REMEMBERING PAST TAS SISTERHOOD and WRJ-PD PRESIDENT ELLEN A. POLLACK
Ellen A. Pollack was born July 9, 1951. She and her husband, Roger,moved to California because she hated the cold winters at home. They landed in the San Fernando Valley.Roger worked in a furniture store and Ellen raised their three children, Randall, and the twins, Katie and Rich. When the kids were older, she became the director of an after-school daycare program for children with working parents.
The Pollack family joined Temple Ahavat Shalom in the 1980s. In order to make friends in her new community, Ellen joined the Sisterhood.She moved right up the ladder of leadership and served as Sisterhood President from 1992-1994, and co-President with Sharon Weiss from 1994-1995. Her mentor, Esther Saritzky, z''l, saw her potential and urged her to become a WRJ-Pacific District (WRJ-PD) area director.
She served as an area director and vice president, and then as WRJ-PD president from 2004-2006. She also served several terms on the WRJ Executive Committee. She acted as as the Local Arrangements chair of the 2007 Convention in San Diego, the year of the publication of the Torah: A Women's Commentary. Wherever Ellen went she made friends -- she loved people. She always wanted to be in the know -- every little detail, please! And she hated it when her term of service was over because she really missed the opportunity to be with her friends across the country.
Ellen passed away August 14, 2018, from cancer.She will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her laughter and joy in living. She will be especially missed by her children and grandchildren, Leila and Nathaniel, Ruben and Alana.They were the absolute joy of her life!
A gold full page ad will be placed in the 2018 WRJ-PD Convention eTribute book listing the names of everyone who makes a contribution to WRJ-PD in Ellen's name. To make a tribute go to https://www.wrjpacific.org/tributes.html
Ellen's children have set up a GoFundMe page, accepting donations to defray the funeral expenses. To donate go to: https://www.gofundme.com/ellen-pollack-memorial-fund
May her memory be for a blessing.
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