Regina Eisenstein z”l lived by a simple, yet profound motto: Live and enjoy all that life has to offer.
Regina's life began in Poland, at first with sweet childhood memories and later with intense pain and loss, having survived the horrors of Auschwitz - Birkenau. She met her beloved husband, Ben, on the day of the Auschwitz liberation, which Regina would always remember as a sign that freedom and hope will prevail over darkness.
The loving couple began their life together in Canada, in the Kensington Market area, and like many other immigrants they became committed members of Toronto’s Jewish community. For over 25 years, Regina was President of the Zaglembier Ladies Auxiliary, a mutual benefit society whose members were from their common home town in Poland. Under her leadership, the membership worked tirelessly to fundraise for numerous charitable causes in Canada and in Israel. Regina was instrumental in encouraging the group to establish the Zaglembier Ladies Auxiliary Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation to support the community through United Jewish Appeal.
Regina left a legacy of love and Jewish values that touched all who knew her. Family and Jewish values were everything to her. The philanthropic legacy she left was, equally, a reflection of her core Jewish values, and she was proud to have established a charitable fund that would support the United Jewish Appeal annual campaign in perpetuity. “Our children grew up in a household perfumed with love and respect for Jewish values” wrote Regina in her 2007 Book of Life story. "They have fulfilled all my dreams, each in their own way.”
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