Leah Anne Zallman, MD

  • Born: December 10, 1979
  • Died: November 5, 2020
  • Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend

Message From The Family

We have received so many requests for ways to honor Leah's life. We plan to set up a charitable fund in her honor and will share details when we have them. In the meantime, we have suggested a few that she cared deeply about. Thank you so much.

Leah Anne Zallman, MD, MPH, age 40, of Somerville passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020. She was the beloved wife of Nadav Tanners and loving mother of Eli Zallman and Kai Tanners. She is also survived by her sister Shana Zallman, her niece Isa Zallman, her mother Marcia Bernbaum, and was preceded in death by her father Eric Zallman. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Dina Tanners and father-in-law, Paul Tanners, sister-in-law Timna Tanners (Jonathan Miller), brother-in-law Avi Tanners, and her nephews Jonah Smith, Zeke Smith, and nieces Talia Miller and Elizabeth Tanners. Her many cherished friends and admiring colleagues join her family in mourning.

Leah was an incredibly giving person who left everyone in her life feeling blessed, loved, and improved by their contact with her.

She devoted herself ceaselessly to her work, which included clinical care as well as research into social justice issues that she was passionate about, including immigration and social determinants of health. She was admired as a doctor, researcher, and leader by the entire institution where she worked. Her kindness and brilliant mind shone in every setting and interaction.

As devoted as she was to her work, she was even more devoted to her family and her ridiculously large and closely connected network of friends. She demonstrated levels of empathy and giving that most of us never thought possible before we knew her, and she made it look easy. She effortlessly expressed her love to her family and friends, she drew energy from and delighted in these relationships, and the world will be a dimmer place without her.

She was the best mommy in the world to Eli and Kai, and the best wife, sister, daughter, "Tia" or auntie, niece, colleague, granddaughter, "tesorito", and friend that any of us could've hoped for.

Leah Anne Zallman was born on Human Rights Day, December 10th, 1979, in Panama City, Panama, where her parents Marcy and Eric were working for USAID. She spent her early childhood years in Nicaragua, where she met "Tota," who would remain an important part of Leah's life, and Honduras before the family moved to Washington, D.C. When she was in middle school, the family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, for two years before returning to Washington, D.C. Leah attended Georgetown Day School, from which she graduated and was named a Presidential Scholar. She met her future husband, also a Presidential Scholar, on a bus going to the White House, and their romance began when they reconnected at Swarthmore College, which they both attended. Leah graduated from Swarthmore in 2001 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Public Policy, and graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2007, receiving accolades and awards recognizing her commitment to humanitarian causes. She completed her residency at Boston Medical Center and her General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, and also received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Following completion of her studies she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and stayed on at Cambridge Health Alliance.

She and Nadav moved to Somerville, Mass., got married in 2008, and welcomed Eli (2011) and Kai (2014). They had a full life in the Boston area, where they traveled to the Cape with family, New Hampshire and Maine with friends, and toured the sights of Boston with their kids. They cherished their family time together, even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time they created new traditions, including daily lunches together, evening neighborhood walks, and weekend hikes.

Leah's passion and dedication to social justice was infused in her from infancy by her parents. She lived the ideals she was raised with fully. She once wrote, "(my) passion arises from a deep belief that all humans have a right to health care, and that as a physician researcher, I have a role to play in elevating the voices of the most vulnerable." She took on that task with zest. She cared for immigrants in her clinical practice in East Cambridge, using her Spanish skills as well as her compassion and talent for listening. She co-led Cambridge Health Alliance's programming about engaging clinicians to care for our diverse populations. Leah reached out to policymakers about measuring and improving access not just to health care but to food, housing, and other determinants of health for these populations. And she published research widely in leading journals, including a pioneering study that showed that immigrants contributed more to the healthcare system than they took out of it. She was on the brink of fulfilling her dream of founding a Center for Immigrant Health Research that was to be announced later this month.

Family and friends will gather for an hour of private visitation on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Bigelow Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, in-person service attendance is limited to invitation only, but all are welcome to watch the live stream of the service. For those attending in person, please practice social distancing and face masks are required.

For those who wish to attend the service remotely, please activate the link provided below on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.



