Sherith Israel past president Julien Bauer dies at 93

“With Julie Bauer as president of Sherith Israel we know we will have not only a conscientious and productive administration, but an era of good feeling.”

That was written in an unsigned article in Congregation Sherith Israel’s bulletin in April 1971, when Bauer, of San Francisco, became head of the synagogue.

Julien Rolph Bauer died in San Francisco Feb. 11. He was 93.

Bauer, born in 1912 in San Francisco, was the son of a German immigrant who owned a scrap yard.

He attended Hastings College of Law and became a member of the California State Bar in 1934. In 1935, he married Sylvia Lachman.

Though he didn’t grow up in an observant home, his daughter Marilyn Zimmerman of San Mateo said he had a strong Jewish identity.

“He didn’t have much of a Jewish upbringing, but all their friends were Jewish, and his whole life was in the Jewish community,” she said.

At Sherith Israel, Bauer served as president of the Men’s Club and chaired its adult education committee before becoming its president.

“It would be difficult to find a man so even tempered, so lacking in venom, with such a quiet and modest charm,” the Sherith Israel Bulletin article said.

“I was privileged to have Julie as my first president during my service at Sherith Israel,” said the congregation’s rabbi emeritus, Martin Weiner. “He was amazingly devoted to the congregation. With other dedicated lay leaders, Julie was very supportive and helpful during those early, challenging years. I’ve always been grateful to Julie for his friendship. He truly helped Sherith Israel to grow and flourish.”

Bauer also was involved with B’nai B’rith, Fidelity Masonic Lodge 120 F, the Hebrew Free Loan Association and Chautauqua Society. He served on the boards of American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Home.

As a father, Bauer was extremely patient and intelligent, said his daughter, and “could help us with any homework, even if he didn’t take the subject. He was so smart that he could help me with my Spanish homework, when he only took German. He could help me with my sewing, when he didn’t know how to sew, yet he could figure out the pattern.”

Bauer was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia, in 1983.

In addition to daughter Zimmerman of San Mateo, Bauer is survived by daughters Beverly Paull of Chico and Leslie Martin of Mill Valley, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and brother Warren Bauer of Burlingame. He was predeceased by his sister, Ernestine Pearlman.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."