TAMARAC, FLA. – Adele Rita Borger, of Tamarac, passed away Feb. 26. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Esther and Aaron Levine, she was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Samuel. She leaves three children, Hara Borger Cohen (Michael) of Dix Hills, New York; Bruce of Fort Lauderdale and Karen (Mark) of Providence, as well as two grandchildren Benjamin Cohen (Brooke) and Ashley Cohen (Aaron).
After graduating from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Adele worked in a shipyard during WWII. After marriage, she and her husband lived in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, before settling in York, Pennsylvania, for more than 35 years, then relocating to Harrisburg and eventually Tamarac.
Known affectionately as Ad ’n Sam, the Borgers’ legacy included a lifetime of community involvement and philanthropy. She served as president of Ohev Sholom Sisterhood in York and was a lifetime member of Hadassah. She and her husband were founders of the Ben Gurion University in the Negev, members of the Circle of Founders of the Hadassah Medical Center in Israel and recipients of the City of Peace Award from Israeli Bonds. They received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Federation, were founders of the Miami Jewish Home for the Aged and members of the Legacy Society of the Anti-Defamation League. They donated the Adele and Sam Borger Senior Residence at the Daniel Cantor Senior Center. In later years, their primary involvement was Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) in Sunrise, Florida, which provides services and care for abused and neglected children, as well as those with developmental disabilities in the Jewish community while working in partnership with families in the entire community. Their contributions included the lobby of the main building and, in 2013, The Samuel and Adele Borger Campus of The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center.
Adele was pre-deceased by her brother Frank and sister Nancy Lessin. Contributions in her memory may be made to JAFCO, Children’s Ability
Center, 4200 North University Drive, Sunrise, FL 33351 (https://
www.jafcoonline.org/donations/general-donation-form-2-ver-cac) or to
VITAS Hospice Care, 5420 NW 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.