Condolence & Memory Journal


I am lighting this candle on behalf of my brother Victor Masbayi. If he were here today, he would be standing with you as you remember Leah and as you push her legacy along. May you find strength in the memories you keep and in her children. Thank you for what you have done, and what you continue to do.

Posted by Rosemary Aswani - Hamilton, ON - friend   November 06, 2021

My prayers and blessings to Leah's family. I am just reading this article and my heart goes out to the family. May Gods love and peace be with you and your family during this difficult time. God is a God of comfort and will dry your eyes.

Rainelle White Boston the family Van

Posted by Rainelle White - boston, MA - Acquaintance   January 04, 2021

Having recently faced the death of my spouse, I feel the pain of your loss so much! Grab the happy memories as they rush back and cry over the loss of future ones. I, too, was in the Peace Corps with Eric. Although I did not know Leah, I can "know" how wonderful she was having known her father. May you soon find peace.

Posted by Ann Langdon-Days - New Haven, CT - Friend   December 27, 2020

Dear Leah - I was in the Peace Corps with your Dad back in 1967. I knew him well and your Mom and Dad visited us when we lived in nearby Arlington. You and I met some years later at your Mom's place in DC. Now I read that you have joined Dad....untimely passings....you will be - as your Dad was - missed and missed deeply. He is there to comfort you and you him. You both left long and strong marks....Abrazos. Jack Riehl
Cape May, NJ. December 27, 2020

Posted by jack Riehl - Cape May, NJ - Friend   December 27, 2020

I did not know Leah, but I knew her father, Eric. He was a bunk mate with me when we trained in Puerto Rico to become Peace Corps Volunteers in Honduras (Group 8) in early 1967. I stayed at his place in the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa and, in September 1969, at his place near Dupont Circle in DC. Eric and I both went on to have careers with USAID. Sadly, in 1997, he passed away while serving as USAID's Mission Director in Peru. I am deeply saddened to just learn that his untimely death is followed by his daughter's untimely death. I miss Eric and I regret that I never met Leah. My heartfelt condolences to her mother Marcy and all her family.

Posted by Mark Wentling - Lubbock, TX - Friend   December 26, 2020


Although we never met Leah, all of us old Sherut LaAm friends of your dad knew all about her and all about how happy the two of you were together. Sincere condolences and much love to You, Eli and Kai. Wishing you strength and courage.. Bonnie Epstein, NYC

Posted by Bonnie Epstein - NYC, NY - Family Friend   December 06, 2020

I am a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. A "minute" was published in the public materials that was part of the general session of the board's meeting. I will post separately.

I spoke in tribute. My comments are below. I sobbed through most of it.

Thank you for honoring Leah at this meeting. I can't tell you how much I wish this were 10 or 15 years from now and I was in the audience at commencement wiping away tears of pride as she was awarded an honorary degree. Instead I will try to hold back my tears of grief.

As a doctor, quintessential Swattie that she was, Leah was devoted to her patients, a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, and was nationally revered for her groundbreaking research. She was brilliant, conducted herself with the highest integrity, and was humble to a fault.

In her personal life, Leah was the standard-bearer for what it means to be a wonderful person. And she was joyful and fun. She adored her husband Nadav Tanners, ‘02, and was a doting mother to their precious boys, raising them to be compassionate and generous from the time they were babies. At her funeral, their 9 year old handed petals from the roses he was given to throw into his mother's grave, to the other children in attendance, so that they too could participate. And when their 6 year old spoke at the service, he said that Leah was the most important part of his family, but that she was also a daughter, sister, and friend, and that the loss was shared. Remarkable for such young children, but not for Leah and Nadav’s.

Speaking for myself, I am completely devastated; bereft and unmoored by this loss. I used to tell Leah that I loved her more than words could tell. Because words just don't do her justice: Leah was quite simply, the best person I've known. She was selfless, and had a magical ability to make people feel good about themselves, as well as feel seen, heard, and appreciated. From the day I met her at the Willets ice cream social the first day of freshman orientation, she was a true friend. She told me when she thought I was screwing up, and teased me about my idiosyncrasies. But mostly, she believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. And she told me of the good that she saw in me that sometimes I wasn't even unaware of, inspiring me to make those qualities a larger part of who I am. I have a long way to go, but I am a better person because of her.

