Oct 17, 2019
Passing of Marvin Zale, Federation Leader and Philanthropist
Sent on behalf of Arthur Goldberg, Chair of the Board, and Matthew C. Levin, President & CEO:
With deep sadness and great respect, we share with you news of the passing of Marvin Zale on October 10 at age 89. As our fourth President, from 1988 to 1991, his Federation leadership spanned a pivotal time of expansion to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding Jewish community, including planning for and building the Siemens campus that we occupy today.
Marvin’s career with the Zale Corporation, the family’s groundbreaking chain of jewelry stores, took him to many communities before he settled in the New York office. He and Betty, his wife of over 66 years and life partner in all his endeavors, raised their family in Great Neck, where Marvin served as President of Temple Emanuel.
We will be forever grateful that the couple chose our community for Marvin’s very active retirement. On moving here in 1986, he dedicated the rest of his life to the family tradition of using his good fortune to help others through philanthropy and hands-on volunteer service for an array of Jewish and other causes.
Seeing the need for programs and services for the burgeoning number of young local Jewish families, the couple acted on their love for children and concern for the Jewish future with a magnanimous gift to the Federation. In conjunction with the MB & Edna Zale Foundation, they enabled the building and naming of the Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center on the Federation’s new Siemens campus. Through their vision and generosity, new generations continue to develop pride in their heritage as the preschoolers learn and play in a rich Jewish environment and their parents engage with the community.
Services for Marvin will take place at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 13 at Temple Beth El, 333 S. 4th Avenue, Boca Raton. Private burial to follow. The family will receive from 2:00-8:00 pm on Sunday and Monday, at the home of Margie and Maurice Plough, 8885 Sydney Harbor Cr., Delray Beach 33446 (the Bridges). Expressions of condolence may be sent there as well.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Betty and to the couple’s children, all of whom continue the family’s commitment to philanthropy: Margie (and Maurice) Plough, deeply valued major donors and leaders in our Federation and Jewish community; David (Carol) Zale; Stanley (Claudia) Zale; and Janet Zale, and to their eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. May they be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may Marvin’s memory always be for blessing.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County or Boca Helping Hands.