All of Yael’s friends are invited to join her family at her unveiling at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery at 11:00 AM on Sunday August 20, 2017 with lunch following the service at the synagogue.
Yael passed away at home last year on May 27, 2016 surrounded by her family.
She was born and raised in Israel. Coming from humble beginnings, she then moved to Winnipeg with her new husband Yehuda in the winter of 1969. The intention was to only stay a couple of years; however Yael quickly made lifelong friends and embraced all that the city had to offer. Whether it was the cultural diversity, the arts and music or simply recognizing the special friendly energy, it made her want to call Winnipeg home.
Yael had an intuitive intelligence, a genuine warmth and generosity of spirit and was internally motivated to DO good and help others in any way she could. She uplifted those around her with her bright smile and positivity, and gave countless hours over many years to volunteering. By giving people her full attention, she made them feel special. Although she was not overtly religious, she had a profound respect for the values and morals of Judaism and offering these things to those around her was her practice.
Most essentially, Yael was devoted to being an amazing mother and bubi. Always supportive, attentive, accepting, and totally fun loving! No pushover, she was easily the one in charge and always had bits of wise and helpful advice to offer when asked. By example, she instilled in us all a deep respect for life and an appreciation for what is truly important… the little things that make life beautiful. She could marvel at a single flower, find delight in the nieghbourhood bunnies, and be completely enthralled by the symphony, ballet or theatre. She was a friendly supporter of all things creative and made for the best audience. Her favourite place to take it all in was Hawaii where she and Yehuda spent the winters. Full of what is called Aloha spirit, she never took the beauty or privilege of being there for granted. We’re just so glad she got her final wish, to be there all together – her husband, kids & grandkids – one last time in February 2016. She taught us all that everyday is a good day to be alive.
Whether you were a part of her family, a friend, someone she volunteered to help or a stranger she bumped into… Yael’s smile and consideration made your day better. Thank you Yael, we love you and miss you dearly.