Doris Doctor, formerly of Cincinnati, was born in 1923 in Tubingen Germany, the daughter of Adolph and Hannah Bernheim, sister of John Bernheim, who all preceded her in death. Her parents and brother received affidavits through their cousin Ruth Bernheim, the granddaughter of Issac Mayer Wise. Doris was able to join them in Cincinnati by January of 1940. She attended night school at Hughes High School and received her high school diploma. She moved to New York City, met her husband, and returned to Cincinnati to start a family and build their lives together.
Doris and her husband Bernard were co-founders of Temple Shalom. She was involved in many volunteer activities including singing in the Temple choir, president of Lilah Chapter of Hadassah; serving as a docent at Hebrew Union College and the Cincinnati Art Museum; working at the Krohn Conservatory, and visiting the elderly.
In 1981 she returned to Germany with her family and by invitation of the mayor’s office of Tubingen. She continued to visit the city on numerous occasions, sharing her experiences with school children and the community. She became lifelong friends with a group of students, volunteers, city officials, and academics dedicated to learning about what happened to the Jews of Tubingen before, during, and after the Holocaust. In November 2017, she led a delegation of three generations of her family to her hometown for what became her last visit. She lit Shabbat candles and participated in the first services held on the site of the former synagogue destroyed in Kristallnacht. The following year she and her family visited the birthplace of her husband that is now in Poland.
In 2004, Doris immigrated to Israel to join her daughter and family in Moshav Nir Zvi. She became a well-known figure in the community participating in activities, engaged with her grandchildren’s lives, enjoying musical concerts, and family travel adventures. Many people in the community called her Grandma. She visited the states several times to attend family celebrations, visit with family and friends in Cincinnati, and traveling with her grandchildren.
Doris Doctor passed away on April 29, 2021, at the age of 98, her daughters by her side. Doris was married 49 years to Bernard Doctor who died in 1998. She was buried in Moshav Nir Zvi in Israel. She is survived by her two daughters Ruth (Eli Yeshurun) and Linda Jo (Elliot Ginsburg), four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, three step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.
For contributions in memory of Doris Doctor please send your donations to the Marsch des Lebans e.V. (https://marchoflife.org/donate/) and/or to Birkat Shalom located at Kibbutz Gezer. To make a tax-deductible donation please use the following site http://kbyonline.org/synagogues/kehilat-birkat-shalom