Jerry Schechter (1927 - 2018)

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SCHECHTER, JERRY passed away December 7, 2018. To the Miami Beach Orthodox Jewish community Jerry Schechter was known as a Pioneer, and to the Miami business community he was known as a confident, practical and honest CPA who was great with numbers and practiced accounting here for 55 years. Born in Cleveland Ohio on November 7, 1927 he grew up during the depression the youngest of four children. At the age of 12 Jerry developed Rheumatic fever and spent a number of years being nursed back to good health. On the advice of his physicians his parents moved the family to South Florida to allow Jerry to avoid the cold winters of the Northeast. The Schechter family was strictly Observant of the Jewish laws and at the time there was very little in the way of Jewish education and Kosher food in Miami Beach, so moving South was a big sacrifice. He went to school both in Miami Beach and in the Catskill mountains during the spring months where his family became well known for operating Kosher hotels. He had a gift for numbers, and would complete his entire years math problems in the first week of school. He began the University of Miami at age of 18 to study accounting but had a relapse of Rheumatic fever causing him to suspend his education while he again allowed his body to recover. When he returned to U of M a few years later he met the love of his life, Nina Sadovnik, a beauty from the West Indies island of Trinidad. They married in 1954. Jerry became a CPA and began working for Ed Davis and Associates. Jerry loved accounting and treated every client's business as though it was his own. The firm grew under his guidance and although known by many names over the years, when he retired at age 77, Goldstein, Schechter and Koch had become one of the largest and well respected CPA practices in Florida. He retired approximately 14 years ago and his name was still on the door until last year when the firm merged with the international accounting firm BDO. Jerry was extremely charitable giving both of his time and resources to help build the thriving Jewish community that exists today. He was the treasurer of the Daughters of Israel of Miami Beach for over 30 years. He was on the Board and served two terms as President of Beth Israel Congregation. Under his leadership the Synagogue that began in a store front became the centerpiece of the Miami Beach modern Orthodox community. Jerry had a passion for the State of Israel, and spent so much of his time figuring out ways he could help it thrive. He was involved in so many charities to that end including Emunah, Amit, Hadassah, One Israel Fund, Israel Bonds and Children's Town, just to name a few. Grandpa Jerry will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nina Schechter, son Pinchas (Myra) Schechter, daughter Sharon Schechter Rudman, daughter Miriam (Michael) Green and Jay (Caroline Fryd) Schechter and his 17 grand-children and 22 great grand-children, so far.
Published in the Miami Herald on Dec. 14, 2018
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