Helene passed away on the morning of February 8 at home in Brooklyn. She was 76. Helene is survived by her husband Jeffrey Gold PhD, her son Gabriel Gold, and his wife Isabelle as well as by her two precious grandchildren, Julius, who is seven, and Arthur, who is four. All are members of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.
Helene grew up in Camden, N.J. and spent much of her adult life in Seattle, Washington. For 26 years, she was the director of a regional anti-poverty program. She then started her own management consulting business where she traveled nationally for 11 years as a consultant. She proudly consulted with a variety of entities like the East Coast Migrant Coalition, the Los Angeles School District, West Palm Beach County government and others. Helene was also a gifted and passionate artist, spending her retirement years painting and making jewelry. Several of her paintings were selected to be featured in art shows nationally. She loved to play board games, watch and read British mysteries and particularly loved to dance.
Helene and Jeffrey moved to Brooklyn in 2015 to be closer to family. Immediately upon arriving, Helene became deeply involved in the BHS community, beginning with a synagogue trip to Cuba, and eventually becoming co-chair of the membership committee and the instigator of countless synagogue programs and even more friendships. Participating in and using her limitless energies to enhance the BHS community was of paramount importance to her.
Helene was an utterly unique, fiercely spirited and infinitely generous wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.
A funeral will be officiated by Rabbi Lippe and Cantor Porzecanski and held on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 11:30am at Sherman's Flatbush Memorial Chapel- 1283 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Burial will follow at Maimonides Elmont Cemetery- 90 Elmont Road, Elmont, NY.
Helene gave this very endearing talk as part of BHS's Yom Kippur service just last fall.