Jane Elkin

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Jane Elkin, 96, died Wednesday afternoon at Menorah Park. Jane was a life resident of Syracuse. Jane was devoted to three things: Her family, her faith, and her students.

Jane spent her lifetime teaching in the Liverpool public schools, especially at Nate Perry Elementary School, touching some families across two generations. As “Momma Bear and her Cubs” she set a standard for what a classical classroom education can and should look like, which is emulated even today.

That love of learning and teaching was extended into the Jewish community as she took a leadership role in so many different organizations. She was an integral part of the small Jewish community in North Syracuse, helping to organize and lead their school. She was a counselor and advisor for Young Judea. She was committed to Temple Beth El, serving as a leader on their Board, and single handedly available to crochet any number of custom Yarmulkas for whatever Simcha was at hand. Jane was a passionate supporter of Hadassah, and made as many trips to Israel and her years allowed. She and
her sister Libbie Eisen z”l were devoted and dedicated members of the Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association, lovingly respresenting the Workman’s Circle Cemetery for many years.

And, then there was her family, the reason she lived as she did. Jane was devoted to her parents, Abe and Dora and forever bound to her sister Libbie. Her memory was like a steel trap when it came to who was related to whom and how; and her heart was extended to each as her own. She survived for many of these last years as that love was returned in kind by her devoted cousins Joe (Dale) Roth and their family, and Elaine (Dr. Lewis) Dubroff and their family, and from afar by her nephew Rabbi Robert (Debby) Eisen, her grand nephew Alex (Carly) Eisen and the most recent arrival, her great grand niece Reese Brie Eisen.

Special thanks is extended to everyone at Menorah Park. Jane was the third generation of her family who was tended to by their caring hands.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Hadassah, or Menorah Park.

Graveside Funeral Services will be in Beth El Cemetery for the immediate family.

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