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Pauline W. Bernstein, 93, Award-Winning Educator, Counselor

April 15, 2010
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Pauline W. Bernstein, 93, a Philadelphia public-school teacher and counselor, died March 21. Born in South Philadelphia, she was the former Pauline Weinberg.

Bernstein was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, the Philadelphia Normal School and Temple University.

She taught at the Edwin M. Stanton and George Clymer elementary schools and was a counselor at the Pastorius School. All of these schools were in disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhoods. She was devoted to her students and maintained contact with many.

Later, Bernstein's concern for inner-city students led her in a new direction as an elementary-school counselor. In her career of more than 30 years, she was awarded many honors, including a Fels grant to assist new teachers and an opportunity to be a model teacher during national education week.

In retirement, she served for more than 25 years as president of the Oak Lane/Elkins Park Chapter of American ORT. She was also active in Hadassah and B'nai B'rith Women.

In 1996, she was honored as "Woman of the Year" for both the Philadelphia region of Israel Bonds and American Ort.

A Lion of Judah member with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, she was especially proud of singing with the Mitzvah Schpeilers.

Bernstein is survived by her husband, Barney Bernstein; son Richard Bernstein; and a grandson.

Contributions in her memory can be made to: ORT America, Inc., Oak Lane Chapter, 75 Maiden Lane, 10th floor, New York, N.Y. 10038.

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