Emanuel Needle died Oct. 18, 2010. He was born and raised in Newark.
Mr. Needle maintained a successful law practice in Newark and Maplewood until retiring in 2004.
He graduated from Southside High School in Newark and continued on to Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School in Newark.
He was involved with many Jewish community institutions, serving as president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, where his four children were educated. He served as a board member of the Jewish Education Association of MetroWest and United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ. He was also a regional officer of B’nai B’rith and president of his local lodge, and he founded the B’nai B’rith Institute for Judaism, which sponsored weekend study retreats. He remained active in his synagogue, Congregation B’nai Ahavath Shalom in Union, where he had served as president. He also helped found the Union for Traditional Judaism, where he served as a longtime board member.
Since his retirement, Emanuel began a second career as a dance host aboard cruise ships traveling around the world. He received many honors from various nonprofit organizations as well as the New Jersey State Legislature.
Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Norma (Mintz), he is survived by his daughter, Brenda Shimoni; three sons, William, Daniel, and Joshua; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 20 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.