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Fayge Feder from Woodmere, NY wrote on June 3, 2004:
Nancy'd old roommate, Stephanie, told me about this site. I met Nancy in college and I am racking my brain to think of one memory I have of Nancy not smiling. Not possible. She always had that warm smile. I am so sorry for your deep loss. It continues to shock us and pain our hearts every day.
Nancy'd old roommate, Stephanie, told me about this site. I met Nancy in college and I am racking my brain to think of one memory I have of Nancy not smiling. Not possible. She always had that warm smile. I am so sorry for your deep loss. It continues to shock us and pain our hearts every day.
Susan Moyer wrote on June 3, 2004:
Dear Mr. Morgenstern,I would love a copy of the book you and your wife wrote in honor of Nancy. What a wonderful tribute to your daughter.I was so pleased to finally meet Nancy in person the week before Sept 11th while visiting the New York office of Cantor on business. She was always so great to work with when she worked at T-Zell, and I will never forget how she made a girls weekend with my clients in Palm Beach so special by arranging for the Four Seasons to upgrade us to their suite!! It was no surprise that Timmy wanted to hire her!! I know how happy she was to be working with him and the whole gang at Cantor.I opened an office for Cantor in San Francisco in January of 1997. I actually worked in the New York office for Cantor from 1991-1994. I miss everyone so much!I... Read more
Dear Mr. Morgenstern,

I would love a copy of the book you and your wife wrote in honor of Nancy. What a wonderful tribute to your daughter.

I was so pleased to finally meet Nancy in person the week before Sept 11th while visiting the New York office of Cantor on business. She was always so great to work with when she worked at T-Zell, and I will never forget how she made a girls weekend with my clients in Palm Beach so special by arranging for the Four Seasons to upgrade us to their suite!! It was no surprise that Timmy wanted to hire her!! I know how happy she was to be working with him and the whole gang at Cantor.

I opened an office for Cantor in San Francisco in January of 1997. I actually worked in the New York office for Cantor from 1991-1994. I miss everyone so much!

I thought you would also enjoy hearing that while in the locker room of my gym here in San Francisco I ended up in a conversation with a woman that somehow led to telling her of my employment with Cantor. She immediately asked me if I knew Nancy and told me of her bike expedition, that I believe was in the Napa Valley, and how she managed to stay on track while adhering to her religious beliefs. Obviously her zest for life and her dedication to her faith has touched people across the country.

I hope you and your wife are doing well and have found some comfort in writing this tribute to Nancy's memory.

Sincerely,

Susan Moyer
Stephanie Levy-Grozovsky from nyc wrote on June 2, 2004:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Morgenstern,I recently received and read through the tribute that you have put together to honor Nancy's life. A day did not go by when I didn't think of Nancy.About ten years ago, I lived with Nancy and Nicole for a couple of years. I have such fond memories of those years. I can still hear Nancy's excited voice on her way into the apartment, her huge smile and some funny story about what had just happened to her.I remember Nancy's hours of rollerblading around the park, the numerous hours she spent at the gym and the exciting vacation plans. I remember the celebrity date she had with ABC's Dr. Jay Adlersberg and how excited we all were to hear about it. I think about Nancy waking early before work to daven in the living room. I remember the cereal she ate for dinner, the chicken cutlets... Read more
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Morgenstern,

I recently received and read through the tribute that you have put together to honor Nancy's life. A day did not go by when I didn't think of Nancy.

About ten years ago, I lived with Nancy and Nicole for a couple of years. I have such fond memories of those years. I can still hear Nancy's excited voice on her way into the apartment, her huge smile and some funny story about what had just happened to her.

I remember Nancy's hours of rollerblading around the park, the numerous hours she spent at the gym and the exciting vacation plans. I remember the celebrity date she had with ABC's Dr. Jay Adlersberg and how excited we all were to hear about it. I think about Nancy waking early before work to daven in the living room. I remember the cereal she ate for dinner, the chicken cutlets rolled with broccoli that she shared. I still use her recipe.

Nancy and I were not in touch over the years, but we ran into each other from time to time, my husband Ilya and I were always excited to hear about her latest trips. We did not know until now that Nancy was such an accomplished racer. She had taken her first cycling trip while we lived together. It is beautiful to see the close friendships that blossomed with her teammates.

I have learned so much more about Nancy Morgenstern through this book. I am also so impressed and not surprised to read of how many lives Nancy has touched. You have created a beautiful tribute to her life. I was brought to tears while reading your letter to Nancy and I can't imagine the pain and loss your family has experienced. You should feel very proud to have raised such a wonderful daughter and are blessed to have had such a close relationship with her.

I am honored to have received this book.

Thank you.

