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Michael Jay Bloom

BLOOM: Michael Jay Bloom was a “Renaissance Man.” Law, Talmud, city management, history, Judaic studies, baseball, liturgical music, science, psychology, nature, photography, people — everything interested Mike. A Harvard, Boston University and Yeshiva University graduate and alumnus of Hillel Academy, he found unique ways to combine these interests. He edited a Torah journal as a student and later published works of comedy, Judaic articles and public policy as well as writing for Walt Disney Pictures. Founder of the Washington Nationals’ ballpark minyan; he was a docent and historian at the Sixth and I historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. and chairperson of the General Orde Wingate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Having served as director of budget planning at the U.S. Treasury, Bloom was also a Torah reader at the Pentagon Chapel and National Deputy Chaplain of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA and Chaplain at the National Museum of Jewish Military History. Ordained in his mid-50s, “Rabbi Mike” had earlier begun serving as chaplain at senior citizen facilities in the Greater Washington area. He taught and led services at multiple facilities in addition to his presentations on Jewish foods, history, ethics, comedy, writing, and Judaism at academic and cultural programs in the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area. Son of the late Albert W. and Evelyn G. Bloom of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Michael Bloom will be remembered by friends, siblings: Shanen Bloom Werber, Dov Bloom, Elana Bloom, nieces and nephews on Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. on a Zoom and in person memorial from the Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, Clarksburg, MD. Donations in Rabbi Michael Bloom’s memory can be directed to Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington or to Hillel Academy.

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