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Miriam Klein, Longtime Philanthropist, Dies at 93

July 23, 2009 By:
Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
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Miriam Klein, who together with her late husband Raymond, was a longtime mover and shaker in the Philadelphia Jewish community, died July 23 at age 93.

Raymond Klein died in 1995 at age 79. The pair were married for more than 56 years.

Alongside her husband, Klein, the former Miriam Kline, helped create the Raymond and Miriam Klein branch of the Philadelphia Jewish Community Centers, which quickly became and remains a fixture in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Kleins also provided a major gift to the Tel Giborim neighborhood in Holon, Israel, where the Raymond and Miriam Klein Community Center now stands. The city also hosts the Klein Family Sports Center.

Klein was a Center City resident, but the family were longtime members of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. Together with her son Stephen, Klein dedicated a new sanctuary there in 1997 in memory of her late husband. The couple had made many other significant donations to AJ over the years.

Klein served on a number of boards and committees throughout her long life, including a stint as president of the Women's Association of AJ; a board member of the Federation of Jewish Agencies Women's Council; and a life member on the boards of the Women's Division of the American Society for Technion and the Women's Auxiliary of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.

A memorial service was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July 26 at AJ. A private internment was planned at the Roosevelt Memorial Park.

In addition to her son, Klein is survived by a brother, Harold W. Kline; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by another son, Warren Klein.

Donations in Klein's memory can be made to the Klein JCC or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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