Morris Rosen

Morris Rosen

November 10, 1922 - December 12, 2020
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    Monday, December 14th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, December 14th, 2020 12:00pm


Donations are being accepted for:
American Friends of Meir Panim

88 Walton Street, Suite B1, Brooklyn, NY 11206

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024


Morris Rosen, Holocaust survivor, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 98. He is survived by his loving children, Jacob Joseph Rosen (Lynne Blume Rosen) and Jesse David Rosen; grandchildren, Hannah Rosen and Michael Rosen. He was predeceased by his devoted wife, Miriam Rosen (nee Miller) and parents, Jacob and Golda Rosen.

Funeral services are private. Interment Beth Jacob - Finksburg, MD. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to American Friends of Meir Panim, 88 Walton Street, Suite B1, Brooklyn, NY 11206 or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W., Washington, DC 20024.
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Rachel and Rick Glaser

Posted at 05:51pm
To the Rosen Family: We are so sorry for the passing of Morris. He was such a giant personality. I first met Morris when he joined a small group of immigrants who played cards together. Many times they gathered at the home of my parents, Emmanuel and Emily Velelli, who were from Greece. Morris was one of the few Ashkenazim in the group. He used to love the Greek foods my mother served! I also met him again as a speaker when he came to talk to students about his experiences during the Holocaust. He connected so beautifully with the young people. We were so fortunate to have him in our community and to hear his life story. May his memory be for a blessing.

Rita Plaut

Posted at 10:52pm
An extraordinary individual, humble yet proud of his life's accomplishments, Morris Rosen possessed a host of qualities that now leave a most indelible and lasting mark on all who knew him. I, too, had the privilege of inviting Morris to meet with my students, when my Krieger Schechter 8th graders studied about the Holocaust. I remember my amazement at Morris' broad command of details relating both to the history and to his own personal stamp collection. Over the year, as has been so beautifully expressed by Morris' fans, his gentlemanly manner and warmth endeared him to all and his enthusiasm to update you on his projects drew you into his world. His dedication to serving the USHMM as a most knowledgeable volunteer with his incredible command of many foreign languages benefited the Museum greatly. When my Israeli cousin visited to carry out research at the USHMM, I knew I had to introduce her to Morris and indeed he welcomed us and gave us a "tour" of his collection. He was most proud of a reward he received in the presence of former President Obama, and rightly so. May Morris' memory be a blessing to all his family and friends and to Am Israel.

Noach Klotzman

Posted at 05:25am
To Jacob,

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I’ve probably known him for close to forty years. He was always kind and friendly. I know he was very proud of you
Jake. I know all about his achievements.
You were very fortunate to have a Father, who was also a hero! He always moved forward with a smile on his face.

May his Neshama have an ALIYAH

Tamara Filipovic

Posted at 07:17pm
My deepest sympathies to Mr. Rosen's family. I just heard about his passing and am a bit speechless right now, though there is so much I could say about the depths and heights of his Spirit's beauty, humanity, kindness, and joy. He was truly full of Sacred Light and he shared it with the world so generously and enthusiastically. I've only known Mr. Morris, as I like to call him, since 2008, when I met him at Goucher College, thanks to its Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors course. We've kept in touch over the years and even got together on a few occasions. I remember all those meetings with him so vividly. His presence was always so strong, encompassing, and inspiring. I will always cherish those memories and think of Mr. Morris with so much admiration and love, as well as gratitude to Life for gifting me the pleasure of sharing time and space with him in this lifetime.

Steve Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 08:17pm
My deepest sympathy to Jesse and Jacob. Morris and Joseph were insurance clients of my father and me for many years, and they later became valued friends. In later years, before we left Baltimore, I would see Morris at Lifebridge, and it was always a pleasure. He was so much more than a survivor; he was a nice man and a true mensch. May he rest in peace and his memory always be a blessing.

Martin Shayt

Posted at 02:43am
I have known Morris Rosen for the past 16 years and just heard about his passing and want to express my sincere sympathy to his family.

Will Shoken

Posted at 03:56pm
My heartfelt condolences to the Rosen family. I got to know Morris when I was a regular at the Beth Jacob minyan to say Kaddish for my parents who were both Holocaust survivors. Morris was such a wonderful, kind man and to hear him daven with the same Polish accent as my father was special. Knowing and talking to Morris was like having a part of my parents still alive and I am heartbroken that now he is gone too. I will never forget him.
“May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

Jane (Shapiro) Baum Rodbell

Posted at 01:18pm
First of all, I am blown away by all the wonderful testimonials I just read about "Mr. Rosen." I thought I recognized his picture on the Levinson website, but I hadn't seen him in many many years, although I may have seen him at LifeBridge and not recognized him. I sure wish I had. My memories of him go way back to when I was a child and he painted my parents' house (I.D. and Mickey Shapiro) on North Charles St. He was the first person I ever saw with a tattoo on his arm, and I remember asking him what it was for. I remember him as being so kind and always welcome in our house, as more than just a painter. I surely wish I had known him in later years, but I want to share my memories with his family because I know what a kind man he was and how much his family must be missing him.

