Abbie Weisberg was the first to say that she spent her life doing what she loved, what she believed in. To Abbie, her job wasn't work. It was so much more. Anyone who knew Abbie, worked with Abbie or loved Abbie, knew this to be true.
Abbie was the longtime Executive Director of Keshet. She died on Monday, April 26 with her family by her side.
She was a teacher at Keshet, then Director of the Recreation programs and rose through the ranks to become Keshet's Executive Director/CEO for 15 years from 2005-2020.
Driven by her commitment to bring the abilities of those with disabilities to the forefront, Abbie transformed Keshet into an internationally recognized organization with a reputation as the "go-to" place for inclusion programs.
"A steadfast champion for people of all abilities, Abbie made sure that every person was seen, heard and had the opportunity to live a full and productive life," said Michelle Lawner, Associate Vice President, Planning and Allocations, JUF. "I had the opportunity to tour Keshet's programs with Abbie. When she entered the room the faces of her Keshet students and teachers would light up and shine so brightly."
Abbie Weisberg was beloved wife of Dr. Mitchell Weisberg, and the loving mother of Zoie (Josh) Berman, Shayna Weisberg and Sophia (Elan) Yudkowsky. She also was the proud grandmother of Archie Jasper Berman, and a dear sister to Michael (Susan) Hoffman, Laurie (Lonnie) Ungerhoff and Debbie (Randall) Gelb. Memorials may be made to MRW Leadership Board at the NorthShore University Health System Foundation. Arrangements were made by Chicago Jewish Funerals.