City health center renamed to honor Rosenberg

Well-deserved honor: A plaque commemorating Judge Edward B. Rosenberg is unveiled at the former Public Health Center 10. The center was renamed the Judge Edward B. Rosenberg Center at a recent ceremony. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The city Public Health Center 10, at 2230 Cottman Ave., was recently renamed the “District Health Center #10, the Judge Edward B. Rosenberg Center.”

The plans for Health Center 10 appeared in the Philadelphia City budget for 21 years, but each year, construction of the center was postponed despite an exploding population of Northeast residents following the end of World War II.

In 1969, Judge Rosenberg learned that the property adjacent to the Northeast Philadelphia Regional Library was for sale and called a meeting of community representatives. He liked the location because it was easy to reach by public transportation.

His leadership and the community’s support built momentum for the project. In 1976, it finally was built and opened to the public.

Later, the Community Board of Health Center #10 voted unanimously to support the designation of the health center as “District Health Center #10, the Judge Edward B. Rosenberg Center,” and countless educational, civic, health, social and community organizations wrote letters of support and lobbied for the honor for the late judge.

The ordinance was introduced on March 17, 2011, by City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, who represented that area. The measure was referred to the Committee on Public Property and Public Works and passed by the full Council on May 26, 2011.

Rosenberg was a graduate of Central High School, the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law. He served as special deputy state attorney general and vice chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment before becoming a Common Pleas Court judge in 1974. He served in Family Court and was also a certified marriage counselor.

Over the years, he was a community activist in the Northeast, was dedicated to the Jewish faith, promoted compassion for the mentally and physically ill, and was committed to veterans organizations, military groups, families and children.

Rosenberg was president of the Northeast Community Center for Mental Health and the Northeast Health and Welfare Council. He chaired the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees for six terms and was a founding member in 1995 of the CCP Foundation. He was the first president of the Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center synagogue and a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

Rosenberg died in December 2005 at age 90. He was survived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda, three sons and six grandchildren. ••