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Gerda Lerner

Courtesy Gerda Lerner

We Remember

This growing online collection contains reminiscences of a variety of recently deceased American Jewish women who made a difference in their community and beyond.

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Ruth Emmerman Peizer
Ruth Emmerman Peizer, 1923 - 2013
I think Yiddish should be a living language, and we should certainly try to perpetuate something that has been so beautiful and has been around for a thousand years.
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Judy Wilkenfeld, 1943 - 2007
Judy Wilkenfeld brought people together, made everyone with whom she came into contact better, and became a close and trusted friend, confidante, mentor, and role model to so many people with whom she worked.
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Claude-Anne Kirschen Lopez, 1920 - 2012
I have decided it doesn’t do anybody concerned any harm for a woman to take on a worthwhile project.
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Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky, 1926 - 2012
To the credit of the nuns, my Jewish search was encouraged, my questions were never cut short, and a patient effort was made consistently to answer me.
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Elissa Froman, 1983 - 2013
She didn’t want to be known as the girl with cancer. She wanted to be known as a social justice activist, as someone working to repair the world.
Ann J. Lane, 1931 - 2013
Ann Lane was a bold advocate not simply for women but, even more important, for feminist scholarship.
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Henriette Avram, 1919 - 2006
She is remembered as a dynamic, inspiring leader, full of energy, writing and speaking internationally … making friends wherever she went.
Margaret Fleet
Margaret Fleet, 1919 - 2013
Her teacher and piano were important in her life, but her Jewish identity and heritage were even more so. She was involved in many Jewish causes and organizations and was a proud supporter of Israel, especially in her life-long devotion to Hadassah.
Jeanne Manford, 1920 - 2013
She worked hard and organized. She would call parents cold when she learned they had a problem. “We don’t want to intrude,” she’d say, “but we can help.”
Kathryn Wasserman Davis, 1907 - 2013
In 1998, at the age of 91, she took up kayaking, making regular excursions on the Hudson River and along the coast and on the lakes of Maine. As a result of these experiences, she became a significant supporter of environmental organizations.
Nancy Popkin Popkin, 1930 - 2013
The legacy of Nancy Popkin Popkin, who danced on my coffee table at her 80th birthday party, is her unrelenting determination to celebrate life, family, and friends, with an abundantly generous spirit and a refusal to let even significant losses stand in her way.
Gerda Lerner, 1920 - 2013
Lerner's life experience equipped her to resist conformity—in particular, questioning the societal norms insisting that women had no history.
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Gloria Stern Penner, 1931 - 2012
In the 1970s, I was a vigorous believer that women needed better representation in business and society, and I worked hard to make that happen. I doubt my demeanor resembled the TV-film stereotype of the obedient, dutiful babe in the background.
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Dorrit Zucker Cohn, 1924 - 2012
I most value the example Dorrit set with her integrity, modesty, and precision in teaching, advising, and scholarship.  She was respectful and generous with her time, and she never overstepped.
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Lynn Gordon, 1946 - 2012
She believed deeply in the enduring importance of feminism, a political force which transformed the world but one Lynn believed had much more to accomplish. She was a deep believer in social justice and also in the centrality and needs of the State of Israel."
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Joyce D. Miller, 1928 - 2012
In addition to being a great friend to many and a loving mother, daughter, and sister, she was a Tzaddik.
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Frances Alenikoff , 1920 - 2012
For decades and well into her 90s she turned age on its head, subverting its preconceptions, making it an adventure.
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Judith Martin, 1918 - 2012
From 1963-2009, she developed a contemporary theater for children. The shows intimately reflected a child’s world.
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Anita Steckel, 1930 - 2012
She taught in such a simple, loving way and made everyone feel safe. “You're allowed to mess up here,” she would say. “It's OK to fall.”
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Amy Swerdlow, 1923 - 2012
This beautiful, wise and not-so-organized woman [was] not only a superb organizer but also an inspiring teacher and a colleague who exemplified what it means to meet one’s obligations to the human family.
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Nora Ephron, 1941 - 2012
For all her acerbic humor, she was always warm to me. For all her Jewish disconnection, she felt utterly Jewish to me.
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Adrienne Rich, 1929 - 2012
Rich’s commitment to social justice that characterized her sustained engagement in the world emerged from the provocation and the aspiration that was her Jewishness.
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Myra Hiatt Kraft, 1942 - 2011
I will remember Myra as a giving, passionate, courageous fighter for social justice for all and a lover of Israel and the Jewish people.
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Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, 1916 - 2012
We are finally in Paris and you can see that the Americans took over the situation. Can you imagine—ME—with the “handle” that I’ve got using Hitler’s stationery?
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Ruth Barcan Marcus, 1921 - 2012
Not afraid to make enemies and blessed with many loyal friends, [she] was unrelenting and consistent in upholding the highest standards for rigor and clarity in philosophy and in academia more generally.


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