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Sidney Kaufman

Sidney Kauf-man passed away Thursday at the age of 90 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was married to the late Selma Scheck Kaufman for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Audrey Eisenstat Kaufman.

Born and raised in Scranton, son of the late Louis and Sarah Gorchov Kaufman, he lived on Long Island, N.Y., in Cranbury, N.J., and most recently in Boca Raton. He served in the Army Signal and Air Corps for three years, attended Temple University and North Dakota State, and was a member of Temple Israel in Scranton, Shirenu in Philadelphia and Kol Ami in Boca Raton.

Sidney was a pioneer in television, working at CBS TV for 37 years. Throughout his career, he worked as an audio engineer, technical director and director of operations at both CBS News and CBS Sports. He was an Emmy award winning producer for his work on NFL Today and CBS Sports and had received honorable mentions for his coverage of the space program and other special events. He was also integral in the set- up of the news operation at CBS Washington. He retired in 1987 as vice president of CBS Cable.

In addition to his wife, Audrey, he is survived by two daughters, Barbie Boroff and husband, Randy; and Debra Maher and husband, Rick Ketterer; stepchildren, Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat and wife, Rabbi Sarah Messinger; and Debbie Eisenstat. He was the proud and loving grandfather of Rebecca and husband, Michael; Robby and wife, Jennifer; Jennifer; Jacob and wife, Cristin; Zachary and wife, Danielle; Ben, Ari, Miriam and Rachel; and the doting great-grandfather of Allison, Jenna, Ryan, Avery and Macy.

He was also preceded in death by his three brothers, Morris, Ben and David; and his sister, Florence Pollack.

The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat and Rabbi Sarah Messinger. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Interment to follow in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.

Friends will be received during shiva, Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Adams Avenue and Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton.

Memorial contributions in Sidney's memory may be made to the Bruce Eisenstat Camp Fund, c/o the Scranton Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, 18510; or to the donor's favorite charity.

To offer the family a condolence or for further information, please visit www.ScrantonJewishFunerals.com.


Published in Scranton Times on June 7, 2015
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