He was called dean of the Orthodox rabbinate

He was called dean of the Orthodox rabbinate

Rabbi Baruch Poupko, rabbi emeritus of Shaare Torah Congregation, died Wednesday, April 14, in Seattle, where he has lived for several years. He was 92.
Poupko, son of the late Rabbi Eliezer and Pesha Poupko, was born in Russia and escaped in 1932. He came to Pittsburgh in 1942, and served as rabbi and then senior rabbi at Shaare Torah Congregation until 2004.
From 1949 to 1999, Poupko was president of the Rabbinical Council of Pittsburgh and was one of the founders of the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh. He also was founder of the Save Soviet Jewry program in Pittsburgh.
The funeral is scheduled to be held in Israel at the Eretz Hachaim Cemetery at Beit Shemesh at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 16.
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