Clara Gordon, leader of Jewish groups

November 8, 2012

Clara Gordon, 86, a former assistant publisher of Washington Jewish Week who later led a Jewish studies institute, died Oct. 3 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. She had an aortic aneurysm, her daughter, Lisa Gordon, said.

Mrs. Gordon, who lived in Chevy Chase, worked at Washington Jewish Week in the 1980s and 1990s and was director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies in Rockville from 1997 until her retirement in 2007.

She was a founding member and later president of the Silver Spring chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women’s service organization, and later was president of the Ohr Kodesh Conservative synagogue in Chevy Chase.

Clara Irene Siegel was born in Detroit and raised in Washington. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in the District and attended the old Wilson Teachers College and George Washington University.

Her husband of 63 years, Daniel Gordon, died in 2007. Survivors include three children, Lisa Gordon of Washington and Alan Gordon and Joel Gordon, both of Boston; a brother; and three grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel

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