By M. Alexander
Today, the mood at Beit T’Shuvah is somber, but in times of sorrow we band together. Yesterday, we lost one of our great matriarchs, Elaine Breslow. Those who knew her describe her as a mother, a friend, and a savior. Those who did not know her personally are aware of the work she has done to help better their lives. In Elaine, our community has lost a luminous spirit and an eminent figure—a person who not only worked tirelessly and contributed greatly, but one who exemplified Beit T’Shuvah’s mission. Every person that she encountered left her presence feeling that they were counted, that they mattered, that they too could make a difference.
Though the Beit T’Shuvah community is saddened by this loss, we still stand strong in support of her mission and her life. Today at Beit T’Shuvah, we are all present, honoring Elaine’s memory, seeking comfort in the company of one another. Rabbi sends his condolences to “Warren, Jamie, Julia and Elaine’s sister Barbara.” He describes Elaine as a “life saver,” and he prays that “God [will] send comfort to her family and many many friends.” Harriet knows that “Elaine’s soul and spirit live on in the lives of all the people who have lives worth living because she saw who they could become and cared about them deeply.”