Stephanie
Debi (Basch) Rudensky from Lawrence,NY wrote on June 1, 2004:
On Friday I received your beautiful gift. I started to read it & before I knew it, I was finished as tears were streaming down my face.Nancy was a big part of my high school experience. She was always giggling. Whenever I think of her she is still giggling!!It was fascinating reading about her avid passion for skiing & bicycling. She was so dedicated & successful & so admired in her circles. So few people have dreams that they actually can pursue & it sounded like Nancy was living out her dream everyday of her life.I know how much her family meant to her, how she respected & loved you all so much. May Hashem grant you strength to go on & to know Nancy is up in shamayim still smiling.
On Friday I received your beautiful gift. I started to read it & before I knew it, I was finished as tears were streaming down my face.

Nancy was a big part of my high school experience. She was always giggling. Whenever I think of her she is still giggling!!It was fascinating reading about her avid passion for skiing & bicycling. She was so dedicated & successful & so admired in her circles. So few people have dreams that they actually can pursue & it sounded like Nancy was living out her dream everyday of her life.

I know how much her family meant to her, how she respected & loved you all so much. May Hashem grant you strength to go on & to know Nancy is up in shamayim still smiling.
Joan Motyka wrote on June 1, 2004:
HarveyI have just finished reading your moving -- and so evocative -- book about your beloved Nancy. By the end, I felt enriched by knowing her even if it was only through these blessed and too-short pages. They are a remarkable tribute. We should all be so loved. Thank you.
Harvey

I have just finished reading your moving -- and so evocative -- book about your beloved Nancy. By the end, I felt enriched by knowing her even if it was only through these blessed and too-short pages. They are a remarkable tribute. We should all be so loved.

Thank you.
Dr. Gary and Judy Abberbock from Brooklyn, NY wrote on June 1, 2004:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Morgenstern:Thank you so much for giving us a copy of the memorial tribute that was compiled for your daughter Nancy, of blessed memory. Although we have known your family for years, we never knew Nancy well. Thank you for enriching us with a vivid portrait of her dynamic life: short in years but overflowing with a zest for living, compassion and caring, and a dedication to her faith. Yehi Zichrah Baruch.Dr. Gary and Judy Abberbock"
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Morgenstern:

Thank you so much for giving us a copy of the memorial tribute that was compiled for your daughter Nancy, of blessed memory. Although we have known your family for years, we never knew Nancy well. Thank you for enriching us with a vivid portrait of her dynamic life: short in years but overflowing with a zest for living, compassion and caring, and a dedication to her faith. Yehi Zichrah Baruch.

Dr. Gary and Judy Abberbock"
Sari (Polansky)Drazin from Montreal wrote on June 1, 2004:
Dear Mr & Mrs Morgenstern,I just received the book today and I have already read most of it while shedding many tears and also smiling. Thank you so much for sending my husband Shlomo and I the book-such a beautiful tribute to someone so special and missed by so many people. I met Nancy in Machon Gold and that's where we became friends. I actually remember spending one Shabbos Nachamu with you at your bungalow colony-Do you remember a bunch of us getting there when it was just about shabbos? and then shabbos afternoon we walked over to the Browns hotel to check out the scene. Shlomo and I both used to hang out and share good times with Nancy on the West Side (I lived in James Tower until I got married in 93. Nancy danced at our wedding). Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the letters... Read more
Dear Mr & Mrs Morgenstern,

I just received the book today and I have already read most of it while shedding many tears and also smiling. Thank you so much for sending my husband Shlomo and I the book-such a beautiful tribute to someone so special and missed by so many people.

I met Nancy in Machon Gold and that's where we became friends. I actually remember spending one Shabbos Nachamu with you at your bungalow colony-Do you remember a bunch of us getting there when it was just about shabbos? and then shabbos afternoon we walked over to the Browns hotel to check out the scene. Shlomo and I both used to hang out and share good times with Nancy on the West Side (I lived in James Tower until I got married in 93. Nancy danced at our wedding).

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the letters from so many people that were touched by Nancy. I now cherish her memory even more knowing what a true difference she made in so many peoples lives. I feel honored to have known her and have learned many lessons from her wonderful characteristics.

