Miriam “Mimi” Ginsberg
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Miriam “Mimi” Ginsberg

GINSBERG: Miriam “Mimi” Ginsberg passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Hyman Ginsberg for more than 65 years. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Jennie Seiner. Adored mother of Dr. Jay Ginsberg (Janice) of East Lyme, Connecticut, Ellen Ginsberg Roteman (Michael) and Sam Ginsberg (Nancylee) of Pittsburgh, and David Ginsberg (Daphne) of Los Angeles, California. Proud Grandma of Shaina Bodenheim (Michael) of Passaic, New Jersey, Joshua Hyde (Vered) of Herzliyah, Israel, Daniel Ginsberg (Alexandra) of Brooklyn, New York, Dylan Ginsberg of Pittsburgh, and the late Ryan Ginsberg. Cherished great-grandma of Leah, Rina, Naftali and Chaim Bodenheim. Beloved sister of Elkie Secher of Pittsburgh and the late Joan Lasday of Delray Beach, Florida. Much loved aunt of several nieces and nephews. Mimi took tremendous pride in her family and she will always be remembered as the loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt that she was. She will also be remembered for her lifetime of service to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Born on Jan. 28, 1927, Mimi attended Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where she began her leadership career as president of her sorority, Phi Sigma. She was a life member of many organizations, including Hadassah, which she served as president of the Pittsburgh chapter, as well as president of the Aviva Group. She was honored many times by Hadassah including with the National Hadassah Leadership Award and the Youth Aliyah “Ima” Award. In 2007 she was honored by the Jewish Association on Aging as one of the Eight Over Eighty leaders in the Jewish community for a lifetime of service and leadership. She has also been honored by the Israel Bonds Pittsburgh Women’s Council and many other organizations. Mimi was very active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, where she served as a board member and a member of the Community Planning Committee and Campaign Cabinet, as well as serving the Women’s Division as a vice president and chairing the Speakers Bureau, Leadership Development, Campaign Workers Training and various campaign divisions. She was honored by the Federation as a Volunteer of the Year. Mimi was a founding member and co-chair of Community Day School’s Grandparents Association and she volunteered at Family House. Her spirit of volunteerism is embodied in her remark that, “Being a professional volunteer is the most exciting and challenging job. It’s creative, nurturing, lifesaving and life sustaining – and enabling. And it is a part of the Jewish tradition.” A hostess extraordinaire, Mimi loved a good party and took great joy in welcoming guests into her home for Shabbat, Chanukah and other holidays, as well as to larger settings for celebrations of family milestones. She was at her happiest ensuring that everyone enjoyed and shared in special occasions. Mimi will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Services will be held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Interment at Kether Torah Cemetery. Contributions in Mimi’s memory may be made to the Hyman and Miriam Ginsberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh or the Jewish Association on Aging. Shiva will be observed at the residence of Ellen and Michael Roteman, from Dec. 6 until Dec. 12, excluding Friday evening, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with minyan at 7 p.m. The family has requested that those attending the funeral and shiva please be vaccinated and wear masks. schugar.com PJC

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