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Ex-UJA chair Herbert Friedman dies

Rabbi Herbert Friedman, a former executive chairman of United Jewish Appeal and a co-founder of the Wexner Foundation, has died.

Friedman died Monday at his home in New York. He was 89.

He had a 35-year association with United Jewish Appeal, the precursor to United Jewish Communities, serving as its CEO and executive vice-chairman from 1954 to 1971.

Friedman co-founded the Wexner Foundation in 1984.

“More than teaching us leadership, which he did in abundance, Herb embodied and demonstrated it,” Larry Moses, the foundation’s president, said in a message. “He was passionate, courageous and determined. Above all, he was fiercely proud of his Jewish heritage.”

Born in Connecticut in 1918, Friedman was a U.S. Army chaplain in World War II, where he helped displaced Holocaust survivors immigrate to prestate Israel.

 

 

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