In Remembrance of Rabbi Philip M. Polatoff

Rabbi Philip M. Polatoff

Rabbi Philip M. Polatoff

Deerfield Beach, FL formerly of Scranton June 28, 1936 ~ May 3, 2013 Date of Service: May 6, 2013

Rabbi Philip M. Polatoff, 76, Deerfield Beach, FL and formerly of Scranton, died Friday evening in the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. His wife is the former Edith Friedman.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ida Ziegler Polatoff. He was a graduate of Brooklyn College and R.J. Rabbinical College. He was a beloved and respected rebe by all the sudents at the Scranton Hebrew Day School where he taught for 50 years. He was a member of the Beth Shalom and Machzikeh Hadas Congregations in Scranton.

Also surviving are a daughter Shani Schwartz and her husband Chaim of Scranton and Far Rockaway, NY and two sons, Yudi and wife Sharon of Rochester, NY, and Eli and his wife Marni of Far Rockaway, NY, 18 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be today at 11am in Beth Shalom Congregation, Clay Avenue and Vine Street in Scranton with services by Rabbi Yisroel Brotsky. Interment will follow in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.  Shiva will be observed at the residence of his son Eli, 909 Plainview Ave., Far Rockaway, N. Y.,There is no local Shiva in Scranton.

Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 712 South Keyser Avenue Taylor, PA 18517 or the donor’s favorite charity.


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Esther Friedmann
Posts: 12
Condolences to family
Reply #1 on : Fri May 10, 2013, 19:35:12
One of my fond memories of teaching at Scranton Hebrew Day School, many decades ago, was having met Rabbi Polatoff, teaching his children, and meeting his wife. It was a delight to work with all of them, especially Rabbi Polatoff. My sincere condolences to the family on their loss, which so many of us share.

Esther K. Friedmann
Clarks Green, PA