Bill and Ellen Saks

Posted at 06:22pm
We’ve known Morris and his brother Joe for over ½ century. My parents were good friends of theirs. In fact, Morris lived in the same shtetl as my mother, Bluma, and shared memories of their time together back in the ‘old country’.
He was quite the remarkable person! His knowledge of details about the Holocaust was incredible. Quite the Renaissance man; Stamps, Olympics, Religion, you name it. My wife would see him at the Lifebridge gym and they would talk.
As everyone has said he always had a wonderful attitude. The world has lost a real mentsch. There are now precious few survivors of the Holocaust who can relate what happened back then.

Judith Hyatt

Posted at 05:33pm
A "survivor" in life, a legion of friends, a solid commitment to Judaism, strong devotion to family and a core integrity. Knowing Morris was an enlightening experience. My condolences to Jacob, Jessie and Family.

Judith Hyatt

Posted at 05:29pm
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Linda Adler Hurwitz

Posted at 03:35pm
To know Morris, listen to Morris and learn from Morris is to love Morris. He was quite an inspiration in so many ways: how he read Torah and led us in our prayers, how he loved to educate young and old alike using his Holocaust memorabilia and stamp collection, how he exercised well into his 90's and how he loved to share his stories and experiences. Morris always made you feel special and always made you feel like he was so pleased to see you. He was a gift to our people and to the many people whose lives were touched by him. His legacy will live on for generations to come. Thank you, Morris, for enlightening and enhancing our lives.

Susan Mathason

Posted at 08:53pm
It's fitting that it's Hanukkah right now as we remember Morris. He had a way of lighting up a space and the hearts within it. My dad and I saw him every Friday at Beth Jacob while we were saying Kaddish for my mom. Morris always greeted me with a bear hug (he was seriously strong!) and a twinkle in his eye. He did so much to brighten up what was such a sad time in my life. Hearing his stories, seeing his collections, and just being in his presence demonstrated for me the value of squeezing every bit of joy out of life. Goodbye Morris, I'll always remember you.

Roslyn Benjamin

Posted at 05:32pm
Morris was such a special person , so full of life / a twinkle in his eye and a song in his heart - I loved seeing him at the gym - he would brighten my day and I know he brightened the day for so many others.
I will always remember Morris and miss him forever .

Murray and Michele Kalish

Posted at 04:42pm
We wish to express our sincere condolences to the Rosen family on the passing of Morris. We have known Morris for the past 40 plus years as neighbors to his beloved younger brother, Joe. Morris always had a smile on his face and was a wonderful human being. In spite of what he experienced in the Holocaust, he never ever said an unkind word about anything or anybody.
May he rest in peace .
Murray and Michele Kalish

Larry Golberg

Posted at 04:32pm
Morris told me of the many many times he would be asked to speak of his experiences. He never turned anyone down who asked him to speak. I asked him how hard it was to prepare to speak as much as 4 times a week. He said” I don’t prepare, I get someone to ask me a question snd I speak for about an hour and fifteen minutes. What a remarkable mind snd a more remarkable man. In the dictionary under the word humility is a photo of Morris Rosen. Your heart will live in my heart.

Malcolm Renbaum

Posted at 03:48pm
Morris was kind enough to share a memory of a significant interaction with my father many, many years ago at Beth Jacob just before the High Holidays. I always felt honored to be in his presence.

Ann Saunders

Posted at 03:45pm
My sincerest condolences to the Rosen family. From 1973 to 1995, "Mr. Rosen" and his brother painted the inside and outside of our home on St. Albans Way. In particular, Morris Rosen's aesthetic eye and aptitude for detail were impeccable. My late husband was a stamp collector, as was Mr. Rosen who purchased only the best specimens and displayed his priceless collection at the highest caliber shows. Of course his work for the Holocaust Museum was of the greatest importance. Although I rarely saw him in his later years, I will cherish his memory.

Patty Leve

Posted at 07:38am
I just wanted to say how sad I was to see that your father/grandfather passed away. I'm sorry to say that I didn't even know him personally. He was someone that I saw regularly at the gym. I always marveled at how often he was there and loved seeing how outgoing and friendly he was. He was a regular and beloved part of the gym community. I was shocked to see how old he was, I never would have guessed 98. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that his memory and his example of how to live life will stay alive within you forever.

