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Thursday, September 18, 2014
A leader on Peninsula Library board
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Courtesy Jane Shiff
Lawrence resident Joel Shiff was an inclusive, selfless civic leader who applied his skills to advance the causes of civic and charitable entities, community members said.

A board member and president of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, Shiff applied his professional experience to guiding the Foundation through its beginnings and was instrumental in the organization becoming a nationally recognized leader in research and support for kids with brain tumors.

Also a strong supporter of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Shiff also drafted Fuller to be part of the lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to Congress and the executive branch of the United States. Their connection dates back to when two of Fuller’s three sons were taught by Jane at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway.

“He was a very vital member of our board,” said PPL Board President Joan Lepelstat. “He was the voice of reason and a consensus maker. He served with great distinction. I will miss him greatly.”

Approximately 600 people attended his funeral service at Congregation Beth Sholom on April 9. Many friends and acquaintances remembered Shiff as an honest, sincere and selfless man — a true mensch. “We will cherish the memories and be inspired by his profound legacy,” Jane said. “A righteous, caring and noble soul — he will be truly missed.” He is survived by Jane, his three sons, Adam, Jonathan and Gabriel, daughters-in-law Deena, Laurie and Ranit, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation at 274 Madison Ave., Suite 1004, NY, NY 10016 or the Charity at Congregation Beth Sholom at 390 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559.

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