2016-03-02 / Obituaries

Molly Furman, beloved teacher at Cong. Beth El, passes at 85

By DAVID PORTNOE
Voice Editor


MOLLY FURMAN MOLLY FURMAN When the announcement was made during services at Cong. Beth El that Molly Furman had passed away, an audible gasp rippled through the congregation, according to Rabbi Aaron Krupnick, Beth El senior rabbi. The beloved Aleph teacher, who had started almost every Beth El student on his or her formal Jewish educational journey since 1976, was part of the fabric of Beth El life since 1960.

The wife of Rabbi Isaac Furman, a longtime rabbi at Beth El and a past head of school at Kellman Brown Academy in Voorhees, Molly Furman died on Feb. 19 at the age of 85.

Molly Furman survived World War II when the part of Poland where she lived fell into Russian hands and she was evacuated with her family to Siberia. After the war, she made her way to the United States.

Rabbi Krupnick noted that Molly Furman was incredibly learned, especially for a person who was denied access to most formal education because of the Holocaust. “She was an intellectual,” said Krupnick.

Krupnick said that Furman was a beautiful person, both inside and out. “She had a tremendous sense of fashion, but was also known for her kindness and sensitivity to others.”

“She will be sorely missed,” said Krupnick. “She was universally respected by children, their parents, and the congregation as a whole.”

In addition to teaching at Beth El from 1976 to 2009, Molly Furman was a member of the Beth El Sisterhood and ORT.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by children, Esther (Jack) Miles and Phyllis (Jonathan) Wagner. She was the grandmother of Benjamin (Beth), Danielle (Yoni), Jeremy (Jessica), Ariel (Matthew), Lauren (Michael) and Anna, the great-grandmother of Gabriella, Yoel, Asher, Lexi and Eli, the sister of Frieda Gilden, Rabbi Gershon Willner and Adele Berkowitz. Contributions can be made to Kellman Brown Academy, www.kellmanbrownacademy.org or Cong. Beth El at www.bethelsnj.org PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. .

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