The Murray Solomon/Brown Jewish War Veterans Post 243 has a glorious and prideful past that represents two Posts joining together to better serve needs of South Florida’s Jewish veterans.
The Frieda Markowitz Post 174 was chartered in 1937 by World War I veterans and is the oldest JWV post in Florida.
Sometime later, the Post was renamed the Norman Bruce Brown Post. Brown was the son of Nate and Reba Brown. Nate was a WWI veteran, Reba was a JWV Ladies Auxiliary Department President, and both were renowned for their work South Florida’s veterans. Their son, Norman, was killed-in-action (KIA) in World War II, and the members voted to honor their work by renaming Post 174 after their son.
The Murray Solomon Post 243 was chartered in the early 1950s through the efforts of Hy Morris. The Post was renamed after Murray Solomon, who was wounded in Europe with injuries that left him as a paraplegic. Murray resided in the Pratt Veterans Administration Hospital – the original Biltmore Hotel – that was transferred to the city of Coral Gables after being declared surplus by the Veterans Administration.
Murray, the son of Harry and Tessie Solomon, was the inventor of the Tele-Cart – a mobile phone cart – before the days of cell phones -- that allowed bedridden veterans to telephone friends and family from their bedside. His mother Tessie served as JWV Ladies Auxiliary State President.
In 1998, Post 174 and Post 243 merged together, and Post 243 was renamed the Murray Solomon/Brown Post. Throughout its history, the Post has provided leadership to both state and national service. Five previous Post Commanders have served as JWV Florida State Commander and three have served as JWV National Commander.