Meet Lenore

Meet Lenore - Painting as gift

Meet Lenore:

Thriving on
Art and
Current Events

meet Lenore - rough pastel  

As a civil service officer at the U.S. State Department for almost three decades, from the post-WWII Truman years through the Carter term, Lenore enjoyed a front-row seat to dramatic world change. Handling intelligence and research assignments in numerous geographical sectors, she compiled information vital to formulation of American policies. What stands out among her many memories is the time she worked on the Vietnam Task Force, when she and her colleagues established a War Room connected to the Pentagon. “I’d work until 3 a.m., go home, and come back to the office by 7,” says Lenore. Topping the group’s responsibilities was the effort to assist Vietnamese refugees seeking entry into this country.

Lenore was raised in New York City. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a liberal arts degree and then went on to the Manhattan Conservatory of Music, where she studied theory and composition.

During her career years, Lenore devoted leisure time to writing poetry and savoring weekend excursions to area art galleries and museums. She pursues her love of art at the Hebrew Home, where she moved almost three years ago. Here, she participates in weekly art classes, receiving special encouragement from instructor Victoria Molina to expand her talents in all media, from clay to acrylics. Her colorful artwork is often on display in the Smith Kogod Residence, but her proudest achievement is having one of her paintings selected as a thank-you gift for Deena and Jerry Kaplan, who hosted the 2006 Presidents Circle Dinner for major Hebrew Home donors. (See photo.)

Lenore says that in addition to her pursuit of art, she derives great pleasure from the Home’s current affairs discussion group, led by volunteer Everett Mattlin, a prolific writer, editor, and author of ten books. Attendees share interesting articles that explore provocative topics in national and international politics. To keep herself up-to-date, Lenore tunes in to CNN News, NPR, and all the Sunday morning talk shows; she also works her way through The New York Times every Sunday.

For Lenore, the key to happiness at the Hebrew Home resides in her ability to continue cultivating intellectual interests from her professional years and augmenting her new-found artistic skills.


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