November 17, 2017
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement mourning the death of Arnold (Bill) Aberman, z’’l:
“On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), we collectively mourn the passing of Arnold (Bill) Aberman, z”l. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as the many people within and beyond our Jewish community whose lives were enriched by Bill.
“I grew up with Bill, z”l, and Bailee, z”l, as neighbors and friends in St. Louis Park. He was always beautifully dressed with a warm smile and quick with a quip, joke, or pun. Through his volunteer activities in the Jewish community; his many special friendships in the African-American community; his political leadership; and acting career, he was the human LinkedIn.
“Bill served as JCRC president in 1978 and served on the board of directors for many decades. His commitment to the JCRC and community was overwhelming. His passion for Jewish issues inspired many people along the way and was a great contribution to the JCRC. During his presidency working with Executive Director Mort Ryweck he would have provided community leadership during the Israeli-Egyptian negotiations following Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem; a severe Soviet reduction in Jewish emigration during a period of heightened tension between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.; and the beginning of the farm crisis and expression of anti-Semitism associated with this difficult economy.
“Bill’s passing is indeed a tremendous loss for our community. I will miss his leadership, commitment, warmth, and sense of humor. May Bill Aberman’s memory be for a blessing.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.