We were saddened to learn of the passing of our founding member, Sara
Edell Schafler Kelman. She died in New York on May 5, 2014, at age 85.
Sara was born in Toronto, where her maternal grandfather -- Rabbi
Yosef Weinreb, "the Galitzianer Rav" -- settled in 1901. A graduate of
the University of Toronto and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sara
was a Jewish educator, a rebbetzin, and a veteran genealogist. Author
of the chapter on Jewish genealogy for a 1980s update of the
Encyclopedia Judaica, she was an early member of the JGS of Illinois,
and she later served as president of the JGS of Greater Boston. In
2000, following the death of her first husband, Rabbi Samuel Schafler,
Sara returned to Canada to marry Rabbi Joseph Kelman. Her family's
path >from Eastern Galicia to Toronto was the focus of a paper she
delivered at the 2002 conference on Jewish genealogy in Toronto.
Sara is survived by five of her six children, 18 grandchildren and 11
Renee Stern Steinig
... for Gesher Galicia