Joseph Weinstein, active in Jewish causes

August 13, 1991

Joseph Weinstein, a real estate agent who had been a columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times and active in Jewish causes, died of pneumonia Sunday at Sinai Hospital. He was 89.

Services for Mr. Weinstein were held yesterday at the Sol Levinson & Brothers funeral establishment.

Mr. Weinstein was born in what is now the Soviet Union. He emigrated to the United States as a teen-ager, arriving in Baltimore in 1920.

He attended Baltimore City College and graduated from the University of Baltimore with a degree in business administration. He did graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Hebrew universities.

From 1921 to 1934, Mr. Weinstein taught in Hebrew schools in Baltimore and served as secretary of several synagogues.

In 1933, he was appointed executive director of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, a position he held for 23 years.

He then served Beth El Congregation in the same capacity from 1956 to 1960. He remained active at Beth El as a Torah reader.

Mr. Weinstein wrote a column for the Jewish Times -- "On Tour Through Baltimore" -- from 1968 to 1983. He was honored by the Zionist Organization of America for his fund-raising work and, in 1981, he was named Beth El's Man of the Year.

In 1926, he married the former Bernice Kierson, who died in 1942. In 1943, he married the former Rose Morris, who died in 1990.

He is survived by two daughters, Judy Feldman and Ellen Landes, both of Pikesville, and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Zionist Organization of America or Beth El Congregation.

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