Judy Chernak

Posted at 12:31am
After so many have written heartfelt remembrances of Morris Rosen, what is there left to say? Much. There cannot be enough said in honor and love for this remarkable tower of strength, good humor, concern for everyone he encountered, fine artist and collector, and hugger of the world. Morris Rosen literally loved everyone, and therefore everyone couldn't help but love him. Like so many others, I first met him when he and brother Joe (another delightful, friendly man) came to paint my newly, greatly enlarged home. (Note to someone below: I did have my kitchen painted buttercup yellow and still have it 53 years later! Morris' paint never wore out! Much of my house still bears his meticulous artwork in color!) He told me early on that he had been a painter, an artist in Poland and that this career was forbidden to him by the Nazis. For an accomplished artist to need to earn his living as a house painter could have broken a lesser person's spirit, but not this one. He simply used the best pigments, the best paints, and his own artistic talents to create in a new way, always with that famous smile and frightening stories that broke my heart to hear. Indeed, Beth Tfiloh will never be the same without this dear, humble man, one of my three "shul huggers" who brightened any day: Rabbi Wohlberg, Senator Ben Cardin, and Morris Rosen.
A giant has lived, reminding the world of the good, and bearing witness that no one ever will destroy the Jewish people.

Bea Caplan

Posted at 11:17pm
My deepest condolences to Morris’ family. I met Morris in Zumba class at Lifebridge a few years ago, and was blown away by his ability to attend class every week, dance to the music, and lift everyone’s spirits in the process. The stories he shared with me about his unbelievable life will stay with me forever. I will miss his kindness, his humor, and his smile. May his memory be for a blessing.

Steven Berlin

Posted at 07:59pm
A bright light in the sometimes darkness of humanity has been extinguished. I had the long time pleasure of knowing Morris as the man who lived next door to my grandmother, Rose Pollack, on Ludgate Road. He was not just the guy who painted her house, but he, along with Miriam, was the one our family always knew was there in case she needed anything. It was only as I got older that I learned
about Morris Rosen holocaust survivor. We would run into each other every few years, and he never failed to remind me of how proud our grandmother was of all her grandchildren. Never about him, always about her. I marveled about his strength, energy, and the desire to pass on to future generations the lessons of the past that need to never be repeated.
Although his light may no longer shine, the ideals of a good soul, a good man, and a good life, will shine forever.

Donna Shapiro

Posted at 07:28pm
Dear Rosen Family,
I go back decades with dear Morris Rosen. My grandparents helped to put Morris and his brother Joe in business. For many years our homes were beautified by these talented brothers, and then by Morris alone, after the untimely passing of Joe. My husband and I were fortunate to have been invited to the tenth anniversary gala for the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Morris went with us and there introduced us to his dear friend Elie Wiesel, what a Kodak moment. I will always remember Morris for his smile, his kindness, his intelligence, but most of all for his zest of life. The world has lost a real treasure. Morris, if anyone deserves to Rest In Peace,it is you my dear friend......


Faye & Abe Adler

Posted at 04:26pm
To all that knew him, respected him and loved him, in addition to his family, we were fortunate to have that privilege. To share the stories about how he and Joe survived the greatest tragedy that they faced and were not bitter is the story of a truly remarkable individual. To make a post concentration life success in business as well as developing the friendships, admiration, and love from so many is the mark of a remarkable man. Morris and Joe painted my parents' home at Hopeton and Pinkney in 1948.I enjoyed his stories about his stamp collection, and how it contained every Winter and Summer Olympic game which he proudly displayed at every game as the guest of the Olympic Committee, and he became an international stamp judge. His stories of his work as an archivist at the Holacaust Memorial in D. C. was his last great passion. His collection of memorabilia which he donated to the Museum was vast. It was an extreme pleasure to sit next to him in the Beth Tfiloh Chapel and also work with him as part of the Fri. Kitchen Crew.

Harry and Sheila Kessler

Posted at 04:25pm
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Morris. We will miss seeing him at Beth Tfiloh every Shabbos. He was a true delight to talk to and be with. May his memory be for a blessing.

Vicki Mackler

Posted at 03:27pm
Morris was a wonderful man. He came to exercise class at Lifebridge for exercise and after, had a group of his friends talking and laughing drinking coffee...we all loved him. He shared his horrible experience during the
occupation. I am so happy he made it to live a long life. He loved his cats and that was what we talked about. He was wonderful man and i will miss his kisses on my cheek.

Joni Palmer

Posted at 02:33pm
I am SO sad as he was such a dear and a very special friend. I knew Morris since 1974. What a wonderful person he was and I was so lucky to have shared going to Washington DC twice with him on the train and seeing what a big wig he was with all of the politicians and members of Washington and Holocaust remembrance people, donors and members. Everyone knew him, Senators, Congress members, other Holocaust survivors, Washington D.C. Congress staff, and all those associated with the Holocaust museum. Everyone effusively expressed their gratitude and love for him. He was a giant among all of them even as small in stature as he was. Fortunately, I have hundreds of photographs of our trips, reminding me of how special he was. I even went with him when he gave a speech to the students at Beth Tfiloh, speeches which he gave thousands of times to all kinds of schools Jewish and non-Jewish. He so much enjoyed sharing his collections of memorabilia adding stories while pointing out the items he possessed. He was so proud of his azalea bushes near the door to his home. I will never stop smiling thinking about him over many years when we did Zumba aerobics classes together at LifeBridge Health. Everyone in the class and especially the instructors were amazed by his energy and stamina. He would go there four or five times a week. I met him when he painted my first house on Round Hollow Road in early 1974 and he was instrumental in the sale of my Rockland home. He wouldn't allow me to paint one room yellow because he said every time he ever painted a room yellow the people hated it and he had to come back and repaint. I still have the calendar from the associated that has him on the front cover where he said, "When I'm gone, my stories will remain. The Museum will tell them." So too will I. I miss you already Morris.


