Rabbi Israel Tabak, at 86, in Jerusalem


May 14, 1991|By New York Times

Israel Tabak, a retired Baltimore rabbi who was a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America, died April 17 at Shaarei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He was 86.

A resident of Jerusalem, he died of injuries received in a fall, said his daughter, Judith Goodman.

In the late 1940s, Rabbi Tabak was president of the rabbinical council, the umbrella body of Orthodox religious leaders in the United States and Canada. He was later honorary president.

Born in Romania, he was educated there and in Poland and completed rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University in Manhattan in 1928. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1942.

He was a past national chairman of Religious Zionists of America.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gerta Wall; a son, Dr. Ya'acov Tabak of Jerusalem; two daughters, Judith Goodman of Manhattan and Ruth Ungar of Baltimore; a sister, Hinda Herz of Ramat Chen, Israel; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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