Irving Abramowitz

Irving Abramowitz

May 10, 2021
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  • Shiva

    Family Residence
    Home of Alan and Janet Abramowitz
    Baltimore, Maryland
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    Please reach out to the family at 410 358 2291.
This service is taking place in Israel and is not being handled by Sol Levinson & Bros.


Irving Abramowitz passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, in Jerusalem, Israel, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Grace and his four children, Debbie (Bobby) Miller, Benson (Heddy) Abramowitz, Alan (Janet) Abramowitz and Carol (Steve) Rosenbaum. In addition he was survived by seventeen grandchildren and more than forty (we do not say the exact number) great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Rabbi A. Nathan ( Dr. Barbara) Abramowitz of Washington,DC, Dr. Harry Zvi (late Gilda) Abramowitz of Jerusalem and his sister Bonnie ( late Gabe ) Kaszovitz. Also residing in Jerusalem.  He was predeceased by his parents Frieda and J. Max Abramowitz, and by his beloved granddaughter, Talia Zwebner.

He was born in Baltimore and attended the Talmudical Academy, where his grandfather taught. He graduated from City College and was drafted at age 18 into the army during WW2. As he always put it, he was very pleased that the Army chose to send him to Nome, Alaska during the war. After being discharged, he attended Johns Hopkins University and after graduation followed his father into the insurance industry. He had a very successful career with Lincoln National Life Insurance Company and realized his lifelong dream of moving to the Old City of Jerusalem in 1983 where he and Grace enjoyed decades with family and friends. Irving will be missed by all who knew him.  May his memory be for a blessing always.

Funeral services will be held in Israel. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in his honor to your favorite charity.  Alan Abramowitz will be sitting Shiva in Baltimore until Sunday Morning.  Minyanim are 8am and 8pm.
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Sandi Solomon Popowitz

Posted at 09:03am
So very sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Irving. Such wonderful memories we carry of him and the entire Abramowitz family. May his memory be a blessing.

Ken Solomon

Posted at 08:32am
A great man and friend to our family. Rest In Peace, Uncle Irving...


Posted at 10:23am
To Grace and the entire Abramowitz Family,

In 1968, Irving J. Abramowitz, General Agent for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, hired me as a rookie agent. At the time, Baltimore was the #1 Agency for Lincoln in the entire country. I credit Irving for not only being a tremendous leader, but for creating a substantial foundation for me and others that followed, on establishing their professional career. I have the distinction of being the only agent hired by Irving, who is still an active agent with Lincoln.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 04:22pm
To all who mourn for
Irving Abramowitz
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Russell Karpook

Posted at 02:31pm

I have only had the pleasure of knowing Alan and Janet, but I am certain that Irving was so very proud of them. My sincere thoughts and prayers to Alan and Janet and the rest of the family in your loss.

Russ Karpook

Marnie Glassman Cohen

Posted at 06:24pm
Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the loss of Irving. I do not know if you remember me, but, I have many many memories of your wonderful family. I lived up the street from you on Taney Road. I am one of the “Glassman Twins.” Anyway, may Irving Rest In Peace. He was a wonderful man!

Larry and Molli Golberg

Posted at 04:56pm
It is with profound sadness to hear of Irving’s passing. And with profound gratitude at having him in my life. He became great friends with my Dad, Ken Golberg in their 20’s and remained friends throughout their lives. Interesting to note that my father’s yartzeit is the second day of Shavuot and his is very nearly the same. H we s as no Grace welcomed us into their Jerusalem home for lunch on our visit there in 1998. Such loving and gracious people who put loving children into our world too! Thank you for enriching the Golberg lives you touched.

Judy Abramowitz Esterson Chernak

Posted at 03:57pm
It is so difficult to accept the fact that my beloved cousin Irving is no longer with us! He and Grace were always the honored elder cousins, eager to invite us over for tea and a nosh and a bit of advice and always jokes, whether here or in Jerusalem. We stayed with them in the Old City when our son Jeff was Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall immediately after it became liberated, and he helped plan the ceremony while accommodating us as a tour guide into the Arab shuk and pointing out which shops were safe and which to avoid. Luckily, a safe (and talented) one designed two dresses for me, replete with beautiful Yemenite embroidery and ready the following day so I could catch my plane home. They hosted me two other times also, including for their famous Tuesday Pizza Nights, along with countless visiting dignitaries, tour groups, missions from the U.S. or elsewhere -- it seems as if they were never too busy to do these famous mitzvos all through their lives in Israel. Irv was honored as my oldest cousin and loved for the special soul that he was, and I shall surely miss him intensely. My heartfelt condolences to Grace, Buddy, Tzvi, Bonnie, Benson, Alan, Debbie, Carol, and all the mishpacha. He was truly a great man.

