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Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, 90, Led Synagogue for Mo​re Than 40 Years

March 13, 2008
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Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, 90, religious leader of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J., for 44 years, died Feb. 10. He was a resident of Cherry Hill.

Lewis joined Beth Sholom in 1948 as a student rabbi. He retired in 1992. After becoming rabbi emeritus, he taught adult education there until four years ago.

A native of the Bronx, Lewis earned his bachelor's and master's degree in education from City College of New York. He was a teacher in New York City, and then was principal of the Brighton Beach Yeshiva in Brooklyn.

He earned a master's degree in Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, where he taught for 10 years. He was ordained in 1948.

A past president of the International Rabbinical Assembly and vice president of the World Council of Synagogues, the rabbi wrote articles for the Jewish Magazine and the Encyclopaedia Judaica.

He also authored two books, So It Isn't Perfect and What's Your Glory.

Since 1956, Lewis led youth tours to Israel under the auspices of United Synagogue Youth, and in 1967, he spent a yearlong sabbatical in Israel and traveled to Egypt to retrace the route of Exodus. He last visited Israel five years ago.

He was interested in politics and Zionism, and he enjoyed liturgical and modern Hebrew music.

Rabbi Lewis is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Einhorn; daughters Orah Lipsky and Gilah Sietz; son Rabbi Shalom Lewis; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to: Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08003.

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