Zevie B. Schizer, An Appreciation
East Midwood Jewish Center mourns the passing of our beloved past President and legal counsel, Zevie Schizer. His intelligence, erudition, calmness, good judgment, warmth and compassion were always present in his thoughts and actions. He will be very much missed. We offer our condolences to his dear wife Hazel, his children, their spouses, and his six grandchildren.
Zevie passed away at the end of October, at age 79, after a long and valiant battle with ALS. To many at EMJC, Zevie was a special member and leader. He and Hazel joined EMJC in the 1960s. Zevie served on the Board of Trustees since 1991. He was a Vice-President and Counsel for the Center from 1994-2003. As chairman of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, Zevie led the preparation during 1998-1999 of the new “egalitarian” by-laws for the Center. Zevie was also a past president of the Kaddish Club. He and Hazel were honored at the Journal Dinner Dance in 2005, at the time Zevie stepped down from the EMJC Presidency.
Zevie was also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Metropolitan Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He served as a trustee
for 37 years to the Brooklyn Public Library, and was also a past President. He was
also a past President of Young Democrats of Brooklyn and of New York. Zevie was listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
Zevie was a lifelong Brooklyn resident. He was a graduate of New York University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), and Yale Law School. He was a practicing lawyer. Zevie and Hazel’s children, Dr. Deborah G. Scott, Dr. Miriam A. Landau and David M. Schizer, are graduates of the Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School (now East Midwood Hebrew Day School). Deborah is a professor at Temple University, and is married to Larry Scott. Miriam, a pediatrician, is married to Dr. Steven Landau.
David is the Dean of Columbia Law School. His spouse is Meredith Schizer. Zevie
and Hazel’s grandchildren are Rachel, Hannah, Josephine, Jacob, Eve and Judah.