As her mentor at the Cambridge Health Alliance said "Leah brought sunshine to the dark places in life." The world is truly dimmer without her.

Posted by Sujatha Srinivasan - Brooklyn, NY - friend   December 05, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.

Posted by Nicole Redmond - Silver Spring, MD - Classmate   December 03, 2020

Dr. Zallman was the gold standard in healthcare. I left Boston 3 years ago but still talk to people today about how compassionate and caring she was to me as a patient. I was never made to feel like my questions were anything but valid, that my concerns were anything but paramount, and my health was anything than her number 1 priority. My condolences go out to her colleagues and patients, and most importantly her family and friends.

Posted by Ralah Sanadiki - Austin, TX   November 23, 2020


So sorry to hear of Leah's passing. She was a wonderful lady & I enjoyed our visits when you were both home. Thoughts & prayers to you & your family.

Love, Cinda

Posted by cinda tanners - Spokane, WA - Family   November 18, 2020

My greatest condolences to the family, everything I knew of Leah was that she was a fantastic human being, physician, mother, and humanitarian.

Posted by Neal O'Neal - SEATTLE, WA - Acquaintance   November 18, 2020


I just discovered this terrible news today and I feel shocked !!! Dr Zalman was my PCP, my doctor and I really liked her a lot. I talked with her in a consultation by the phone at the same day that she was hit. I don't knopw if she died at the same day. I am very sad for her 2 little children and her extended family. I wish them courage and strength to face this terrible reality of her loss. It has been a great loss for me that was only her client.

Posted by Maria Magalhaes Magalhaes - Milford, MA - Coworker   November 17, 2020

I am so, so sorry to learn of Leah's tragic death. In reading the wonderful obituary, I see that she fulfilled in so many ways the ideals you and Eric instilled in her -- and that so many of us in the field of international development have tried to pass on to our children. You must have been very proud of her.
My deepest condolences.

Posted by Steven Sinding - Washington, DC - Coworker   November 16, 2020

I absolutely loved Dr. Zallman. She was the epitome of the doctor who cared. I am heartbroken for our community and for you, her family, and I will keep her spirit with me as a reminder of how to do more, do better, for our world.

Posted by Sara McCabe - Arlington, MA - Acquaintance   November 16, 2020

Dr. Zallman was my doctor for 3 years and she was wonderful. From my first visit to her office, I felt so lucky to have her as my doctor and I wish that she still was. What a tremendous loss to this world when we need more people like her. My deepest condolences to Dr. Zallman's family and those who loved her.

Posted by David Tovani - Boulder, CO - Acquaintance   November 16, 2020

Dr. Zallman was my primary care for the past 15 years. I am devastated hearing this news. She was so careful and loving and helped me so much with everything I need. A loving person. I felt so safe with her. I still can't process this news but my prayers will be with her family.

Posted by Fabio Scarcelli - MALDEN, MA - Friend   November 16, 2020

It has been devastating to learn that we've lost Leah. I will always be grateful for the close friendship she had with my dear Rachel Shuler and Jeff Klein and their children. This will be an unimaginable absence in their lives, and in the lives of Nadav, their sons and their families and friends. She was trusted, loyal, helpful and loving to so many, and is absolutely irreplaceable. My whole heart goes out to all who suffer the pain of her loss, and I wish for the deepest peace for all. I hope we will all endeavor to love as authentically and passionately as Leah.

Posted by Amy Beam - Gaithersburg, MD - acquaintance   November 15, 2020

Marcy - Shortly before my Karin died you and I spoke and you sent me this poem. It brought comfort to me , and peace to Karin. I return it to you now in hopes that it will being solace to you, Shana, Nadav, the children, and others.
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Be well, Marcy, and know you are loved

Don -

Posted by Don Burrows - Silver City, NM - Friend   November 13, 2020

In the fall of 2016, a mutual colleague connected me to Leah. I read the important analysis Leah had authored, helping to dispel the myth that immigrants are burdens' on the US health care system. Given the importance of these issues for California and the nation, we were thrilled to support Leah and her team as she built on that earlier analysis. This led to many other successful collaborations over the last four years, all of which relied on Leah's strategically focused, academically rigorous research and analysis to combat unjust and dangerous anti-immigrant public policies.

