David Schechner, 89, of South Orange, N.J., passed away peacefully on April 12, 2018, according to an obituary in the Star-Ledger. Services will be held Sunday, April 15, at 1:15 p.m., at Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Rd., in South Orange, with interment to follow at the Oheb Shalom Cemetery, 1321 N. Broad St. in Hillside, N.J.
A partner in Schechner and Targan, and a member of the ACLU, David took on many civil rights cases pro bono, including those involving children with special needs and the right to protest. He was village attorney for South Orange, Essex County’s representative on the N.J. Bar’s Ethics Committee, board president of Orange Memorial Hospital, and a lawyer for United Synagogue. A fourth generation descendant of the founding rabbi of Oheb Shalom, he was active in the Jewish community and was president of his congregation and vice president of the United Synagogue.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma; daughter, Sara Jane Schechner (Kenneth Launie) of Newton, Mass.; sons, Paul Sheridan Schechner (Amy) of Short Hills, N.J., and David Sydney Schechner (Lori) of Lexington, Mass., and grandchildren, Daniel, Alina, Miriam, Jennifer, Naomi, Sheridan Benjamin, Jaime, and Ryan. Also surviving are his brothers, Arthur, Richard, and William.
Shiva will be at the family residence, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.; Monday from 1:30 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday from 1:30 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Please send donations to The David Schechner Fund at Oheb Shalom. For further details, please call J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Maplewood at (973) 376-2600.