Warmest Regards,

Sari (Polansky) Drazin
Alyssa wrote on May 31, 2004:
Nancy and I met in high school when we went on a ski trip together to Vermont. We were friends ever since that trip. Nancy was fun and we both enjoyed traveling. We went to California twice in one summer together all on free tickets as well as a free hotel stay which she was happy to share. We hung out together often in the city with a group of friends. Years later I moved out of New York for almost five years and we kept in touch sporadically and later when I moved back to New York (before making Aliyah) we had her over for a couple of shabbat meals and I saw her on several occasions. When she was thinking of switching to Cantor we talked about it for a while since I had been working in finance for years. I saw Nancy last one night while walking... Read more
Nancy and I met in high school when we went on a ski trip together to Vermont. We were friends ever since that trip. Nancy was fun and we both enjoyed traveling. We went to California twice in one summer together all on free tickets as well as a free hotel stay which she was happy to share. We hung out together often in the city with a group of friends. Years later I moved out of New York for almost five years and we kept in touch sporadically and later when I moved back to New York (before making Aliyah) we had her over for a couple of shabbat meals and I saw her on several occasions. When she was thinking of switching to Cantor we talked about it for a while since I had been working in finance for years. I saw Nancy last one night while walking late one Saturday night on Broadway. She had seen me walking by (she was in a restaurant) and she ran out to the street to talk and we talked for a while. I can still hear her laugh often and see her smile regularly. I miss her.

Nancy also went to see my husband, Mark Loebenberg, who is an Orthopaedic surgeon when she had injured herself while riding. She told me several times she needed to make an appointment with him but wanted to wait until after a big race. She was nervous he would tell her to skip the race and she was determined to race.

Your book is a wonderful tribute to the vivacious friendliness, endless enthusiasm, and compassionate concern which made Nancy such a treasured part of so many of our lives.

Alyssa

Alyssa A. Ehrman
Mark I. Loebenberg


anonymous wrote on May 28, 2004:
I just wanted to compliment you on the excellent book you have put together. To be perfectly honest, I have not finished the book at this point but I intend to do so this week. You don't know who I am but you gave a copy of the book to my parents and I borrowed it from them to read. It took a lot of courage to begin to put this wonderful book together and I applaud you for doing it. I must admit to you that you have taught me a great lesson. The lesson of cherishing a relationship between parents and their child. This is one lesson I never picked up in Yeshiva or anywhere else. I know the lesson will now stay with me for the rest of my life and I thank you for that. I know it was the opposite situation in your case but... Read more
I just wanted to compliment you on the excellent book you have put together. To be perfectly honest, I have not finished the book at this point but I intend to do so this week. You don't know who I am but you gave a copy of the book to my parents and I borrowed it from them to read. It took a lot of courage to begin to put this wonderful book together and I applaud you for doing it. I must admit to you that you have taught me a great lesson. The lesson of cherishing a relationship between parents and their child. This is one lesson I never picked up in Yeshiva or anywhere else. I know the lesson will now stay with me for the rest of my life and I thank you for that. I know it was the opposite situation in your case but I have now started to appreciate my parents and realize the sacrifices they have made to make sure that I had what I needed. I hope you understand how I was able to learn this from your book. May you and your family only know of joy and happiness in the future.
David Sinai from Miami, FL wrote on May 24, 2004:
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern:Thank you for sending me a copy of Nancy's book. I've read the book from cover to cover and have encouraged my wife to do so as well. As new parents, both my wife and I would be very proud to see our daughter grow up with the same passion for life, commitment to Judaism, and respect and admirmation from friends that Nancy had. David Sinai
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern:
Thank you for sending me a copy of Nancy's book. I've read the book from cover to cover and have encouraged my wife to do so as well. As new parents, both my wife and I would be very proud to see our daughter grow up with the same passion for life, commitment to Judaism, and respect and admirmation from friends that Nancy had.

David Sinai
Tali Smith (nee Epstein) from NJ wrote on May 24, 2004:
Thank you for sending me the beautiful memorial book for Nancy (AH). Like many I too read the book from cover to cover when I received it. At times it made me cry but it also made me laugh as I remembered all the fun times I had with your daughter.Nancy and I met on the Upper West Side sometime after I had moved to the City in 1993. I think Elana Schwartz may have introduced us. We became friendly and spent lots of time jogging or biking in Central Park. In fact here's a piece of the puzzle that you may not have had -- I was the one who introduced Nancy to biking! I had received a bike in law school and schlepped it to the City with me determined to stay in shape. The first time Nancy and I rode together she had to borrow a bike... Read more
Thank you for sending me the beautiful memorial book for Nancy (AH). Like many I too read the book from cover to cover when I received it. At times it made me cry but it also made me laugh as I remembered all the fun times I had with your daughter.

Nancy and I met on the Upper West Side sometime after I had moved to the City in 1993. I think Elana Schwartz may have introduced us. We became friendly and spent lots of time jogging or biking in Central Park. In fact here's a piece of the puzzle that you may not have had -- I was the one who introduced Nancy to biking! I had received a bike in law school and schlepped it to the City with me determined to stay in shape. The first time Nancy and I rode together she had to borrow a bike from some guy in her building. Needless to say the frame was way too big for her but she took it all in stride. Over time I lost interest in biking (after all I was only a casual biker-- once or twice around the park and I was ready to call it quits) and Nancy went on to become this biking superstar!

