Saralee Avery, z''l

Friday, May 2, 2014

It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Saralee Avery on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Saralee was an integral part of the New York campus administration for over 35 years as assistant to the registrar.  Saralee’s personal musical expertise was always respected and sought after by our faculty and students.  Aside from her professional role, she could be counted upon to wear many hats as HUC-JIR/New York grew from West 68th Street to West 4th Street. 

We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, Cantor Lawrence Avery, a beloved faculty member of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music for some thirty years, their children, and their grandchildren. 

May Saralee’s memory abide always as a blessing and may the Eternal bring comfort to the Avery family with all who mourn in Zion and in Jerusalem.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu