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I came to Los Angeles in 1997 with my late husband, Arthur, because of his new position as bureau chief for Reuters News Agency. Before that we lived in Montclair, NJ, where we raised our two sons. I became a clinical social worker, practiced family therapy and consulted on issues for corporations, government agencies and nonprofits. I also taught at the N.J. Center for Family Studies, and became the executive director. In Los Angeles, I have taught at USC School of Social Work, worked as a training coordinator at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, spent 15 summers teaching at Smith College School for Social Work and kept a small practice. Now, “retired”, I do volunteer supervision and training of marriage and family therapists at Southern California Counseling Center.

We joined TIOH in 2004 under sad circumstances. When Arthur was diagnosed with lung cancer we realized that, although we had friends, we did not have a community and we really needed a community. Temple Israel has been that and more. Temple Israel offered me real support through Arthur’s illness and death. I found Torah study, where I can exchange ideas and learn different approaches to Torah with a group of intelligent and creative people. The Women’s Retreat has been a source of close friendship and spiritual renewal. I’m also involved in the Sages group and help plan our excursions as well serving on the Chesed Committee and the Transition Committee.

As a trustee, I hope that I can return a small measure of the support, love and learning I’ve gained from TIOH.