Dear Mr. And Mrs. Morgenstern,
I first met Nancy on Simchat
Torah in 1990 at a meal on the Upper West Side. I was living at home
in Canada, had just graduated
from college and decided
to go to New York for Simchat Torah. My cousin, who was living on the Upper
West Side at the time, was having a meal for his friends, so he invited me.
I went to the meal not knowing anyone (except of course, my cousin). There
were probably fifteen to twenty people at this meal, all of whom were close
friends. I remember being very nervous and shy and no one talking to me at
first. Everyone pretty much ignored me—except for Nancy. She was the
first person to introduce herself to me and chat with me. She was so friendly
and warm to me. She then introduced me to everyone in the apartment and made
sure to include me in the conversation—which for a shy person like myself
is pretty much the nicest thing you could do.
In 1992, I moved to New York and through
the years I saw Nancy in shul, occasionally at kiddushes and
meals, and out at night
with common friends. She was always
kind, friendly, and happy to see me. Although we were not close, I considered
her a special person because of the kindness she showed to me back in 1990.
I always enjoyed seeing her and talking to her because of her enthusiasm for
life and for new and interesting challenges. She always had a smile on her
In all truthfulness, I bet she wouldn’t
even remember that particular Simchat Torah meal. She probably
would be amazed that I thought it was such
an incredible thing that she did, mostly because I really think it was just
her nature to be warm and friendly. But it really was a great thing she did
and I have never forgotten it. I never really brought up the experience with
her to see if she remembered it the way I do, but I will always remember her
charm and her easy-going nature that day. She will truly be missed.