Freda Sussman

Freda S. Sussman (Sacki)

September 14, 1925 - May 18, 2021
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    Friday, May 21st, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Friday, May 21st, 2021 1:30pm
    Virtual Funeral in Levinson's Chapel
    Please click the view the webcast link above to watch the funeral service.


Donations are being accepted for:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Freda S. Sussman (nee Sacki), passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the age of 95. She is survived by her children, Rabbi Lance J. (Liz) Sussman and Marcelle Sussman Fischler; sister-in-laws, Sandy Sacki and Belle Sussman; grandchildren, Benjamin (Kelly) Sussman, Joshua (Sheri) Sussman, Micah Sussman, Judah Sussman, Chana Sussman, Steven (Raina) Fischler, Danny Fischler, Jeremy (Ilanit) Fischler; great-grandchildren, Sophie and Charlotte Sussman, Ryan, Quinn and Hannah Fischler. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Sussman, brother, Kurt L. Sacki and parents, Max and Sophie Sacki.

Freda was a strong, smart, determined, loving, and courageous woman. At 12, a refugee from Nazi Germany, she traveled to America by herself. She graduated from The Johns Hopkins University, became an English teacher, ran a sewing threads business, worked her way up the volunteer ladder from Sisterhood to president of Temple Oheb Shalom, worked into her 80s as a travel agent, traveled the world with Charles, her beloved husband of 64 years, and for the last six years, enjoyed the Florida sunshine.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm. Interment Oheb Shalom Memorial Park - Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024 or Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
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Michele and Rick Gusdorff

Posted at 08:08pm
Lance and Family,
Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Freda was a shining light to all who knew her. You and your families are the legacy that your mother has left behind. May that light always shine brightly. May her memory bring comfort to you.

Jesse and Diane Harris, Delray Beach, Florida

Posted at 08:26pm

We were saddened upon learning of the passing of Freda Sussman who, with her beloved late husband Charles, was for so many years a cherished member of Temple Oheb Shalom . The sorrow that we feel can be somewhat ameliorated when we think of the quote, “It is not what you gather but what you scatter that tells the kind of life that you have lived.” No one personified the true meaning of those words more than did Freda Sussman. To say that Freda was a dynamic personality is an understatement. She was unparalleled in developing, planning, organizing and executing programs and events that benefitted both Temple Oheb Shalom and the community as a whole. Both she and Charles, working with our Clergy, were the inspiration for memorable programs at Temple Oheb Shalom including The Rabbis Chapel Series and the Joy of Opera. Additionally, her creative vision brought to fruition The Yom Kippur Interlude Service which grew exponentially from year to year. There is so much more that could be written about her numerous achievements but neither time nor space will permit it. It is safe to say that we as a community benefitted greatly from her vast and scholarly knowledge of Jewish prayer, liturgy and history. Freda has passed on but her accomplishments will live on as a perpetual memorial remembered and respected by all of us who had the good fortune to work with her.

May the memory of Freda Sussman always be for a blessing.

Risa l Himaras

Posted at 11:11am
Your energy and love of life and family will always be remembered. I'll always remember when my parents took us to Baltimore almost every summer to spend time with all of you. Rest In Peace, Cousin Freda

Cantor Melvin Luterman

Posted at 03:18pm

A very bright and outstanding woman has left us. Freda gave so much to her congregation and to those who knew her. Her love of music was showed at services and community. How proud she was of her family and the devotion they shared. Freda was a very dear and close friend to Carole and me. May her memory be a blessing.
Cantor Melvin and Carole Luterman

Steve and Michele Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 01:44pm
Dear Lance, Marcelle, Sandy and family,
My deepest sympathy and condolences on Freda's passing. We go back a long way at Oheb, as well as her wonderful help with so many of our trips. I always loved how openly and frankly we could discuss all of the "ups and downs" at pretense or attempts at political correctness with Freda. She will be missed by many, and may her memory always be a blessing.

Steve and Henny Zimmerman

Posted at 11:39am
So sorry to hear of your loss. May Freda rest in peace.

Susan Wolf Dudley

Posted at 10:31am
As a good friend and neighbor of Sonny and Isobel, I spent quality time with your parents, remarkable people. I follow Lance's columns whenever I get the opportunity in the The Reform Magazine. Please accept my sincere sympathy. May she rest in peace.

Beverly Sager

Posted at 09:48am
Freida and I were very active at Oheb Shalom a long time ago. But that time is hard to forget!!
Rest in Peace!!

Susan and Howard Rubenstein

Posted at 09:43am
Freda Sussman was a force to be reckoned with. She was a strong, outspoken woman who expected excellence from herself as well as from others. Freda worked tirelessly for Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, as well as for its Sisterhood. As a proud mother, she spoke glowingly of her children’s many accomplishments.
We send our sincere condolences to Freda’s family. May she Rest In Peace and may her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Hyll Watner Krevolin

Posted at 09:03am
Lance and family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories keep her in your heart.

Susan Weikers

Posted at 08:24am
Dear Sandy and family
My deepest condolences to you very sorry for your loss..May Freda Rest In Peace and May her memory be for a blessing..May all of your wonderful memories be a comfort during the difficult days ahead

Carol Wynne

Posted at 06:54am
My parents, Beryl and Louis Frank, had Freda as their travel agent and friend. My husband and I, carol and Leon Wynne, did too. She was gracious, fun, thorough, efficient and always made us feel like it was her trip too! We are sorry for your loss. We remember Freda
fondly. She holds a special place in our lives.

Elyse Komitzsky

Posted at 05:29am
Dear Rabbi Lance,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She sounds like a remarkable woman. She must have been so proud of you and your accomplishments. Love, Elyse

Rabbi Floyd Herman

Posted at 04:28pm
Lance and Family,
Freda was a positive force at Oheb Shalom and in the entire community. From the time I arrived in Baltimore, 40 years ago, until she moved to Florida, Freda was always a positive presence in our community. All of us who knew her will cherish her memory. May you be comforted by your special memories.

Martha Kolodkin

Posted at 02:58pm
Jerry and I are very sorry to learn of Freda's passing. She was an asset to Temple Oheb Shalom; a tireless and dedicated leader. I was so happy to call her my friend. She warmly greeted us when we saw each other at services and other programs. She helped to celebrate with us when Jerry and I got married. Freda was also our travel agent for a number of trips and always provide excellent service. May her memory be a blessing to her family.

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