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A Jew is New York’s first swine flu fatality

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 18, 2009 | 6:01 pm

Despite what I tweeted earlier, I do not have swine flu. But the virus is still going around, though thankfully the hysteria has died, and JTA reports that a Jew was New York’s first fatality from the non-kosher flu:

Mitchell Wiener, an assistant principal at Intermediate School 238 in Queens and an educator for 30 years, died Sunday night at Flushing Hospital Medical Center due to complications from the disease. He was 55 and lived in Flushing.

Wiener was the first person in New York State to die from swine flu and the fifth in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Wiener and his wife were members of the Garden Jewish Center in Flushing, according to news reports. He served for a time on the synagogue’s board of directors.

“He has a very warm personality,” Rabbi Martin Cooper of the Garden Jewish Center told the Newsday daily. “He is very well-liked in the congregation.”

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