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Sally Goodgold in 2003. Note the huge glasses.(Librado Romero/NYT)

Each week, we select the most interesting Jewish obituary. This week, it’s that of Sally Goodgold, the active Upper West Side citizen (“the Ethel Merman of land use,” the Times calls her) who died last month at 82. She would show up at every City Planning Commission meeting, dutifully taking notes and schooling herself on the laws, and then pounce when she felt neighborhoods’ rights were being trampled afoot by developers and the like. Yet her methods were not hard-edged; she preferred to have foes over for Zabar’s bagels at her 79th Street apartment. Among many others, she served on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Sally Goodgold, Civic Advocate Who Practiced ‘Bagel Diplomacy,’ Dies at 82 [NYT]

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once again,Marc…no editor–there are no large glasses to note in the photo……

Ah, naomi, this time it is you who needs an editor–look at what she holds in her hand.

I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Goodgold, but I am proud to know her son Jay in Chicago. She sounds like she was a simply amazing woman who will be greatly missed.

All of us on the Upper West Side are mourning the loss of Mrs. Goodgold. @Dan good catch on the photo!

Living in Los Angeles, I only learned of Sally’s death when her daughter Iris replied to my annual Hanukah card. Sally was truly unforgettable. She was a fan of my “Rashi’s Daughters” novels back in 2005 when there was only one of them, and insisted that I stay in her ‘penthouse’ guest room whenever book business brought me to NYC, which was at least once a year.

I was in awe of her busy schedule and civic mindedness; she seemed to have more meetings than I did, forcing us to often see each other only in passing in her hallway. She was a great hostess and I will certainly miss her.

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