Phil Rosenshein was ‘a fundraising dynamo’ for the Hamilton Jewish group


Phil Rosenshein was such a powerhouse fundraiser for the Jewish group he received the nickname Mr. JNF — Mr. Jewish Nationwide Fund.

The previous equipment retailer proprietor, who died June 17, simply shy of his one centesimal birthday on August 1, was relentless in getting funds for the group that organizes the annual Negev dinner for Israel.

His daughter, Louise Cowitz, mentioned the JNF instructed her that her father raised “just a few million {dollars}.” He acquired many awards and final yr was offered with a JNF Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, he was honoured on the Negev dinner wherein actor Henry Winkler was the visitor speaker.

Rosenshein would name on individuals repeatedly and likewise name individuals on the listing of different JNF fundraisers.

“He was a fundraising dynamo for a lot of causes, together with, in fact, the State of Israel,” Tom Weisz, president and CEO of Effort Belief, mentioned at his June 20 funeral on the United Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

“All of us decided it was greatest to say ‘sure’ within the first place than get his cellphone calls sooner or later.”

Rosenshein started fundraising and volunteering in his 20s. A few of his different causes had been the United Jewish Attraction, B’nai Brith, Shalom Village, Beth Jacob Synagogue and the Beverly Golf and Nation Membership, the place he was a longtime member together with many individuals from the Jewish group. Golf was his favorite recreation and he had a 12 handicap. He even made a hole-in-one in 1974.

Beth Jacob opened a small museum in 2013 concerning the historical past of the Hamilton Jewish group and named it after Rosenshein and his spouse Rose. He had started a lottery for the synagogue when he was in his 30s.

He was inducted into the B’nai Brith Corridor of Fame in 2015. He served on the primary B’nai Brith sports activities dinner fundraising committee in 1951.

Rosenshein instructed The Spec in 2017 that he all the time needed to provide again to the group as a result of “I’ve gotten a lot love.”

Louise mentioned her father might get grumpy if his fixed appeals didn’t garner a donation, however she mentioned he had time for everyone.

“If he had a good friend who wasn’t effectively, he could be there,” mentioned Louise. “We needed to put my canine to sleep. He got here with me. He had a whole lot of ardour for a lot of issues.”

This included being “groomed to perfection.”

“He all the time wore gown pants, a jacket and a vest,” she mentioned. “Even when he was going to the physician’s workplace. He by no means owned a pair of denims.”

Rosenshein was born in Poland on August 1, 1922. His mother and father, Itzik and Friment, introduced him and his siblings to Hamilton in 1924 and settled on Emerald Avenue North. His father offered wares from a horse and wagon.

Rosenshein started working when he was 16 and offered vehicles. He and his associate, Rusty Ruch, opened an auto components and equipment retailer known as Midtown at King Avenue East and Sherman Avenue North in 1947. The companions switched to only home equipment and opened shops on York Avenue, in Brantford and Kitchener.

On the Spectator’s a hundred and seventieth anniversary in 2016, the paper honoured Rosenshein because it’s longest-known subscriber. He had been taking the paper for 73 years. Louise mentioned her father received it till August of 2021, making it 78 years.

Rosenshein is survived by daughter, Louise, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by Rose in 2012.


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