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Social Work

Natalie Goldstein Heineman, 1913 - 2010

Natalie Goldstein Heineman, a pioneering national champion for children’s welfare and respected community and national leader, changed the lives of thousands of children through her innovative and thoughtful leadership. She considered every child a precious being who deserved every opportunity to fully realize his or her potential.

Caryn Surkes, 1956 - 2011

Caryn Surkes lived a truly full and selfless life, forming strong therapeutic and interpersonal relationships. She worked diligently to provide those with disabilities recreational and exercise opportunities, stressing the physical and psychiatric health benefits of those activities.

After graduating with her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, she began her career at Beaverbrook STEP in Newton, MA, where she supported the lives of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Zezette Larsen, 1929 - 2010

Zezette Larsen was born on February 21, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Zezette enjoyed being close to her assimilated, French-speaking Jewish grandparents in pre-World War II Belgium as well as spending school vacations with her Dutch grandparents in Amsterdam, Holland.

Jennifer Gorovitz became first female CEO of a major Jewish federation

May 14, 2010

Jennifer Gorovitz became CEO of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation, making her the first female CEO of a major Jewish federation.

Frances Feldman, 1912 - 2008

Frances Lomas Feldman was born in Philadelphia on December 3, 1912 to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. The youngest of six children, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was eight years old, and remained a lifelong Angelino.

Roslyn Zinn, 1922 - 2008

My sadness about losing Roz is indescribable, but I keep reminding myself how lucky I am to have been married for sixty three years to a woman whose beauty, body and soul, always filled me with awe. Our love for one another, our friendship, our passion, never diminished through all those years. From the start we were drawn to one another by some deep spiritual connection, and by our common feeling for oppressed people everywhere. We both longed for a better world.

Pamela Waechter, 1947 - 2006

Pam Waechter, of blessed memory, Director of Annual Giving at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, died in the line of service. Tragically she was gunned down in her office by a madman who spewed anti-Israeli sentiments. She leaves behind two beloved children, a devoted group of loving friends, and a heartbroken community.

Pam was raised a Lutheran in Minneapolis. She became a Jew by choice when she married her husband, Bill Waechter. The couple moved to Seattle and later divorced.

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.

Alla Denisenko, 1952 - 2008

Alla Denisenko was born on January 28, 1952, in Omsk, a Siberian town in the Soviet Union. When she was eight years old, the family moved to Ryazan, Central Russia. In Ryazan, Alla went to school and met the love of her life, her future husband Sergey. After finishing high school, Alla entered Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, English Department and upon graduation started working as a teacher of English at a high school in Moscow. In 1974 Alla and Sergey got married.

Death of pioneering nutritionist Frances Stern

December 23, 1947

Death of Frances Stern, founder of the world's first "food clinic," which served as a model for many nutrition clinics in the U.S. and abroad.

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