IN THE ORTHODOX Jewish community of Northeast Philadelphia, one of the most revered figures was Rabbi Aaron Felder.
He was not only a great scholar but also a loyal friend who was always available to help anyone, Orthodox or not, and he could tell a good joke.
Far from the kind of scholar who stays immersed in books, studying arcane texts, Rabbi Felder liked to get out of his synagogue and engage the life of the city.
"He was a man of the world," his longtime friend, Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, told the Jewish Exponent.
Felder, for many decades the spiritual leader of B'nai Israel-Ohev Zedek at Castor and Solly avenues in the Northeast, died Friday at age 70.