Joseph Tenenbaum of Springfield, who was born in Newark on January 11, 1925, celebrated his 98th birthday last month. Mr. Tenenbaum graduated from Newark’s Weequahic High School in 1943 and is a World War II U.S. Army veteran; he fought in England, France, and Germany. After the war, he owned a wholesale dry cleaning business in Roselle. He’s now retired, but he is an active member (and former president) of Union County B’nai B’rith, a member of the VA in East Orange, and a longtime member of Temple Beth Am Yisrael in Springfield. For many years, he’s been a donor to the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.
He and his wife, Muriel, who died in 2018, had three sons, Howard of New York City, Steven of Monroe Township, and Mark of Kenilworth; two daughters-in-law, Howard’s wife, Amy, and Steven’s wife, Meredith, and four grandchildren, one of whom lives in Israel.
Mr. Tenenbaum’s father, who was a shoemaker, came to this country first. His mother, who spoke to him only in Yiddish, and his older sister came later. Over the years, he traveled to Israel many times. This story came from the Jewish Historical Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.