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Organizations and Institutions

Priscilla Strauss, 1914 - 2007

The first word that comes to mind as I think back on close to two decades of interaction with Priscilla Strauss is "vibrancy." It's not that her obituary in the Boston Globe was inaccurate when it mentioned that she was "very dignified," "stylish," "meticulous," "gracious" and "compassionate." All true. But they fail to convey the warmth and commitment to the community that epitomized everything Priscilla did.

Lois Levin Roisman, 1938 - 2008

My mother, a leader in Jewish philanthropy and a Judaic poet and playwright, didn't believe in God. She was not interested in organized religion. But she was a deeply and inspirationally Jewish woman.

Jean W. Rothenberg, 1909 - 2007

Jean W. Rothenberg was possessed of a passion for providing services to those with communication disorders: those who were deaf, hearing impaired, or with speech problems. To this and to her boundless energy, she added professional training and a firm belief that she could make a difference. She died in Cincinnati on May 17, 2007 at the age of 98.

Sylvia Siegel, 1918 - 2007

Legendary consumer activist Sylvia Siegel died peacefully in her sleep on August 18, 2007. Siegel, who was 89, was always reticent about revealing her age. In a profile for CBS's 60 Minutes in 1984, Harry Reasoner asked her how old she was, prompting a sharp response. "That's none of your damn business," Siegel snapped.

Jane Morningstar, 1919 - 2008

Jane Nathanson Morningstar was born in Boston in 1919 to Ida (Alpert) and Edward Nathanson. From her parents she learned the importance of community, of education, and of Jewish identity and continuity. As she took their legacy and put her own stamp on it, she instilled those values and passions in her family by her steadfast example. Her late husband, Otto Morningstar, joined her and supported her in her community activities, but Jane always took the lead. Her vision and dedication were absolutely clear and unwavering.

Ruth Schachter Morgenthau, 1929 - 2006

Ruth Schachter Morgenthau was a wonderful friend; generous, thoughtful, witty and warm. Her achievements as an educator, an activist, and as a scholar of African politics deeply inspired those around her. After a brave struggle with a long and complicated illness, she died in Boston on November 4, 2006.

Bert Milstone Cohen Hirshberg, 1919 - 2008

Bert Milstone Cohen Hirshberg was an activist and truly a "Bostonian's Bostonian." She cared passionately about the arts, Boston, literature, politics, and her family and friends. She had strong opinions which she acted upon, and always followed through with charismatic energy and a ready grin.

Sally Lilienthal, 1919 - 2006

There's no quick nor easy way to fathom the loss to the world of Sally Lilienthal's departure on October 24, 2006. She was a mover, a builder and a leader with many followers. She left the world a tangible legacy of visionary ideas that became local and global institutions.

Betty Lee Hahn, 1932 - 2006

[Denver]…Her friends and family called her "Buz"—something different, unique, one-of-a-kind. Not that Betty Lee Hahn, a pillar of the Jewish community in Denver, Colorado and beyond, needed an out-of-the-ordinary name to stand out.

The story that might paint the best picture of Buz was the one-woman revolt she staged while in college at University of Texas. It wasn't uncommon at a place like that, and in a time like the '50s, for a sorority girl to be expected to wear certain kinds of clothes and avoid certain others.

Clara Fox, 1917 - 2007

Clara Fox, a social visionary and a consummate professional, died on November 9, 2007, at the age of 90. She began her career as a director of programs for young people with mental illnesses. She then went on to become an expert in early childhood programs and was asked by the Lindsay Administration to organize the first Head Start Program for New York City. Her work in early childhood education led to an awareness of the housing problems that were prevalent in New York.

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