Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Benjamin Hirsch

  • AGE

    85

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Sunday, February 11, 2018 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    12:30 PM

  • PLACE OF FUNERAL

    Graveside

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    At the home of Jacquie and Benjamin Hirsch each day following morning minyan until (finishing at) 9:00pm. Additionally, 6:05pm mincha/maariv and 7:00am shacharis will take place at the shiva house each day.

    1038 Burton Drive Atlanta GA 30329

  • DONATIONS

  • OBITUARY

    Benjamin Hirsch, 85, of Atlanta Georgia, originally of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, passed away on Sunday February 11, 2018. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, his children, Shoshanah Selavan, Adina Hirsch, Michal Apelbaum, and Raphael Hirsch as well as by 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Benjamin Hirsch, a graduate of Georgia Tech, was a well-known architect in Atlanta, specializing in religious architecture, and was the recipient of several design awards. He was a prominent member of the Atlanta Jewish community serving as president of Congregation Beth Jacob and of Yeshiva High School of Atlanta. He was a founding member of Eternal-Life Hemshech, the Atlanta Holocaust Survivors organization, where he also served as president for several years. Benjamin was the architect of the Memorial to The Six Million at the Greenwood Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as designing the Holocaust exhibit at Atlanta’s William Breman Heritage Museum. Mr. Hirsch also authored two autobiographies recounting his experiences during the Holocaust as child survivor and making a new life in Atlanta. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at Crestlawn Cemetery at 12:30 pm. Arrangements by Dressler’s Funeral Care. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the William Breman Heritage Museum, Eternal-Life Hemshech and to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund of Congregation Beth Jacob.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Rabbi Hillel and Elaine Goldberg

    We were shocked and saddened to read of Ben's death. He seemed like an eternal presence himself. His friendship, openness, professionalism and steady commitment to Torah and Holocaust remembrance -- always without fanfare but also always clear and strong -- will never be forgotten. We also owe Ben the debt of introducing us to his memorable brother. We are so sorry for your sadness. Please accept our deepest condolences. Rabbi Hillel and Elaine Goldberg, Denver (Atlanta, 1978).

    February 20, 2018 , 11:10 PM


  • Joel Alpert

    Ben was a special man... he'll be missed Joel

    February 19, 2018 , 09:49 PM


  • Mark Kaplan

    Ben was one of the most positive people I've ever known. He always had a smile and a kind/encouraging word. He will be missed.

    February 19, 2018 , 03:14 PM


  • Esther Sokol

    It was not accidental that I "knew" Ben Hirsch for 50 years (we are the same age). If the young Rabbi Emanuel Feldman had not made rounds at Emory U. Hospital and spotted a "Jewish?" name on Herbert Z. Sokol's door. And if Roselle Raynes, my neighbor, had not alerted Beth Jacob to his demise... "Knowing" Ben Hirsch was a friendly nod over the many shabbats in the BJ sanctuary, including the bar mitzvahs of my two sons. He gave us his beautiful art for worship and remembrance--and comfort. Thank you, Ben Hirsch.

    February 17, 2018 , 07:05 PM


  • Libby Egnor

    My condolences to your family. I wanted to share with you that I took my 14 year old and 11 year old to hear Mr. Hirsch speak at Emory in the fall. He was a fantastic story teller, and it was so compelling. We planted daffodils afterwards as part of the Daffodil Project. I am not Jewish, but I am so glad that Mr. Hirsch was willing to keep sharing his story so that we all could hear it. You have my deepest sympathies as you mourn, and please know that his impact has rippled out to the next generation.

    February 16, 2018 , 04:51 PM


  • Stuart Seidman

    What a mensch we have lost. I'll always remember Ben's pure neshama with the deepest gratitude and humility. I'm so sorry for your loss. Much love, from Israel.

    February 16, 2018 , 03:11 PM


  • Marcie & Barry Koffler

    To the entire Hirschberg family,were so very sorry for your loss. May Ben’s memory always be a blessing.

    February 15, 2018 , 06:02 PM


  • Josh and Jodi Wittenberg

    LOTS OF LOVE!!! We love you all, so proud to know you, your father and your entire family... Only Blessings!

    February 15, 2018 , 03:10 PM


  • Joy Wyatt (Bernstein $

    My sincere condolences on the your loss Ben was such a lovely man and I remember many happy times spent at your home As I grew older I learned to appreciate what an amazing man he was and all he had achieved

    February 15, 2018 , 05:13 AM


  • Joy Wyatt (Bernstein $

    My sincere condolences on the your loss Ben was such a lovely man and I remember many happy times spent at your home As I grew older I learned to appreciate what an amazing man he was and all he had achieved

    February 15, 2018 , 05:13 AM


  • Joy Wyatt (Bernstein $

    My sincere condolences on the your loss Ben was such a lovely man and I remember many happy times spent at your home As I grew older I learned to appreciate what an amazing man he was and all he had achieved

    February 15, 2018 , 05:13 AM


  • Joy Wyatt (Bernstein $

    My sincere condolences on the your loss Ben was such a lovely man and I remember many happy times spent at your home As I grew older I learned to appreciate what an amazing man he was and all he had achieved

    February 15, 2018 , 05:13 AM


  • Manuela Bornstein

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I will miss Ben's warm and friendly personality. Fondly Manuela

    February 15, 2018 , 12:19 AM


  • (Mr) Jackie Field

    As a previous long time neighbor and friend I was inspired by many many hours of discussion with Ben concerning the holocaust. Always soft spoken and a very humble man! Sincerest condolences to all the family. Baruch Dayan Emet.

