Funeral services were held at the Park East Synagogue today for Abram Salomon, executive vice-president and administrative head of the Jewish National Fund of America, who died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday night at the age of 64. At the time of his death, he was engaged in the establishment of the American Bicentennial Park in the Judaean hills near Jerusalem, a $6 million JNF project conceived as a tribute to America’s 200th anniversary. He participated in the dedication of the park on its site last July 4.
Salomon also served as a vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America and as a member of its national executive committee and administrative board; a member of the executive of the American Zionist Federation and a member of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress.
A scholar fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish. Salomon often quoted passages from the Bible, the Talmud and Yiddish classics to illustrate points. He was born in Poland where he graduated from the University of Warsaw, received a Master of Laws degree and was active in the Zionist movement before the outbreak of World War II. He and his wife fled Nazi-occupied Poland in 1939, crossed Siberia to China and Japan and spent the war years in Australia. He served as the vice-president of the Australian Zionist Federation and as a correspondent for the Australian Jewish Press for which he visited and wrote about displaced persons camps in Germany after the war.
Salomon came to New York in 1950 and while making his home here travelled frequently to Israel and other countries on behalf of the JNF. He assumed the administrative leadership of the JNF of America in 1971, directing its activities in this country and in Israel. Burial will be in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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