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Samuel Rothstein Dead at 82

Funeral services were held here last Thursday for Samuel Rothstein, a former president of the United Synagogue of America, who died of a heart attack April 7 at his home in Belvedere, California. The services for Rothstein, who was 82, took place at the East Midwood Jewish Center in Brooklyn, where he had served as honorary president.

Rothstein was president of the United Synagogue, the congregational organization of Conservative Jewry on North America, from 1944 to 1950, when he was chosen president for life. He also helped organize the World Council of Synagogues, which assisted Conservative congregations abroad.

Born in 1904 in Poland, Rothstein was-brought to the United States by his parents at the age of 2. He graduated from New York University Law School in 1924. Rothstein lived in Brooklyn almost all his life, moving to California only in the past few years.