Judy Kohn Tenenbaum

13 junio , 194910 junio , 2021

Judith Kohn Tenenbaum, philanthropist, impresario and loving mother and grandmother died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 10, 2021, just three days shy of her 72nd birthday. Daughter of Muriel and Daniel Kohn, Judy was born on June 13, 1949 in Long Island, New York. The family relocated in 1958 to Dallas, TX where she was raised with her brother Lawrence Kohn. She attended Hillcrest High School and University of Oklahoma in Norman, where she met Harold S. Tenenbaum whom she later married. Judy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1994 obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the age of 45. She is survived by her children, Cori Tenenbaum McGrath, her husband, Tim, and their children Caroline and Daniel; and Jerald Tenenbaum, his wife Nathalie Tauchner Tenenbaum and their children Julius and Maximilian. She will also be deeply missed by her best friend Rick Fleetwood. Judy is remembered for her generous spirit and her dedication to the philanthropic causes she championed; particularly she has been recognized for her work with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Temple B’nai Israel, the Susan G. Koman foundation and City Year, to name but a few of the many organizations she loved and supported. While she truly enjoyed her philanthropic work (and Democratic politics), Judy’s greatest passion - and arguably her greatest contribution - is the Argenta Community Theater which she founded in 2010 with her dear friend Vincent Insalaco.

Judy's passion for art and culture inspired a love of travel that took her around the world. She was blessed to have visited Israel multiple times. Her travels also took her through Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, China and Soviet Russia. Judy lived life on her terms, never turning down an opportunity to make new friends or to make time for a meaningful conversation with an old friend. She vivaciously enjoyed friendships with people of all ages and walks of life. But more than everything else, Judy adored her four grandchildren. She was absolutely devoted to their happiness. Judy’s death creates a void that will be deeply felt by her family, her friends and our entire community. Funeral services will be held at Temple B'nai Israel at noon Sunday, June 13 2021, following a private ceremony. Judy will be laid to rest at Jewish Oakland cemetery.


  • Memorial Service

    domingo, 13 junio , 2021


Judy Kohn Tenenbaum


Shae York McCormick

17 junio , 2021

Cori, I have a great memory of your mom. I remember for our prom she and your dad and friends cooked and served us dinner at your house. This is just another example of her generosity. I know your heart is broken with her loss but I hope you take comfort in these memories.

Bridget Atkins Musick

15 junio , 2021

Jerald, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your mom. I’ll always remember her as one of the “fun” moms from Anthony. Holding you and your family close to my heart, and I hope the days to come are filled with joyful memories and thoughts of peace.

Suzanne Berkovits Harper

14 junio , 2021

Judy was such a Beacon. She welcomed me with open arms to Little Rock and was truly a one of a kind friend. She will be missed by so many, but missed in my heart forever. Love you Judy!

Betsy Singleton Snyder

14 junio , 2021

I will always think of Judy with a smile on her face, and living out the words found in the prophet Micah: acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.

Cheryl Johnston

14 junio , 2021

I knew Judy in Junior High and Hillcrest High School. I am thankful for the reconnection through Facebook and learned of her passion for the arts and for her family. I was able to see the love she had for all and wished we had been closer. I pray comfort for her family and her many friends. I know there will be a great void that cannot be filled except by the Lord. May He surround each of you with love.

Charles Hanes

14 junio , 2021

When I first met Judy, she was in our Jr. High drill team the Benjamin Franklin Falconettes. This is how I will always remember my sweet friend.

David Barel

14 junio , 2021

Mrs. Tenenbaum was a pillar of the community and will be sorely missed. May her memory be a blessing.

Deema Abochale

13 junio , 2021

She was a beautiful person inside and out. Rest In Peace dear Judy . You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Charles Hanes

13 junio , 2021

I went to high school with Judy and became friends with her when we were in Jr. High. I am so deeply saddened by her passing. I loved her wonderful personality, intelligence and wit. Several years after high school I was a Flight attendant and reconnected with Judy when she and her husband were passengers on one of my flights to Hawaii. She remined me recently that I gave them a couple of bottles of champagne to take with them. She never forgot that. And I will never forget my friend Judy. I know she will be missed by so many and my heart and prayers go out to her family. I pray Gods grace will bring you comfort during this painful time. The world will be a little less bright without her beautiful glow.

Errin Stanger

12 junio , 2021

Judy loved with her whole being and she loved so many so well. Our arts community has grown with her support and she will be missed. She was a sweet dear friend. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.