Funeral Details

Roger L. Berman

October 29, 1941 - February 7, 2024


Date and Time

Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:30 AM


Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation
4500 West Dempster Street
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Rabbi Jeffrey Weill
Cantor David Gale
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation


Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
1400 South Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
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Berman Residence
1232 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202
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Saturday 6:30PM-9PM

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
2PM-4PM and 6:30PM-9PM

Daily Minyan 7PM

**Parking available at Beth Emet Synagogue parking lot with the exception of Monday and Wednesday between 2PM-4PM**

Memorial Contributions

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
900 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 295
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation
4500 West Dempster Street
Skokie, Illinois 60076


Roger Louis Berman of Evanston, IL.
Beloved and dedicated husband for 57 wonderful years to Esther Yelen Berman. Devoted father of Ron (Michele) Berman and cherished grandfather of Andie, Zoe and Jonah Berman. Loving brother of Jeff (Jeri) Berman, Brother-in-law of Adina (Danny) Torchman and Arie (Marsha) Yelen. Uncle of Lee and Laura, Jennie and Chris,Leor and Simon,Yoni and Fara, Benjamin and Adi, James and Tina, Tracey and Yogi, and Dana and Ofer. Great uncle to many. Roger was a committed son and son in law to the late Minette Berman Kassel and Sara and Abe Yelen. Roger was truly a renaissance man, whose interests spanned across a diverse array of areas. With degrees from Northwestern and University of Illinois, he worked in both science and business, and was always known for his hard work and loyalty. Roger had a constant thirst for knowledge and new hobbies. He collected antique cars and learned how to build and fix them. Upon retirement, Roger taught himself Portuguese and Spanish and later received an MBA in finance from the University of Camias in Madrid. Roger always focused on keeping his mind sharp through puzzles and learning. Roger spent his last years translating inspirational poems into Portuguese and then sharing his favorite poems with his friends and family. Ezra Habonim was an inspirational spiritual part of his weekly regimen. He will forever be known as a kind, intelligent, family man. He will be very missed. Service Friday 10:30 AM at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster St, Skokie, IL 60076. Interment Waldheim Jewish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Hadassah Chicago-North Shore, 900 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 295, Northbrook, Illinois 60062, or Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 West Dempster Street, Skokie, Illinois 60076, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822


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Roger loved puns or quirky humor. He was amazed that TUGBOATS never towed. Everywhere I saw a tugboat I was amused that Roger was right! One day on a ferry in Miami Beach I actually saw a tugboat TOWING! He got a kick from the pictures I showed him to finally witness why the tugboat was named! Z”B
Another: Roger came down to MB in a wheelchair somewhat even less talkative than usual. I was determined to move him to converse: March Madness!. I asked Roger to pick his Bracket( (he would guess the winners of 32 contests; for a full month of games. We didn’t pick too many winners, but he enjoyed and I enjoyed right alongside him poring over the results all the way to the championship game! Z’B my friiend. Norman

Norman Schwartz
February 7, 2024
I will love you and miss you forever my dear Roger.. You were one of a kind.
Your Esther

Esther Berman
February 8, 2024
Dearest Esther We will forever miss your Roger’s warmth and smile whenever we were all together at some fun event at Marsha and Arie’s, or one of the many celebrations we all shared together throughout the years. Ben loved engaging great conversations with Roger enjoying his vast knowledge and intelligent views on life. Our hearts go out to you Esther, may you find peace after this long journey you have been through.
Love and Hugs
Ben and Gerrie Lewin

Gerrie Lewin
February 8, 2024
There are many things I will remember about Roger.

His riddles! He always had a few to get our minds working and they were such fun.

I can never cross a street against the light without hearing Roger’s warning in my ear. Don’t do it!!

And most of all, I never heard Roger say a bad word against anyone. He was a kind and gentle soul.

I will miss him

Jane Schwartz

Jane Schwartz
February 8, 2024
We will miss Roger’s wonderful sense of humor and his bright smile. We send our sincerest condolences.
Love, Howard and Shari

Shari Jacobs
February 8, 2024
Roger was a guta neshama. A good,, kind soulful mensch.
When you were engaging in a conversation with him he was always polite, soft spoken and engaging.
He was unique in his many interests and was extremely knowledgeable about many different things.
Our fondest memories of those he spent with us over the years during Passover at our seders with our family.
When he brought his hagaddah in porchegese it certainly was the topic of the evening!!!
He was a gentleman, and always happy to be in your company. His love of family was the most important thing to him.
May your wonderful memories as a mishpacha bring you much nechama at this very difficult time.
Roger you brought much light and happiness to many people.
You will be sorely missed
💔 Judy and Norm Litz and family

Judy and Norm Litz
February 8, 2024
I was blesseed to have known Roger and Esther in 2021, when I moved to Evanston. As neighbors on my floor, I was aware of their devotion and love for each other from the minute I meet them. Rojer was recovering from a bad fall, and Esther's care and concern was ongoing. Roger's smile was always on his face, and his sense of humor always made me laugh. He was brilliant, and he shared wonderful stories about life. I enjoyed my visits with the two of them until their move in 2022. Rest in Peace.

Linda Biondi
February 9, 2024
My uncle Roger always had a smile on his face. Over the many, many visits to the Berman house for holidays or simply to get the family together, Roger was always there to greet us with an almost child-like glow that you immediately knew meant a new pun or joke was coming. He had a calm, kind way of speaking that was also quirky and unique, a mix of warmth, curiosity and playfulness. Even through his terrible fall and the toll it took on his health, those some qualities always shone through. I will miss him, and though we cannot attend the service in person, we are there in spirit. Love James, Tina and Ezra.

James Yelen
February 9, 2024
We meet Roger almost 30 years ago at one of our Israeli friends' parties. What an impressive man!
My husband and I always enjoyed his wit and his ability to engage in a really meaningful conversation.
We will always remember Roger's smile, friendliness and love for his family and friends.

Our sincere condolences to Esther and family.

Ela Moskovich
February 9, 2024

Our deepest condolences.
We will miss Roger and his smile.
We are thinking of you and your family.

Stacey and Dave Palansky

Stacey palansky
February 10, 2024
Our deepest condolences, so sorry to hear the sad news. Family is everything and difficult to say goodbye. Sending our sympathies. Ron & Fran

Fran & Ron Levin
February 13, 2024
To my dear neighbor Esther, I was profoundly saddened to hear of Roger's passing. The seudot we were fortunate enough to have with him were made so memorable and enjoyable by his warmth, humor, and the knowledge he shared. I admire how considerate he was of other people's feelings always making sure that nothing he said could possibly offend. He would deftly steer the conversation away from politics or other controversial topics to history or other innocuous subjects. I know how devoted you were to him every step of the way, and the deep love you felt for each other was apparent. I pray that God comforts you and your family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May his soul be bound in the bond of Eternal Life.
With deepest sympathy,
Yehuda Zweig

Yehuda Zweig
February 13, 2024