Statement by Rabbi Eric Yoffie on the death of Rabbi David Forman z'l
May 3, 2010 19 Iyar 5770
I am deeply saddened to inform you of the death today of Rabbi David Forman, who served in Israel as the assistant director and then the director of NFTY in Israel from 1977 until his retirement in 2005.
Many of us remember David for his passionate devotion to Israel, his love for kids, and his commitment to social justice causes in Israel and throughout the world. A student activist during the civil rights and Soviet Jewry era, David was the product of NFTY and the URJ camping system prior to receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College. He also was a founder of Rabbis for Human Rights, a published author and columnist, and a sought after speaker on such topics as Israel, Zionism and human rights, which were among the causes that animated his life. He did not hesitate to generate controversy and in fact loved to do so, particularly when it forced others to question and defend their own positions.
David is survived by his wife Judy, whom he met at Goldman Union Camp Institute, four daughters, three sons-in-law, many grandchildren, and his in-laws, Rabbi Joshua and Maxine Haberman.
David's passing is a great loss to our Union family as it is to all who knew and loved him. It is a special loss to a whole generation of NFTY kids who revered David and who learned about the excitment and joys of Israel under his tutelage. May his memory be a blessing, and may his family, friends and colleagues be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.