[Congressional Record Volume 166, Number 131 (Friday, July 24, 2020)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E679]
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                          HON. DONALD NORCROSS

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, July 24, 2020

  Mr. NORCROSS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Rabbi 
Isaac Furman.
  Rabbi Isaac Furman was a pillar of the southern New Jersey Jewish 
community. Rabbi Furman was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in 
Voorhees, New Jersey and helped found the Beth El Academy in 1961, now 
known as the Kellman-Brown Academy.
  An immigrant to this country, Rabbi Furman's family left Poland in 
1939 after the German occupation. His family initially fled east to 
Siberia before making their way south and then west at the conclusion 
of the war. It was at the displaced persons camps of Poland that Rabbi 
Furman met the love of his life, Molly.
  Southern New Jersey was truly fortunate that Rabbi Isaac and Molly 
Furman chose our community to settle down. A graduate of Yeshiva 
University, Rabbi Furman found his true calling as a teacher. 
Throughout his nearly 60 years as a rabbi in southern New Jersey Rabbi 
Furman taught tens of thousands of Jewish children. His former students 
remember him as kind, funny and generous of spirit.
  Rabbi Furman and Molly raised their daughters, Esther and Phyllis in 
the community, and took great pride as they began families of their 
own. Molly Furman was an accomplished teacher who was a fixture of the 
community and I'm told that their love for one another lived on after 
her passing in 2016. Through Esther and Phyllis, the Furmans were 
blessed with six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
  Madam Speaker, I am told that his family was truly much larger than 
his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Rabbi Furman was 
beloved by generations of students, his congregation and his community. 
Though Rabbi Furman passed away earlier this month I know his memory 
will be a blessing for many years to come.