Moshe Dov Shualy

Posted at 03:46pm
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.
Our family had the honor to know your family as we shared life at Rabbi Elimelch Hertzberg זכר צדיק לברכה.
And once again on Shabbat in Yerushalaim we heard Irv ז״ל, read the Haftarah for his “ב״ר מצווה״. We share in life as a community and thus experience נצחיות.
זכרו ברכה.
באהבה משפחת שועלי

Arnie and Dorathy Golberg

Posted at 12:21pm
Dear Aunt Grace. Our families go back decades. You were at my bris, my bar mitzvah and my wedding. You and Uncle Irv were a constant as our families intertwined. You and my mom and dad OBM were the best of friends and my mom and you were Forest Park classmates and the best of friends. On our trip to Israel in 1999 we had lunch with you and as usual you greeted us with your ubiquitous apron and hugs. Often when Dorathy is cooking and her apron is on the better part of a day I call her Aunt Grace. Such wonderful memories of a wonderful family.

Steve Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 12:01pm
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Grace and the family. I started working in the insurance business with my father, Alan, in downtown Baltimore in 1968, and one of my first connections was with Irv, Max, and their colleagues in the Lincoln agency. They were all top professionals, always willing to share, and many of those relationships still exist. Irv was the living embodiment of a true mensch, and his memory will always be a blessing. May he rest in peace.

Ellen Hoffman-Goldwasser

Posted at 08:40am
Dear Grace, Debbie, Benson, Alan and Carol.
I think my sister has said it all. Our childhood on Taney Road was one where we were all family. We never rang a doorbell and enjoyed so many holidays and special events together. Though it has been many years since we have seen one another. I too send my sincere condolences on the loss of Irving. Your parents happened to be in Baltimore when our mother ,Chic passed away and seeing them at her funeral touched our father and us deeply. We are sorry we can’t be with your family at this time to mourn Irv. May your fathers memory forever be a blessing to all who loved and mourn him.
Ellen Hoffman-Goldwasser

Alan Kanter

Posted at 08:29am
Dear Grace and Family,
My how the years pass so quickly. It was 1972 when Harriet and I moved to Baltimore so I could head the pension department for Irv’s agency. He was a mentor to me and taught me about the importance of charitable giving. Although I only worked with Irv for two years, the lessons I learned from him have lasted a lifetime. He was the ultimate mensch. May his memory and teachings be a blessing and an example as one should conduct his/her life.

Larry Zimlin

Posted at 08:16am
Sorry to hear of your loss.Remember waiting on him at the original Knish Shop Was always a pleasure to wait on May he Rest In Peace

Janet and Rich Livingston

Posted at 08:12am
To the Abramowitz Famiky. We are so very sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of coming to your beautiful home in the Old City when on many Associated Missions to Israel. May his memory be for a blessing .

Susan Hoffman Sirkis

Posted at 07:47am
Dear Grace, Debbie, Benson, Alan, and Carol,
I am so sorry to hear about your husband and father Irving. I have not seen you since your move to Israel in 1983 but when I saw this announcement a flood of memories came back. Our childhood time on Taney Road was spent together a lot. We were all friends and our parents were very close. Our fathers even worked together at Lincoln National Life Insurance Company along with your grandfather. We had so much fun together as kids on Taney Road. I can remember how on Saturday nights we would come over for the Havdalah service and we each got a chance to either hold the blue twisted candle or the spice box. Then we would all sit around the table and your mom and dad gave us dessert for participating. Your parents also spent a lot of Saturday afternoons after shul sitting in my parents living room just talking and watching all of us playing together. Our families shared a lot of occasions together; our Bat Mitzvahs, our weddings, your brothers Bar Mitzvahs, etc. I also remember going to Easton and staying with your aunt and uncle and going to Ocean City with them and Hilary and her two brothers. We would would also take walks to your Uncle Arnold and Aunt Mitzie's house on Cross Country Blvd and play there. When you moved to Bancroft Road we all still kept in touch. Then you moved to Israel . Our mothers kept in touch through letters, pictures, and phone calls . Your mother was visiting here in 2008 when my mom, Chic passed away. She and your Aunt Charlotte came to her funeral. I didn't get a chance to talk to her but was glad she was there because my mom really enjoyed looking at all the pictures she sent and the letters she wrote her. I hope all your memories of your time spent with your dad brings all of you smiles and helps you get through this sad time. I remember him as a great father and loving husband to your mom. I know when I think of your family I will smile .

Barbara Stern

Posted at 07:11am
Alan ,Janet, and family so sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in eternal Paradise.

Eric Benzer

Posted at 06:58am
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Marty Waxman

Posted at 06:48am
With great sadness, the news of the passing of my decades long friend, Irving Abramowitz has brought back many memories. We worked together in.the Free Soviet Jews Movement and especially when he was Chairman of the 1978 Associated annual campaign, the year that inaugurated Project Renewal which paired diaspora Jewish communities with poor neighborhoods in Israel. Almost a half century later, this program continues in the updated form of Partnership 2000, reflecting changes in Israel. In those years After Irving and his beloved wife, Grace moved to Jerusalem, they invited participants of Every Associated mission to their Old City home to spend a relaxing Shabbat afternoon and enjoy their museum quality Judaica collection. May his memory be a blessing.

Susan Weikers

Posted at 06:05am
My sincere condolences to you all..a beautiful man , a beautiful couple. May his memory be for a blessing and May he Rest In Peace. May you all be comforted among the mourners of Jerusalem and Israel

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