Dorothy Shapiro

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Dorothy (Berman) Shapiro, 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

She is survived by her son Arnold; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Lea Shapiro; grandson, Louis Charles Shapiro; granddaughter and husband, Sara Pia Shapiro-Harberson and Justin Harberson; great-granddaughter, Sophie Shapiro Harberson; great-grandson, Max Harberson; and a great-granddaughter scheduled to arrive in April 2013. Dorothy also was related to Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik of Boston, the acknowledged intellectual and spiritual leader of the Orthodox Jewish Community in America.

Dorothy Shapiro was born in 1916, a first-generation American, to Harry and Celia Berman in Camden. She graduated from Camden High School and attended Temple University. She moved to Vineland in 1941 after marrying her husband, Samuel, whom she met at South Jersey Law School, which later became Rutgers Law School-Camden. Dorothy was among the first -- and, at the time, very few -- female graduates of South Jersey Law School. During World War II, Dorothy led a campaign to raise funds to successfully rescue Jewish people from Nazi annihilation. Dorothy was a life member of Hadassah and a member of Hebrew Women's Benevolent Society, Beth Israel Congregation, Beth Israel Sisterhood and the Women's Division of the Allied Jewish Appeal. Dorothy and her husband Samuel were active in the Israel Bond Drive for many years and in April 1957 hosted at their home Eleanor Roosevelt, guest speaker and widow of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ms. Roosevelt later wrote of the event in her "My Day" news column that she had traveled to Vineland from New York where her "hosts were charming and kind young people." Dorothy devoted herself to numerous charities, including Children's March of Dimes and the Tiny Tim Fund. She was a fundraiser for and dedicated herself to assist in the founding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1993, Dorothy attended, along with her husband, the ceremony for the dedication of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Dorothy Shapiro was also a member of the Fourth Ward Women's Republican Club and president of the Park and East School Mothers and Teachers Club. She was uniquely fluent in both the spoken and written Yiddish language. Above all else, Dorothy Shapiro was recalled by her family as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a woman of valor in the highest tradition of the Jewish people, a proud American and an independent woman with a most brilliant mind.

A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. from Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. Interment will follow in Alliance Cemetery, Norma.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Lea and Harold Shapiro today and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dorothy can be made to: United States Holocaust Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126; or by email at,

To send online condolences, please visit the Book of Memories-Tributes/Condolence section on the funeral home website at

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Published in The Daily Journal on Feb. 11, 2013
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