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Sophie Tucker Portrait

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An early portrait of singer and comedian Sophie Tucker.
Courtesy of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH
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An early portrait of singer and comedian Sophie Tucker.
Courtesy of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH

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Myra Hiatt Kraft, 1942 - 2011

Myra Kraft was an extraordinary woman who touched the lives of so many people in Boston, in Israel, in the FSU, and around the world. I knew Myra from afar for the first part of my life because of her family's deep and longtime connection to Brandeis University (I graduated in 1972). Jacob Hiatt was a giant among giants, a founder of Brandeis and a huge philanthropist. His daughter Myra carried on his legacy and became a philanthropist in her own right.

"An Uncommon Journey" Front Cover by Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs

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The front cover of An Uncommon Journey: From Vienna to Shanghai to America: A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II by Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, with S.J. Hodges.

The front cover of An Uncommon Journey: From Vienna to Shanghai to America: A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II by Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, with S.J. Hodges.

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Deborah Strobin

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Deborah Strobin is a well-known Nob Hill, San Francisco philanthropist credited with organizing large and high profile fundraising events over the past two decades, including the first ever HIV/AIDS benefit at Davies Symphony Hall in the 1980s, the city’s first Yves St. Laurent couture fashion show to benefit the San Francisco Symphony, and the largest fundraiser in US history for stem cell research in 2006. Deborah also served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol for the city of San Francisco and commissioner of the Public Library Commission.

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Deborah Strobin is a well-known Nob Hill, San Francisco philanthropist credited with organizing large and high profile fundraising events over the past two decades, including the first ever HIV/AIDS benefit at Davies Symphony Hall in the 1980s, the city’s first Yves St. Laurent couture fashion show to benefit the San Francisco Symphony, and the largest fundraiser in US history for stem cell research in 2006. Deborah also served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol for the city of San Francisco and commissioner of the Public Library Commission.

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After a lifetime of silence, Deborah Strobin shares her story

For most of her life, philanthropist Deborah Strobin kept her past a secret from her friends, her children, and even her husband.

The Patriots to honor memory of their "Jewish mother," Myra Kraft, at the Super Bowl

It's a tradition for players in the Super Bowl to wear a patch with the Roman numerals of the game's year on the left side of their chests (46, or XLVI, this year). On Sunday in Indianapolis, the Patriots will be wearing it on the right side; the left is already occupied by a patch honoring Myra Hiatt Kraft, the wife of team owner Robert Kraft who died in July of 2011.

Susan G. Komen halts partnership with Planned Parenthood

Today we learned that Susan G. Komen For The Cure, the nation's leading breast cancer charity, is ending its partnership with Planned Parenthood in a move that will result in a major loss of funding for breast exams at Planned Parenthood. Last year, Komen grants totaling roughly $680,000 were distributed to at least 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates to fund breast exams and other breast-health services.

Miriam Rayman Solomon with Siblings, circa 1928

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Shirley Rayman, Miriam Rayman Solomon (center) and David Rayman, circa 1928.
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Shirley Rayman, Miriam Rayman Solomon (center) and David Rayman, circa 1928.
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Miriam Rayman Solomon with Siblings, circa 1928

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Shirley Rayman, Miriam Rayman Solomon (center) and David Rayman, circa 1928.
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Shirley Rayman, Miriam Rayman Solomon (center) and David Rayman, circa 1928.
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Miriam Rayman Solomon, 1919 - 2011

Our mother was a woman of lists.  In her distinctive beautiful 6 point rounded script she would constantly create lists… When we three sons or the grandchildren came home, the lists included the issues she wanted to talk to us about: from the mundane to the most philosophical.  Every trip included an invitation to Mother& Daddy’s room for an intense personal conversation in which Mother thoroughly discussed each item until she was satisfied and then checked them off —one by one.  You needn’t have a psychology degree to understand that lists were Mother’s means of being

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