Posted at 01:34pm
To the Rosen mishpacha,
Such sad news reading about Morris. Our condolences to all. He was an amazing man with strength, a smile and heart as big as life itself. He loved to share his memories with all; always the story teller of truth. I met Morris through my dad (Norman Katz) via the stamp club and the stamp show 'Balpex'. My family will always remember his life connection to and love of stamps. To us Morris is not gone, for he will always be in our hearts'. Morris, RIP.

Nanci Shuman

Posted at 12:51pm
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Morris was a wonderful gentleman — he always brightened up the exercise studio at Lifebridge with his smile and his stories. He will be greatly missed by all.

Irwin Weiss

Posted at 12:46pm
I knew Morris mostly from the morning minyan at Beth Jacob. Such a wonderful and energetic man, always with a smile and always with an agenda of things to do. With his passing a piece of history passes away, and we must keep that alive always. One of my great memories was seeing Morris with President Obama at a Holocaust memorial event, Morris being selected to lead Mourner's Kaddish. A person who may have been physically small, but actually a man with enormous stature, bigger than most anyone I've ever known. A tremendous loss to his family and to all who knew him.

marie schwartz

Posted at 12:39pm
The announcement of Morris's passing is received with great sadness. He became my friend as we talked of the holocaust and our commonality of losses. He was a treasure ! filled with data and information. He gave me solace throught the years of my parents passing. He greeted me each morning after schacharit and joined me for coffee. he helped me to start the day and work through the sorrow. A man who was an expert at sorrow yet could uplift all with his mere smile. I was fortunate to have him join us for shabbat on occasion. everyone was mesmerized by his pictures and stories. This time of Covid seprated us and for this I mourn the lost days without his courage to uplift.. His sons are so fortunate to have had such a loving father. I can attest to his pride in his 2 boys. My deepest condolences to the Rosen family. May you be comforted with knowing his memory is for a blessing .

Ellis Caplan

Posted at 12:03pm
Dear Rosen Family:
I want to offer my sincerest condolences on what I consider a great loss, not only for your family but for the community at large. We davened together as minyonaires at Beth Jacob and Beth Tfiloh for over 20 years.
Morris was an inspiration to all of us, especially when he led the davening. He was an extra special man, and I had the honor of being one of his "dear friends."
I was truly honored to stand with him on the bemah at Beth Tfiloh when he held the Holocaust Torah.
Morris will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him and loved him.
May his memory be for a blessing.

David Knauth

Posted at 11:45am
My deepest sympathies are with your family during this difficult time. Whenever I could, I would sit next to Morris at Beth Tfiloh during shul. He was such a tremendous person, wise, kind, and humble. He was a true gem among men. I will miss our quiet conversations and wish I could have known him better. May his memory be a blessing to you during this time and throughout your lives.

Paul L Abrams

Posted at 11:32am
To Jesse & Jacob--- could you both alternately read these condolence messages, at your Dad's service would mean alot to all of us...Bless you all( from a Kohaine, too)

Alan Blank

Posted at 11:26am

To the Family: Deep sympathy: my father, a.h.,Sol Blank, was Mr.Rosen's CPA for a while. I remember him davening at Beth Jacob, and saw him at various shuls through the years, always with a pleasant demeanor, which is saying a lot, considering what he'd been through. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.

David Walczak

Posted at 11:23am
I was so saddened to hear of Morris’ passing. My deepest condolences go out to his family.

Herta and Arthur Baitch

Posted at 11:15am
Dear Rosen Family and all who knew Morris,
It is obvious from these many sincere and loving condolence messages that Morris was beloved by all of us who knew him. He was a gentleman of so many talents and virtues as have been described here. We came to know Morris fifty years ago when he painted our new home and it was obvious to us that we would continue our friendship. Since Herta was a holocaust survivor, as he was, we had that special understanding. In joining him at speaking engagements and trying to keep up with him, he became a respected roll model for me. When we traveled to the U.S.Holocaust museum together, I had to practically run to keep up with his fast pace. Everything that has been said about him in these beautiful, loving condolence messages are absolutely on the mark and not even slightly exaggerated. The world has been greatly enhanced by Morris Rosen having lived his life as he has. He will be sincerely missed by so many of us.

Vera Kestenberg

Posted at 11:03am
Morris was a gentle sol and a gentleman! He was traveling with all the survivors in the speakers’ bureau and he greeted us always with a hug and a kiss. Lot of students benefitted from Morris’ teachings. He will be missed by many. May his memory be for a blessing.

