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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 Nussbaum Index and Main Image
Ruth Nussbaum, 1911 - 2010
She understood the need for promoting religious pluralism, human rights, and democracy in Israel as fundamental Reform Jewish values. To Ruth, Jewish nationalism expressed in Zionism is a seamless and natural aspect of Reform Jewish identity.
June Salander mirror
June Salander, 1908 - 2010
June took the opportunity to study Torah with the rabbi and five other women and, at age 89, became the oldest woman in Rutland to celebrate her bat mitzvah.
Sylvia Willard Photograph
Sylvia Willard, 1922 - 2006
She and Howard opened a third store and managed all three, while she translated her theatrical training and love of fashion into show-stopping window displays.
Charlotte Jacobson Main Image/Index
Charlotte Jacobson, 1914 - 2010
She traveled the world in defense of Jewish rights, meeting with refuseniks and facing commissars in the Soviet Union, and advocating freedom of worship and emigration in front of the leaders of Syria and Egypt. She also defended Israel and the Jewish people in the halls and overseas conferences of the United Nations.
Amalie Rothschild
Amalie Rothschild, 1916 - 2001
She gave generously of her time to the community while never losing sight of commitment to her own development and dedication as a full-time artist.
Zezette Larsen
Zezette Larsen, 1929 - 2010
As a resource speaker for Facing History, she spoke to many audiences of all ages and championed the power of education to address injustices wherever they occur.
Adele Landau Starr Index
Adele Landau Starr, 1916 - 2007
She had a strong sense of what was ethical and right; she didn’t just talk about it, she took action.
Joan Cutler and her husand Ted
Joan Berman Cutler, 1930 - 2010
As so many people have suggested, my mother was a presence. Not only that she had a presence, but that she was one.
Sophie Gerson
Sophie Gerson, 1910 - 2006
In her later years, Sophie was a tireless activist with the National Council of Senior Citizens, fighting for universal health care and defense of Social Security. A woman of charm and passion, she developed ties with a range of local activists, including nuns and other local Catholics.
Suzanne Keller cropped
Suzanne Keller, 1927 - 2010
"Like 'The Man Who Came to Dinner,' I was the woman who came to Princeton."
Eleanor Pearlson
Eleanor Pearlson, 1921 - 2010
She was known equally for her generosity and her strong will, her enthusiasm and her temper, her warmth and her keen business sense. She might greet you or grill you, but chances were if you needed help with something on Martha’s Vineyard, she had the answer.
Evelyn Dubrow Photograph
Evelyn Dubrow, 1911 - 2006
Ninety-five years was not long enough for us to enjoy [her] passion, wit, commitment to justice, and love of life.
Photograph of Carla Cohen
Carla Furstenberg Cohen, 1936 - 2010
A world without a Carla in it just doesn’t seem possible (and certainly less interesting). But I know she will always be with us. Once you know her, you can’t forget her.
Gail Dolgin photograph - headshot
Gail Dolgin, 1945 - 2010
Gail Dolgin balanced her activism in the cause of social justice with an equally fervent commitment to the life of the spirit and was active in a close and cohesive spiritual community.
Hannah Block (headshot)
Hannah Block, 1913 - 2009
It wasn't so much what the lady did – although she did much in her 96 years. It is what she meant to Wilmington [NC].
Marcia Soloski Levin, headshot cropped from group portrait
Marcia Soloski Levin, 1921 - 2010
Mother was a working girl when most women found their identity in motherhood and the home, but she was much more than that. She was a free spirit, supreme motivator for women who wanted to start their own businesses, and a generous friend to those causes she believed in and the people she cared about.
Eta Chait Wrobel
Eta Chait Wrobel, 1916 - 2008
Her life was filled with the love of giving and of fighting for truth, justice, and the Jewish people.
Mina Bern in New York
Mina Bern, 1911 - 2009
She belonged to a generation of Yiddish cultural figures who have no concept of the notion of retirement. Mina worked until the end - for herself, for her audiences, for her art, for the world of Yiddish.
Vivian Finkel - headshot
Vivian Finkel, 1921 - 2009
Vivian had presence. And she had style, coming to work every weekday afternoon and Shabbat morning dressed to the nines and fully coiffed. She was from the generation of religious school teachers who not only championed the teaching of the Hebrew language to American Jewish students (and successfully taught it to them), but also viewed themselves as true professionals.
Denise Schorr
Denise Schorr, - 2010
Many of the stories of her young life in France give a glimpse into the shaping forces of her strong character, enormous empathy and compassion for others. This shaped her life as a giver.
Rhonda Copelon, 2005
Rhonda Copelon, 1944 - 2010
Rhonda Copelon often worked behind the scenes, but her finger prints, or perhaps I should say brain waves, are all over many of the most important breakthroughs in progressive feminist advances both in the United States and globally.
Norma Fox Mazer in Montpelier, VT
Norma Fox Mazer, 1931 - 2009
Her writing apprenticeship began when she was 27 years old and the mother of three small children. She and [her husband] Harry made a pact to squeeze at least an hour out of every day to write. Frequently, this was at four o’clock in the morning
Ilona Copen
Ilona Copen, 1940 - 2010
Her capacity to empower people while leading with a firm hand and a kind heart was so inspiring. Many of us have been moved to action, to effect change, because of her example.
Adrienne Fried Block, c 1995
Adrienne Fried Block, 1921 - 2009
Through word and example, Adrienne taught countless women how to survive and thrive in male-dominated university settings. She firmly believed in the possibility of changing the world—or at least a piece of it.
Elsie Frank
Elsie Frank, 1912 - 2005
Mother’s public debut was not exactly spontaneous — in 1982 my brother Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank faced a tough re-election campaign. We were all engaged, but probably the most effective family effort was a campaign commercial featuring Mother, in her rocking chair, explaining that she trusted Barney to protect Social Security.


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