James David Klau
November 16, 1933 – November 28, 2019
James D. Klau, 86, died peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2019. He was born on November 16, 1933 in New York City; the son of Sadie Klingenstein and David Weiss Klau. Jim and the love of his life, Sue Levy Klau were married for 65 years. Sue and Jim were lifelong partners who passionately supported liberal and reform Jewish values. They were founding members of Temple Beth Shalom the reform temple in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They advocated for minorities and women’s rights in Israel and were early members of Women of the Wall. Jim served on the Boards of Union for Reform Judaism and Camps, Crane Lake and Eisner. He also enjoyed his term as board member of World Union for progressive Judaism. They were pioneers in laying the ground work for many liberal and progressive Temples in the Former Soviet Union. When traveling the world they always enjoyed local Jewish culture. When they retired in Greensboro seven years ago, Sue and Jim were eager to become involved with Temple Emanuel. They served on many committees and Jim served on the Budget Committee. Jim enjoyed his new life in WellSpring playing bridge and going to theater and being amongst his wonderful friends. Sue and Jim spent many summers in Newport, Rhode Island, where they were involved with the Newport Music Festival, serving on the board of Newport Hospital and many other charities. Jim will be deeply missed by his family because to him family was always first. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Sue; children, Michael Klau (Michele), Flippy Tanenbaum (Harold), David Klau (Lizette), Cynthia Nettles (Mark); grandchildren, Kenneth (Jessica), Susan, Elyssa (Mark), Ilana (Carlos), Samuel, Jaime, Johnathan, Jacob; great grandchildren; Amelie, Elias, Jeanette; and beloved cat, Daisy. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2nd, 2:00 pm at Temple Emanuel on Greene Street in Greensboro with Rabbi Fred Guttman officiating. Private burial will follow at the Cone Family Cemetery. Reception honoring his memory will be at WellSpring special occasions dining room at 4:30 pm.
- Funeral Service at Temple Emanuel on Greene Street Monday, December 2, 2019
James David Klau
December 9, 2019
Jim joins me in saying that we send our love and prayers to you at this time of your loss of your special Jim. We are so thankful we got to see him on probably the last time he played bridge with the Friday group of Mary's. We will hold you in our heart as you go forward in the next weeks. We will be so happy to see you if you are able to return to playing bridge in the future. It was a blessing to know Jim and recently read all you and he have done to help your faith.
blessings always - Betty and Jim Parker
December 4, 2019
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult period. Best wishes and hope to see you at duplicate soon.
December 1, 2019
My deep condolences to the whole family. I was blessed to get to know Sue & Elyssa in Cuba in 2010 and to add Jimmy to my "family" not long afterwards. My family and I were deeply enriched by knowing all of you. Our love to you all.
Marge, Paul & Jennie Grayson
December 1, 2019
I was surprised and saddened to read of Jim’s death. What a remarkable man I was just getting to know. I’m sharing a photo with the hope that it may bring comfort- I had planned to share it with Sue and Jim the next time I visited. Peace be with this extended family. Pam Barrett