Bonnie Lewin Obituary: Confidant, Mentor, Role Model Dies After Accident
The loss of Bonnie Lewin will be felt throughout the community and metro Washington, D.C., says a friend who praised her for work with the Tikun Olam Women's Foundation.
According to Bethesda Magazine, Lewin was struck by a car in New York on April 30 while she was crossing Seventh Avenue. She landed on her head.
At age 65, Lewin had been a Realtor for half her life. She spent 27 years with Evers & Co. and had spent the last four years working with Marc Fleisher’s group at Long & Foster.
“Bonnie Lewin was not only an integral part of the Fleisher Group, exemplifying the highest level of professionalism, expertise, ethics and integrity, but more importantly a special friend who will be sadly missed but never forgotten,” Mark Fleisher told Patch. “I looked forward to seeing her every day as her spirit, drive for life, and smile always made myself and those around her feel good.”
Lewin was in New York as a member of the board of trustees of Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington. She had joined the organization in 2010.
Doran Arik Miller, grants manager of the Tikun Olam Women’s Foundation and a close friend of Lewin, said Bonnie’s loss will not only be felt within the foundation and community, but that it would be felt throughout metro Washington.
“I had the opportunity to work really closely with Bonnie,” Miller said. “She was very active in all of our grant-making work. She felt so strongly about our mission of social change for women and girls. That passion extended beyond grant making to her personal relationships with the women in the foundation and me.”
Miller not only calls Lewin an amazing mother to her children, but that she was also an amazing friend, confidant, mentor, and role model.
“One of the most significant things that I’ve experienced in working with this foundation is working with people like Bonnie. I don’t even know how many boards she served on. She was one of those people that just did everything and did it with joy and passion and excitement,” Miller said. “The fact that I’m not going to have that person in my life anymore makes me feel so sad. The injustice is so cosmic I feel like words don’t really express the magnitude of the loss for our community.”
In a questionnaire, Miller said Lewin had been asked what the top two reasons she had joined the Tikun Olam Women’s Foundation were. Lewin stated that had joined the foundation because of her desire to have a role in funding decisions for programs for women and girls and also to be a part of the Jewish organization where she could work with other women. Lewin wanted to be involved because she wanted to make sure that the grant that the foundation awards would make a difference in the lives of women and girls in the long term.
Lewin’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Adas Israel Congregation: 2850 Quebec St., N.W. in Washington, D.C.