Aleh To Honor Irma Cardozo At 2014 Gala

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The distinguished Aleh Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award is to be presented to Mrs. Irma Miriam Lopes Cardozo (née Fernandes Robles). The upcoming gala will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and is dedicated in loving memory of her beloved husband, Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo.

As President of the Sisterhood of Congregation Shearith Israel, Irma Cardozo has been a staunch supporter of the Aleh Foundation since 1992. She is the author of As I Lived It. In her book, she recounts her journey from her native Suriname, Dutch Guyana to her present home in New York City. As the wife of Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, hazzan of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel—the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States—Mrs. Cardozo forged her own path as an advocate for Jewish children, Jewish education, immigrants, the poor, and the State of Israel. Among other leadership positions, she was a founder of the Sephardic Studies Program at Yeshiva University, the American Sephardi Federation, and the World Sephardi Federation, and was president of the American Friends of Misgav Ladach Hospital and the Women’s Division of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community.

Mrs. Cardozo continues to serve as president of the Sisterhood of Congregation Shearith Israel. While a personal memoir, the book she wrote depicts many important historical events, such as the Sephardic renaissance movement; and figures, such as Rabbi Dr. David and Tamar de Sola Pool. Included in the volume is a short history of Jewish life in Suriname, a lexicon of words in the native taki taki dialect spoken in Suriname, her famous recipe for haroset, as well as photos reflecting important events and people. As I Lived It is tribute to Mrs. Cardozo’s will, spirit, and faith, and makes for delightful reading. It is the story of her life as she lived it.

Please join friends of Aleh Foundation in recognizing the heroic efforts of Irma Cardozo and her beloved husband, Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, at the awards dinner on May 21. Call the headquarters at 800-317-ALEH or visit for more information.

Proceeds for the event will go to build the Special Education School, which is presently in its final construction stage at Pardes Katz, a 10 minute-drive from Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Shlomo Braun is the founder and director of the Aleh Foundation located at 5317 13th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219. Aleh operates a system of spacious, modern facilities throughout Israel that house and care for more than 700 children with special needs. Because of dedicated friends and supporters throughout the states Aleh Foundation was able to forward $275,000 this year to Aleh’s facilities in Israel. v

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  • December 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    While not accustomed to peruse a weekly that purports to reflect the Jewish times of our Five Towns, by not including Sephardic news, I am pleasantly surprised to read a pean to the distinguished lady Irma Cardozo, the widow of eminent Hazan Abraham Lopes Cardozo of Congregation Shearith Israel, also known as the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue. It is my honor to serve with her on Yeshiva University’s Council of Sephardic Overseers, to promote higher education among Sephardim who heretofore have been more inclined to join family businesses. Mrs. Cardozo continues her service as Sisterhood president through several rabbinic tenures including the father-son team of Rabbi Marc Angel, followed by his son Hayim. Jewish talent is to be found in all strands of our faith, and should be showcased as a matter of inclusive editorial policy. Perhaps, and in time, the editor of this publication will be granted the wisdom to seek more stories like this one; they are there waiting to be plucked! Shabbat shalom.

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