No matter where she’s lived, Gail Birin says being tapped into the Jewish community has always been an essential part of her life.
“I feel I’m just continuing my life’s work, the work I grew up with and the culture I grew up with,” says Birin. “The ones who are very involved are making a commitment to the community.”
“And if we didn’t do this, what would the future be for the younger generation,” she asks, rhetorically.
Birin was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, which she describes as “a cultural center for Judaism.” She moved to the United States with her husband, Gerald, more than 31 years ago and they always had their eyes on Arizona, Birin explains. The couple relocated to Tucson about 14 years ago.
She’s a registered nurse by profession, who got her penchant for community service as a volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Read the entire Arizona Jewish Post article here. Originally published on Sept. 8, 2017.