Helen Rifkin passed away on April 14, 2021 in Omaha. Services were held April 16, 2021 at Temple Israel Cemetery and was officiated by Rabbi Ari Dembitzer.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Ben Rifkin and Dave Chorney; her mother, Margaret Handler; sisters, Betty Hoppe and Lauralee Renn; and nephew, Daniel Renn.
She is survived by son, David Rifkin, sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Caryn Rifkin, and Tom and Diane Rifkin; grandchildren: Laura and Sean Banks, Jennifer and Mike Bryan, and Annie Rifkin; great-grandsons: Sam and Jake Bryan, and Sawyer Banks; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paishe and Phyliss Rifkin; nephews and nieces-in-law: Rick and Holly Renn, Bob and Debby, Bill and Susan, Ed and Deby and Don and Melissa Rifkin and their families; and cousins, Bernie and Susan Handler.
Mom was a strong and loving woman who lived a full, happy and accomplished life. Few knew that she graduated Central High School at 16 and earned a scholarship to the Kansas City School of Art. Unfortunately, her mother thought leaving home at 16 wasn’t a good idea.
Instead Mom married the love of her life Ben. She enjoyed what she said was the happiest part of her life raising her family. She devoted decades of her life to volunteering, including being President of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society. She worked for the JCC coordinating JCAC, the singles programs and Visions, the senior program.
Mom enjoyed many deep and meaningful friendships over her lifetime. When the phone rang it was usually for Mom from a friend seeking advice or a shoulder to lean on. She was truly a special person who will long be remembered by those she knew.
Memorials may be made to Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, Nebraska Humane Society, or the organization of the donor’s choice.