Margot Weis Goldman, a Holocaust escapee who welcomed countless Denver Jews at the JCC for three decades, passed away Feb. 22, 2019, in Denver. Rabbi Bruce Dollin officiated at the Feb. 24 service at the HEA. Burial followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Many will remember her greeting everyone as they arrived at the Denver JCC, where she worked for over 30 years,” the family said. “Through her husband Jack, she was part of the extended Intermountain Jewish News family.”
Margot Weis was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Mainz, Germany. Her father lost his meat business in 1933, the year Hitler came to power. Two-year-old Margot remained in Germany in the care of her grandparents while her parents resettled in France.
She joined them in Paris around the age of four.
In 1939, her father’s uncle traveled from the US and sponsored the Weis family to go to America. They arrived in New York City in May, just before the end of the school year.
When she began school, Mrs. Goldman spoke German and French but not a word of English.
After spending the summer playing stickball and roller-skating with children on the streets of New York City, she was fluent in English when school resumed that fall.
She grew up in the German Jewish neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan and graduated George Washington High School.
A year after moving to Denver in 1951, she met Jack J. Goldman, a Holocaust survivor who also took photographs for the IJN.
They were married at her parents’ shul in New York on Nov. 22, 1952.
Mrs. Goldman was employed as the secretary at Hillel Academy, Beth Joseph and Denver’s JCC.
A lifetime member of Hadassah, she chaired the organization’s donor lunch and belonged to Rodef Shalom’s Sisterhood while her children were still young.
Both the HEA and Bonai Shalom honored her at their annual dinners.
Mr. Goldman passed away in August, 2009.
Mrs. Goldman is survived by her four children Roxana (John) Dann, Tina (Yakov) Lehrer, Michelle Goldman and Robert (Rachael) Goldman; grandchildren Hanan Dann, Jessica Dann-Fogel and Ariana Dann, Yonah and Efrat Lehrer, and Samuel, Talya and Rami Goldman; and great-grandchildren Gaia and Doron Fogel.
She was predeceased by son Mark David Goldman on Dec. 19, 1962.
Contributions may be made to Halcyon Hospice, PO Box 117, Mead, CO 80542; or the HEA.
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