December 27, 2007
(Page 2 - Previous Page)She also volunteered and served on the board of two other JCPS organizations: Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center and Beit T'Shuvah, of which she was a founding member.
Ledeen had a strong interest in Esperanto and was an active member of the Universal Esperanto Association. She traveled throughout the world to attend international conferences, according to her grandnephew, Larry Tashman of Pasadena.
Ledeen's mother, Esther Weinstein, was instrumental in founding Temple Beth Israel after relocating from Boston. She rounded up other Jewish families in the Highland Park area, eventually convincing them that "di kinder darfn hobn a talmud toyre" ("the children need a religious school").
The synagogue, first called the Highland Park Hebrew School Association, was formed in 1923 and moved into its present location on Monte Vista Avenue in 1930, currently the oldest congregation in Los Angeles to continually hold Shabbat and High Holy Day services in its original building.
Ledeen, preceded in death by her husband, Hyman and stepson, Howard Ledeen, is survived by three stepchildren and multiple grandnieces and grandnephews and their offspring.
Funeral services took place at Beth Olam Cemetery on Nov. 30, and a memorial service was held at Beit T'Shuvah on Dec. 19.
The family asks that donations be made to Temple Beth Israel, 5711 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles, CA 90042 or to Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, 1891 Effie St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.
-- Jane Ulman, Contributing Editor
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