|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 2010|
Ed Lefkowitz, 90, of Singer Island, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 25, 2010, surrounded by his beloved family. Ed was born on February 9, 1920, in Lodz, Poland, to Shaindel and Godel Levkovicz, the second of seven children. He escaped occupied Poland in 1940 only to be incarcerated by the Russians in slave labor camps in Siberia. Ed met his wife Helen while incarcerated in a forced labor camp in Syktevkar, Siberia. Their daughter, Rose (Raisa) was born in the camp in 1944. At the war's end, he learned that most of his family was murdered in the Lodz Ghetto and at Auschwitz. Ed did find two surviving brothers, Abe and Jacob, who had emigrated to America. After spending three years in a displaced persons camp in Backnang, Germany, they emigrated to the U.S. in March, 1949. To support his family, Ed took the first job available and became a baker at Snowflake Bakery in the Bronx, NY. His second daughter, Sherry (Shaindel) was born several years later. Ed and Helen moved to Singer Island in 1967, where they had a house filled with hot steaming chicken soup lovingly prepared by Helen and incredible apple cake, crescent shaped butter cookies and other baked goods prepared by Ed. Though memories were often unbearable, he founded the Holocaust Survivors of the Palm Beaches and served as its long-standing president for 25 years. Ed was featured numerous times in the PB Post, Sun Sentinel, Jewish Journal, Jewish Times, and on radio and T.V. as an outspoken advocate for survivors of the Holocaust. He was a frequent speaker at schools and organizations and he worked with Jewish Children and Family Services. Ed was blessed with an incredible natural operatic voice, and served as the Hazzan Sheni at Temple Beth El in WPB on Saturday mornings and on special occasions and holidays. He is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Helen Lefkowitz. He is survived by his two daughters, Rose (Alan) Rosenkranz, Sherry (Michael) Hyman, four grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Suskauer, Howard (Laura) Rosenkranz, Blair (Rachel) Hyman, and Alix Hyman, and five great-grandchildren, Talia, Becca, Samuel, Alexander and Ryan. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at Temple Beth El, in WPB. Interment will follow at the Star of David Cemetery in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Shiva will be observed at the home of Sherry and Michael Hyman, 4301 S. Flagler Dr., WPB, Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Temple Beth El, 2815 N. Flagler Dr., WPB, 33407 or the The March of the Living, c/o Temple Beth David, 4657 Hood Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from October 27 to November 3, 2010.
IJ Morris at Star of David Cemetery
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Feb 11, 2011
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