Nov. 28, 1938-Jan. 29, 2013
Judy Arlene Podolsky, in Ashland, Ore., on Jan. 29, 2013 at age 74.
Born Nov. 28, 1938 in Chicago, Ill., Judy moved to California in 1965 with her husband Joe Podolsky, and her first child, Jill. While in Chicago, Judy was a social worker. After the birth of her second child, Joni, she began her work as a Jewish educator by teaching Sunday school at Congregation Beth Am and became a certified Jewish educator. She worked at Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, Temple Sinai in Oakland and religious schools in Austin and Seattle. With a love for music, Judy went back to school and received a minor in choral directing so she could bring music into the lives of the children and adults at her temples.
Judy was passionate about Judaism, education, children, music and the arts. She inspired many people throughout her life, and left a lasting mark on the many kids she taught in Sunday School and with whom she worked as a Jewish Educator. Most recently she lived in Ashland, where she inspired a whole new group of people in her temple there.
Surviving her are her daughters Jill and Joni Podolsky, her sister Lynne Aronson and brother-in-law Mark Aronson.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 12PM at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA.
Donations to Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland, or SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) in Ashland (getsmartoregon.org).