Hyman "Hy" Kuperstein

Day and Time of Service: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Location of Service: Graveside
Interment: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York 10532

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Hyman “Hy” Kuperstein passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 after a brief illness.  He was born and raised in Newark, NJ. and lived in Springfield since 1960.  Growing up, Hy's initial ambition was to become an attorney. However, when a family friend decided to publish a local throwaway newspaper, he discovered he was one column short.  He offered Hy, at age 9, the opportunity to write that column. Hy's payment was a by-line.  The newspaper died shortly thereafter, as did Hy's ambition to be a lawyer. Seeing his name in print steered Hy into the news field. After Hy graduated from the Rutgers University School of Journalism, he was the first member of his class to be hired by The Newark Evening News, then considered one of the nation's top newspapers. Hy has also worked on the New York Post rewrite bank. ln January 1973, Hy joined the staff of the Anti-Defamation League, handling media and particularly, TV news, the latter of which had generally been ignored by ADL.  In 1990, Hy left ADL and formed Barnett Communications, Media Consultants. Hy is also a World War II U.S. Army veteran who had to cheat on his eye examination and required an operation on his left hand, which had been injured in an accident, to qualify for military service.  Hy's father, Samuel Kuperstein, served in the U.S. Army in World War I. In addition, Hy's son, Matthew, served in the U.S. Army in Panama.  Hy was the co-President of the Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael Mens’ Club for the past 6 years, and was active in B’nai B’rith. He was also an Associate Member of Hadassah. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (nee Simon), a member of a prominent French Alsatian Jewish family, currently of Springfield, N.J., a daughter, Dr. Susan J. (Stuart) Weinshanker of La Jolla, CA., two sons, Samuel Kuperstein, also of Springfield, N.J., Matthew (Sabrina) Kuperstein of New Haven, CT., and four grandchildren.