He­len Rosenberg

BORN APRIL 30, 1913. DIED LON­DON, AU­GUST 4, 2007, AGED 94.

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries -

WIFE of the min­is­ter of Staines Syn­a­gogue, He­len Rosenberg helped look af­ter the Mid­dle­sex com­mu­nity for 36 years.

Born He­len Born­stein, she mar­ried Rev Lewis Rosenberg in 1937 when he was as­sis­tant min­is­ter of the in­de­pen­dent Ortho­dox North West Lon­don Syn­a­gogue. With the out­break of war the cou­ple were evac­u­ated to Letch­worth, where Lewis was in­volved in Jewish evac­uee chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

He­len helped her hus­band, rid­ing ev­ery­where on her bi­cy­cle. She en­thu­si­as­ti­cally over­came wartime ra­tioning by grow­ing her own veg­eta­bles and with home bak­ing.

The cou­ple moved to the new Staines com­mu­nity in 1943 with their young daugh­ter and son. Their third child was born two years later. He­len con­tin­ued gar­den­ing, taught in cheder, took chil­dren’s fes­ti­val ser­vices and ran the ladies’ guild with ef­fi­ciency and style.

Af­ter serv­ing as chair­man and then trea­surer, she was made life pres­i­dent in 1984 and was a guest of hon­our at Staines ju­bilee ser­vice in 1993. She moved to Gold­ers Green, North West Lon­don, with her hus­band when he re­tired in 1979. He died in 1983.

Her sons moved to Is­rael with their fam­i­lies. In later years she was cared for by her daugh­ter, Janet Shine, who died in 2006, and then by her grand­chil­dren.

She is sur­vived by two sons, Lin­coln and El­liot, 10 grand­chil­dren and 17 great-grand­chil­dren.

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