Hoboken’s Aaron Lewit, HHA, Fund for Better Waterfront, & HCC member, dies


Hoboken activist and advocate Aaron Lewit, who served as a housing authority commissioner, the longest serving Fund for a Better Waterfront board member, and a member of the Hoboken Community Center board, died on Tuesday.

Aaron Lewit. Photo via the Hoboken Community Center.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Aaron joined the Board of Directors of the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) in the early 1990s before the Enterprise Foundation, in 1995, sent Aaron and his family to Sante Fe, New Mexico where he developed housing for Native Americans. In Sante Fe, Aaron also created a men’s shelter,” FBW Executive Director Ron Hine said on their website.

“Two years later, they returned to their home in Hoboken. As Nathanael approached school age, Aaron and Lynne helped to found the Elysian Charter School, the first charter school established in the state of New Jersey.”

He concluded that Lewit died on Tuesday at 75 years old after being afflicted with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, last year.

“Last night, I leaned of the tragic passing of Hoboken resident Aaron Lewit. Aaron was a rock in our community, who shared his love of our Mile Square with everyone who came in contact with him,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla wrote on social media late last night.

“Aaron and his wife Lynne helped found Elysian Charter School, he served on the Board of FBW, the Hoboken Shelter, the Hoboken Community Center, and most recently as a commissioner on the Hoboken Housing Authority. May Aaron’s memory be a blessing to us all and I hope we all can share a portion of our lives with Hoboken, the way that Aaron did.”

Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour also paid tribute to Lewit in an Instagram post.

“Aaron’s passing is a significant loss for the Hoboken community. He was a dedicated, smart, passionate, humble, and kind man who cared deeply for others,” she began.

“I had the pleasure of working with Aaron as part of his service to the @hobokencommunitycenter and @hobokenhousing Board – what an honor it is to have worked with him and to have known in. May his memory be a blessing. #Hoboken”

Lewit’s funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at  King Solomon’s Cemetery in Clifton. After the funeral, shiva will take place at 627 Garden St. in Hoboken and continues from 12 noon onwards Friday through Sunday.

Additionally, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of Hoboken, located at 600 Garden St.

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