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Goldfarb recalled as community leader

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By Kirsten Laskey

Irving Goldfarb passed away Aug. 22, but his contributions to the Los Alamos community and particularly to the Los Alamos Jewish Center, continues today.

His daughter, Lynn Silberman, recalled that he not only built the family’s home on Barranca Mesa, he helped establish the Jewish Center.

Silberman said her father arrived in Los Alamos in 1945 and worked as a machinist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Lynn and her mother followed Goldfarb in 1946. Before working and living in Los Alamos, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal.

At that point, the Jewish community was hosting services in a dorm.  

His friend, Jay Wechsler said Goldfarb helped bring the Jewish Center to fruition.

“Irving was one of the pushers to get it done,” he said.

From the dorm, Wechsler said services moved to a log cabin by Ashley Pond that served as a medical supply and clinic. Plus, he said, services couldn’t stay there permanently because the building had no structure.

Therefore, 1961 construction on the Jewish Center began and the formal dedication on the building, located on Canyon Road, was held in 1963.

He commented Goldfarb helped bring the Jewish Center into reality by gathering community support.


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