Rabbi Benjamin Steinberg dies at 59


Rabbi Benjamin Steinberg, high school principal for many years at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, died Jan. 26 of cancer at his home on Benhurst Road. He was 59.

Rabbi Steinberg, began working at Bais Yaakov almost 30 years ago as head of secular studies but for much of his tenure was principal, or academic head, of Bais Yaakov's Eva Winer High School.

He lectured on Jewish history at adult education classes at the Eitz Chaim Center and elsewhere and on history and education at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College.

Born in Berlin, he left Germany with his family at the start of World War II, and lived in Shanghai, China, until the end of the war.

He studied and was ordained at Mesivta Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn, N.Y., and taught at schools in New York before coming to Baltimore in the late 1950s.

He taught at the Talmudical Academy and was principal of the Ner Tamid congregational school.

He held a master's degree in education from Loyola College and did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College.

Rabbi Steinberg is survived by his wife, the former Rhoda Stauber; three daughters, Miriam Weiss and Bluma Loeb, both of Baltimore, and Naomi Greenwald of Monsey, N.Y.; two sons, Samuel and Moshe Steinberg, both of Baltimore; a sister, Hilde Rosenberg of Rome; and 17 grandchildren.

Services were held Sunday at the school.

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