Goldye Abby Kopmar

The three most important areas of Goldye’s life have always been Torah, music, and family. From her early life growing up, to raising her own children, Goldye’s family motto has always been, “The family that prayed together, played together, stayed together.” 

This carried over to her adult life including marrying Cantor Jerome Kopmar.  One of her greatest joys was aiding and playing her violin in her husband’s renowned Beth Abraham Youth Chorale. Goldye says “it’s a highlight that has never been excelled.”

Sharing synagogue life, Goldye taught Torah to the Beth Abraham Sisterhood, Judaism to female converts, Torah, tropes & parsha for Bar/Bat mitzvah and had the special privilege of creating and teaching the confirmation course on “The Role of Jewish Women in History,” as well as the importance of family purity and mikveh.  As president and treasurer of the Dayton Ritualarium Society Mikveh (for over 40 years), Goldye was able to preserve the beauty of observing the laws of family purity and mikveh. 

In the general community, Goldye taught string orchestras in the inner Dayton City Schools for 39 years.  Goldye’s Masters in Counseling Education from the University of Dayton enabled her to guide, inspire, and steer these students toward higher purposes in life. She started the first full orchestra in the Dayton Public Elementary schools. At Dayton’s Stivers School for the Arts, where she taught for 20 years, she co-founded the after-school String Academy.  

Goldye is hugely thankful to HaShem “for continuing to give me a life in which I can inspire others.  I hope I can continue to bless others as I have been blessed.”

Goldye and her husband are proud of their 4 children, 12 grandchildren (20 with spouses) and 13 great-grandchildren.