Faces of Memphis and Shoham: Dorothy Goldwin

Part of Memphis Jewish Federation’s ongoing efforts to connect Memphis and Israel, the 70 Faces of Memphis and Shoham project was designed to form real connections between the people of Jewish Memphis and the people of Shoham, Israel, Memphis’s partner city through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership 2Gether program. The project serves as a way to connect Jewish Memphians to each other by showcasing their unique character and contributions to the community.

By Chany Fleischhacker

Dorothy Goldwin began the “holocaust lecture circuit” with her mother, Paula Beranstadt Kelman, who was a survivor that spoke at many venues, including high schools, to ensure that what happened is not forgotten and must be prevented from happening again. She remembers her mother as a wonderful and highly positive person who always wore red lipstick.

Leo was given to her by a friend. As soon as she met him, she knew that his sweet, gentle and patient nature would lend itself for pet therapy. After intense training, they regularly visit Le Bonheur and the West Clinic, where patients look forward to his visits with great anticipation.

When her mother passed away, Dorothy began and continues to spread her mother’s message. Dorothy still has her mother’s lipstick collection, and a framed note written in her mother’s handwriting that says, “Do not hate. It will destroy you. You must live together in peace.”

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