NEW YORK (Jul. 13)
Funeral services were held Monday for Reuben E. Gross who died last Friday at the age of 64. A founder of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), he participated in all of the important legal battles establishing the rights of Orthodox Jews under American law for Sabbath observers. He was a prominent attorney and was known for three decades as an outspoken supporter of Torah Jewry in the United States and Israel.
Gross served as a national officer of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJC) since 1954. From 1974 to this year, he was the chairman of the UOJC Youth Commission which directed the activities of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth. He was also the national chairman of the American Veterans of Israel. Gross was also a prolific writer and was a contributor to Jewish Life and the Jewish Observer.