At age 54, Tamar Lichtenstat (nee Wasserteil) was diagnosed with cancer. Two years later, the disease returned. For the next six months she fought bravely for her life, until she passed away.
Tamar was born to be a kindergarten teacher. As soon as she finished school, she devoted her life to children. Even when she moved to Boston for five years, to accompany her husband Prof. Lichtenstat in his studies, she continued as a kindergarten teacher in Maimonides, leaving her mark of love and caring on children and their parents.
After she fell sick the second time, she continued working in her kindergarten in Ramat Aviv, with selfless commitment to educating Jewish children. Often she was so drained that she had to lie down on the floor in a side room to rest. Afterwards, she returned to the children without their even having noticed that anything was wrong.
Two weeks before her passing, when she could no longer come to the kindergarten, the children were shocked to discover that she was sick. Even then, her commitment continued as she instructed her replacement how to prepare for the upcoming Chanukah party, which she did not live to see.
Tamar left behind three sons, a daughter, grandchildren and hundreds of children and parents, whom she educated with her ideals of kindness and acceptance. Each class had a child who was different in some way, either blind or autistic.
Yad Tamar was founded in the merit and memory of this very special woman, wife, mother and teacher.