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Sidney was a gentle giant. He was giant in stature, but gentle in personality — giant in talent, but gentle in humility. Sidney always greeted people with a smile, with enthusiasm and with an infectious laugh. He had a rare zest for life and was always in a pleasant mood.

Born in Brooklyn and a lifelong resident of Long Beach, Sidney studied clarinet, saxophone and bass clarinet at the Manhattan School of Music. For 51 years he played in the Chautauqua Symphony, and he also performed in the Houston Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and North Carolina Symphony. He was a sought-after teacher whose students became accomplished musicians themselves.

Sidney had a special warmth for Jewish traditions and was a self-taught cantor. He had a gifted voice that was pleasant and powerful, and had a unique ability to uplift, inspire and enliven an entire congregation.

Pearl was beautiful and friendly, she loved socializing and was always entertaining people. She loved music and the arts. Sidney and Pearl were married for 67 years!


Sidney first introduced Pearl to Chautauqua while they were dating. While Sidney continued playing music, Pearl raised her family at Chautauqua. They went to Chautauqua for over 65 years!


This fund was established by their dear daughter Ava in loving memory of her parents.

The funds mission is to support the opportunity to learn Hebrew and Torah reading.


Priority will be given to those who attend Chautauqua Institution during the summer. 

To apply Click Here.

Please allow a few weeks for us to review the application and respond.





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