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Former UJA Campaign Chair, Rabbi Gunther Plaut Passes Away at 99

World renowned scholar was Rabbi of Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple
By: Daniel Horowitz
Published: February 10th, 2012 in News » World
Rabbi Gunther Plaut

Jewish Toronto and Canada lost a well-respected community giant on February 9, with the passing of world-renowned scholar, and author Rabbi Gunther Plaut. He was 99.

Rabbi Plaut, the rabbi and senior scholar in residence at Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple, was a former Campaign Chair of United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto as well as a former President of Canadian Jewish Congress.

Rabbi Plaut gained international prominence by publishing commentary on the Torah and haftarah that would go on to be used by the Reform movement.

“Rabbi Plaut was a community leader in the truest sense,” said Ted Sokolsky, President and CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. “Not only was he a brilliant man, admired and respected not only in Toronto and Canada, but around the world, but he was a man who had time for anyone he came into contact with. As the Chair of United Jewish Appeal’s Annual Campaign in 1970, Rabbi Plaut demonstrated not only tremendous leadership, but great vision, compassion and, of course, wisdom. On behalf of UJA Federation, I had the unique opportunity of being with him in Israel on Sept 11, 2001 when the planes hit the Twin Towers. His insights and discussions on that historical moment will remain with me forever. I extend my deepest sympathies to Rabbi Plaut’s family and friends.”

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