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Sherry Levy-Reiner

Sherry Levy-Reiner is director of development at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cincinnati, where she taught for several years. Levy-Reiner has served as an editor and publications director at a number of non-profit institutions, including the Library of Congress, the University of Chicago and the Association of American Colleges.

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Sonya Levien

Sara Opesken Levien (“Sonya” is the Russian diminutive, which she used) was born on December 25, 1888, to Julius and Fanny Opesken in Panimunik, formerly Russia, now Lithuania. (She altered the date later to 1898). By the time her father immigrated to the United States in 1891, she had two younger brothers, Arnold and Max. Sonya’s father changed his name to Levien, the name of the man who had helped him escape from Siberia, where he had been exiled for political activities, and in 1896 brought his family to New York. By the time Sonya, her parents, and her Russian-born brothers were naturalized in 1905, she had two more brothers, Nathan and Edward.

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