(Home News Tribune)
AGE: 52 EDISON
Jeffrey Weinstein, MD, 52, of Edison, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the Center for Hope and Palliative Care, Scotch Plains, after a 26-month battle with a brain tumor. Born in Elizabeth, he grew up in Cranford and has lived in Edison for the past 22 years. Jeff was an neuro-anesthesiologist at JFK Medical Center for 20 years at the time he was diagnosed. He was valedictorian and senior class president of his high school class at Wardlaw Country Day School in 1975. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for three years before being accepted into a special BA-MD program at Johns Hopkins. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1983 and did his residency and fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1987. After 9/11, Jeff got involved in political activism. He lobbied members of Congress, Senators, and even a sitting President on the need for a strong U.S. - Israel relationship. He took great pride in knowing that his actions helped to have legislation pass that would make a difference. After being diagnosed with the most aggressive of brain tumors, he lobbied for the need for increased spending for cancer research. While campaigning for Linda Stender, Jeff had the opportunity to meet and talk with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He made such an impression on her that she mentioned him in her remarks to the entire group.
Jeff was predeceased by his mother, Estelle. He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years and junior high sweetheart, Karen Blum Weinstein; his loving daughters, Rachel and her husband Johnny, and Sarah; his two loyal Shelties, Jacob and Rebecca; his father, Walter; a brother, Barry; and a sister, Cindy.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5 at Temple Neve Shalom, Metuchen. Burial will be Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge. Shiva will be at the Weinstein residence from sundown Oct. 11 until Oct. 15. Arrangements are being handled by The Goldstein Funeral Chapel, Edison.
Published in Home News Tribune on Oct. 2, 2009