In the glory years of growing synagogues and a thriving South Florida rabbinate that was well-known nationally, I was a reporter and columnist — and then the last managing editor — of the weekly The Jewish Floridian.
I remember well a scathing reprimand from the publisher, Fred K. Shochet. I had made a democratic mistake in not listing first and foremost the most renown pulpit pastors in a holiday story. Thereafter, I made sure to reference first the giants among our local rabbis including, of course, Herbert Baumgard, who died last week.
As the memorial prayer so aptly reads: As long as we live, they, too, will live; for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. Their memories, are indeed, for a blessing!
Norma A. Orovitz, Bay Harbor Islands