Brenda Caryl Aaronson 1938 - 2008 Pittsfield Brenda Caryl Aaronson died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 16, 2008. Born on Nov. 13, 1938 in Pittsfield, daughter of the late Attorney Jacob Solon Aaronson and Sally (Golden) Aaronson, she graduated Pittsfield High School in 1956 and received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of North Carolina in 1960, her master's degree in 1967 and her doctorate degree from New York University in 1979. Prior to her retirement in 2000, Brenda worked in film production at New York University Hospital and Mills Music Inc. in New York City. Later she held many positions in the New York Public School System as a music educator, music department chairperson, dean of students and in other administrative capacities. In addition she composed many secular and sacred works and authored several children's texts and musical articles. Brenda was a member of several Jewish organizations and served as a lecturer for State of Israel Bonds, board member of the United Jewish Appeal, president of her chapter of B'nai B'rith in New York City, and vice president of Golda Meier group Hadassah. In recognition of her many contributions to the Jewish community, she received several awards for outstanding service and accomplishment. Brenda was an active genealogist, concentrating primarily on the emigration of Jewish family groups from specific regions of eastern Europe including the community of Kletzk Poland (Belarus) and Nesvizh. She was both a historian and researcher and contributed her work frequently to several publications, as well as serving as project coordinator for related online publications. She is survived by her brother, Attorney Harris N. Aaronson, sister-in-law Doris Aaronson, their children, Jack R. Aaronson and Tracey Aaronson-Smith, and her grandniece, Sydney, who was her pride and joy. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, Mass., with Rabbi Mark Wieder, spiritual leader, officiating. Burial will follow at the Ahavath Shalom Cemetery, Churchill Street, Pittsfield. Shiva will be observed by the family privately. Memorial donations may be made to Sinai Academy of the Berkshires or to Hospice of the Berkshires in care of the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.]]>
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 18, 2008