We regret to note the passing of our friend and community benefactor …
March 8, 1927 – August 20, 2015
Leonore Rothschild was eleven years old when her parents, Berthold and Jennie Rothschild, immigrated to this country in 1938 from Reischensachsen, Germany. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where she met and married Larry Zusman, the child of Polish immigrants. Both were Ohio State University alumni.
The Zusmans founded Price Stores in Dayton, where Mr. Zusman was also a real estate developer. In addition to their successful business activities, the Zusmans devoted much time and effort to their community and the Jewish people, supporting Joint Distribution Committee programs in Israel for people with disabilities, the Child Development Center in Be’er Sheba, Centers for Independent Living, and projects to enhance access for the handicapped to historic sites. They also established an annual prize for creativity and excellence in Israel’s social services. The Zusmans’ devotion to the citizens of Israel was recognized by the Knesset in 2006.
Within two years of moving to Columbus in 2002, the Zusmans funded the Jewish Community Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village, which subsequently was named in their honor. Lenore also became a Lion of Judah donor to the Columbus Jewish Federation. In 2007, she and Larry dedicated the Zusman Center at the Jewish Community Center to enhance its day camp program and provide quality indoor facilities for Camp Arye’s special needs and Kaleidoscope after-school programs.
That same year, Lenore and her husband launched the “Zusman Jewish Day School Challenge,” offering matching gifts to the Columbus Torah Academy and its Learning Center.
Other causes with which Mrs. Zusman’s good name is associated are the Larry & Lenore Zusman Department of Adult Psychiatry and Hadassah College Jerusalem, the Child Development Center in the Soroka Medical Center of Be’er Sheba, the Beit Zusman Comprehensive Center for the Hearing Impaired in Jerusalem, Hebrew University’s Larry and Leonore Zusman Integrated Campus for Students with Autism and Their Peers, and the Meir Pamim Beit Zusman Relief Center for underprivileged Israelis. The Zusmans also established a Chair for Judaic Studies at Wright State University.
Leonore Zusman will be remembered as a caretaker of the needy of all ages and abilities. Like her late husband, she possessed deep compassion for the less-fortunate. Thousands have been touched by her kindness.
We offer heartfelt condolences to daughters Marilyn (Stuart) Cole and Francie (Avner) Zusman-Sina, grandchildren Sara, Ely, Rena, Shani, Jenny, Barak and Nadav, and great-grandchildren, David, Meital Chaya, Nadav and Moshe Avraham. May they be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may the example of Leonore Rothschild Zusman be an inspiration to others.
The funeral service will be held today, Friday, August 21 at 2 PM at Epstein’s Memorial Chapel, 3232 East Main Street.