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Rabbi Jacob Sonderling, Herzl Co-worker, Dead on Coast at 85

Rabbi Jacob Sonderling, prominent educator and veteran Zionist, died here yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 85. He was one of the first co-workers of Theodor Herzl, the father of political Zionism.

Born in Germany, Rabbi Sonderling was ordained there and was one of the leading Zionists in that country. He came to the United States in 1923 and, after serving in pulpits in various parts of the country, was spiritual leader of the Fairfax Temple here. He also served for a number of years as director of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council. At the time of his death, he was professor of Jewish thought and homiletics at the California school of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.