The Trustees and staff of the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust mourn the loss of longtime friend and Trustee Gladys Pickman, who passed away on Monday, October 4th, just one month shy of her 101st birthday.

Gladys grew up in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School and then Beaver College in Elkins Park, PA. She worked at the family business, a women’s clothier.

Her lifelong commitment to philanthropy included being one of the founders of the Book Fund at Brandeis University. Her family was a founding member of the Weitzmann Institute, and she and her late husband Morton (Mac) Pickman were deeply involved with the Museum of Jewish Heritage Heritage for more than two decades and both served on its Board of Trustees. The Pickman Museum Shop and Pickman Keeping History Center are named in their honor.

Gladys, Morton, and Teresa Pickman at a Museum Heritage Dinner
Gladys, Morton, and Teresa Pickman at the Museum’s 2004 Heritage Dinner

Gladys was a member of several Board of Trustees committees such as the Collections and Exhibitions Committee and the Public Programs Committee.

Jack Kliger, President & CEO of the Museum shared that “The Museum would not be here if not for the long-time support of Gladys and Morton Pickman. Gladys Pickman was a woman of true valor. Baruch Dayan Emet.”

Gladys will be greatly missed by her peers, her friends, and her family. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The Museum will continue to honor her legacy through programs and educational endeavors. May her memory be a blessing.