Chantelle Meckenstock

The news of Mrs Smith’s passing filled me with great sadness. Memories of her came flooding back, like it was yesterday that I sat at Bethany and the quiet places of the Holocaust Centre, watching the many milestones of the vision of Tikkum Olam unfolding.

I remember all the hand-written notes and letters she wrote. It was so personal and full of amazing updates of all that is happening.

She took a personal interest in my journey to become a better educator and provided opportunities for a more meaningful and fulfilling purpose with my training.

Her thoughtfulness and love was in all the details and personal touches which created those welcoming experiences for each person, school and group that came through the gates of Beth shalom made an indelible impression on me.

I am forever grateful to Mrs Smith for joining the dots, and sharing that space, time, and friendship. The world will not be the same without her.