Rachel Dahan, 75

Philanthropist

June 04, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Rachel Dahan, a homemaker and philanthropist who was a major donor to the Beth Tfiloh School, died of complications from diabetes and heart disease Monday at her Pikesville home. She was 75.

Born Rachel Algazi in Barcelona, Spain, she grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. She recalled dancing on the streets in 1947, when Israel's statehood was voted on and approved by the United Nations, her family said.

In 1950, she married Haron "Hal" Dahan, then an officer in the Israeli army. He became a major and commanded a tank unit.

In 1960, they moved to the United States, living in New York and Philadelphia, where she earned a degree at Gratz College. They moved to Baltimore in 1968.

Her husband became a custom home builder and was also a land developer.

"She worked hard as a devoted wife and mother, and she also gave herself to countless charitable organizations," said her son Nissim "Nick" Dahan of Owings Mills.

The Dahans were major benefactors to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, where the school is named after them.

In Israel, at Bar-Ilan University, a classroom building, the department of Sephardic studies, department of nanotechnology and the electrical engineering building are named for them.

Mrs. Dahan enjoyed reading and playing bridge.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3310 Old Court Road, where the sanctuary is named in honor of the Dahans.

In addition to her husband and son, survivors include another son, Eliav "Ely" Dahan of Los Angeles; two sisters, Shoshana Fuhrer and Ruth Salomy, both of Israel; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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