Joel Schenkman, of Hamburg, NJ passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at the Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, NJ from complications of COVID. He was 86. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Joel graduated James Madison High School and attended University of Connecticut before joining the Air Force in 1953. He married his longtime sweetheart, Beverlee Sidorsky in April 1954, and then did a stint in Korea with the Air Force before returning home to Brooklyn. Joel joined the family dressmaking business and moved to New Jersey in the late 1950’s. For Joel, family was primary in his life. His closest friend for his entire adult life was his older brother, Lester. His first son, Noah was born in 1958. By the time his second son, Joshua was born in 1960, he and Beverlee moved to Old Bridge, NJ to the sprawling development of Sayre Woods South. Sayre Woods South proved to be a loving home, as daughter Rachel was born in 1961, son Emmanuel (Manny) in 1964, and son Aaron rounding out the clan in 1970.
Joel’s greatest source of pride in life was his family and his greatest enjoyment always involved family gatherings. He and Beverlee had an unbelievable 66 year-long love affair and they were completely devoted to each other. Joel loved planning and hosting family gatherings, especially, since it involved his other great enjoyment: food. Although he loved eating, he also loved cooking for his family and guests, and he especially loved telling people the “right way” to eat food: “That just doesn’t go together” was one of his favorite expressions, for instance: “no ketchup on hot dogs… it doesn’t go!”. It is revealing that his first job in high school was in a kosher delicatessen where he loved to reach in to the pickle barrel and pull out a couple of half-sours any time he wanted.
After Old Bridge, he moved to Silver Spring, MD in 1984 as an Operations Executive for Wibbies, a children’s apparel manufacturer. After 3 years, his management skills landed him a new position on Long Island in a printing shop. He moved to northern New Jersey in 1999, but never fully retired, working in the printing and real estate management industries for another 10 years. Joel loved projects; whether it was re-tiling a bathroom or producing his annual family movie for the holidays to distribute to his children and grandkids. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Beverlee, his five children and their spouses, Noah and Anita Schenkman, Joshua Schenkman, Rachel and Howard Seidman, Manny and Joyce Schenkman, and Aaron and Kari Schenkman, and his 12 grandchildren: Yasmin, Jacob, Jesse, Hanna, Samuel, Max, Jack, Robyn, Jordan, Jamie, Dylan, and Justin.
A virtual funeral service will be led by Rabbi Rebecca Shinder of Temple Beth Shalom at 12:45pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. You may attend by visiting:
Memorial donations in Joel’s name may be made to the American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/contact-us/online-donations-assistance-form) or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate).
Funeral arrangements are honorably entrusted to Zygmunt-Murtie Funeral and Cremation Service- Proudly serving Warwick and the surrounding communities. For directions or to leave a condolence please call 845-977-6127 or visit www.zmmemorials.com.