Rabbi Sidney Greenberg
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GREENBERG RABBI SIDNEY GREENBERG, March 31, 2003. A gentle, dedicated servant of God who embraced all that was Jewish and life affirming. Founding Rabbi of Temple Sinai, Philadelphia and Dresher PA, where he served for 53 years. ``A Rabbi's Rabbi', one of the most outstanding preachers of his generation. His legacy of sermonic gems fills volumes; his prayer books serve congregations throughout the world. He shared his life with his beloved partner Hilda for 60 years, and was the devoted father of Shira Ruskay, z'l, Reena Keren and Adena Greenberg, cherished father-in-law of John Ruskay and Shlomi Liran. He was adored and will be missed by 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, and countless friends and congregants. His wisdom and love touched all who knew him. Relatives and friends are invited to Services 12 Noon Tuesday, April 1 2003 at Congregation Ansche Chesed, 100th St. and West End Ave., New York. The family respectfully requests that contributions in his memory be made to Akim, c/o The Rabbi Sidney and Hilda Greenberg Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Phila. PA 19103-1394. (JOSEPH LEVINE and SON,www.levinefuneral.com)

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Apr. 1, 2003.
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April 12, 2003
I am saddened to have learned of the passing of the Rabbi who married my parents (Adele and Israel "Itch" Abramson, Bar Mitzvahed my brother Gary and myself and confirmed me.

Rabbi taught me the importance of making the values of Torah and continued education an important part of my life. From hebrew school thru marriage and later on teaching me how to deal with sickness first when my bride was so very ill (we thought we were going to lose her) and again later when I was the one who layed in a hospital bed first with heart failure and then with what were complications from a systemic disease which I am still fighting. In each case one of the first people I heard from was Rabbi Greenberg.

Rabbi was there for me as a supporter, good listener and yes... still a teacher as I learned the importance of the Mishabeyrach (sorry about the spelling).

While my Mother and I were making the trip to New York via buses from Dresher for the funeral I was given the opportunity to reconnect with others whom I grew up with in Hebrew school but had been out of touch with. We remembered moments of time shared with Rabbi. There were lessons learned from our beloved retired Rabbi both from the pulpit and one-on-one and/or in small groups.

To this day when I either attend or lead a healing service at my current shul in New Jerrsey, a couple of the writings we use are from Rabbi Greenberg.

Each time I read them and/or speak them I still picture and will always picture Rabbi telling the stories the first time as part of sermons.

The best definition I can apply to "Rabbi" is "teacher". Rabbi Sidney Greenberg was a great teacher which was a large part of him being such a great Rabbi while with us in our physical world and as a student of both Talmud and the Kabbalah a role I believe he will continue into eternity.

Almighty One... please give his family, and family of followers who love him so very much the strength thru this difficult time and let us remember him through pleasant memories of times spent together and what we learned from this great teache while he was with us.

B' Shalom

Barry L. Abramson
Barry Abramson
April 2, 2003
My family's association with Rabbi Greenberg and Temple Sinai goes back almost 50 years. He officiated at my Consecration, my Bar Mitzvah, my Confirmation, my wedding, and at the naming of my daughter. He acted in a similar capacity for my brother. He also buried two of my Grandparents.

His sermons were extraordinary - even for a child. His style of speech and writing provided me with a standard to emulate and try to reach. His way with children and his warmth was legendary. He was simply a nice guy! A true gentleman and a one-of-a-kind person, he was an icon to the generation of baby-boom kids at Temple Sinai - which has not been the same since his departure. It was a honor to have him as my spiritual guide and teacher. I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and children. He will be greatly missed---but his life was a blessing and a monument to the high moral and ethical standards of Judaism.
Gary Lipkin
April 1, 2003
Rabbi Greenberg was there for my Bar Mitzvah, and for my daughter's as well.

The Rabbi's teachings brought our daughter Marti much closer to her roots.

With deepest sympathy to the entire Greenberg family.

Baruch Hashem
Dr. Jeffrey and Judy Davidson
April 1, 2003
With our sincerest sympathy,
Rabbi Greenberg, a friend and always
our Rabbi will be affectionately and respectfully forever remembered.
Ken, Judy Silver
Dresher, Pa.
Ken & Judy Silver
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