Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky
1976 - 2019
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Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky

Indianapolis - Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky, February 10, 1976-August 29, 2019

No words can capture the extraordinary life and journey of Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky or her impact on family, friends, the ALS community, fans worldwide who know her through her book, ALS Saved My Life. . .Until it Didn't, and the award-winning documentary, Grateful - the Jenni Berebitsky Story.

Jenni's adventurous life spanned countries and continents, but her signature achievements were closer to her Indianapolis home where she passed away on August 29 surrounded by family and friends.

Jenni's life is celebrated by her immediate family, her husband Jeff and 11-year-old son Philip, her mother Joyce Kleinman, brother Rob (Gerri) Kleinman, her father Elliot (Afi) Kleinman, brothers Alec, Ari, and Asher, and the extended Berebitsky-Asher family, Barb and Charlie, Doug and Kim, Steve, Tammy, Kylea and David, Bonnie, and their families. "Jenni's Village," a network of friends and caregivers, helped care for, support, entertain and empathize with the family throughout Jenni's decade-long journey.

Jenni lived an extraordinary life. Diagnosed with ALS in March 2009, she was given 18-24 months to live. A naturopath by training and a strong, adventurous soul by nature, Jenni first mourned her diagnosis, then took it on as the challenge of a lifetime. She inspired thousands to walk, participate in triathlons, support the family and the cause, and did it all with charm and humor.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

Funeral Services will be Sunday September 01, 2019 at 11 am at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation 6501 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46260. Burial will be in the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation South Cemetery. Flanner Buchanan Broad Ripple are handling arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2019.
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September 21, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Jenni.
I met her, when she was just diagnosed with ALS, when she gave a presentation at Perk Up Café.
I am glad she was able to be around her family for so many years after diagnosis. I would see her out and about during the years and admired her courage. I lost my mom to this disease and know how hard it is on the person and their families.
My condolences to her whole family.
Jeanette Footman
September 4, 2019
Wow, what a woman! In her short 43 years she influenced and inspired far more people than the rest of us mere mortals are able to do in a couple of lifetimes. If a life well lived is measured by ones warmth, charm, determination, inspiration, commitment and caring, Jenni was off the charts. She will be missed but never ever forgotten by those who came to know her. For me it was a few brief meetings and moments at the Heartland Film Festival I have never forgotten those moments and never will. Here's to Jenni, my hero and a hero to so many.
Joe Costello
September 3, 2019
I did not know Jenni but I wish I had. I read about her story in the newspaper quite awhile ago. You never
know what life will be like for you. She was an inspiration to us all.

You are in my prayers,

Amy Grimes
Amy Grimes
September 2, 2019
I am so sad to learn of Jenni's death. As someone involved in the ALS community for years, I have seen Jenni at events and Walks, at her book signing and at the screening of her documentary. Jenni was such a courageous woman and lived such a joy-filled life. My condolences to Jeff and Philip and Joyce, to the members of Jenni's family I didn't know, and to all of Jenni's village. I hold her family and friends in my heart.
Jane Alexander
August 31, 2019
So many lives were enriched by knowing Jenni and being a part of her Village! She always exuded a rare and enchanting light.
sharon mckittrick
August 31, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Jenni's passing but she will be remembered by her community for her strength and perserverence. I am glad I attended the film festival the same week of her passing and heard Grateful The Jenni Berebitsky story. Beautiful story for a beautiful gal. May you have eternal rest now Jenni. You won't be forgotten!
Karen Fielder
August 30, 2019
It was always so nice to see Jenni come to school to visit her son Philip and his classroom. She loved being there to see what was going on and how he was blossoming into a wonderful student and person. I know she will be missed by so many people in different walks of life who have gotten to know her throughout her life.
Margaret Higgs
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