Remembering Paul Jaffe

posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:40 AM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 9:57 PM ]

Paul Jaffe, 88, a member of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, a corporate and real estate lawyer who served as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for two years in the 1990s, passed away on July 22 at home.  

Much of his work entailed representing the operators of parking lots. He became so knowledgeable about legal matters involving parking that in 1991 then-Mayor Ed Rendell appointed him vice chairman of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 

In that role, Judge Jaffe tackled issues such as upgrading parking meters to allow payment by credit card; special parking arrangements for Wednesday night shoppers, since abandoned; and privatizing some of the authority's lots to increase efficiency.  

He remained on the parking board until 1996, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Common Pleas Court. He heard civil and criminal cases until 1998 and then returned to practicing law.  

He was a devoted civic volunteer, serving on the board of the American Jewish Committee from 1990 until the time of his death. He also was a board member and president of Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and a board member of Jefferson Health System.