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    Bennett Goldstein, former President and funeral director of Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks died March 13, 2019. He was 86. Goldsteins Funeral Home was opened in 1944 by Bennett’s father Jack Goldstein and his Uncle Joseph Goldstein. While attending Central High School, Bennett joined his father Jack and his Uncle Joe working at the funeral home on a daily basis. After graduating from Central in 1949, Bennett went on to become a funeral director working in the family business. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Sonny Nathanson, and then went to serve his country in Korea. After returning from Korea, he had 2 children: Bruce, born in 1954 and Carl, born in 1957. Bennett always wanted to serve the Jewish Community. Under his tutelage, Goldsteins’ Funeral Directors became the largest funeral home in Pennsylvania and he largest Independently owned Jewish Funeral Home in the country. He was president of the company until his illness forced him to retire in 2016. Bennett’s professional and community involvement was wide ranging. His tireless dedication to serving Jewish needs elevated him to high office in virtually all of the organizations that he served. He was past Chairman of the Board of the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Center for Jewish Life, was Past President of the Jewish Funeral Directors of America, was past president of National Brith Sholom, and was past Chairman of the Brith Sholom Foundation. He was a trustee of Beth Sholom Congregation, a member of the Board of the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, was a member of the Board of Overseers of Gratz College, was Past Chairman of the Brith Sholom Foundation, and was a Past President of United Jewish Organizations. He was also a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Bnai Brith, Hackenburg-Mt. Moriah Lodge F & AM, 32 Carat Club, 21 Jewel Square Club, Golden Slipper Club, American Assoicates of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, American Friends of Mogen David Adom, and more than 75 other fraternal and philanthropic organizations. In 1982, Bennett and his late wife, Sonny, were honored together as the recipients of the Brith Sholom Communal Award. In 1990, they received the Lion of Judah Award from State of Israel Bonds. In 1991, Bennett was the recipient of the Golden Yarmulka Award from Middle Atlantic Region of National Federaton of Mens Clubs. In 1992, Bennett and Sonny were the recipients of the Family Aaward from the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. Bennett is survived by his children: Bruce and his wife Debbie and Carl and his wife Rachel; 1 brother: Gabe and his wife Carole, Grandchildren: Jason and his wife, Jessica, Staci Shaub and her husband Art, Seth and his wife Dara, and Joshua and his wife, Lauren, Greatgrandchildren: Samuel, Luke, Jordyn, Corey, Sophie, and Brooke. Funeral services will be held Sunday 1 PM at GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S RAPHAEL-SACKS. 6410 N. Broad St. Int. Montefiore Cem. Shiva will be observed at Beth Sholom Cong. 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Sunday following burial, Monday and Tuesday 1 PM-3 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Sonny Goldstein Memorial Fund at Abramson Senior Care 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454 or Beth Sholom Cong. 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027