doris mainzer z'l

When people talk about Keren Yosef founder Mrs. Doris Mainzer z"l, she is most often remembered as a person who would never take no for an answer. Doris Mainzer, who friends and associates all simply refer to as Doris was well known in the Beit Shemesh community as a tireless worker who would bring out the best in all she met. Immigrating from London in 1996 with her husband Joe z"l to join two daughters already living in Israel, the former Jewish studies teacher plans were only to retire close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had no idea that within a few years she would be affecting some of Israel's most important institutions in truly groundbreaking ways. doris mainzer Local firefighter, Natan Sultan, says that Doris is the ideal example of the tremendous impact which one person can have on an entire community - if they commit themselves. Reuven Harrow, who as a medic and local coordinator for Magen David Adom worked closely with Doris, described her simply as an 'enabler.' "She could allow you to realize your potential like no one else. She would give you an assignment and if you agreed to work with her, fine and if not she would go on to the next person until the job was done. She was never afraid to ask for help and she was also never afraid to do the job herself." Through her tenacious dedication to building Keren Yosef in memory of her husband's passing, she succeeded in building an infrastructure for Beit Shemesh's first responders that has become a model for localities all over Israel. Despite speaking almost no Hebrew and being a new immigrant, Doris was able to gain the attention of some of the nation's most influential decision makers including receiving letters of commendation from Israel’s President. Only months before she passed away she arranged a personal meeting with then Minister of Health Danny Naveh to discuss further expansion of Keren Yosef's efforts. Yet according to her daughter Gina Kirsch, doris mainzerwho has assumed the responsibilities of running the organization, her mother's most lasting attribute was her humility. Gina adds that her mother "was constantly on the lookout for opportunities to help people. She would never be satisfied with what's been done already. There are always new and original ways to make people's lives better and more secure and she would make sure to find them."