| Si Frumkin is no longer with us,
but his mission continues...
With deep sorrow in my heart, I inform you that my dearest beloved husband Si Frumkin passed away on Shabbat May 15, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. He was a true Tsadik, a holy man, an inspiration to all of us and his memory will always be in our hearts.
ELLA FRUMKIN'S SPEECH AT THE MEMORIAL EVENT ON JUNE 14
It is extremely difficult to live without Si. I keep saying to myself: "I can not believe he is no longer with us." However we have to preserve his legacy and keep the memory of Si alive. The most valuable asset we inherited from him is Southern California Council for Soviet Jews.
Most of his life he devoted to saving Soviet Jews. Together with his accomplices he literally saved tens of thousands of lives. But nowadays former Soviet Jews need to be saved again. They have to be saved from losing their homes. Southern California Council for Soviet Jews will provide counseling on loan modifications and other services to prevent our people from the disaster of becoming homeless.
There is an urgent need to help our immigrants and especially their children to become drugs free. Southern California Council for Soviet Jews plans to provide services to those who are unable to quit drug abuse on their own. Lots of Russian speaking immigrants are unable to get professional psychotherapy due to the language barrier. Southern California Council for Soviet Jews plans provide such services. It goes without saying all kinds of assistance will continue to be provided to the Association of Holocaust Survivors from former Soviet Union. Si Frumkin is no longer with us but his mission goes on.
I promise all of you that I will step into Si's shoes and will work like he did - full time for free. Southern California Council for Soviet Jews with deceased Si Frumkin as Chairman will function 24/7 in order to do good deeds to preserve his memory. I sincerely count on every bit of help from the officials because without your efforts and assistance it will be next to impossible to realize our plans.
I want to thank all of you for coming today to honor the memory of Si. My heartiest thanks to those who sent me letters and emails who gave obituaries to the newspapers, who donated funds to SCCSJ, who called me on the phone expressing their condolences and telling me how the loss of Si would affect their lives.
My special thanks go to Mila and Yasha Bronstein who worked tirelessly so that we could see and listen to Si today. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all the speakers for their kind words about my husband. He was a great man and I am not afraid to repeat again and again: "Let us keep the memory of Si alive!"
Thank you. Ella
Many people sent their condolences to Si's family. We express sincere gratitude to them. Newspaper Panorama published many and many letters. We want to share those letters and speeches with the visitors of this site:
The Shloshim (30th Day) Memorial Service for SI FRUMKIN
Radio Talk Show Host and Writer Dennis Prager,
Helen Levin, The Association of Immigrants from Former USSR, General Shimon Erem, Founder and Chair of The Israeli Christian Nexus, Pastor Kevin Diekilman, Larry Greenfield, Alex Matlin, Baruch Cohon, Rene Firestone, Ella Frumkin.
More than 300 people attended the service.
The funeral took place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2009, at Mount Sinai cemetery in Los Angeles. Family and friends gathered to say farewells to Si at Crystal Restaurant in West Hollywood.
Russian-language Newspaper dedicated an entire issue to Si and published many and many letters from friends. To learn what other prominent publications said about Si at this difficult for the friends and family times, please read:
about his ‘death sentence’"
"Dachau survivor, textile maker Si Frumkin dies"
Shamed the Free World to Free Soviet Jews
In lieu of flowers please donate to the order of Southern California Council for Soviet Jews (SCCSJ): P.O. Box 1542, Studio City, CA 91614. Thank you.