I loved working with Leah. She was endlessly creative, productive, and persistent in service of her deeply held values. Her keen intellect was coupled with tremendous warmth, positivity, and a rare openness that made me always look forward to our conversations, no matter how difficult or challenging the problem or subject under discussion. And the few times we touched on our personal lives, sharing our experiences as mothers of young children, made me appreciate her even more.

As has been already described by so many, she was a truly amazing and inspiring person. I feel deeply fortunate to have known her. The California Health Care Foundation was honored to partner with her. We will endeavor to carry forward the important work at the intersection of immigration and health care; and to do so with the aim of creating a more just society and in the spirit of respect, humility, and passion Leah demonstrated.

In deepest sympathy,

Posted by Amy Adams - Oakland, CA - Coworker   November 13, 2020

It is truly devastating to hear of the loss of someone so caring, giving, bright and empathetic. Leah seemed to make such a vast difference in this world, in the lives of all her family and friends, and in the lives of so many people who she helped in her work. I hope the beautiful memories of Leah that people carry with them will bring them consolation in the days and years ahead.

Posted by Susan Kahn - Chevy Chase, MD - Friend   November 13, 2020

Marcy, I am so very sorry to hear about Leah's tragic death. What an awful loss for you and your family and for the world. She'd already done such good in her short life and was poised to do so much more. My heart goes out to you.

Mimi Brody (Machar)

Posted by Mimi Brody - Silver Spring, MD - Family Friend   November 12, 2020

Marcy, I am so very sorry to hear this. Leah sounds wonderful and I know you must have been very proud of her. My thoughts are with you and your family. May her memory be for a blessing.

Posted by Joyce Rosenthal - Rockville, MD - Family Friend   November 12, 2020

What a beautiful life. I never met her and I saw the news from the journal. I was curios. What a beautiful life.

Posted by Ferdinando Bruno - Andover, MA   November 12, 2020

She was very kind and considerate woman. She took care of my family. We are going to miss her. I send my love and prayers to her family. ❤

Posted by Luciane Fioroti - Medford, MA - Friend   November 12, 2020

Dr Zallman was my doctor. She was every bit of kind and patient and understanding as said by so many others. This is a sad and deep loss.

Posted by Lilly BIRD - Cambridge, MA - Acquaintance   November 11, 2020

I have no words except that you are in our prayers

Posted by Dan Cruz-DePaula - Tunis - Friend   November 11, 2020


She was a truly remarkable person and the world will be the lesser for her loss.
Toby Zallman

Posted by Toby Zallman - Chicago, IL - Family   November 11, 2020

Dear Marcy, as your USAID colleagues and friends, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Leah. As we learned, she was an amazing person and leader who brought such passion and goodness to the world. Our prayers go out to you and your family, Aaron and Rosa Williams.

Posted by Aaron Williams - Reston, VA - Friend   November 11, 2020

As a colleague of Marcy and Eric at USAID and parents of GDS children, one of whom was a classmate of Leah's, this news is just unmanageably sad and tragic. Reading of her accomplishments, it is clear that Leah had already given an enormous amount to the patients she cared for, to the untold numbers of people that her research has and would have helped in the future. Marcy and Shana and others in the family know our prayers and love go out to you. Mark and Susan Schneider, Nov.10,2020

Posted by Mark Schneider - Washington, DC - Friend   November 10, 2020

I'm so sorry. What an amazing person.
May her memory be for a blessing.

Posted by Sarah - Cambridge, MA   November 10, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. I was a hallmate of Leah's at Swarthmore. I have such fond memories of what a lovely and good person she was, always smiling and thoughtful. My deepest sympathies to all who loved her. She was such a light in the world.

Posted by Caitlin Kennedy - Baltimore, MD - Classmate   November 10, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and wish you comfort during this incredibly difficult time.

I had the opportunity to know Leah through her work to advance health care for immigrant families. Though I only knew her virtually, her generosity in spirit and passion for helping others was evident. She was a respected and valued researcher and the impacts of her work will carry on.

