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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.
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.
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.
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 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"
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.
Sari (Polansky) Drazin
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 A. Ehrman
Mark I. Loebenberg
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.
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.
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
Your beautiful memorial to Nancy arrived today. What a wonderful tribute...
No daughter could be more loved.
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.