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Mr. Michael Lipof

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Employment History

Education

  • Boston University
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Boston Globe Online / Obituaries / Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park
www.boston.com, 23 Nov 2001 [cached]
Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial ParkBoston Globe Online / Obituaries / Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park
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Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park
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Mr. Lipof held the Ward 8 alderman's seat for two previous terms.He also served on the board of aldermen from 1970 to 1975.When he was reelected to the board in 1998, he joined his son Richard on the board, as the first father and son aldermen in the city's history.
He was the chief executive of Sharon Memorial Park, the state's largest Jewish cemetery; and Knollwood Cemetery in Canton.He was co-founder of A&M realty in Boston and the former president of The Property Research Group.
He was a former president of the Jewish National Fund and a member of the board of managers of Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, where his wife, the former Emily Gopen, is senior rabbi.
The couple met as teenagers at a friend's party in Brookline.
Born in Boston, Mr. Lipof graduated from Boston University in 1961.
As an alderman, Mr. Lipof fought for affordable housing, wheelchair ramps on street corners, and the introduction of drug education programs in schools.
A man of strong convictions with an equally developed sense of humor, Mr. Lipof was quoted in a story published in the Globe on Oct. 25 recalling the reception he received in 1970 to a speech to the Republican State Committee in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.The audience disagreed demonstratively, pelting him with frankfurters.
The protest left an indelible mark: ''Have you ever been hit by a hot dog?'' he said. ''It's awful!The mustard splatters!''
A short time later he switched his party affiliation to Democrat.
Rabbi Lipof yesterday said her husband was always wise enough to appreciate his lot, from the number of votes he garnered in an election to the sheer pleasure of his family's company.
''Whatever he had was enough for him,'' said his wife of 40 years.
But after learning six weeks before the election in which he was running unopposed that his battle against cancer was not winnable, Lipof said in a Globe interview that he had not had enough. ''I should be so satisfied with every=thing I've had in my life; all I want is more.I have been so blessed.''
Besides his wife and son Richard, he leaves a daughter, Cheryl Lappin of Newton; sons Ron of Sherborn, Mark of Chestnut Hill, and Philip of Newton; two sisters, Marion Gould of Cape Cod and Frances Hurwitz of Florida; two brothers, Robert and Bert, both of Florida; and six grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.
Jewish National Fund: New England Leadership
www.jnf.org, 2 Feb 2009 [cached]
Michael Lipof
Jewish Whistleblower: Stop giving money to any JNF outside Israel, that way when it goes towards things other than trees it will at least help the Israeli economy
jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com, 22 Oct 2004 [cached]
However, Michael Lipof, head of JNF's New England region, said Cohen and Shapiro must resign.
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"We can't do anything meaningful until we have a clean slate," Lipof said.
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Lipof said that JNF's administrative spending was "unbridled" and that only 20 percent was spent on Israel.
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Lipof said some of the current regional JNF boards may fold."{Last year,} I was considered a heretic," Lipof said, adding that now discontent with JNF is "widespread."
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JNF's Committee on Sending Money to Israel has recommended that the agency's national leaders "work toward" sending 70 percent of its income to Israel "within the next two fiscal years," says member Michael Lipof, president of JNG's New England chapter.
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Shapiro was among the senior national lay and professional leaders that Lipof and other regional presidents wanted ousted after a series of articles by Yosef Abramowitz in The Jewish Advocate and an internal audit last fall revealed that the agency was sending only about 20 percent of its funds to Israel for tree-planting and other land development projects, the agency's central mission.
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At first, many regional presidents and other JNF leaders criticized Lipof for his outspokenness.But by Monday's meting, "several regions" were supporting him.
Lipof left that meeting pleased with the changes at JNF and eager to facilitate them.He planned to brief his board Wednesday.
"We really feel vindicated," Lipof said Tuesday, "because we were accused of being the rabble rousers and we weren't.We were calling for change, and now change is happening.
And more changes are imminent.JNF officials may name a new executive vice president within the month and a chief financial officer soon, Lipof said.
"There's been a lot of progress internally and now, for the first time, we see some external progress," he said.
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Those duties are noteworthy because Lipof and others hold Samuel Cohen, like Shapiro, responsible for mismanaging JNF into its current situation.
USAJewish : LARRY SILVERSTEIN TO RESURRECT TWIN TOWERS [Thursday, November 22, 2001]
www.usajewish.com, 21 Dec 2001 [cached]
Michael Lipof, 62, alderman, CEO of Sharon Memorial Park Michael Lipof, a Newton businessman and public official who won reelection to the city's Board of Aldermen earlier this month despite announcing he had terminal renal cancer, died of the disease Tuesday in his home.He was 62.
He was a former president of the Jewish National Fund and a member of the board of managers of Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, where his wife, the former Emily Gopen, is senior rabbi. (Boston Globe)
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