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Phyllis Kramer z’l

Avraham Groll
 

Dear JewishGen Community,

With tremendous pain and sadness, I regret to inform you that Phyllis Kramer, our beloved Director of Education, has passed away.

Not many were aware of this, but Phyllis was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive illness shortly before the Cleveland conference. Phyllis shared the news with me during the conference, but asked that I not publicize it.

Phyllis did a lot of work, with Nancy Holden, over the past month to perpetuate our educational offerings, and more information will be shared in the coming days. 

But for now, we join together in great sadness and mourning for someone who dedicated so much of herself to the broader Jewish genealogical community.

I last spoke to Phyllis a few days ago, and last saw her a couple of weeks ago. She was an extremely loyal friend, mentor and role model to me personally, and I know that she will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us.

More information will be shared, including what we can do to honor Phyllis’ memory, in the days ahead.

With tears.
Avrami

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Avraham Groll

Executive Director

JewishGen.org

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Avraham Groll

Executive Director

JewishGen.org

Edmond J. Safra Plaza | 36 Battery Place | New York, NY | 10280

646.437.4326 agroll@...

Visit us at JewishGen.org

Avraham Groll
 
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Dear JewishGen Community,
The following message was distributed via email earlier this evening. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a gift in memory of Phyllis by clicking here. When donation, please also provide any experiences or memories you have of Phyllis. We will share the comments with Phyllis' family.
Avraham
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On Friday, September 6, 2019, Phyllis Kramer, long-time volunteer and Director of Education for JewishGen.org, passed away after a brief illness.

Following her retirement from IBM, Phyllis devoted nearly three decades supporting JewishGen’s important work. She taught thousands of students, and provided personal research assistance to the many people who sought her advice and guidance. A search of our Discussion Forums will reveal many hundreds of questions to which Phyllis responded.

A compassionate and courageous woman, Phyllis chose not to publicize her health situation. Instead, she continued lecturing at conferences, and teaching classes until she could no longer do so. Her advice, big-picture thinking, and strategic planning, helped pave the way for successful fundraising campaigns, content acquisition, and volunteer engagement.

In coordination with her family, we have established the Phyllis Kramer, Z'L, Memorial Fund, which will be used to help advance JewishGen's educational efforts, and the very critical work that will continue to define Phylis' legacy for many years to come.

If you would like to make a donation in Phyllis' honor, please click here.

With great sadness,

Avraham Groll
Executive Director
JewishGen.org