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Elana Kanter

Elana Kanter was a member of the first class of women at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbinical School, where she was ordained in 1989. For the last twenty years, she has been involved in Jewish day school education, with a brief period of service as an intern chaplain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 1998, she received the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators. Rabbi Kanter currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and co-rabbi of The New Shul in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Charlotte Lipsky

Charlotte Schacht Lipsky, interior decorator, was born in Riga, Latvia, in December 1879. The eldest of five children, she was the only girl. Lipsky immigrated to the United States in 1895, accompanied by her mother, who lived with Lipsky until her death. Upon arriving in the United States, Lipsky immediately involved herself in politics, specifically in the Jewish socialist movement, becoming one of “Emma Goldman’s girls” on the Lower East Side of New York.

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