Eileen Smith Kaufman was born in Welsh, Louisiana--a Jewish child with little Jewish communal life. After marriage at a young age and four toddlers, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. She became a preschool teacher and quickly bonded with the children. She was shy and unable to accept responsibilities in adult organizations like Hadassah and Sisterhood. Gradually, members in Hadassahs Greater Pittsburgh group gently encouraged her to become a leader. Until her early, untimely death, she publicly gave credit to Hadassah members who had confidence in her and guided her growth. She became president of her Hadassah chapter as well as Beth Israel Center, a small conservative congregation in Pittsburgh area.
[Submitted by Estelle Herlick Weissburg, one of many friends she had. I knew her, her husband and family for many years. If she were alive today, she would quickly give credit to Hadassah members who helped her grow as a leader.]