My Father’s Legacy

My dad, Herb Rosen, of Stroudsburg died January 28, 2021. He and my mom, the late Sylvia Rosen, shared 64 years of marriage at the time of her death on June 9, 2019. My dad, along with his brothers Al and David took over the business established by his father, Nathan, founded in Hazelton in 1919. The brothers successfully grew Rosen’s Furniture and expanded their business into the Stroudsburg area. During the mid-80’s the Rosen brothers started on the road to retirement. Rosen’s Furniture was a longtime, well-respected business for many years.

My dad immediately got involved with synagogue life when they moved to Stroudsburg when I was a young child. He was a humble man, who lived a simple life and always wanted to help others. He liked classical music, played a baby grand piano, and read the New York Times. My mom, Sylvia, played a big part in my dad’s success and was a seamstress, an artist, a gourmet chef, and had a beautiful singing voice.

My parents wanted others to be helped through the blessings of their success and became known as local philanthropists. They thought of other people before they thought of themselves. Through the Herb Rosen Charitable Remainder Unitrust, with a major gift in the amount of $820,000, my dad wanted to have a significant, positive impact and continue his legacy. Jewish Family Service was an organization that my parents loved so dearly, and they wanted to make sure that JFS could provide critical services to the community now and forever.

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