Department: Library, Librarian
Start year at Drew: 1998
What is your favorite part about being at Drew?
I love the dynamic nature of my work and being part of such a wonderful community of students, teachers, and parents. I enjoy helping curious and engaged students and collaborating with passionate and dedicated faculty. I enjoy researching topics and learning with students while empowering them with information and skills pertinent to their studies and their life. I look forward to coming to work each day because it’s fun, meaningful, stimulating, and allows me to feel that I make a difference in people’s lives.
What is your life like beyond Drew and what are your favorite activities and passions?
I love playing and singing music. I’ve studied piano since age 4 and enjoy playing Bach’s French Suites, Chopin Nocturnes, Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, Scriabin, Schumann, and especially the Brahms Hungarian Dances for 4 hands (which I’ll be playing with my cousin in the upcoming NY wedding of his daughter!). I’m excited to be singing a variety of musical repertoire with a fun and talented chorus, the Berkeley Broadway Singers. I also love traveling, learning and speaking different languages, and going back to my hometown of Tokaj, Hungary, with my kids and my brother and his kids. I continue to enjoy working as a psychotherapist, maintaining a small private practice in the East Bay.
In addition, I was born in Budapest, Hungary, and escaped with my family to the U.S. in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution of 1957. With my brother, I researched and wrote a multigenerational memoir of our extended family, entitled Fragments of a Family: Remembering Hungary, the Holocaust, and Emigration to a New World. (A copy is available in the Drew Library.) I’ve spoken in schools, churches, city-wide interfaith programs, as well as on television about my family’s Holocaust experiences and particularly about the Righteous Gentile who rescued my father.
John F. Kennedy University, M.A. UC Berkeley, A.B. UC Berkeley, M.A.