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