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Martin Kraar, former CJF and Weizmann Institute head, dies at 69

By Jacob Berkman, JTA

November 4, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Martin Kraar, who was instrumental in helping the Council of Jewish Federations merge with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, has died.

Kraar, of Atlanta, died Monday at the age of 69.

As executive vice president, he led the CJF for 10 years until 1998. The CJF merger with UJA and UIA formed what ultimately has become the Jewish Federations of North America.

Kraar left the CJF just before the merger to lead the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute.

“It is with a heavy heart we note the passing of our friend and beloved colleague, Marty Kraar,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA. “He led our organization with vision, courage and wisdom through a period of transition, and spent his life devoted to the betterment of the Jewish people. We honor his memory with gratitude for the wonderful gimilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, he performed on behalf of our people and will continue to find inspiration in the legacy of his leadership.”

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