Louise Géczy

Posted at 10:55am
In my capacity as Coordinator of External Holocaust programs at The John Carroll School, I was blessed to interact with Morris for many years. As others have said, his enthusiasm for life and his compelling story influenced every student and adult with whom he came in contact when he visited our school. He would step off the bus and immediately greet his student guides with his wonderful smile and then by the end of the day they would be crying as they told him good-bye. JC is so very grateful that he shared his wisdom with us because he changed lives and for that we will always be grateful. LBG

What follows is an excerpt from a school newspaper article about Morris following one of his visits.

“Oh, they all line up before class to give me kiss,” 94-year-old Morris Rosen, also known as the “Zumba King” says with a hearty laugh at his own charm. This charm and spirit Rosen exudes not only survived his many years on earth but the worst years on earth if you were a Jew in Europe during the Holocaust. When Rosen entered,…He didn’t want to sit down, he just wanted to share his story, or as much as he could. As he says before he starts, “It is difficult to condense five years into one hour.” So, he stands there, steady…reliving the most traumatic years of his life, which he claims he tells at least 50 times a year. With a surprisingly loud, bold voice, Rosen tells of his life in a ghetto in Poland…“You were not free at all.” Then, he tells of how German officers came and selected people to be deported – all people over the age of 40, women, and children, were all sent to the right including Rosen’s parents and his 12-year-old sister. Rosen however, was sent to the left meaning he got to stay in the ghetto…later with a resigned sigh, (he says) that after the war, he didn’t want to go back to Poland. “I didn’t speak Polish for over 70 years,” he says…later when he arrived at another camp he says, “they beat the hell out of us,”…Rosen then jumps to his evacuation from the camp to Russia, a journey that led to the loss of 800 people. (after recounting other aspects of his story) Rosen, with the same spirit he still exhibits, stated his determination to survive. “I’m going to live.”…he has not forgotten what has happened to him or what he has been through. He uses days like Holocaust Remembrance Day to tell his story. He willingly relives the pain in order to share his message. “You can see what hate can bring. Be friendly to each other,” he says at the end of the hour, with a humble smile and a standing ovation.

Claire Grunewald, Print Chief for The Patriot

Judy kishter carton

Posted at 10:51am
I am saddened to hear about Morris. We were neighbors in Greengate for many years. He was such a kind man.
May his memory be a blessing. He did many mitzvahs for the community and helped tell his story from the holocaust.
May he always be remembered.


Paul L Abrams

Posted at 10:35am
Condolences go out to Jesse, Jacob & the entire Rosen family.Your dad & grandfather was a kind, sincere, honest and true Jew in every sense of the word. He overcame many obstacles in his lifetime. The most important one was the Holocaust, during WWII. Upwards of Six Million Jews-- Men, Women , & children were sadly exterminated by a ruthless dictator and complacent government, in Germany. Luckily, Morris & several family members were able to escape, with selfless help by parents, family & friends...Many were non-Jews that helped hide & smuggle many adults & children out of the various countries that were controlled by a ruthless dictator & a complacent government, that of Germany.Morris , his brother & others came to the U.S A. escaping the persecution of out peoples.This has been going on since the Biblical days, when Judah Macabee became triumphant in saving our fellow Jews. We , as Jews continue to be used as "scapegoats" whenever there is civil unrest lurking in the shadows of failed governments throughout the World. Morris was instrumental in helping build the "National Holocaust Museum" in Washington D.C., "Yad Vashem" in Jerusalem (I have visited both), & others around the World. They tell the true story of the systematic destruction of Jews & non-Jews, during WWII. Morris made sure ti get the message out to everyone. Jesse, I have been friends with you & your parents since elementary school days at Summit Park. Morris was blessed to have had a wonderful wife & family. I cherish the childhood memories playing at your house. Morris & his brother painted all the houses in Greengate !! I also enjoyed stopping by & chatting with you & your dad in recent years....The Jewish motto-- "We shall never forget" applies ti the holocaust, as well as friendships. Morris passed away on Shabbos , as well as Chanukkah.This is a double blessing of his great soul !May you all cherish your dad & grandfather's legacy! May Hashem bless his soul. Baruch Hashem !!

Sue Needle

Posted at 10:23am
I was so sorry to learn about Morris’ passing, and I send my deepest sympathies to the family. He was a very special man, and I remember some of his Holocaust stories that he was always willing to share.
He was very friendly, and I would often see him at LifeBridge where he came to exercise in his later years. Hopefully, the many memories you have will always be a blessing.

Mervyn Myers

Posted at 10:05am
To the children of a dear friend Morris Rosen,
I have fond memories of of your father going back 15 years ago when I was Development Director at Yeshivat Rambam on Park Heights Avenue neighboring the apartment building your father lived in. Your father became a very good friend of our school and generously gave of his time sharing his amazing stamp collection and experiences.
Hamakom etchem b’toch shear avalay Tzion V’YERUSHALAYIM.

