When Saul Haffner died in November at 87, he left quite a legacy.
He served on the RTM, was a member of the Y’s Men, and taught photography and writing at the Senior Center and Norwalk Community College.
Haffner was a US Army veteran. Professionally, he was an engineer who worked on NASA’s Gemini program, as well as a professor of business and marketing at Sacred Heart University.
He was perhaps best known as a justice of the peace. He may have been the nation’s foremost authority on the subject.
His legacy continues. The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism — where Haffner was a longtime member and former president — has established a memorial fund in his name.
It will organize the types of programs Haffner embraced: those benefiting the CHJ and broader Jewish community, and that bring together people of different faiths.
When he retired, Haffner wrote stories about his life. “Just a Boy from Brighton Beach” was completed by his wife, Barbara Jay. Contributors to the Memorial Fund will receive a complimentary copy.
Contributions made payable to “CHJ,” with “Saul Haffner Fund” on the memo line, may be sent to the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, PO Box 82, Westport, CT 06880.