Meals on Wheels has given back to others since 1976. Next week the members of the Rockland County branch of the organization will honor a woman who gave back to them.
On Tuesday, April 5, Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland will rename its Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center on West Nyack Road in Nanuet in memory of Edythe Kurz. The dedication will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature the unveiling of a plaque with Kurz’s name on it.
“The Kurz Family Foundation has been extremely generous to Meals on Wheels over the years, so we wanted to honor them by naming the center in her memory.”
Kurz was born in Vermont in 1925 and moved to New York City with her parents as a teenager. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She married Herbert Kurz, founder of the insurance company Presidential Life in 1948 and moved to Rockland in 1959.
Once in Rockland she worked with children and families at the Pleasantville Cottage School and St. Agatha Home for Children before beginning a decades-long career as a senior psychiatric caseworker with the Whitehill Counseling Service of the Westchester Jewish Community Services in White Plains.
Kurz also served as a founding director the Kurz Family Foundation, which donated to a range of local causes, including Rockland Community and Meals on Wheels. Her influence is demonstrated by the various institutions in Rockland and Westchester already bearing her name, including the Edythe Kurz Center for Sleep Medicine at Nyack Hospital and the Edythe Kurz Conference at the Westchester Jewish Community Services that discusses topics of interest for human-service professionals.
Kurz passed away on January 29, 2011 at the age of 85.
Meals on Wheels delivers meals directly to the homes of seniors who have trouble getting around. It also runs senior centers throughout the country that provide guest speakers, games, and music for the seniors while also giving them a homemade lunch and a chance to socialize with their friends. The organization currently has Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and delivers over meals to 500 home-bound people in Rockland each day.
The reception is by invitation only, so anyone interested in attending should call Lynn Jacobs at 845-624-6325.