Samantha Artiga

Posted by Samantha Artiga    November 10, 2020


One of the kindest, loving and caring providers I've ever worked with. The world is a darker place now that she is no longer with us. May you rest in eternal peace and my prayers go out to her husband, sons, mother, sister and family.

Posted by Sara Furtado - Medford, MA - coworker   November 09, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Leah's bright smile and kind disposition are blessings I never forgot despite my limited time with her. I wish you comfort wherever it can be found during this very difficult time.

Posted by Sarah Silk - Pittsburgh, PA - Acquaintance   November 09, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

I'm an attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, where I work on access to healthcare for low-income immigrants. Leah reached out to me about 6 years ago and I have been delighted to collaborate with her since. Please share information about opportunities to donate to the Center for Immigrant Health.

Gabrielle Lessard

Posted by Gabrielle Lessard - Los Angeles, CA - Acquaintance   November 09, 2020

In addition to her uncommon brilliance and driving passion for immigrant health, Leah will be remembered for her human kindness. She was a Spanish-speaking clinician serving a predominantly Portuguese-speaking patient panel, so she worked with our staff interpreters every day that she provided patient care. Many of the interpreters had only known her by phone or video, and yet all of them said that she regularly took the time to greet them by name, to inquire about their wellbeing, and to thank them and wish them well after each collaboration. This too is rare among providers. May Leah's memory be a blessing. And may we all find ways to carry her work forward, whether in patient care, in research and advocacy, or in the simple but profound acts of treating each other with kindness, dignity and personal interest.

Posted by Vonessa Costa - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   November 09, 2020

Dear Nadav, I will always remember how joyful Leah was with your boys and the way you always spoke of her with deep love. I am so very sorry that she passed away.

Posted by Joan Meyer - Gill, MA - Coworker   November 09, 2020

I was in the class below Leah at Georgetown Day School. She was always kind and confident (yes, I may have had a bit of a crush on her in high school). I remember when she played Helen Keller in the school production of the The Miracle Worker and how impressed I was at how she brought her to life. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joe Urwitz - Auburndale, MA - Friend   November 08, 2020

Leah and I were part of the NYUSOM student group that traveled to Honduras in 2004 to administer care to remote villages. She was one of the kindest people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Treasure the memories, always.

Posted by Paul Campion - Bronx, NY - Coworker   November 08, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I am very sad, I knew Leah as a colleague, a generous hearted and compassionate physician who did so much for the rights and health of vulnerable communities. She did it with righteous love.
My deepest sympathies. Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, San Francisco CA (previously Boston/Cambridge MA)

Posted by Lisa Fortuna - San Francisco, CA - Coworker   November 08, 2020

Having only learned of Leah's tragic passing Saturday morning (fortunately in time to watch the livestream of her graveside service), 24 hours later I am still trying to process the shock and begin to deal with my own grief - a pale shadow of what her family must now be going through. She, Shana, and Marcy welcomed me into their family just before her father's own shocking, tragic death. I had the privilege of watching her graduate from high school. And now I have shared the pain of watching her burial. I have no words. My heart goes out to Nadav and their two beautiful sons, who spoke so movingly at the service. My prayers for Leah and her family will continue as their hearts break and, eventually, start to heal. May her memory be a blessing.

Posted by Phil Christensen - Falls Church, VA - Friend   November 08, 2020

I send my most heartfelt condolences to Leah's family and her so very many friends and colleagues. While I didn't know Leah personally, I knew her through her mother, my friend Marcy, whose joy at Leah's presence in this life overflowed. I know her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all she touched.

Posted by Kathy Trickey - Washington, DC - Family Friend   November 08, 2020

I am saddened beyond words. Leah was a warm, generous colleague and a brilliant thinker. She was always booked and always made the time. Whenever I was in Boston we would meet at Porter Square Books, which pre-Covid opened very early in the morning, before she headed to clinic. She took such delight in her children and claimed she was a part-time Montessori teacher in addition to her other jobs.

Her meticulous research helps us to tell the story of what immigrants give to this nation and what they should receive from this nation. We will carry on her work. May her family be surrounded by love and the memories of this magnificent and joyful human.

