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Bernard Shapiro

June 15, 1941 - April 9, 2017

Burial Date: April 13, 2017

Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Beth Yeshurun Allen Parkway Cemetery,3502 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

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Bernard Joel Shapiro, 75, died on April 9, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  Bernard, who loved & admired his grandfather, Harry Freeman, developed a passion for Political Science, fighting for civil rights & activism for Israel at a very young age. While in high school, Bernard used to participate in sit ins to promote integration. He earned his bachelors in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley.  Fresh out of Berkeley, Bernard consistently demonstrated his convictions as he fought for equal rights, including attending the March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. in August 1963. 

In 1969, Bernard bought the House of Books which he ran for over 20 years catering to everyone but specializing in Judaic books and gifts.  After the bookstore closed, Bernard immersed himself back into his life’s passion, the pursuit of guarding Israel from her enemies.  He established the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies where he wrote and shared countless articles and news feeds to ensure his followers had the most current news about what was really going on versus isolation to only the mainstream news organizations.  Bernard was also a published author.  In October 2011, Bernard published a copy of his life’s work, THE BATTLE FOR ERETZ YISRAEL, Jews, G-D,  and Israel, 1992-2011. 

Throughout his life, Bernard traveled to Israel more than 30 times.  He even lived there for several years, building some lifelong relationships.  One of those was with former prime minister Shimon Peres who he enjoyed introducing to his family during a trip in the mid-1980’s.

Outside of Israeli politics, Bernard enjoyed hosting his infamous pizza parties  & going out with the guys to see action or western movies. 

Bernard is preceded in death by his father, Isadore Joseph Shapiro and his mother, Celia Freeman Shapiro.

He survived by his son, David and his wife Bethany, granddaughter Ariella, sisters Paula Abramson Marks and Judy Borrell (and her husband Leo), nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

For those wanting to make donations, please do so at Freeman Center for Strategic Studies or Americans for a Safe Israel.