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S. Fla. Philanthropist Sami Rohr Dead At 86

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Sami Rohr (Courtesy: The Miami Herald)

Sami Rohr (Courtesy: The Miami Herald)

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MIAMI (AP) — Prominent South Florida Jewish philanthropist Sami Rohr has died. He was 86.

Rohr, of Bal Harbour, was closely aligned with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Judaism and is said to have given at least $250 million to Jewish causes around the globe.

He’s also known as the namesake of a $100,000 annual prize for Jewish literature.

Rohr was born in Berlin, but his family was forced to flee the Nazis. He ultimately settled in Colombia, where he amassed a fortune in real estate. That funded his charitable work, including Jewish community centers Chabad leaders say helped lay groundwork for a rebirth of Judaism across the former Soviet Union.

A Chabad spokesman confirms Rohr died Sunday. He is to be buried Tuesday at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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