Tributes to Janet Weinberg
This has been a difficult week for those of us at Educational Alliance. The unexpected death of our dear friend Janet Weinberg has reverberated across our agency. Janet was our Executive Vice President for Programs and Operations. She was a master of organizational operations and was a driving force behind many of our recent initiatives, including the opening of our new Center for Recovery and Wellness. All who knew her feel her absence, and it will take time for us to fully process this loss.
Although Janet’s death continues to weigh heavily on our hearts, we have sought comfort in the countless memories of Janet’s friendship, mentorship, bravery, humor, intelligence, and kindness. Below is just a small sampling of the heartfelt tributes that have been posted in Janet’s memory over the past days.
In the months ahead, we will take time to mourn Janet's death and to celebrate her life. We will honor her by continuing her incredible life’s work, which she dedicated to improving the lives of others. All of us at Educational Alliance are grateful to have your support in that effort.
The world has lost an incredible woman and the LGBTQ community has lost a fierce advocate. Many of us have lost a friend, a second mother, a sister, and mentor. It was a blessing that she was all of these things to me.
With hope and love,
Alan van Capelle
President and CEO
Pictured above are flowers left in tribute to Janet at the NYC AIDS Memorial
So saddened to hear of the passing of Janet Weinberg. Janet was a fighter and a giant in the LGBTQ community. She improved the lives of so many, fighting for marriage equality and an end to the AIDS epidemic. She exemplified what it means to be a New Yorker.
– Gov. Andrew Cuomo
So sad to hear about Janet Weinberg's passing. NYC's LGBTQ community has lost a champion. Her relentless work ethic and willingness to always lend a hand are truly inspiring. From the LGBT Center, to GMHC, to Educational Alliance, and beyond, Janet will be missed—but never forgotten.
– Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate
Janet Weinberg dedicated her life to the fight for LGBTQ rights and to end the AIDS epidemic. Our condolences are with her wife, Justice Rosalyn Richter, and all who knew, loved and were mentored by this tireless champion for equality.
– Mayor Bill de Blasio
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Janet Weinberg. She was a leader in the LGBTQ and disabled communities, and always cheerful, warm, and substantive. She had presence in every room. I will miss her terribly.
– Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
The Center Board of Directors and Staff–past and present–join countless others in mourning the unexpected passing of Board alum and former staff member Janet Weinberg. Janet’s ferocity of kindness and human spirit, fierce activism and unwavering commitment to justice led the way for many of us. Janet's leadership has left a lasting impact on our Center and our lives, and her presence will be deeply missed. As we grapple with this shocking news, we look forward to honoring Janet in the coming months. Our hearts go out to Janet's wife, Roz Richter, and all of those who knew Janet's love and friendship. Rest in peace, dear friend.
– The LGBT Center
To read more tributes on Janet’s Facebook page, click here.