Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Rabbi Philip R. Alstat, a columnist for the Jewish Week and former chaplain of the Manhattan House of Correction. He died yesterday at the age of 85. Alstat was chaplain at the House of Correction for 30 years until his retirement in 1974. He also served as chaplain at Jewish Memorial and Sydenham Hospitals and recently at Williams. Memorial Residence, operated by the Salvation Army.
For the last four decades, Alstat lived at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, serving as unofficial rabbi to the students. Born in Lithuznia, he came to the United States in 1896. After his ordination at the seminary, he served as rabbi at several synagogues, the last being Temple B’nai Israel-Sheerith Judah of Washington Heights section of Manhattan.
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