IN HONOR OF BENZION KLATZKO: A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO HIS COMMUNITY
(Extensions of Remarks - May 05, 1997)

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    IN HONOR OF BENZION KLATZKO: A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN MAKING A 
                      DIFFERENCE TO HIS COMMUNITY

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                          HON. ROBERT MENENDEZ

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                          Monday, May 5, 1997

  Mr. MENENDEZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to an 
exceptional gentleman, Rabbi Benzion Klatzko. Rabbi Klatzko and the 
officers of the Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh will have their 
installation celebrated at a brunch reception to be held in Perth 
Amboy, NJ.
  Rabbi Klatzko was born in Cincinnati, OH, to Dr. Naftoli and Judy 
Klatzko. Under the guidance of his loving parents, Rabbi Klatzko grew 
up in a home that became a symbol to the community of Chesed and 
Hachnosas Orchim. This early family experience enabled Rabbi Klatzko to 
pass on his love of faith to the members of the congregation he now 
serves.
  The pursuit of knowledge has always been important to Rabbi Klatzko. 
While a young man in Cleveland, OH, Rabbi Klatzko attended the Hebrew 
Academy of Cleveland under the leadership of Rabbi Nochum Dessler, as 
well as Telshe Yeshiva High School where he benefited from the tutelage 
of Rabbi Mordecai Gifter. After attending both Basis Medrash and the 
Center for Rabbinic Leadership, Rabbi Klatzko was ordained by Rabbi 
Avrohom Blumenkrantz at the Anshei Chemed in Far Rockaway, NY, in a 
Simicha ceremony, and subsequently also ordained at the Mirrer Yeshiva 
in Brooklyn by Rabbi Shumel Berenbaum and Rabbi Shraga Moshe 
Kalmanowitz.
  Children and family have continued to be a major theme throughout 
Rabbi Klatzko's life. Married to the former Shoshana Juravel on June 
30, 1988, Rabbi and Mrs. Klatzko's joyful union has produced five 
children; Yitzchok, Sholom Yedidya, Shira Sarah, Avi, and Elisha.

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The characteristically selfless Rabbi Klatzko has organized and 
financed a learning program for children of yungeleit, and opened a 
summer day camp for secular boys in San Jose, CA. It is Rabbi Klatzko's 
wish that he can some day serve a congregation in Israel. He has a 
tremendous interest in leading and teaching a growing Jewish community.
  It is an honor to have such an outstanding community leader and 
caring individual become a resident of my congressional district. Rabbi 
Klatzko is a man of great conviction. I am certain my colleagues will 
rise with me and honor this remarkable gentleman.

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