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Martin Adolf Obituary, North Jersey Herald & News, Tuesday, March 24, 1992

Martin Adolf, 92,
Ex-Paterson cantor
By Madine Davis
Staff Writer

Martin Adolf, former director of the Israel Bond Corp. and cantor of Temple Emanuel in Paterson, died Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 92. Whatever he decided to undertake, he would be very dedicated and fulfill his responsibilities," said his daughter, Phyllis Silverman of Nanuet, N.Y.

Cantor Adolf served Temple Emanuel in Paterson from 1928 to 1948. He later became the director of Israel Bond Corp.'s Passaic office and after that, the Teaneck office. During that time, he also established an office in Brussels, Belgium, which he operated for about six months. He retired in 1974.

Born in Metz Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, he came to the United States in 1920, living in New York City and Paterson for 48 years before moving to West Palm Beach. He was a graduate of Columbia University, Brooklyn Law School and the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Benjamin Fleicher of New York City.

Cantor Adolf was chairman of the Rent Control Commission in Paterson during the early 1970s. He was a member and past president of the New Jersey Region of Zionist Organizations of America and a member of its national executive committee. He was a founder of the Cantor's Assembly of America, which he helped established in 1965. He was a member of New York Bar Association.

During World War II, when people were encouraged to plant vegetables in their own back yards, he received an award for his Victory Garden. At that time, he also served on the Rationing Board, which decided who received gasoline.

His daughter described him as a strong and active person who was very interested in education and determined to do his best at any task.

A lover of gardening, he also enjoyed reading and music.

His wife, the former Fay Levine, died in 1987.

In addition to his daughter, Mrs. Silverman, surviving are two other daughters, Claire Arm of Southfield, Mich., and Hannah Kaminker of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Sidi Adolf of San Fran­ cisco, Calif.; eight grand­ children; and eight great-grand­children.

Services are 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Mount Moriah Cemetery, Fairview. Arrangements are by Louis Suburban Chapel Inc., 13-01 Broadway, Fair Lawn.


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