Judy Freund

Judy Freund

Judy Freund (Steinberger) of Chatham and Sarasota, Fla., died Nov. 27, 2010. She was born in 1920 in Alsfeld, Germany, immigrating to British Mandate Palestine in 1933 after Hitler assumed power.

Mrs. Freund attended a premier private school, Bet Sefer Reali, in Haifa. In 1946, she left for Vevey, Switzerland, to study photography, and then came to the United States three years later.

She had a keen interest in music and in biblical archaeology. She was well read in biblical literature and history and was involved with the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry. She was also proficient in English, German, Hebrew, French, and Swiss-German. She was an active member of several literature discussion groups in Florida and New Jersey and participated in the Brandeis University’s Women’s Committee.

She was an active member of the Summit Jewish Community Center for over 40 years.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William; her son, Hugo of Kentucky; two daughters, Nancy Freund Heller of New York City and Sandra Coonley of Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 29 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.

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