“Sometimes I wondered what her life
outside of cycling was like, because all she seemed to do was cycle.
do know that your daughter was deeply admired and loved by her
friends and we will miss her greatly. Perhaps the greatest contribution
someone can make to their friends, family, and colleagues is to
inspire others to be great. Nancy was such an inspiration.”
IT IS NOT UNCOMMON to meet people who, by virtue of what they
have accomplished or by the way they conduct themselves on a
basis, have earned the admiration, approbation, and love of those
they associate with. What is very uncommon, however, is to meet
somebody evoking these feelings across such a broad spectrum
of society, as Nancy did. She earned the admiration, approbation,
and love of all those who knew her by being a devoted friend
family member and by doing the little things that matter on a
daily basis. She was true to herself and to her ideals. She was
when she was needed, and she made a difference in people’s
lives, even casual acquaintances.
In a phrase, Nancy was, quite simply, a beacon
of light for the many of us who knew her. Through the words of
this book, we hope
she will be the same for you, and will be a source of inspiration
when you find yourself in a difficult situation or when you see
somebody who can use some help. We like to think that although
Nancy is no longer with us in body, her spirit lives on. The
example she set by just being herself will continue to guide
us, and as
a result she will forever be a part of our lives.
But Nancy lives on in another sense. With the help
of family and friends, we have donated a much-needed ambulance
to the greater
Bet Shemesh, Israel area and have contributed thousands of dollars
to needy families in both the United States and Israel. We have
also established and provide continuous support to the learning
of Torah via a kollel for advanced students, and we are in the
process of building a bet medrash and synagogue in Ramat Bet
In addition, we have commissioned the writing of a Sefer
Torah in Nancy’s memory.
In order to continue these activities and perpetuate
memory we have established the Nancy Morgenstern
Memorial Fund. It is our strong feeling that this fund, dedicated
and supporting of the sick and needy and furthering her Jewish
heritage, is the embodiment of all that she stood for.
You can learn more about the Nancy Morgenstern
Memorial Fund’s mission on this Web site.