Meet Sara

 

Meet Sara

Meet Sara:

A Commitment to her Jewish Community and All Facets of Jewish Life


A quick grin and friendly wave easily draw a passerby into the Wasserman room of 98-year-old Sara - mother of two, grandmother of three, and great grandmother of six. Perched on the edge of a bed neatly covered with a soft maroon spread that resembles a cable-knit sweater, this petite lady is delighted to chat with company about a long, interesting life. 

Hanging on Sara's wall is a framed tribute, affectionately composed by one of her sons, that highlights her accomplishments, Jewish community involvement, and personal history. Born in 1912, Sara was the first member of her family to graduate from college - as a Phi Beta Kappa, no less, from Boston University. She and her husband of 64 years, Moe, were active members of Emanuel Synagogue in Hartford, Connecticut until their move to West Hartford, where they became founding members of Beth El Temple. Over the years, Sara served on its Board of Trustees, became president of the Sisterhood, and taught their first adult Bat Mizvah class; Moe, equally active, chaired many committees, also served on the Board of Trustees, and was president of the synagogue for two years.

Sara says she loved sewing, knitting, playing the viola, and, inspired by her mother, creating fabulous meals. "I was the best cook you could ever imagine. Oh, was I a baker!" says Sara. She describes what a treat it was for family and friends to come eat at her house: "I made kugels, cookies, soups - well, I made everything."

Until her move to the Washington area a few years ago, Sara was a devoted attendee at Beth El's Shabbat and Jewish holiday services. Now, thanks to the pleasure of easy access to the Home's synagogue, which is conveniently situated on the first floor of Wasserman, Sara is a twice-daily participant in religious services. According to Rabbi Jim Michaels of the Home, "Sara reads Hebrew very well and readily takes any honor she is offered. She's a wonderful woman, and we've all come to know and love her."

 

 

 

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