Arnie Golberg

Posted at 09:49am
Our community and our world has lost a Tzadik. A man devoted to his family, his community, his shul and his friends. From Beth Jacob to Beth Tfiloh; His stories; his life; It was simply a joy to listen to his life experiences. Each Shabbos he greeted me with a hug, a kiss on the cheek, a firm handshake and a "hello my good friend". Morris was that way with everyone he came into contact with. On Friday he could be found in the chapel davening. With Morris davening we often joked that breakfast would be 15 minutes earlier. I will miss my conversations with Morris and mostly I will his warmth, his kindness and his love for his faith and humanity.

Sheila Mentz

Posted at 09:42am
Dear Rosen Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Morris's passing. He was such a kind, wonderful and remarkable gentleman and such a positive essential part of Beth Tfiloh. My deepest sympathy to the family. May his memory be a blessing.

Ruth and Marty Schnitzer

Posted at 09:17am
Dear Family,

We can just picture Mr. Rosen standing at the top of the steps at Lifebridge meeting and greeting everyone with a big hello and, of course, a smile. He was a kind, gentle, sweet man and will be missed and remembered by many. May his memory be for a blessing and may he Rest In Peace.

Stan Rosenstein

Posted at 09:16am
To the Rosen family, very sorry to hear this sad news of Morris passing. I have known Morris for years from the Stamp Club that would meet at Milford Manor Nursing home. He would give many lectures on European stamps, and speak of time as a Holocausts survivor. Always a positive and pleasant man, there to help anyone with information regarding stamp history. His kind ways, and gentle nature will be rarely seen again. G-D rest his sole, and strenght to the family.

Alicia Danyali

Posted at 09:15am
Dear Rosen Family,

This news is so sad. We loved him so. He was our neighbor. Our son has been cutting his grass for a few years. Getting to know him was an honor. We learned so much every time we got to interact. He will be missed. He attended our son's bar mitvah a few years ago, and every person at synagogue in attendance knew him. His sincerity, positive attitude, and tip-top memory always amazed us. So much value and empathy in his stories. May his memory be a blessing to all.
Deepest condolences,
Danyali Family

Leslie Walters

Posted at 09:13am
Morris was an inspiration. He loved his Zumba classes at Lifebridge! He was a very pleasant man and when I would see him at Beth Tfiloh I always got a kiss and then questioned as to why I hadn’t been to Zumba. He shared his Fascinating story of being an athlete before WW2. He will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing.

Ron Eisenberg

Posted at 09:00am
As the years go by, only a few people stand out as having impacted your life in a positive, inspirational and loving way. Morris will forever be on that short list. Beginning during the Beth Jacob days and continuing at Beth Tfiloh, I would look for any opportunity to have a moment with Morris to be in the presence of his neshumah and if I was lucky, hear a story that would lift my day. Rest in peace.... you have earned it.

Gail Rosen

Posted at 08:54am
Morris was a brilliant man with an amazing story, though humble and always interested in other people's stories. He was as welcoming and generous as the sun, always offering warmth and caring. I knew him first through his survival story and enjoyed getting to know him through seeing him at the gym. He was a star of the Zumba class! My sincere condolences to his family and to all who knew and loved him.

Jon Cardin

Posted at 08:42am
Morris will be missed by so many of us who's faces he put a smile on each and every time we saw him. There is no one in the Beth Tfiloh family who had a more positive attitude and who made you feel good just to be alive and to know such an astounding man.

Personally, Morris was one of my four inspirations to be names to the State Task Force to create the Center for Excellence in Holocaust, Genocide and Tolerance Education.

My warmest sympathies to you the family and all who loves Morris.
Jon S. Cardin

Kim Tuvin

Posted at 08:16am
I am heartbroken by the news of Morris' passing. I had only just met him at Beth Tfiloh a few months before the world shut down and was looking so forward to returning to synagogue and seeing my new friend again each Shabbat. I wanted to get to know him more. I've missed out on all of his stories now that my time in his warm presence has been cut so short. I wish him peace. And to his loved ones and family ... may his memory be for a blessing and may G-d comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Sharon Freeman Caplan

Posted at 08:16am
Dear Rosen Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Morris was such a sweet man--I will sorely miss my Shabbos hug and kiss from him. He cared about everyone, obvious by how many people surrounded him every Shabbos. I learned so much from him---not only of his background but in the way he dressed and presented himself all the time. We have lost a true gentleman. May his memory always be for a blessing.

Ricky Lamb

Posted at 08:13am
A founding member of the "breakfast crew" Morris was warm, kind , and caring. He loved to teach and tell his story. I am proud to call him my friend. My deepest condolences to the Rosen family on their great loss.

Harry Kozlovsky

Posted at 07:00am
So very sorry to realize painfully, I won’t ever see him again. Morris, I believe is the last of my parents friends to leave us. Morris’s brother Joe, my fathers best friend, and also the kindest soul, left us far too early in his life.

