Longtime Neb. rabbi who invested with Buffett dies

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - A longtime Omaha rabbi who became a philanthropist after investing with Warren Buffett in the 1960s has died.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1sXDTZx ) Rabbi Myer Kripke died Friday at the age of 100.

Rabbi Steven Abraham says his predecessor at Omaha's Beth El Synagogue remains beloved by the congregation he led from 1947 to 1975.

Kripke stayed active in the community long after becoming rabbi emeritus at Beth El, and he often gave talks explaining his faith to non-Jewish audiences.

Kripke was able to become a philanthropist later in life because he invested with his friend Buffett, who he'd met during the 1950s.

One of the bigger gifts Kripke and his wife made was a $7 million donation to the Jewish Theological Seminary he attended in New York City.

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