Gerald I. Wolpe, Longtime Rabbi at Har Zion, Dies at 81

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					Gerald I. Wolpe, Longtime Rabbi at Har Zion, Dies at 81
Bryan Schwartzman
Jewish Exponent; May 21, 2009; 226, 8; Docstoc
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Description: "He had flaws, but they were remarkably few and trivial," Wolpe's son, [David Wolpe], himself one of the most well-known rabbis in the country said during Tuesday's memorial service at Har Zion in Penn Valley.Rabbi Aaron Landes - who was a classmate of Wolpe's at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the 1950s and who served at Temple Beth Sholom in Elkins Park during the same time period when Wolpe was at Har Zion - said that Wolpe's leadership prevented further discord.Landes compared Wolpe's task to "the splitting of the Red Sea," as he was not only responsible for mending fences, but for overseeing the finances and logistics of moving to a more than 70-acre property in Penn Valley. There, the synagogue grew in stature and number; by the time Wolpe retired in 1999, it boasted 1,500 member families. (Today, it stands at about 1,060.)
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