Two major philanthropists who were born in Europe, achieved great financial success through the real estate business, and gave back to the Jewish community by supporting numerous yeshivas and other Jewish educational institutions here, in Israel and around the world, died in recent days, and their contributions cannot be measured in dollars alone.
Sami Rohr, 86, and Zev Wolfson, 84, were quite different in temperament, but they had much in common.
Sami Rohr, a Holocaust survivor and philanthropic supporter of several Jewish causes, was remembered last week for his role in sustaining the rebirth of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union and in assisting a wide variety of Jewish organizations in this country.
Sami Rohr, a Jewish philanthropist living in Florida, has died at the age of 86. Rohr was active with Chabad-Lubavitch and has donated more than $250 million to global Jewish causes. A $100,000 annual prize for Jewish literature given by the Jewish Book Council is named in his honor.