The Yom HaShoah Committee of the Quad Cities will present its Richard A. Swanson Hope for Humanity Award to Ida Kramer, former Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities executive director and longtime Holocaust educator, during Sunday's Holocaust Remembrance ceremony.
The award only has been presented six times in the 32-year history of the remembrance, most recently in 2008 to Alan Egly, executive director of the Doris and Victor Day and Rauch Family Foundations.
Ms. Kramer, born May 20, 1926, in Philadelphia, graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls at age 16, in 1942. During World War II, she worked at the Franklin/Philadelphia Arsenal. She married Herbert Kramer, Dec 2, 1945, and moved to the Quad-Cities in 1948.
She has three children, Jeanette Kadosh, of Haifa, Israel, Phillip Kramer, of St. Louis, and Becky Bender, of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Ms. Kramer previously was a Scott County Democratic Party volunteer and was appointed as Scott County auditor in the 1950s
She was the first female executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities in 1986 and served for 15 years until retiring in 2001.
Ms. Kramer remains closely involved in the Jewish Federation by serving on its board of directors, including as board president from 2008 to 2011.
She also was a regional board member and past president of Hadassah, a member of Beth Israel's sisterhood and a board member of the University of Iowa's Hillel and the Iowa State Jewish Community Relations Committee.
Ms. Kramer has been involved in many community activities, such as reading to the blind through a program sponsored by WVIK radio, serving as Rock Island YMCA treasurer and belonging to Federal Emergency Management Assistance System and the Community Council Service boards. She also once was appointed to a Mayor's Media Roundtable on Diversity and Social Equity in Davenport.
"Ida Kramer has been one of the driving forces for a good for many years in our community," Jewish Federation executive director Allan Ross said. "She brought energy, compassion, knowledge and caring to everything she was involved with.
"From making sure seniors were well taken care of to teaching children the important lessons of the Holocaust to helping ensure Israel's survival as the homeland of the Jewish people, Ida has been at the forefront of all of these. It's been an honor to be her friend."
Holocaust education, and financially and spiritually supporting the state of Israel, are two of what Ms. Kramer considers her most important hallmarks.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.