Zvi Rozenn, z''l We offer our condolences to Noah Roselander and Suzanne Greenberg, and to Zvi Rozenn's circle of family and friends. Zichrono l'vracha, may his memory be for a blessing.
Zvi Rozenn (Harold Rosenberg), passed away on November 27, 2020 at the age of 105. After several months of declining health, he died peacefully, with his wife of 73 years by his side. He was residing in Three Crowns Park retirement community in Evanston, Illinois.
He was born Harold Rosenberg on October 31, 1915 to Morris Rosenberg and Martha Bernard Rosenberg, in New York City. The family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut in the same year. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1932 and subsequently received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1940. After serving as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he returned to Greenwich, where he met his future wife, Mildred Horowitz. They settled in Greenwich and raised two children. He completed his specialization in orthodontics soon after his marriage, and he had a successful orthodontic practice in Greenwich for many years.
Following his retirement in 1975, Harold and his wife moved to Jerusalem, Israel where he changed his name to Zvi Rozenn. The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine appointed him to develop an orthodontics program, which was the first orthodontics program to exist in Israel. In 1992, Zvi and his wife returned to the United States, to be closer to their children.
Zvi led an active life, leading family bike trips in summer and ski trips in winter. He was an avid cyclist and tennis player, a cagy ping pong player, and a pretty good juggler, too. Having grown up ice skating, he later took to rollerblading. He was 92 when he took his last run on skis, 94 when he finally stopped rollerblading, and 102 when he won his last ping pong match.
Zvi loved classical music and was an active amateur violist for most of his life. From 1958 until the late 1960s, he was a member of the viola section in the Greenwich Philharmonia orchestra. A fine woodworker, he was inspired to build his own viola, and went on to create many cellos, violins, and violas over the years. Family gatherings often included chamber music played on instruments of his creation.
Zvi had a warm sense of humor which never waned. He was kind and generous, and approached life with a spirit of fun and adventure. His was a long life, well-lived.
Zvi is survived by his wife, Mildred Rozenn; children Ruth Rozen and her husband Gary Weinstein, and Noah Roselander and his partner Suzanne Greenberg; grandchildren Mori Milholland, Zoe Weinstein, and Jason Roselander; and great-grandchildren Callie Rose Milholland, Adrian Lee Roselander, and Dylan Lee Roselander.
Per his wishes, his body has been donated to science. Memorial contributions in Zvi’s honor may be made to the charity of your choice.
בָּרוּךְ דַּיַּן הָאֱמֶת / Baruch Dayan Ha'emet
In Jewish tradition, when we hear that someone has died, we say baruch dayan ha'emet, translated as "blessed is the true judge". What can this mean? The letters of the Hebrew word emet or "truth" are aleph, mem, and taf -- the first, middle, and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. What is true of every life? Every journey has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Every ending opens up a new beginning: for the soul of the person who has died, and for we who remain. When we make this blessing, we bless the one who grants each of our stories a beginning, a middle, and an end. (adapted from Rabbi Rachel Rosenblatt)