2007-10-19 / Obits

Barbara Eisenstadt

Community Activist

Barbara Eisenstadt, a community activist involved in a myriad of activities involving the schools, the arts, the garden club and other venues, died on October 14 at the age of 69.

Eisenstadt was an early supporter of the Rockaway Music And Art Council, founding its annual Fall Festival as well as its summer Sunset Picnic Concert series. She was the former president of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Friends of Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence. In addition, she was an officer of the Neponsit Property Owners Association, the Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary, the Belle Harbor Garden Club and the historic Cornell Cemetery Corporation.

She has been honored by such diverse groups as the City Council, the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, the 100 Precinct Community Council and the Queens Borough President.

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, she earned a BA from New York University and an MA from Cooper Hewitt Museum/Parsons College in the history of decorative arts.

She was a calligrapher and graphic designer by training and designed the now-famous little pink package that holds Sweet 'N Low sugar substitute for her family's company, the Cumberland Packing Company in Brooklyn. In addition, she was an accomplished artist, composer and poet.

Eisenstadt was instrumental in many school programs, including the "Music Memory" elementary school program that she brought to Rockaway schools.

She is predeceased by her parents.

Eisenstadt is survived by her husband, Marvin, a retired business executive and a long-time benefactor of many Rockaway programs, including the Rotary Ocean Run and the Peninsula Hospital Center. She is also survived by her son Jeff and grandchildren Jack, Charlotte, Ben and Sam; by his daughter, Jill Drinkard and Michael and their children, Jane, Lena and Colette; daughter, Debra Morgan, Brett and their children, Skylar and Max; and by her son, Steven and Jennifer and their daughter, India.

Services were held on Tuesday morning at the West End Temple, Rabbi Marjorie Slome presiding. Interment was immediately following the services at Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the following institutions are requested by the family: Rockaway Music and Arts Council (PO Box 0171, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693); Weil-Cornell Medical College (Office of Development, Weil Cornell Medical Center, 1300 York Avenue Box 123, New York, NY 10021); Peninsula Hospital Center (51-15 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, NY 11691, Attn. Liz Sulik); West End Temple (147-02 Newport Ave., Neponsit, NY 11694).

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