Erika Gold, a Holocaust survivor, keeps busy volunteering for the Jewish community. She spends her days consumed with various Jewish organizations such as the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Jewish Family Service Association, both in Beachwood.
Gold has spent decades helping spread the word to end treatment similar to the Holocaust. During the last year, she has visited schools to discuss tragedies encountered during the reign of Adolf Hitler.
She also deals with the Holocaust in other ways, including meeting with child survivors of the Holocaust to rekindle the disgust from such an awful time, therefore enabling her to broadcast peace in society.
Through the reparation committee of JFSA, she allocates money to needy people who have been impacted by the Holocaust.
“We are given a certain amount of money,” said Gold, “and we distribute it according to how needy the families are. You’d be surprised how many needy families there still are in regards to the Holocaust.”
Through her volunteer work, Gold hopes to create a world filled with appreciation for the Jewish heritage, while focusing on taking action rather than being a bystander.
At 83, Gold finds herself still able to do all the things she loves, despite being diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It has been tough at times,” she said. “I still think women need to get checked annually rather than wait an extra year. I wouldn’t have been able to spend this year in treatment if I had waited to get tested.”
At a Glance
As a professional: Retired
Children: Allen; Marilyn Zaas
Synagogue: Temple Israel Ner Tamid
In the community: Advisory committee of Jewish Family Service Association, reparation committee of JFSA, National Council of Jewish Women and Yom Hashoah commemoration committee, board member of Temple Israel Ner Tamid
Noteworthy: Her work for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage keeps the Holocaust story alive.