The Story of My Aunt Shirley

My Aunt Shirley passed away a few weeks ago. She was my father’s sister. My dad died over 25 years ago. It’s just us now. If you think about the family tree, it’s my cousins and sisters and I that are now the living matriarchs and patriarchs on the Gershun side. That’s a lot of responsibility.

My daughter, Malina, and Aunt Shirley from our visit in 2012.

Aunt Shirley was certainly a matriarch and a hero. I am so proud to have been raised in a family of people who stand up for human rights and do the right thing. Please read this great article about how she helped persecuted Jews in the Soviet Union in the 1970’s.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Martha Gershun
    May 06, 2017 @ 18:11:52

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story about our Aunt Shirley!


  2. Dolores
    May 06, 2017 @ 21:43:20



  3. Melanie Rabiroff
    May 07, 2017 @ 01:59:47

    Dear Lori…This is such a beautiful and touching story! Your Aunt was a true example of Tik’un Olam…She changed the world…one person at a time….As we all continue the fight to RESIST inequity and ignorance in today’s world…the story of your Aunt’s bravery and devotion to social justice will serve as an inspiration and HOPE….With love and warmest shaloha, Melanie Rabiroff xo


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