Farewell to Al Orensanz

Photos by Clayton Patterson
Angel Orensanz recalled his brother at the memorial. He and Al immigrated to America from Spain and turned a derelict Norfolk St. synagogue into a thriving cultural and events space. Photos by Clayton Patterson
Elissa Sampson, an urban geographer who worked with Al Orensanz and the foundation, was one of the speakers at his memorial.
Maria Neri was Al Orensanz’s longtime partner at the foundation and, over the years, increasingly handled its operational duties.

The community gathered at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, on Norfolk St., on Wed., Sept 22, to remember Al Orensanz, who ran the beloved cultural and events hub, which was named for his artist brother. Al died in July at age 73.