It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our former Unit President, member, and friend Joel Fass.
Joel was a recognized, accomplished civil and criminal attorney. He served as a Kings County prosecutor in Brooklyn and special prosecutor for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Joel represented the Florida Marine Patrol, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Insurance and the cities of North Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Tamarac. His namesake firm, Colodny Fass, was always a leader in the practice of insurance regulatory law and litigation.
Joel served our community in many ways. He was was appointed a member of the Broward County Charter Review Commission and Broward County Management and Efficiency Review Commission. He was past president of the Broward County Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors, chaired the City of Weston’s first Charter Review Commission, served as a Weston Charter Review Commissioner, and was president of the Windmill Ranch Homeowners Association.
Joel gave back to our community as well. For 19 years Joel organized and chaired the annual Presidents’ Fest in the Park, a community festival that raised over $1.5 million for local non-profits. Joel was heavily involved in the Units Tikun Olam committee always bringing joy to the elderly every year for our Justice Unit nursing home programs and always encouraging our unit to give Tzedaka to causes throughout the community and world.
B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 would not be the unit it is today without Joel. It will never be the same without him. Our prayers to his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday July 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at B’Nai Aviv, 1410 Indian Trace, Weston, FL 33326. Following the service internment will be at the Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale. The family will be sitting shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m.– 8p.m. at the family home, the address will be available upon request.
Zecher Tzaddik Livracha. May his life be remembered as a blessing!
Board of The B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207
It is a local chapter of B’nai B’rith International. Its members consist of Jewish attorneys and judges, located primarily Broward County, Florida. BBJU has provided an important avenue for civic and social involvement of our members while carrying out the ideals of B’nai B’rith. BBJU sponsors social, educational and charitable programs for its members in conjunction with other Broward County voluntary bar associations and professional organizations.
We focus on Jewish tradition and the Jewish future. We support B’nai B’rith ideals and work to promote local, national and international charities. We offer the opportunity to build camaraderie and network with local attorneys and judges. We provide social as well as educational events. ( CLE credit may be available ) We demonstrate leadership by example. We contribute to the community’s needs by assisting Hatikvah House residents in Coral Springs, supporting Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO), offering mentoring programs for young adults and providing other needed resources to the community. We contribute to the legal profession’s needs by recognizing excellence in law students at local law schools, participating in Law Day activities, the 17th Judicial Circuit Robing Ceremony and other judicial and bar association functions.
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