Morris was a remarkably upbeat, always smiling and warm and genuine soul. A painful reminder of a Holocaust generation lost for our present younger and all future generations to learn directly from.

May Morris’s family and all of those blessed to have known Morris and those of his generation, always remember these heroes of our people, and proactively instill your memories of Morris and his generation, into your future generations, as a way to perpetuate this wonderful man and all survivors legacy for our people.


Howard LIbit

Posted at 06:53am
Morris was such a powerful teacher about the Holocaust. His passionate advocacy made a profound difference to so many across our community. On behalf of the Baltimore Jewish Council and the council's Holocaust Remembrance Committee, we extended our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We were privileged to have worked with Morris for so many years. May his memory be for a blessing.

Nadyne Turner

Posted at 11:48pm
I am sorry to hear the sad news. He was such a nice man. I enjoyed seeing him in shul each week. My condolences to his family.

Marianne and Larry Hornstein

Posted at 09:12pm
We are very sad to hear that Morris passed away. We have been friends for over 20 years going back to our days at Beth Jacob. Morris was a gentleman, and I always enjoyed speaking with him in synagogue, and listening to his stories. He was very active in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and enjoyed teaching groups of people about the Holocaust, and often traveled to Washington DC to speak. I recently called him to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving and found out he was not feeling well. We will miss him at Beth Tfiloh at services. Our condolences to his family; we learned a lot from Morris, and we will miss him.

Sandy Cohen Hackerman

Posted at 09:05pm
What a kind wonderful man. He painted my home when I lived on Columbus Drive when I was a little girl.
Whenever I would see him we would talk for a long time.Always remembered my name and would ask me how my sister was doing I am heartbroken to see that he passed.There is not many people in this day and age like Maiche! My thoughts and prayer are with his family!

Rabbi Ronald Z. Schwartz

Posted at 08:47pm
The saga of the Rosen family is one of the most poignant in Jewish history. From a family affiliated with Alexander Hasidim, his father was a leader of the community of Chestechowa, their children, precious remnants of Polish Jewry. Two brothers survived Mengele, Auschwitz, Morris, many camps. His sister married one of Israel's outstanding intellectuals. Morris himself was a baal chen, with a fine eye for art and antiques, history, stamps. He was world class in everything he did. He helped the Red Cross, the Smithsonian, many survivors, an eloquent speaker. He was genuinely a very nice guy. A loving husband and father, he loved his family in all its parts. He supported them all. Surviving as a painter, a slow, meticulous artisan, self taught, after the war he created a commercial business which was a great success. He was great. He never broke with his past, never forgave his parents for not fleeing when their children left, many of whom survived. But, he was loyal to their minhagim, cherished every Yom Tov, was a masterful cook and host, a great Jew. He possessed endearing qualities, a beautiful neshoma, a deep soul, and superior intelligence. He knew his strengths and human weakness. He experienced over a long lifespan more than most ever will. He pushed himself even when he was ill.

He remembered how many years it took for him to receive an aliyah at Beth Jacob and synagogues like it, where "greener" weren't treated so well after the War. Yet, he was loyal and went to Shul not for the Kiddish or the Choir, the Rabbi or the Cantor, he went for his parents and the Yiddishkeit they cherished, which he was happy to see his sons and daughter in law nobly pass on. He was fiercely independent, but without the ones he loved most, who loved him, he couldn't have lived so fully. To them, we are grateful for sharing his sweet, special influence with us which will never be forgotten by everyone he interacted with. My wife Debbie and I especially appreciated the relationship he shared with her parents, both survivors of the Holocaust. He was always kind.

Multilingual, multitalented, he was one of a kind. May his memory forever be a source of blessing, a luminous example for all mankind.

Beth Goldstein

Posted at 08:38pm
Morris was an absolutely beautiful person.
He was so proud of his family and loved them dearly.
He had friends everywhere, Shul friends, Lifebridge friends, Olympic friends, stamp friends, friends from the museum, friends from the places he spoke. When he spoke of his time during the Holocaust, he was able to capture his audience like none other. He had to bear witness for those who died and he truly honored their memory with his compelling speeches.
I’m grateful for the dear friendship we shared.
I miss him already.

Diane Post

Posted at 07:57pm
So sorry for your loss.

Steve Hercenberg

Posted at 07:26pm
I met Morris at Beth Tfiloh before one of his many adventures--to one of his many trips to the Olympics. He had a smile and a story for every season. I enjoyed meeting him every Shabbos and we often had kiddush together. His memory will always be a blessing.

Alegra Best

Posted at 06:26pm
My memories of Morris, aka MoRo, will last forever. Among many, I am honored to have met him and called him my friend for decades. We met at the gym and our friendship continued, thanks to Beth Tfiloh.
He was 1 in a million, and I will miss him. Especially in Zumba class. RIP, MoRo.

