Joel Daner, a longtime member of our board and champion of the newspaper, passed away over the weekend. Joel was a dedicated Jewish communal professional who left his mark on institutions around the state and the country, including vice presidencies at Jewish federations in New York and Baltimore and directorships in planned giving, leadership development, and Jewish education at United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ.
Amy Cooper, then president of the New Jersey Association of Jewish Communal Service, said it all when the association presented Joel with its Saul Schwartz Distinguished Service Award in 2006. “It was an easy decision because he was so deserving of it,” she said. “I’ve known him and worked on committees with him over the years. He’s a mensch, and that’s the best thing you can say about anyone.”
May his wife and daughters be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.