechter, a respected leader in the Jewish community with a strong commitment to Jewish values, and a grandson of Dr. Solomon Schechter, second president of JTS from 1902 to 1915. The Schechter family made generous contributions to JTS and, in particular, the Schechter Collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary over the years. Loving husband of Sally; devoted father of David, Nancy, Jane, James, and John, an alumnus of JTS's rabbinical school; father-in-law of Audrey, Leonard, Susan, and Riki, an alumnus of JTS's cantorial school; and beloved grandfather of 11 grandchildren. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Published in The New York Times on November 2, 2012

Dr. Sylvia Ettenberg (June 2012)

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Sylvia Ettenberg, Dean Emerita at JTS, and a presence at the institution for over half a century. She had a crucial role in founding and leading virtually every JTS enterprise in the field of Jewish education: most famously, Camp Ramah, but also the Ivry Prozdor High School, the Melton Research Center, JTS's Department of Jewish Education, and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Throughout her distinguished service, her thoughtful counsel and leadership were guided by her strong commitment to traditional Jewish values, and to her continued championship of education. Loving wife of the late Moshe Ettenberg, mother of Isa Aron and David Ettenberg, grandmother of Hillel Aron and Jesse Aron. May her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Originally Published in The New York Times on June 23, 2012

Alfred Gary (February 2011)

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Alfred Gary, father of board member Marc Gary. May his wife, Gloria, his sons, Tom and Marc, and the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

—Arnold Eisen, Chancellor
—Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Originally published in The Boston Globe.

Debbie Friedman (January 2011)

We at The Jewish Theological Seminary were grief-stricken to hear of the death of Debbie Friedman. Debbie was an acclaimed musician and songwriter for more than three decades, but above all, she was a passionate Jew who consistently touched Jewish hearts and souls. Debbie said about her work, "From the beginning of my career, I've tried to help people see how prayer can be a source of comfort in both good times and bad." And because of what she showed them, for untold thousands of people, on many occasions, prayer was that comfort. Debbie's songs reached people with hope and sustained faith. Debbie Friedman created a whole new genre of accessible Jewish music by setting the prayers, teachings, and melodies of ancient Jewish texts to contemporary music, and in so doing she taught us how to "sing a new song to the Lord." She got to see her work performed in synagogues worldwide more often than that of any other living composer.

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Barbara Horowitz (January 2011)

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Barbara Silver Horowitz, JTS trustee since 1999 and member of the board's Committee on The Jewish Museum. Ms. Horowitz was also a former member of the Advisory Board of JTS's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Throughout her distinguished service, her thoughtful counsel was guided by her strong commitment to traditional Jewish values, and she was a determined advocate for JTS, around the board table and in the Jewish world. Loving wife of Gedale Horowitz, mother of Ruth Ellen and Seth Robert, and grandmother of Jared Isaac and Elliot, Ms. Horowitz was a dedicated philanthropist and champion of education, health care, and the arts. May her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

—Arnold Eisen, Chancellor
—Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Originally published in The New York Times.

Beate Voremberg (November 2010)

The Jewish Theological Seminary mourns the loss of Beate Voremberg, loving wife of longtime board member and honorary JTS trustee, Henry Voremberg, whose commitment to JTS and its vision of Jewish education has been steadfast. A faithful and philanthropic Jew, Beate was the devoted mother of Leslie Kozupsky and David Voremberg, mother-in-law of Roy Kozupsky and Fran Snyder, and a beloved grandmother. She was dedicated to living and modeling a vibrant and active Jewish life. May her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

—Arnold Eisen, Chancellor
—Abby Joseph Cohen, Board Chair

Originally published in The New York Times.

Alumni Passings

The JTS community mourns the loss of the following alumni:

Rabbi Carla Theodore (RS '92)

Dr. Rena Lee Kofman (GS '75)     

Berenica Grayzel (TI '41, TI '43)

Rabbi James Diamond (RS '63)

Rabbi Leon J. Weinberger (RS '64)

Benjamin Entine (GS '88)

Rabbi Myron Berman (RS '53)