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Jane Krieger Schapiro

“Project Renewal came along, and I had people to go with to Israel. When Golda Meir came into office, I remember getting a letter from my son-in-law Jack. And I was walking down King David Street reading my letter and it says, ‘Dear Mom, I just heard on the radio that a Jewish grandmother is going to be Prime Minister of Israel. I assume it's you.’” – Jane Krieger Schapiro

A fourth generation Baltimorean born in 1922, Jane Krieger Schapiro's independent spirit found expression in her leadership of numerous community organizations. She studied journalism at New York University, but returned to Baltimore, graduating from Goucher College in 1952. Jane eloped with Leroy Cohen in 1942 while still in college. They had two children, JoAnn and Howard. Jane's father, Abraham Krieger, was a founding member of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and strongly influenced her active participation in Jewish philanthropy. A life-long student of Judaism and a capable leader, Jane was the first woman to serve on the boards of The Associated and of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She took an active leadership role in the creation of Baltimore's Project Renewal program in Israel, as well as numerous other organizations. Several years after her husband's sudden death in 1966, Jane married Marvin Schapiro, a Baltimore realtor, to whom she was married for over 25 years. Committed to her children and grandchildren, Jane travels extensively and maintains an active volunteer and social life.

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Jane Krieger Schapiro
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jane Krieger Schapiro." (Viewed on September 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/communitystories/baltimore/narrators/schapiro-jane-krieger>.

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