Juliette Kohn

Ellen Agerbak Anderson

Juliette Kohn, age 92, died December 20, 2012. Born November 7, 1920 in Bronx, New York, She attended James Monroe High School and the Yiddish supplemental Sholem Aleichem school. She studied physiology at Hunter College and eventually attained a Master’s of Science in Education.

A mother, teacher, and guide to everyone who met her, Juliette was a builder of both minds and confidence. She cultivated friendships spanning culture, language, religion and age. As a kindergarten teacher and then principal in the South Bronx, she ran schools with love and devotion, but also kept schools safe for both students and teachers. Upon her retirement in 1985, they named the Library of PS 30 the Juliette W Kohn library. Teaching and leadership did not end at retirement, however. Juliette used her knowledge of teaching and her Yiddish language skills to run the Temple Judea Religious school and teach citizenship courses to Russian Immigrants. She brought both her religious school students and her Russian students into her circle. She filled them with knowledge and they returned the favor with devotion; each friend, student and teacher became family.

Predeceased by her beloved Husband of 56 years, Irving Kohn, she leaves behind her children Carolyn (Randy) and Lawrence (Laurie); her granddaughters, Rebecca (Brian) and Shoshana (Shawn) and three great-grandchildren, Hillel, Asher, and Aviyah.

A memorial service in Juliette’s honor will be held Grand Hall at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community 333 West Main Street Madison, WI 53703 on Thursday, January 17th at 2:00 pm. Donations can made in Juliette’s memory to Capitol Lakes Terraces Employee Appreciation Fund, Jewish Social Services Of Madison, or Temple Beth El of Madison.