Barbara Leterman Fletcher

My life has centered around this community and my family has been a part of Tidewater for seven generations. Our family has maintained a strong commitment to philanthropy in a Jewish context and a civic one as well. We have been long standing members of Ohef Sholom Temple; beginning with my great grandmother and now extending to my great granddaughter. And our sense of civic duty has remained a force in my life. I have served as a volunteer for DePaul hospital for close to 40 years, cheerfully greeting patients and their families.

My father taught me by example. He was involved in Civitan, Shriners, Cub scouts and the support of the mentally disabled - before mental health was discussed openly! I feel that we, as Jews, have a responsibility to champion our Jewish community and be the face of the Jewish people to the non-Jewish world. It is for this reason that I have created an endowment to further these ideals when I am gone. My resources will help those in need and those organizations that are a part of my life for generations to come. We all can make a difference by doing unto others as we would have done unto ourselves.