Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
Bessie P. Boodman, 82, a pioneer and leader of the American Montessori Society for more than 40 years, died April 30 at her home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boodman, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion, graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University. During World War II, she worked for the...
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Edward Halpern, 78, an activist in Center City politics, died May 11. He was known as the "Mayor of Center City." Halpern was instrumental in getting laws passed to balance the interests of residents and businesses in Center City. A homeowner in Center City for more than 40 years, he was a board member and past president of the Center...
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Emanuel "Manny" Grossman, 82, a four-year member of the Aventura Commission in Florida, died May 7. He was formerly of Philadelphia. Grossman, who received 52 percent of the votes, helped develop the first municipally run charter school, and encouraged street improvements during his term. He gave up his Commission seat to run for mayor in 2005, but lost to Susan...
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Luba Kadison Buloff, 99, an actress and leading lady in the Yiddish theater for more than 50 years, died May 4 at her home in Manhattan. Billed as Luba Kadison, she played starring roles in works by the great playwrights of Yiddish theater, including I.J. Singer and Sholem Asch. She often co-starred with her husband, Joseph Buloff, whom she met...
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Sholom Handelman, 71-year-old teacher, administrator and dean of student affairs at Gratz College, died May 3. He worked at Gratz for more than 25 years. Handelman also ran the basketball league at Gratz for many years. He was a member of Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a master's...
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