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Frank Schonfeld Website Relocation

on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 19:52

Important note: As of August 1, 2016, Drupal Gardens will no longer be hosting this site. Please visit and bookmark the new site.

Herman Benson Honored on His 100th Birthday

on Thu, 12/31/2015 - 01:18

On October 3, 2015, the Association for Union Democracy honored its co-founder, Herman Benson, who at the age of 100 is still going strong, advocating for the democratic rights of union members. Numerous speakers, including ATU International President Larry Hanley, NY State Nurses Association President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, and TDU co-founder Ken Paff, discussed how Benson and AUD helped them over the years. Benson stole the show, however, with spirited and humorous remarks. He remains an inspiration to all who have known him.

A new documentary film on the history of AUD — Herman’s Cure

Jean Schonfeld in Memoriam

on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:29

The following obituary was submitted to The Hartford Courant for publication on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Jean (Kopnick) Schonfeld, age 96, died peacefully September 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Schonfeld. Born February 4, 1918 in Bridgewater, MA, and raised in Lynn, MA, Jean moved with her family to Bronx, NY in 1935, where she remained until 2009. Jean and Frank were active members of the Amalgamated Housing cooperative community and the Lehman College folk dance group as well as the Workmen’s Circle Chorus.

Frank Schonfeld Memorial Held on February 26, 2012

on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:55

A memorial gathering was held to celebrate the life of Frank Schonfeld on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Vladeck Hall Auditorium, 74 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx, NY 10463.

Vladeck Hall is the community center for the Amalgamated cooperative houses, where Frank lived most of his life. Speakers reminisced on Frank's many contributions to cooperative housing, and the labor movement. Frank's widow, Jean, was on hand, as were their children, Sari and David. Sari's husband Jim and their daughters, Sylvie and Jacqueline, provided delightful musical interludes.


Jean Schonfeld


Ronda Hauben: In Honor of Frank Schonfeld

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 01:15

Ronda Hauben delivered this tribute to Frank at the Frank Schonfeld Memorial Meeting in Vladeck Hall at Amalgamated Housing Cooperative on February 26, 2012.

I consider myself fortunate that Frank lived such a long life. This made it possible for me to know him and to learn from him about the important traditions that come together to make this coop a very special place.
I am a relative new comer to the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative as I have only lived here 6 years.
Soon after I moved in I met Frank.
He was eager to tell me that he had gone for education in the Rochdale

Jay Hauben's Tribute to Frank Schonfeld

on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 01:07

Jay Hauben delivered this tribute at the February 26, 2012 memorial meeting in Vladeck Hall.

I am a relative newcomer to the Amalgamated Cooperative Community. I moved here 6 years ago this month in Feb 2006.
I did not know Frank in the 1960s when he was running for Secretary Treasurer of the Painters Union District Council 9, or when he lead the painters' strike in 1968.
I did not know Frank in 1977 when he was the chairman of the Amalgamated/Park Reservoir Golden Anniversary Committee which prepared a major set of celebrations.

My Memories of Frank (Ezra Glaser)

on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 21:18

By Ezra Glaser

(Note: This reminiscence was prepared for and delivered at the Memorial Meeting for Frank Schonfeld held in the Vladeck Auditorium in the Amalgamated Housing Co-op on February 26, 2012.)

In November, the Amalgamated lost a beloved community activist and fighter for the ideals of common people – Frank Schonfeld. 

I don’t remember when I first met Frank Schonfeld – I just know that it had to be in the courtyard of building 7 sometime in the 1980’s while I was still in college.

My Father: Philosopher with a Paintbrush

on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:49

By David Schonfeld, February 26, 2012

(Note: This reminiscence was prepared for and delivered at the Memorial Meeting for Frank Schonfeld held in the Vladeck Auditorium in the Amalgamated Housing Co-op on February 26, 2012.)

In August, 2009, my parents left the Amalgamated and moved to a senior residence called Hamilton Heights, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Frank lived there contentedly for over two years. He died in his sleep on November 2, almost 4 months ago.

Bill Bosworth on Frank and the Filtration Campaign

on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 01:44

I knew [Frank] well during my last decade of teaching at Lehman (I retired in 1999 after 40 years in Lehman's Political Science Department). This was the time that Frank became interested in--and then passionate about--the projected Jerome Park water filtration plant. I developed a GIS (computer mapping) website focusing on the Bronx, which Frank used extensively in his fight to move the filtration plant to the Shandler section of Van Cortlandt Park.

Frank put heart and soul into his campaign to get the filtration plant into the "right place." His energy and enthusiasm were matched only by his

Tina Vozick's Facebook posting

on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 21:49

Some of you may remember Sari and David Schonfeld and their parents Jean and Frank. Frank died in November at age 95 and the Amalgamated is organizing a memorial for him at Vladeck Hall on Sunday February 26 at 2pm.

Frank was a stalwart union man, an uncompromising leader in the fight for democracy in the painters' union; sometime member of the Amalgamated Board of Directors - or outspoken leader of the loyal opposition; one of the leading community activist voices against the reservoir filtration plant; and much more.