    February 14, 2018 , 07:00 PM


  • Michael and Etti Alon

    Baruch Dayan Emet.

    February 13, 2018 , 09:20 PM


  • Nancy Broudy

    So sorry to learn of Ben's death. He was an outstanding person and contributed so much to the Jewish community. I was lucky enough to get to know him through my tours at the Breman. He will be missed. Sincerest condolences to all the family.

    February 13, 2018 , 04:37 PM


  • Nancy Broudy

    So sorry to learn of Ben's death. He was an outstanding person and contributed so much to the Jewish community. I was lucky enough to get to know him through my tours at the Breman. He will be missed. Sincerest condolences to all the family.

    February 13, 2018 , 04:37 PM


  • Jill and Yossi Ovadia

    A role model, a pillar of the community, a family patriarch and a man who defied those who tried to destroy the Jewish people and our religion has died. However, he has left behind an enormously strong and vital legacy in the generations of committed Jewish children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought into this world through his determination to live on. May we all learn a lesson from the life he lived and his memory be for a blessing.

    February 13, 2018 , 02:05 PM


  • Carl Golden

    I so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. I worked with him on a couple of projects. He was I fine man and did a lot for the Jewish Community. My G-D comfort you in your time of mourning.

    February 13, 2018 , 10:58 AM


  • Neil Breiner

    May G-D comfort you. I will miss my Basketball Partner for so many years

    February 12, 2018 , 09:56 PM


  • Terri Zuckerman

    I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I knew Ben from my time working at the Breman Museum where I was able to schedule him to speak to so many school groups. His story touched everyone and he was so generous with his time and his love of the children. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing.

    February 12, 2018 , 09:54 PM


  • Rachelle Leaf Berliner

    Ben Hirsch - A Gute Nishomah! I cannot praise him enough for being a man of men. Jackie, Shoshanah, Adina and all his loving family, I pray that your loving memories will ease your loss. The Jewish community will always be in awe of Benjamin Hirsch and his many contributions. "To live In hearts we leave behind is not to die." Love, Rachelle

    February 12, 2018 , 08:36 PM


  • Carol and Dave Fink

    We were privileged to know Ben and the Hirsch family. Ben will be remembered for his caring and compassion for all Jewish people. He was a man of integrity and honesty. Good people will be remembered forever.

    February 12, 2018 , 07:14 PM


  • Elaine and Paul

    We are so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing.

    February 12, 2018 , 06:59 PM


  • Erna & Larry Martino

    Dear Jackie and family, We are so sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. May you be comforted among the mourner’s of Zion. We will always remember his good works and efforts on behalf of the Survivor community! Best regards, Erna & Larry

    February 12, 2018 , 06:28 PM


  • Jenna Shulman

    It was a pleasure having the opportunity to recently connect with Ben regarding his history with JELF and JCS. We are so glad that he was able to come to The Breman and see the history on display. I am so sorry to hear about his passing.

    February 12, 2018 , 06:21 PM


  • Steve Breiner

    My thoughts are with you - I'll miss Ben, along with his brother, Jack, both always known to us Breiner kids as "Uncle," due to their close ties with our family. Though I didn't get to see Ben frequently, it was always a joy to see him over the years, usually on special occasions and holidays. I wish for you that the blessing of his memory brings you solace.

    February 12, 2018 , 05:58 PM


  • Beatrice Gruss

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Seeing Ben at the Breman always gave me pleasure, he always had something nice to say, and a warm smile. He will be missed.

    February 12, 2018 , 05:19 PM


  • Harold and Janis Kirtz

    Ben will be greatly missed. He was a true gentleman, and his work on behalf of the community was extraordinary. Our condolences to his entire family.

    February 12, 2018 , 05:14 PM


  • Aaron Berger

    Ben's impact on our community is truly limitless. He educated thousands upon thousands with passion and insight. His energy and commitment will be greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing to us all.

    February 12, 2018 , 05:09 PM


  • Michael Jacobs

    My condolences on your loss, which is a loss to our entire community. Aside from his architectural contributions, Ben was one of my favorite people to talk to. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    February 12, 2018 , 04:15 PM


  • Marcy Steinberg

    I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I have so many great memories of spending Shabbat with all of you. He did so very much for this community and will be greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing to your family and you.

    February 12, 2018 , 04:09 PM


  • Karen and Andy Edlin

    Dearest Jackie and Family, We are so broken hearted to hear the news of Ben's passing. What can we say about such an extraordinary man? There is so much to be said. Ben gave hugely to the Atlanta community and his influence and legacy will be remembered for a very long time. He had a kind, gentle, and giving soul. We will miss him dearly. May his memories serve for a blessing. Karen and Andy Edlin and Family

    February 12, 2018 , 03:38 PM


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