2008-12-31 / Obituaries

Rabbi Nathan Kaber, led Altoona synagogue

RABBI NATHAN KABER RABBI NATHAN KABER Rabbi Nathan Kaber, a longtime rabbi in Altoona, PA, and a beloved resident of the Bernard Dubin House, died on Dec. 26. He was 95.

Rabbi Kaber, the father of Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey CEO Joel Kaber, served Temple Beth Israel of Altoona for 31 years. Upon his retirement in 1978, he became rabbi emeritus and the congregation renamed its social hall, "Nathan Kaber Hall."

After the passing of his wife Irene in 1998, Rabbi Kaber relocated to Cherry Hill, where he moved into the Dubin House.

"He was a master storyteller and a beloved teacher and rabbi at the Dubin House," said Rabbi Barry Schwartz of Cong. M'kor Shalom at Rabbi Kaber's funeral.

Joel Kaber described his father as a gentle and scholarly man. "He was passionate about Judaism in general, and Reform Judaism in particular."

A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), he was a member of the HUC-JIR Alumni Association Board of Trustees. He was also president of the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Western Pennsylvania Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He served on the Pennsylvania Advisory Board of Public Assistance, and the Governor's Committee on Aging. He was president, Altoona Rotary Club, Instructor in Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Campus; and Jewish Chaplain, Altoona VA Hospital. In 1976, he cochaired the County's All-Faiths Religious Celebration.

The beloved husband of the late Irene (nee Baer). Father of David (Marolee) Kaber of Cincinnati and Joel (Susan) Kaber of Cherry Hill. Grandfather of Rachel (Robert) Adler, Seth Kaber, Jeremy (Lisa) Kaber, Michael Kaber and Julie Kaber. Great-grandfather of Jaxson Kaber and Remy Adler.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Jewish Federation Housing Associates, 3051 Chapel Ave. W., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. .

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