Posted by Nancy Berlinger - New York, NY - Coworker   November 08, 2020

Dear Nadav, please know that we share your sadness and our love with you and the boys. One Native American custom repeats the unfathomable: "Where has she gone? Where has she gone? Where has she gone?" She will always remain with you, just as Leah's dad lived in her consciousness and actions. Know that any time you return home to Spokane you all are welcome here. Love from Sally & Tim

Posted by Sally & Tim Quirk - Spokane, WA - Family Friend   November 08, 2020

Nadav, our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of your beloved wife, Leah. May her memory always be recalled for a blessing, and may you all be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel. From Sue and Howard Glass

Posted by Susan Glass - Spokane, WA - Friend   November 07, 2020

Nadav and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Leah was just one of the loveliest people I have ever known. She helped me once when I didn't know who else to talk to, and I have such fond memories of her kindness. I cannot conceive how this must feel. Much love and sorrow.

Posted by Gabriel Hankins - Asheville, NC - Friend   November 07, 2020

We are heartbroken hearing of Leah's passing. Whenever I saw her, she was always smiling and full of life. I know from her sister, Shana, that she was a special person to her family and so many people. It was wonderful to hear her mother and sister talk of her accomplishments. We hope that Leah's memory will always bring you comfort. We love you!

Posted by Rona and Paul Walters - District of Columbia, DC - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

We are shocked and heartbroken over Leah's passing. We will happily remember all the times we spent together. She was the kind of person you immediately like and admire. A truly loving and caring person. Our sympathy of course to Nadav and their children.

Posted by Marilyn & Harvey Klein - Lake Worth, FL - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

Although I did not know Leah as well as many others, I always found her optimism, humility, and empathy incredible while navigating a busy residency training program. She was beloved by her fellow residents and an inspiration to many. My heart is with your family, and I hope that your memories and Leah's amazing legacy give you some comfort through these difficult times.

Posted by Silpa Krefft - Denver, CO - Coworker   November 07, 2020

Leah had a presence about her that was unlike most I have ever had the opportunity to experience. She always had an infectious joy about her. Her kindness was genuine and even in the rare times I had seen her frustrated or displeased, she always remained tactful and gentle. Her kindness was a pillar of her existence. it was always a peaceful and wonderful privilege to be in her midst. To Leah's family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Her unexpected and far too soon departure is felt across our country and no doubt across the globe. Thank you for allowing all of us to be virtually present at her service today. To Eli and Kia, speak of your mother often. Do not be afraid to feel all the emotions the come. Do not be afraid of talking about them. Remember all the wonderful things and precious moments with your mom. Although she is no longer with you physically, she is always with you in your heart, in your memories, and will always be half of you. You both are truly lucky to be her children. She was an extraordinary person and I encourage you to remember that you both are too. Nadav, my love to you. May you find strength in those around you when you feel you are feeling tired or weak. Leah had high standards for herself and she was, loving, gracious, strong and confident. I have no doubt that she chose you because you matched all those attributes perfectly. May you find peace and comfort in each other. She was one heck of a woman and she will be so missed. my deepest condolences, Laura (Woodrell) Glidden

Posted by laura woodrell-glidden - Mount Vernon, WA - Friend   November 07, 2020

A donation has been made by me in loving memory of Leah.

Posted by Melvn Shandler - Washington, DC - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

Heartbroken and shocked doesn't do it justice. I was privileged to know Leah at college and see her over the years since. I always will remember her brilliance, her kindness and infectious smiles. I will always regret not spending more time with her. She was a special rare gem of a person. Lots and lots of love to her family!

Posted by Savitri Basavaiah - Newtown, PA - friend   November 07, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. God bless you and your family.

Posted by Peter Thai - Pasadena, CA - Friend   November 07, 2020

I always thought of Leah with fondness. I loved the way she loved her family and rejoiced in the goodness that happened to it. Comfrey and I mourn her loss in the lives of Nadav and her children, Marcy, Shana, and Isa.

Posted by Josh Bush - Guatemala - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

May her memory be a blessing.

Posted by Rose Ann Feldman - St. Louis, MO - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about Leah. I had the great privilege to work with her when she was a medical student. She was one of best students and went on to fulfill the great promise she showed. The world will indeed be a dimmer place without her glowing presence.

