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AIPAC Mourns the Passing of Larry Weinberg (z"l)


In this Sept. 10, 1979 file photo, NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien, right, shakes hands with Lawrence Weinberg, president of the Portland Trail Blazers before a hearing in New York. Weinberg, one of the founders and original owners of the Portland Trail Blazers, has died. He was 92. Weinberg's death was announced Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. KATU reports that Weinberg was one of three partners who got the franchise started as an NBA expansion team in 1970 to the tune of $3.7 million. Irving H. Levin, of the San Diego Clippers is at center. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

AIPAC is saddened by the passing of former AIPAC President Larry Weinberg (z"l) who was a deeply respected leader in the pro-Israel community. Larry and his wife, Barbi, were critical in forging the movement to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish state. Their dedicated efforts over many years educated scores of political and community leaders about the importance of our bipartisan alliance with our democratic ally.  Larry was instrumental in ensuring that AIPAC had a regional presence throughout the country and in encouraging pro-Israel supporters to actively engage in the political process. Perhaps most importantly, Larry’s example inspired his family to join him in pro-Israel activism.  All who knew him appreciated Larry as a patriotic veteran of World War II, as a giant in our movement, and as a genuine gentleman in his interactions with fellow activists. We join the Jewish community of Los Angeles and his many friends across the country in mourning Larry’s passing and celebrating his life of commitment to the pro-Israel cause.


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