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Brenner, Esther (1931-2015) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Brenner, Esther (1931-2015)
Fuller Form: Esther Lerner Brenner

Historical Note:

Esther Lerner Brenner was born in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 1931. She was the second child of Jewish immigrants from Palestine and Lithuania.

In the early 1950s, Brenner moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a teacher and speech therapist while raising her three sons. She was a graduate of George Washington University and after completing her Master of Business Administration at the University of Judaism, she served as the West Coast Regional Director for the United States Holocaust Museum and as Director of Development at Aviva Family and Children's Services.

Brenner was a dedicated community advocate active in many civic and Jewish organizations in the Los Angeles area including the Beverly-Angeles Homeowners' Association, the Los Angeles Hebrew High School, and The "1939" Club—a fraternal organization of Holocaust survivors founded in Los Angeles in 1952. Throughout its history, The "1939" Club has coordinated numerous social, educational, and charitable initiatives to support Holocaust remembrance. In the 1990s, Brenner served on the club's Board of Directors as a member of the Yearbook Editorial Committee.

On August 7, 2015 Esther Lerner Brenner died at her home in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 84.

Note Author: Christine Hertzel

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