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Rabbi Randall Falk

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Rabbi Randall Falk, formerly of Erie, died Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.

He served as Rabbi of Temple Anshe Hesed, in Erie, from 1947 to 1960, at which time he moved to Nashville and served as leader of Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom for more than 50 years.

He was born in Little Rock, Ark. and was married to Edna Falk. He also served as a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Rabbi was a great, influential, and celebrated civil rights activist and religious leader nationwide. He was a founding member of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashville, created in 1965, to encourage civil rights.

If you talked with Rabbi Falk for just a minute, you became his friend, his empathy helped him to connect with people from many backgrounds. He was able to link the tremendous struggle of the Jewish people to those of the civil rights movement. His memory will live on and he will be sadly missed.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at Temple-Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tenn. Submitted by Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 21, 2014
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