Remembering the Contributions of Sandy Isenstein

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We mourn the September 1 passing of Sandra June Isenstein, president of Women’s American ORT from 1991-95, member of the Board of the Directors of ORT America and an officer of the World ORT Union.

Sandy leaves a rich philanthropic legacy driven by her advocacy for technical skills and literacy, international human rights and women’s issues. Born in 1928 in Chicago, Sandy graduated from Stanford University, where she majored in journalism.  She became active in Women’s American ORT, serving as the Midwest president and leading delegations to ORT schools and programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Iran, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Russia and Uruguay.  As a member of an ORT delegation to Russia in 2000, Sandy participated in the rededication of an ORT school in St. Petersburg. Devoted to the ORT mission of empowering individuals through education and training, to the arts and women’s rights for over four decades, Sandy’s support of this organization helped advance its life-transforming work, and has left a lasting legacy.

Sandy is survived by her husband of 66 years, Marvin Isenstein, by her daughter Betsy and sons Mark, Burton, and Joel, and by grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  May her memory be a blessing and may her dedication to our work continue to inspire others.  Donations in Sandy’s memory can be made to ORT America.