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Leonard Beerman dies at 93; pacifist rabbi of L.A.'s Leo Baeck Temple
Leonard Beerman dies at 93; pacifist rabbi of L.A.'s Leo Baeck Temple

Leonard Beerman, founding rabbi of the Westside's Leo Baeck Temple and a pacifist who often stoked anger with his vocal criticism of Israel, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 93. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his wife, Joan. He made his last significant public appearance at Leo Baeck in October, giving a Yom Kippur sermon chastising Israel's military for its actions during the summer's Gaza war. That sermon was typical Beerman, said UCLA history professor David Myers, a close friend and an expert in Jewish studies. "He never backed down from what he believed," Myers said. "Leonard was widely recognized in the Jewish...

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