(1923-2013). Wife of Albert W. Bloom (founding editor of the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh), was a community leader and activist with a "can-do" attitude. A chemist, graduate of Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham), she did research in mass spectrometry at the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Named Betty Crocker National Homemaker of the week, on national radio she explained kosher eating and Chinese recipes. Evelyn Bloom played leadership roles in ZOA, JNF, Technion, Israel Bonds, and Mizrachi. She started boy scout and girl scout troops for Sabbath observers in the Pittsburgh region, and was the leading interviewer for NCJW's Pittsburgh oral history project. She initiated nursery shul children's services and served as officer at Young People's Synagogue. A founder of the Israel Film Festival and the Salute to Israel Parade, Bloom led a Hadassah study group for 20 years. For Hillel Academy, she sought grants and served in programming, fund raising and officer roles. Buried in Israel, Evelyn Bloom is survived by her children, Shanen Bloom Werber (Akiva) and Dov Bloom (Sandy), both of Israel, Dr. Elana Bloom (Dr. Jeffrey Garrett) of Pittsburgh, and Michael Bloom of Arlington; ten grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorial/ celebration of her life, Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. at Hillel Academy, 5685 Beacon St., 15217. Contributions to Hillel Academy, memo Bloom Fund. Memories can be shared at EvelynGBloomOBM@gmail.com.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Feb. 16, 2013