After a parking lot car accident at the Klein JCC led to the death of a mother of two children, two Jewish organizations are rallying to help out by raising funds.
The Jewish community is rallying to help the family of Deborah Mindel, 46, who died Dec. 30, nine days after a freak accident in which her Honda SUV rolled over and pinned her as she was escorting her children out of a parking lot to the Klein JCC in the Northeast.
A member of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, a former board member of Tiferet Israel of Bucks County, and active at the Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center, Mindel, according to reports of the Dec. 21 incident, stepped in front of her car trying to stop it as it rolled down a driveway, and was struck and trapped, sustaining massive injuries.
Apparently, she had mistakenly not placed the car in park mode when exiting the SUV.
“She was an extremely patient mother, an advocate for children and a wonderfully open person,” said Rabbi Binyomin Mermelstein, director of outreach at the Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center, which Mindel had been attending the past year.
The Bensalem center will be hosting a benefit for the surviving family, “An Evening of Togetherness for the Friends and Family of Debbie Mindel," on Feb. 1, at 3:30 p.m., with significant sponsorship from Art in the Pod, a studio in Churchville, Pa.
Shaare Shamayim is also planning a benefit for the family, a two-hour event featuring a concert by Shlock Rock, on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.
The former Deborah Partney, Mindel is survived by her husband, Raymond; her parents, Bernard and Rosalind Partney; a daughter, Reva; a son, Simon; and a sister, Susan Harrison.