It’s been a tough four days. Our friend Kent Karosen, 53 years old, died while we were visiting him in a Miami hospital last Thursday. Yesterday was the funeral. People from Miami and New York filled Temple Emanu-EL to say goodbye to Kent. It was quite an elaborate funeral with police (cars and motorcycles) escorting us from Temple to Cemetery. Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, (Kent’s boss) gave a powerful speech about how Kent has been helping all of the Cantor Fitzgerald 658 families since the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and how devoted he is to raising funds for the Fisher Center of Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
One of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Matt Bogart, sang, “There’s A Place For Us.” Kent, and husband Brian, were very close to the Temple’s Rabbi, Marc-Philippe and his wife Valerie. It was a very emotional day. We are going to miss Kent big time.