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Harry Lefrak, New York Builder, Dead; Sponsored Hospitals in Israel

Harry Lefrak, prominent Jewish real estate executive and philanthropist, died here last night at the age of 78. A pioneer in apartment construction in New York City, Mr. Lefrak was the founder of one of the largest construction firms in the United States.

Born in Russia, Mr. Lefrak was taken as a child to Palestine where he lived for several years before emigrating to the United States. Through the Lefrak Foundation, Mr. Lefrak has sponsored the William Lambert Hospital in Beersheba, Beth Levinstein Hospital and the Harry and Sarah Lefrak Medical Center in Haifa. Mr. Lefrak was active in the work of the United Jewish Appeal and the Histadrut. He also supported the work of the Jewish National Fund.