Miriam Pratt passed away on December 12, 2020. She was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1930 and moved to Palestine when she was very young. To distinguish amongst the three Miriams in her class, she was called Mira, and the nickname stuck. Mira and her family were an integral part of the creation of Israel. Mira served in the Israeli Navy, the only woman on her boat, and had the role of wireless radio operator. These were not peaceful times, and she sometimes was caught in crossfire when they were under attack during Israel’s war of independence. Later, she was a teacher of special needs children and also taught art. She met her husband, Mike, on the beach, and they married after just 4 weeks. She emigrated to the US in 1958 and dedicated her time to teaching Hebraic Studies to groups of young children, teens, and adults. She made a lasting impact on her students, many who still remember her as their favorite teacher who always listened and was liberal in her rules of the classroom. Mira had a passion for art and other creative outlets. She thrived on learning and took classes to enhance her knowledge in many areas. She loved listening to classical music, and her go-to tv station was PBS.
Along her life journey, Mira’s determination pushed through four bouts of lymphoma and also rehabilitation after many broken bones. She always won the fight, but COVID finally beat her. We struggled during 2020 as restrictions wouldn’t allow us to hug each other or see our faces unmasked, and her end-of-life process was no different. She was alone, luckily in a hospital with incredibly caring medical teams who became an extension of our hands and hearts and provided us the ability to be virtually together over Zoom.
Mira adored her family and close friends, and the feeling was mutual. She was an incredibly selfless person, and our biggest wish to honor her would be to follow suit. If you would like to show support to organizations of meaning to her, donations may be sent to:
· Anti-Defamation League (https://www.adl.org/)
· Arts By The People (https://www.artsbythepeople.org/)
· Jewish Community Housing Corporation (https://jchcorp.org/)
Mira is survived by her children Ravitte and Don Ginsberg, Gill and Janey Pratt; her grandchildren Lauren, Jeff, Jason, Jacob, Alexandra, Max, Ben, and Isaac, and great-grandchildren Micah, Sadie, and Sofia.