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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.