A teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and community leader are just some of the roles Mindella “Mindy” Lamm cherished in her lifetime. She passed away on April 16 after contracting COVID-19.

Born Mindella Mehler in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, N.Y., she and her five sisters were orphaned by her father at a young age.

After completing her schooling at Bais Yaakov, she studied at Hunter College in Manhattan, majoring in education and minoring in drama. After graduating, she worked in New York’s public-school system.

She met her husband, Dr. Norman Lamm in 1954.

He served as a pulpit rabbi for almost 25 years until he was tapped as president of Yeshiva University in 1976. Immediately, she became involved in the Yeshiva University Women’s Organization, where she was renowned for her charitable work in lending financial support to students.

Lamm often traveled along with her husband, meeting educators and dignitaries, many of them in Israel.

She was active in other Jewish causes until and after her husband stepped down as university president in 2003.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by their three children: Chaye Lamm Warburg, Joshua Lamm and Shalom Lamm; as well as 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased in 2013 by her daughter Sara Dratch, wife of Rabbi Mark Dratch, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America.

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