CSEE is saddened to share that our long-time and beloved board member, Jane Rechtman, passed away March 3rd at her home with her family by her side.
In addition to her eight years of board service, Jane was very involved in the CSEE educator community. When we first met her, she was a teacher at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Many of you may remember her from a summer institute, an AAR meeting, or a character development event. She also co-authored CSEE’s Readings from the World’s Religious Traditions in 2002, a textbook widely used by religion teachers.
Jane was a true champion for this work, and her inspiration and optimism were not diminished by her recent journey with illness. Even in her last year, her efforts on behalf of CSEE and other organizations dear to her, were tireless. We are grateful for her energetic networking, her keen research, thoughtful input and challenges, and warm companionship. Her spirit and energy will remain as an example for all of us at CSEE.
CSEE’s Board Chair, Ray Levi, shared “The world is a far emptier place with Jane’s absence. But our lives and those of generations of learners of all ages are far richer for having been touched by Jane’s deep knowledge, optimism and energy, and commitment to finding and nurturing the divine spark that lies within each of us!”
We are honored that Jane and her family have included CSEE as one of the organizations to donate to on her behalf. If you’d like to make a contribution, you can do so here. Other organizations that the family has recommended for donations include the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the Ossining Food Pantry, and the Ossining Children’s Center.