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Oct 30, 2019: Remembering Dr. Joseph Graffeo

Dear Friends,

We are all so saddened by the passing of Dr. Joseph Graffeo, Temple Beth Torah’s Choir Director and organist for the past 33 years. A few weeks before the High Holidays Joe was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with cancer in his kidney. This was of great concern as he had been the recipient of a kidney transplant 9 years ago. He was able to go home for a few days but then contracted sepsis and returned to the hospital. It seems the cancer had spread and his systems were shutting down. Cantor and I visited Joe and his wife, Barbara, about a week ago and while the prognosis was not good, he was doing okay and we had a nice conversation and offered prayers of healing and love.

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