City health center renamed to honor Rosenberg

Well-de­served hon­or: A plaque com­mem­or­at­ing Judge Ed­ward B. Rosen­berg is un­veiled at the former Pub­lic Health Cen­ter 10. The cen­ter was re­named the Judge Ed­ward B. Rosen­berg Cen­ter at a re­cent ce­re­mony. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The city Pub­lic Health Cen­ter 10, at 2230 Cottman Ave., was re­cently re­named the “Dis­trict Health Cen­ter #10, the Judge Ed­ward B. Rosen­berg Cen­ter.”

The plans for Health Cen­ter 10 ap­peared in the Phil­adelphia City budget for 21 years, but each year, con­struc­tion of the cen­ter was post­poned des­pite an ex­plod­ing pop­u­la­tion of North­east res­id­ents fol­low­ing the end of World War II.

In 1969, Judge Rosen­berg learned that the prop­erty ad­ja­cent to the North­east Phil­adelphia Re­gion­al Lib­rary was for sale and called a meet­ing of com­munity rep­res­ent­at­ives. He liked the loc­a­tion be­cause it was easy to reach by pub­lic trans­port­a­tion. 

His lead­er­ship and the com­munity’s sup­port built mo­mentum for the pro­ject. In 1976, it fi­nally was built and opened to the pub­lic.

Later, the Com­munity Board of Health Cen­ter #10 voted un­an­im­ously to sup­port the des­ig­na­tion of the health cen­ter as “Dis­trict Health Cen­ter #10, the Judge Ed­ward B. Rosen­berg Cen­ter,” and count­less edu­ca­tion­al, civic, health, so­cial and com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions wrote let­ters of sup­port and lob­bied for the hon­or for the late judge.

The or­din­ance was in­tro­duced on March 17, 2011, by City Coun­cil­wo­man Joan Kra­jew­ski, who rep­res­en­ted that area. The meas­ure was re­ferred to the Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Prop­erty and Pub­lic Works and passed by the full Coun­cil on May 26, 2011.

Rosen­berg was a gradu­ate of Cent­ral High School, the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania and Temple Uni­versity School of Law. He served as spe­cial deputy state at­tor­ney gen­er­al and vice chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment be­fore be­com­ing a Com­mon Pleas Court judge in 1974. He served in Fam­ily Court and was also a cer­ti­fied mar­riage coun­selor.

Over the years, he was a com­munity act­iv­ist in the North­east, was ded­ic­ated to the Jew­ish faith, pro­moted com­pas­sion for the men­tally and phys­ic­ally ill, and was com­mit­ted to vet­er­ans or­gan­iz­a­tions, mil­it­ary groups, fam­il­ies and chil­dren.

Rosen­berg was pres­id­ent of the North­east Com­munity Cen­ter for Men­tal Health and the North­east Health and Wel­fare Coun­cil. He chaired the Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia Board of Trust­ees for six terms and was a found­ing mem­ber in 1995 of the CCP Found­a­tion. He was the first pres­id­ent of the Ox­ford Circle Jew­ish Com­munity Cen­ter syn­agogue and a mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Jew­ish Fam­ily and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices.

Rosen­berg died in Decem­ber 2005 at age 90. He was sur­vived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda, three sons and six grand­chil­dren. ••

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