In addition to biking together Nancy also introduced me to one of her friends at Cantor Samantha Fahey who later became my roommate for a year. Your daughter and I had some really good times together either partying in New York or in West Palm Beach where she was able to swing an expense-paid hotel stay at the Four Seasons for the two of us.

I think of Nancy a lot. As I flip through my rolodex in my office on an almost daily basis I often come across her card. I can't bear to take it out. For me as long as I keep that card in the rolodex Nancy will always be with us.

I think it is wonderful what you are doing to perpetuate her memory through good works but I can tell you that it would be impossible for anyone who met Nancy to ever forget her. She was just that kind of person that leaves her mark on you forever.

Fondly

Tali
Schubin Family wrote on May 21, 2004:
After reading the book the entire Schubin family was very touched.
After reading the book the entire Schubin family was very touched.
Aryeh & Yudit Eytan from Ramat Bet Shemesh , Israel wrote on May 20, 2004:
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern,I received a copy of the book from your son-in-law Avi, and I read it from cover to cover the same evening. It was fascinating to get to know Nancy through the stories and I was especially moved by her unique charming and giving nature and above all by her unshaking dedictaion to her faith in the most unlikely situations.My husband and I as active members of the Pnei Shmuel and RBS community are ever grateful for your generosity and philanthropy which has been a cornerstone in building up our community, our Bet Midrash and in supporting Torah learning.May G-d grant you comfort in the knowledge that in the merit of these great deeds Nancy's zl soul will be elevated and her spirit lives on with us. With much appreciation Aryeh and Yudit Eytan
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern,

I received a copy of the book from your son-in-law Avi, and I read it from cover to cover the same evening. It was fascinating to get to know Nancy through the stories and I was especially moved by her unique charming and giving nature and above all by her unshaking dedictaion to her faith in the most unlikely situations.

My husband and I as active members of the Pnei Shmuel and RBS community are ever grateful for your generosity and philanthropy which has been a cornerstone in building up our community, our Bet Midrash and in supporting Torah learning.

May G-d grant you comfort in the knowledge that in the merit of these great deeds Nancy's zl soul will be elevated and her spirit lives on with us.


With much appreciation

Aryeh and Yudit Eytan
Jane wrote on May 20, 2004:
Dear Harvey and Suri,Your beautiful memorial to Nancy arrived today. What a wonderful tribute...No daughter could be more loved.Fondly,Jane
Dear Harvey and Suri,

Your beautiful memorial to Nancy arrived today. What a wonderful tribute...
No daughter could be more loved.

Fondly,
Jane
a friend wrote on May 20, 2004:
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern,I had heard that Nancy was a special person and an avid cyclist but I was overwhelmed by what I have read. I am envious (sorry, there's no other word) that she had so many strong relationships with so many diverse people. The testimonials are some of the most profound and touching reminiscences I have ever read. After reading them I am determined to be a better father, husband, friend and Jew.One obsession that Nancy and I now have in common is cycling. I started riding seriously about two years ago and because I work near Central Park (at 57th and Broadway), I'm fortunate to ride about 100 miles a week there. I have worked hard at it, really immersing myself in the training, the gear, the culture; aspects of cycling only dedicated cyclists can appreciate. Moreover, being a frum man I can appreciate how extraordinarily... Read more
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Morgenstern,

I had heard that Nancy was a special person and an avid cyclist but I was overwhelmed by what I have read. I am envious (sorry, there's no other word) that she had so many strong relationships with so many diverse people. The testimonials are some of the most profound and touching reminiscences I have ever read. After reading them I am determined to be a better father, husband, friend and Jew.

One obsession that Nancy and I now have in common is cycling. I started riding seriously about two years ago and because I work near Central Park (at 57th and Broadway), I'm fortunate to ride about 100 miles a week there. I have worked hard at it, really immersing myself in the training, the gear, the culture; aspects of cycling only dedicated cyclists can appreciate. Moreover, being a frum man I can appreciate how extraordinarily difficult it must have been for Nancy to stay true to her beliefs. There are so many great cycling vacations that begin and end on Shabbos where kosher food is out of the realm of possibility; it must have been unbelievably frustrating. I live in Brooklyn, go to shul three times a day and yet I am tempted. I am amazed at how dedicated she was to frumkeit while continuing to racing and travel.

I have read about some of the projects the Nancy Morgenstern Memorial Fund has begun in Eretz Yisroel; if you ever decide to initiate something locally I'd be happy to actively participate.

I am sure the many people who read this book will be inspired to do great things; I believe this will be a tremendous zchus for Nancy and your entire family.