It was Liz’s evening, October 6, 2008, at the lovely home of Renee and Arie Goldstein. Sustained by the gracious hospitality of our hosts and the delicious food that had been prepared, volunteers and staff gathered to say “Thank You” to Liz Trakeniski for her many years of caring and her dedication to Esra.

Fifteen years ago, Liz came to Esra as a volunteer and when she bade us farewell at the end of September 2008, she left as Esra’s first Executive Director.

We at Esra say “thank you” for the time and effort, the thought and creativity that she invested in programs, projects and activities above and beyond the terms of an official work contract.

We admire her wit and humor, her calmness and sensitivity that have eased the heated exchanges and conflicting ideas that are often an integral part of Esra’s development and growth. We appreciate her warmth and skill with people, and the personal support that she has given to those working with her. We have seen Liz’s grasp of complex situations and issues and the innovative ideas and new opportunities that have emerged under her guidance.

Above all, we are aware of Liz’s concern for and identification with Esra and we thank her deeply for this.

In addition, we want to give a special thanks to Liz’s family — to Israel, Benjy and Sharon. They are a special family in their caring for others and in their generosity in supporting Esra. They too, like Liz, have a special place in the hearts of all of us who have had the privilege of knowing and working with Liz.

“Liz, my dear, we wish you well in your new position. We wish you success and satisfaction and much, much, more.”

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