500 Attend Baerwald Obsequies; U.s., World Jewish Leaders Mourn Death

Five hundred of America’s foremost Jewish leaders attended funeral services at Temple Beth Miriam here yesterday for the late Paul Baerwald, banker and philanthropist, who was one of the world’s leaders in the work of resettlement of Jews following both World War I and World War II. He died at his summer home Sunday at the age of 89.

Messages of condolence were received by the family from Jewish organizations, and from prominent non-Jewish personalities from all over the free world. The services were conducted by Rabbi Aaron H. Lefkowitz, of Temple Beth Miriam. Interment, which was private, was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, in Westchester County, in suburban New York.

A founder of the Joint Distribution Committee, active for many years in the topmost leadership of the JDC, the United Jewish Appeal, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York City, the New York Foundation, the Jewish Family Service Society, and many other philanthropies, Mr. Baerwald was mourned by the leaders of these organizations and many others. In accordance with the expressed wishes of the Baerwald family, many of the mourners made contributions to the Joint Distribution Committee in lieu of flowers.

Among those who issued statements of condolence were Joseph Meyerhoff, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, as well as Melvin Dubinsky, UJA campaign cabinet chairman and Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, executive vice-chairman; Edward M. M. Warburg and Moses A. Leavitt, respectively chairman and executive vice-chairman of the JDC; Lawrence A. Wien, president, and Saul Horowitz, Jr. , secretary of Federation; David A. Heymann, president and D. John Neyman, secretary of the New York Foundation; and, on behalf of the Family Service Society, Frances Taussing, secretary, and Frances L. Beatman, executive director.

One of the survivors, Mr. Baerwald’s daughter, Mrs. Myron S. Falk, Jr. is president of the Jewish Family Service Society. Other children surviving are Herman F. Baerwald, Mrs. Jane Aron and Mrs. Florence Doubilet.

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