Always Up Front
Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein By Myrna Katz Frommer
From the time she followed her big brother to kindergarten and got herself accepted a year ahead of time, Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein has pursued her goals with pluck, verve, and determination. In this forthright and engaging memoir, Helen looks through a lens that encompasses most of the last century and moves into the present one, telling the story Always Up Front. More Below
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Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein
Myrna Katz Frommer
From the time she followed her big brother to kindergarten and got herself accepted a year ahead of time, Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein has pursued her goals with pluck, verve, and determination. In this forthright and engaging memoir, Helen looks through a lens that encompasses most of the last century and moves into the present one, telling the story Always Up Front.
As president of Womens League for Conservative Judaism and a leader in the Jewish organizational world the author encountered such figures as Nelson Rockefeller, Golda Meir, Abraham Heschel, David Ben-Gurion, Teddy Kollek, Arthur Goldberg, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and involvement in such events as the creation and development of the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement, the Feminist Movement and its impact on Conservative Judaism, and open admissions policies in higher education were consequences of that MOVE and are described here with vivid recall.
Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein was for many years a speech professor at the City University of New York. She lectured on Jewish observance and culture throughout the United States and was a leading figure in Conservative Judaism. Her endowment of the Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair of Practical Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America is her ongoing legacy, pairing her belief in the importance of communication skills with her lifelong commitment to Conservative Judaism.
Myrna Katz Frommer is the coauthor of the oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, and It Happened in Manhattan. Her articles, many of which focus on Jewish history, life, and culture throughout the world, have appeared in Haaretz, the New York Times, Midstream, the Forward, and the Jewish Monthly. She holds a Ph.D. in communications and is a professor at Dartmouth College, teaching in the Master of Liberal Studies program.
Critic Reviews: Abstract: Always Up Front follows Helen's exciting full life, which began in 1912. We see her as a child, young mother, middle aged and finally elderly woman, through different parts of the US and to Israel. We see her through her gains as well as her losses (the people she loved in her life). We learn about the lives of her children too. Her accomplishments have included various leadership positions in Women's, World and Jewish key organizations and met prime leaders in the Jewish world, including Prime Ministers and Mayors. She took a lead role in the Feminist Movement and engineered its role in Conservative Judaism. Other topics covered are intermarriage; abortion; divorce – subjects way ahead of her time. Such matters prove that Helen's determination, combined with her acceptance of modern changes in the world, are what ultimately made this accomplished lady into the successful visionary she was. Objective:To preserve the life and legacy of Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein and tell the story of a fascinating lady. Comments:It was her teaching that got her through these trials: 'When I came back to school after the shiva I walked into the room, took a look at the students sitting there expectantly, and impulsively I told them how helpful teaching them had been to me at a time when I was so pained.' Use:Personal reading; for those who want to learn about Women's organizations.
- Data Jem, Jewish Agency, 2005
A memorably vivid self-portrait of a remarkable woman of, taste and talent, flair and faith, charm and charity. Though inner directed and strong willed, Helen never stopped learning and growing. Ismar Schorsch Chancellor Jewish Theological Seminary