Esther Y. Palkovitz
January 26, 2015

Visitation Information

January 28 2015 - 11:00 am
Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Visitation will be in The Jack & Esther Palkovitz Grand Lobby at Congregation Beth Shalom.

Funeral Information

January 28 2015 - 12:00 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

PALKOVITZ, ESTHER Y. : Of Pembroke Pines, FL, formerly of Pittsburgh; On Monday, January 26, 2015; Beloved wife of the Late Jack Palkovitz, Esq. Daughter of the late Morris & Fannie Katz.  Cherished mother of Sharon & Barry Moskowitz, MD, Bobbi Zimmer Kann & Richard E. Kann, and Barry J. Palkovitz, Esq.  Mother-in-law of the Late Ben Zimmer, MD. Sister of the late Louis Katz, MD.  Devoted grandmother of Freya Moskowitz, VMD, & Aaron Olszewski, Esq., Dr. Robert Moskowitz & fiancée Monica Lupiloff, Jordanna & Dr. Paul Ufberg, and Rabbi Dovid & Rivka Zimmer.  Great-grandmother of Ryan, Nathan, Jack, Ella, Charlotte, Moshe, Baruch, Sari, Yocheved, and Shraga.  Also survived by loving family & friends, five grand-dogs and two grand-birds.  The family wishes to thank Drs. Adam Sohnen, Emily Yee, Michelle Organist, and Saul Silver for their loving care and Forbes Center and their compassionate caregivers.   A graduate of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Tech, Esther earned her Masters of Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  She was a licensed real estate broker for 68 years, owning and managing her many properties.  She was a world traveler first with her husband, Jack, and then with friends and family.  Esther was deeply committed to Israel and to Jewish communal causes.  She was a Lion of Judah and an active participant with the UJF and received a Spiritual Adoption Award from Na'amat.  Esther dedicated the Jack and Esther Palkovitz Grand Lobby at Beth Shalom Synagogue.  She was involved with countless Boards including B'nai Brith Women, Technion, ZOA, Ladies Auxiliary of Weinberg Village, National Council of Jewish Women, Poale Zedeck Sisterhood, Beth Shalom Sisterhood, State of Israel Bonds- Women's Division and the Sapphire Society of Jewish National Fund. She was a 2009 JAA 8 over 80 Honoree.  Esther touched the hearts of many and will be deeply missed.  Services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street in Squirrel Hill.  Visitation one hour prior to services (11 AM - 12 Noon) in the Jack & Esther Palkovitz Grand Lobby.  Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery.   Contributions may be made to Hadassah-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1824 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Starzl Transplant Institute, Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15213. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.


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