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Jo Asmundsson

“We need an endowment at this Temple that will ensure the future.”

The riveting tale of Jo Asmundsson’s life story and how it led her to Temple Beth Sholom, where she has generously chosen to include a legacy gift in her will, is sure to captivate the attention of all who read it. No stranger to adversity, her path has taken her down many incredibly difficult roads. From heartbreaking to heartwarming, she shares her memories with the sincere desire to inspire others to follow in her footsteps. Jo’s childhood during WWII in England was filled with a constant fear of Hitler’s army invading her homeland and what would happen to her family as Jews. Her adult years included traveling the world, and tragically losing her beloved first husband to lung cancer and her second husband to a divorce. Throughout it all she has been a true survivor. She reminisces, “I was twelve years old when I was sent away from my family to live in the countryside to protect me from the atrocities of the war. I was safe, but my knowledge of Judaic practices and going to synagogue with my father had ended. I began attending the Church of England with the people that I was living with and at eighteen I pursued a degree in nursing.” She shares that it took many years before her true faith returned to her life. Several years ago, she was asked to volunteer to take two Catholic children to church. It was during a Thanksgiving interfaith service that she met Rabbi Glickstein and fate brought her here to join Temple Beth Sholom. “As always, when you are under terrible stress and some- thing bad has happened in your life, you look to a place where you can gather solace and comfort in the words of our teachings,” she says. She eventually began attending services on a regular basis and was also deeply touched by Rabbi Davis and his family for taking such a great interest in her life and well-being. She credits him for getting her closer to the “fabrics of Temple Beth Sholom and philanthropy.” Today Jo is proud of her volunteer work with National Public Radio, deeply enjoys helping others and is grateful for her good health.

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