Tamar Lichtenstein Z"L
At the age of 54, the late Tamar Lichtenstadt (nee Vasertil), contracted cancer. After about two years the cancer returned and for about six months she bravely dealt with the disease until she passed away.
Tamar was a kindergarten teacher by nature and since graduating she has worked as a kindergarten teacher. She stayed in Boston for 5 years to study with her husband, Prof. Yechiel Lichtenstadt, and during those years she worked as a kindergarten teacher at Maimonides. There, too, Tamar left an imprint of Israeliness on the children and parents. When Tamar contracted cancer again, she continued to work in a kindergarten in Ramat Aviv even during the treatment days, all in order not to cancel the sacred work of educating Israeli children. When she was exhausted in the middle of the work day, she retired to a side room, lay on the floor and after a while, got up to work without the children noticing anything. The parents of the children in the kindergarten were shocked to hear about Tamar’s long-term cancer, but she was no longer able to come to the kindergarten about two weeks before her death. Even during these two weeks, Tamar made an effort to guide the substitute teacher for a Hanukkah party that will have the right content and illustrations. At this party, the late Tamar was no longer there.
Tamar left behind a husband, three sons and a daughter, grandchildren and many hundreds of children and parents who were educated in values such as: attitude to language and acts of kindness. Each year there was a “different” student in her class, once a blind child and once an autistic child.