Helène Brom­nick


The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

ADED­I­CATED TEACHER and youth worker, Helène Brom­nick in­spired and pre­pared gen­er­a­tions of school pupils for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

She was born Helène Kohn to a Ger­man-Jewish banker. Her An­glo-English mother’s fa­ther, Sir Leonard Franklin, was MP for Hack­ney. Her great-un­cle, Vis­count Samuel, was the first Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner for Pales­tine.

In 1932 the fam­ily moved to Eng­land, where Helène went to Chel­tenham La- dies’ Col­lege and Ox­ford Univer­sity. Her mother brought Jewish chil­dren over from Ger­many to stay in their large home. Qual­i­fy­ing as a teacher and so­cial worker, Helène worked in the Bernard Baron Set­tle­ment in Lon­don’s East End.

She turned down a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship to the US to marry her set­tle­ment col­league, Myer Brom­nick, in 1954 and moved to West Hamp­stead, start­ing her long ca­reer as his­tory teacher at Hamp­stead Com­pre­hen­sive School. Soon af­ter, she be­came head of cheder at Bel­size Square Syn­a­gogue. In 1976 the cou­ple helped found Hamp­stead Re­form Jewish Com­mu­nity.

She oc­ca­sion­ally stood in as school de­part­men­tal head but pre­ferred the di­rect con­tact of teach­ing. She men­tored hun­dreds of chil­dren and pre­pared them for univer­sity and es­pe­cially Oxbridge en­trance.

Af­ter of­fi­cial re­tire­ment at 60, she was reap­pointed an­nu­ally un­til fi­nally re­tir­ing at 73. She re­tired from Bel­size Square re­li­gion school two years later.

Pre­de­ceased by her hus­band in 1991, she is sur­vived by four daugh­ters: Ruth, Miriam, Es­ther and Rachel.

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