This a triumph of unity, an unbelievable achievement," Rabbi Norman Hirsh, a longtime friend and rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Am in Seattle, said in 1997.
By the time of his
retirement that year, Rabbi Rosenthal had served the same congregation longer than any other active rabbi in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana. His
popularity extended beyond his
congregation.He served on many boards, including those for the Tacoma Urban League and MultiCare Health System.He taught religion courses at the University of Puget Sound and wrote a monthly column for The News Tribune.
Rabbi Rosenthal was born April 14, 1929, in Germany.When he
was 9, he
witnessed the Nazis' first widespread violence against Jews during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, on Nov. 9, 1938.