Ray Porus Palevsky
July 20, 1916 – September 20, 2020
After nearly a century of an extraordinary life, Ray (Chayele) Porus Palevsky died peacefully on September 20, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, surrounded by the loving care of River Garden staff and family. These last 3 years Chayele was a Member at The Coves on the River Garden campus in Jacksonville Florida. She moved from New York City where she and husband Simon (Shimke) (o’h) had lived since arriving in 1946 as refugee survivors of the Nazi holocaust. They met as Partisans fighting the Nazis in a Jewish unit based in the Narotsh woods near Vilna in Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania). Chayele was the last surviving member of that unit called “Nikome,” (Revenge). Her story is recorded in films, books, journals and archives. In New York, Chayele worked in the family jewelry business, Shimke was the goldsmith and dealt with the trade. Chayele handled the retail end of the business for which Shimke had no patience. Together they helped establish Nusakh Vilna, (now part of YIVO), Workmen Circle branch 349, and Camp Hemshekh, that started with the children of holocaust survivors. They were active in numerous organizations devoted to living Yiddish culture and projects of social justice. Chayele was a life-long avid reader of the “Forverts.” Young and old knew Chayele for her warm, gracious hospitality in which she took great pride. Chayele and Shimke had two sons together: Moishe Palevsky (Cheryl) of New York City and Elye Palevsky (Donna) of Saint Augustine, FL. Chayele especially lo-oved and doted on her grandson, Dr. Sholem Palevsky of Jacksonville, FL. A private burial service will be held in New York. Memorial gatherings to share memories and appreciate Chayele’s life will take place when all people can once more gather safely. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice. Chayele would be pleased with gifts made to the YIVO/ Institute for Jewish Research (NYC),https://www.yivo.org/, The Workers Circle (NYC),https://circle.org/donate/, The Forward/Forverts (NYC) https://forward.com/ and River Garden Hebrew Home (Jacksonville, FL). https://www.rivergarden.org/river-garden-foundation/donate/ KOVED IR ONDEYNK.