Beth Tfiloh Congregation

Posted at 06:15pm
Beth Tfiloh Congregation deeply regrets the passing of our member Morris Rosen and extends sincere condolences to the entire family.

caryl kaufman

Posted at 05:53pm
Dear Morris,
You were a wonderful man. I remember you from Beth Jacob days. You were always a pleasure to be around. May his memory be for a blessing.

Pat Jacobs

Posted at 04:52pm
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Morris Rosen. Working with him under the auspices of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and getting to know him was a meaningful and memorable experience during our time at Beth Jacob. We hope your memories will soften your grief.
Pat and Bill Jacobs

Becky Weisgal-Lavon

Posted at 04:44pm
So sorry for your loss. He was a great man, when he was still coming to services every morning he would stop in the Congregation office and schmooze with us! He was just so happy to be there. May he rest in peace he deserves it.

Alan Sandler

Posted at 04:23pm
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Rosen Family. I am so deeply saddened. I feared for this day, and yet Morris's strength, wisdom, wonderful sense of humor, and his positive attitude made us feel like he would live on forever. It was such a pleasure to welcome him into our Sanctuary every Shabbat. You could count on a great hand-shake and a hug. His warmth filled the whole room, and he would say "I have so many friends here!" Listening to him daven and trying to keep up with him were wonderful challenges, and he would always ask if we thought he was too fast. My answer to him was "There's no such thing as too fast!" It has been a while since we enjoyed Friday morning breakfasts with Morris after morning services, but listening to his stories and historical recalls were spell binding. And so was his total recall. He knew every street in every European city, remembered people from decades past, but best of all was his enthusiasm in sharing his memories with us. Not only will he be missed, but Beth Tfiloh just won't be the same without him. Again, my heartfelt sympathy. We have lost an icon in history. May our memories of him be a source of strength and a blessing to all of us.

Sharan Kushner

Posted at 04:14pm
I am so sorry to hear Morris passed away, we had great talks at Beth Tfiloh and Lifebridge--he was a man for all seasons, he will be missed!

Susan and Ivan Rotkovitz and Family

Posted at 04:12pm
Sending our deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Morris, his family most of all. From Beth Jacob days to our times together at Beth Tfiloh, Morris was always a joy to be around. His stories, his smiles, his hugs and Shabbat/YomTov kisses, will always be in mind and will be missed. Morris was a remarkable soul and he taught us never to forget, but to always remember how to go on. May his memory be for a blessing and may it bring us all comfort. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Sheri Knauth

Posted at 04:07pm
My heart hurts. A hug and a kiss from Mr. Rosen on Shabbat made my entire week. He was a gem and a gentleman.

Ina & Jeff legum

Posted at 03:57pm
We were very saddened to hear of Morris passing! He would always great us with a warm smile and conversation at Beth Tfiloh. We will miss Morris. Our sympathy to the family. May his memory be forever a blessing.i

Barbara and Beryle Cohen

Posted at 03:37pm
Our sincere condolences to you and your family on Morris’ passing. We too met Morris at Lifebridge. He always had a smile and was always very pleasant. We really enjoyed seeing him and talking with him. We loved hearing about his garden and his cooking. He was truly a remarkable man and the world is a sadder place because of his passing.

Martha Weiman

Posted at 03:28pm
My deepest condolences. It was a privilege to serve with Morris on the Holocaust Remembrance Committee for many years. He was a stalwart leader in disseminating Holocaust education and engaging all who benefitted from his extensive community reach. I will miss his warm hug whenever we met. Never forget his perseverance, positivity and the profound influence he dispersed. May his memory be for a blessing.

Sherri Fox

Posted at 02:19pm
So sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to see and have discsussions with Morris at Beth Tfiloh.

Nancy Boguslaw

Posted at 02:10pm
Dear Rosen Family,
Our heartfelt and sincerest condolences on the passing of Morris Rosen. We too met him at LifeBridge Health. I can remember his wonderful smile and greeted everyone with respect and dignity. He always had a kind word and know he left such a impact on his family and the world. May his memory always be a blessing.

Cherie Brownstein

Posted at 01:43pm
We have all lost Morris. There is no one like him. He was positive and upbeat about everyday that he was alive. Going to shul will never be the same.

Marcie Goodman

Posted at 12:30pm
I interviewed Mr. Rosen for the Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation. He had a remarkable story and he was a most unique man. He made a lasting impression on me with his charm, kindness and commitment to the Holocaust museum. My profound sympathy to his family.

Rena and Sheldon Polun

Posted at 12:12pm
We will miss him at Beth Tfiloh. He always had a smile and kind words for everyone.

Rita Hammerman

Posted at 12:07pm
Rosen Family,
I met your lovely father @ Lifebridge many years ago. He was such a wonderful person full of vitality & charm. It was my pleasure to have known him. May you all have wonderful memories of him. My thoughts & prayers are with you!

Norman DuBois

Posted at 11:47am
The world has lost a gem.Not enough beautiful words to describe my dear friend.

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