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January 20, 2014
I was saddened to hear recently, through an obituary published in the “Jerusalem Post,” and from a short note sent to me by Harriet and Alfred Arkley, one of her nephews and his wife, that Jennie had passed away on December 17, 2013, in Seattle.

I first met Jennie in the late 1970s when we were working in different laboratories in Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem. We were close friends for about 35 years.

While she lived in Jerusalem, we frequently visited each other's homes. She became a substitute grandmother to my two sons, Eli and Avi, now both in their thirties and married with large families of their own. She used to love to join us on Sabbath and festival meals, especially delighting in the special holiday dishes; and I frequently visited her distinctive apartment and charming small triangular garden in Palmach Street.

Jennie first introduced me to concert-going in Jerusalem, and we enjoyed many excellent performances together. She also greatly encouraged me in my painting. She hosted me when I did paintings of two of her rooms. We also cooperated on a book together, “Seven Jerusalem Neighborhood Synagogues,” which was inspired by a series of paintings I was working on at the time.

When I went through a painful divorce, Jennie continued to be a source of support to me. Five years later, when she decided to return to her family in Seattle, she gave me many items she chose to leave behind, including: a five-volume set of diaries by Theodore Herzl, several books by Martin Buber, a few books about Jerusalem, among other books; a set of prints of biblical characters; a cutting from her “bat-sheva” plant, which still gives pink blooms every year on the shelf in my balcony; and several ornaments and kitchen utensils, which I still use.

After Jennie left, we kept in regular touch by e-mail. I decided to make what I thought would be a brief detour, in April 2009, to visit Jennie, on my way from New York to Memphis, to visit my son Avi and Rachel with their family, who were spending several years working in the Memphis Jewish Community. Having been in Israel for so long, I did not realize quite what a feat that would be! However, it was fascinating to meet Jennie again, and to be in a beautiful and unique part of the world I would have never had a chance to see otherwise. Jennie arranged an outing for us to the Rotating Restaurant, including a kosher meal for me, so that I could get the feel of the city in the 24 hours or so I spent there.

Over a year ago, I no longer received replies when I contacted Jennie's e-mail, and we lost touch after over 30 years of treasured friendship.

May all her family be comforted for Jennie's loss, and I wish you all “long life.”

Rifkah Goldberg
Rabbi Meir, 17/2, Jerusalem 93185
ISRAEL
Tel. 026784069; e-mail: rifkahg@netvision.net.il
December 26, 2013
She was an incredible inspiration to everyone in our family! Aunt Jennie was brilliant, kind, and loving. We will all miss her!
December 25, 2013
My heart goes out to those who knew and loved Jennie, she was a woman of many accomplishments. May God do as he has promised and comfort those who mourn.
December 24, 2013
I'm glad I was able to meet this remarkable woman and share conversations with her. Rest in peace.
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