2001-11-10 / Letters

A Tribute To Moe

A Tribute To Moe

Dear Editor;

The loss of my dear friend, Moe Weinschel, was a great shock to me, as it was to his many friends and colleagues in the Jewish War Vets and the Rockaway community in general.

As a past Commander of the Lt. Wiener, Post No. 258 of Belle Harbor, Moe was an outstanding member, heading at least six different committees, raising funds, bringing in new members, etc. one of his latest projects was to help restore the Veterans Memorial Circle, located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, between 121 and 120 Street, directly opposite his beloved Synagogue, Temple Beth-El. For over two years, Moe worked diligently and arranged for the replacing of 28 deteriorating stone markers embedded with bronze plaques for 28 fallen soldiers from the Rockaways, who gave their lives for our glorious country, each plaque naming a soldier, his rank and date of death. He got the local Fire Department to place a light in the Park to reflect our glorious flag that he loved so much, as it waved in the evening breeze. He had the Parks Department install a sprinkler system, along with new benches, and where necessary, new trees were planted. And our local garden club saw to it that beautiful flowers flourished all Spring and Summer. And, as a final gesture, even when Moe was already ailing, at the death of our dear Rabbi Joseph Weiss of West End Temple, a member and Chaplain of our post, he arranged for a bronze memorial plaque to be placed on the ground in the center of our Memorial Park, dedicated to, as Moe often referred to him, as "Our Rabbi Joe".

In addition to his great service to our post, Moe was actively engaged as a Rockaway citizen. He helped establish the "Mobilized Operation Patrol" for our 100th Police Precinct. He was an active member of Temple Beth-El, and along with his ever-loving and devoted wide, Ada, always at his side, was honored on many occasions.

It’s easy for me to conclude this letter by saying, Oh Moe, How you’ll be missed!

HARRY BURGEMAN

Jewish War Veterans


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