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Longtime Community Leader Barbara Yaroslavsky Dies

Posted Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 6:39 pm

By Matt Lopez

Barbara Yaroslavsky, a longtime civic leader in Los Angeles, and wife of L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, died unexpectedly Wednesday.

Barbara was a longtime member of the State Medical Board, and was involved in countless community projects in and around los Angeles. She served on boards for the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Public Affairs Committee, the Los Angeles Free Clinic and LA’s Best, among others.

She also led a special projects group for the Zimmer Childrens Museum, and participates in Koreh L.A., the Jewish community’s response to literacy, which is a task force that has currently in excess of 1,000 volunteers who read with children in elementary schools.

Yaroslavsky was also a member of Commission on Communities and Family Services, formerly the Commission on Children, Youth and their Families, which advises the Mayor and Council around issues to make a difference around programs moving people out of poverty.

“My family and I are shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Barbara Yaroslavsky,” wrote L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Zev and his family as we join their many, many friends in mourning her passing. The City and State have lost a remarkable woman who has done so much for others in so many ways.”

Barbara is survived by Zev, whom she met when the two were attending UCLA and eventually married, and the couple’s two children.

No details have been released yet on funeral services.

2 responses to “Longtime Community Leader Barbara Yaroslavsky Dies”

  1. Judy Franklin bush says:

    So very sad to hear the news this morning
    What a good soul !
    She will be missed terribly

  2. Ben Halfon says:

    I am very sorry to learn the passing away of Barbara. I met Barbara in the 70’s when we used to be Wednesday night at UCLA Hiller for Israeli folk dancing at the door collecting money. I also did door knocking for Zev in 1975 to be elected to the city council.

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