Posted by Kathleen Hanley - New York, NY - Friend   November 07, 2020

The Schoendorf family was heartbroken to learn of the untimely passing of such a sweet, kind and caring soul, so needed by her family and the world. She brought light to dark places, and we shall be forever grateful for the short time she was allowed to share her gifts with the world. We offer prayers of comfort for her loved ones.

Posted by Janet Schoendorf - Atlanta, GA - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

My deepest condolences to Leah's family and community.

Posted by Alyssa Timin - New York, NY - Friend   November 07, 2020

Suree and I are filled with sadness on Leah's passing. We didn't know her but she clearly touched many lives in profound ways. Our hearts go out to Nadav and their children.

Posted by Mike Dirks - Spokane, WA - Friend   November 07, 2020

As Leah's Mom -- who lost my husband and Leah's father Eric over 23 years ago -- and now as a grieving mother of Leah who suffered a senseless death, I would like to share with you a piece of prose, "Death is Nothing at All" written in the 1800s by the Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral in England. Every time I read this, it gives me great comfort. I will reread it constantly over the coming days and months.

I am sharing it on this site because I think some of you who enter legacy.com might find it of comfort as you remember Leah as well as other loved ones you have lost.

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Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.

I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name; speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone; wear no force air of solemnity of sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be put out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you, in an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Posted by Marcy Bernbaum - Washington, DC - mother   November 07, 2020

As Leah's Mom, who went through the death of Leah's Dad Eric, 23 1/2 years ago, and now must go through the death of my precious Leah, I would like to share "Death is Nothing at All' written by Henry Scott Holland, Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral in England in the 1800s.

Every timeI read it, it gives me great comfort. I hope it will give you comfort as well, around Leah's passing and perhaps that of others who are close to you:

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Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.

I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name; speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone; wear no force air of solemnity of sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be put out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you, in an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Posted by Marcy Bernbaum - Washington, DC - mother   November 07, 2020

We are absolutely heartbroken at this news. Even though we have been out of touch for a few years we thought of Leah often and always with a smile on our faces. She was one of those people who lived her values with such earnestness and compassion and you didn't have to know her for long to be sincerely inspired by her generosity of spirit. Our hearts are just broken for her family and we are sending you all the virtual strength which is possible. Lots of love to you, Kim and Colin.

Posted by Kim and Colin - Takoma Park, MD - Friend   November 07, 2020

May you be comforted

Posted by Linda Sprague - Seattle, WA - Friend   November 07, 2020

Jay and I are devastated by this news. Leah was a wonderful adjunct to our family in the Janney Elementary days, when she and Becky were inseparable. The world has lost a dynamic person who will be sorely missed. Love to the family from the Silbermans.

Posted by Judy Silberman - Washington, DC, DC - Family Friend   November 07, 2020

A beautiful soul. My prayers are with her children and entire family and friends.

Posted by Shelly Hannah - Perris, CA - Coworker   November 06, 2020

I always looked forward to seeing Leah at the Brown School and in the neighborhood. I do wish I had the chance to spend more time with her. Her love for her family was so strong. Sending lots of love and strength to all of you. Leah's memory will bring many blessings to everyone who had the honor of meeting her...❤

Posted by Elena Clamen - Somerville, MA - Friend   November 06, 2020

Dear Nadav and family, please accept our deepest condolences. We are heartbroken at learning the terrible news. Nadav, you and the boys will be in our hearts and prayers. With love and great sadness, Katya Smirnova and the family

Posted by Katya Smirnova - Somerville, MA - Friend   November 06, 2020

Leah was a mentor and an inspiration. I am heartbroken. Sending love and strength to her family and everyone that loved her. We will miss her dearly.

Posted by Cristina Brinkerhoff - Brookline, MA - Coworker   November 06, 2020

Dear Shana, Isa, Marcia, and Leah's family, I cannot express how sorry and sad I am for you that you have lost such a love and light in your lives. May her memory always be for a blessing, and may the love and strength of your friends and family hold you up during this time. Lots of love, Lyndsey Epperson

Posted by Lyndsey Epperson - Gaithersburg, MD - Friend   November 06, 2020

Nadav, so very sorry to hear this news. I am very sorry.

Posted by Jonathan Flewelling - NH - Coworker   November 06, 2020

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