Thank you Jason, Adi, and the entire Board of Friends of Sheba, for your kind acknowledgement of our extraordinary 108-year-young Aunt Marion Brucker. Born in New York City on September 1st 1907, Marion Goldberg knew that she would have to exhibit profound courage and tenacity on Wall Street when she left an abusive home at the young age of 16. There, she worked as a secretary to a successful CPA & Stock investor for almost 40 years.
An extremely sharp young lady, Aunt Marion kept her eyes and ears open. When her boss would purchase hundreds or thousands of shares of a specific stock, Aunt Marion would then scramble and dive into her savings to buy a few shares of that very same stock. Over the years, she tucked away many a stock certificate into a storage box. When Aunt Marion turned 60, she decided to retire and move out West. This is where she met and married our Uncle Irving, who also shared a love of music and dance. Together, they lived a very frugal and depression era lifestyle. . . .
And unbeknownst to the rest of the family . . . even to our Uncle . . . Aunt Marion had amassed an impressive fortune of blue chip stock certificates that filled two
unopened file cabinet drawers and were collecting dust.
A staunch supporter of Israel and Judaism, Aunt Marion never had any children of her own. But, she still wanted to make an everlasting impression and positive
difference in our world. So Aunt Marion made the decision to create a Living Legacy. She gave Barry and my Mother-in Law, Rita Brucker, the awe-inspiring and humbling responsibility to donate her money to charities that supported Children’s Health Causes, education and anything Israel. Her countless gifts of tzedakah has been the means through which she has been able to perform Tikkun Olam . . . her part in helping to repair the world. If Aunt Marion were here, she would say… you are never too YOUNG or too OLD to give tzedakah.
Supporting the Sheba Medical Center was of special interest for Aunt Marion, (pause) for it provides state of the art medical care and research to benefit not onlyIsrael, but the entire region, regardless of religion or nationality. Quite expressive and feisty, Aunt Marion was never short of an opinion – she still isn’t – has a big personality and still loves to sing. There isn’t a song she doesn’t know or won’t sing . . . You are my sunshine, Babyface or My Yiddisha Mama are just a few examples.
Heroes come in all sizes and shapes…. and at a mere 4 ft. 11 inches tall Aunt Marion is an inspiring giant of goodness and generosity. To this day we all love her endless kisses and expressions of love. On behalf of our Aunt Marion Brucker, we thank you for this wonderful honor.