Sholom I. Gliksman, 69, formerly of Oak Park, died in his home in Madison, Wis., on May 16, 2013. Born on May 18, 1943 in Chicago and raised in Detroit, he was an alumnus of the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, the Chicago Theological Seminary, Roosevelt University, Loyola University and Syracuse University. Professionally, he worked most of his life for nonprofit and government organizations, including the United Jewish Appeal, the Northern Illinois Planning Commission, and as a budget analyst for Cook County.
Stationed in Nha Trang, he served as a chaplain during the Vietnam war. In recent years he was actively involved, including as a board member of Oak Park Temple, and earlier with the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. In addition to 10 years in Oak Park, he resided in Chicago's 48th Ward.
In retirement, as both a student and teacher, he participated in Osher Lifelong Learning in Chicago, the PLATO program in Madison and Limmud of Chicago. Known for his quick wit and love for learning, he enjoyed spirited discussions about politics, history, religion, science, science fiction and sports. He was an avid reader and collector, and he loved nature, especially bird watching. He was a board member of Chicago Audubon.
Mr. Gliksman traveled the world, including all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces, Israel, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He was kind to everyone, loved by many and was a generous benefactor to several charities.
Sholom Gliksman is survived by his wife of 13 years, Carol Brumer Gliksman; his brother, Rabbi Yosef Nadler; his in-laws, sisters-in-law and their families; many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors across the world. He was preceded in death by his father, HaRav Shlomo HaCohen Gliksman, and his mother, Anna (Galex Nadler Gliksman) Robinson. His brothers, Harry and Rabbi Mordechai Gliksman and his sisters, Mrs. Sonya Gliksman Feigenbaum and Paula Gliksman also preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held in May at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel in Mishawaka, Ind. To send condolences, please visit www.McGannHay.com. Memorial donations may be made to Oak Park Temple.
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