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  • Monday | September 18, 2023
  • 10:30 am

ADULT EDUCATION: CLICK TO JOIN! Mondays | 10:30 am Meeting ID: 890 9083 9426

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Monday, September 18 10:30 a.m./


Judy Zalesne never gets enough of the classroom – on either side of the desk.  After graduating from Lower Merion High School, Penn, and graduate school, she returned to Lower Merion to teach 10th-grade English.  When her three kids were in school full-time, she taught part-time at Akiba Academy (now Barrack Hebrew Academy), and eventually substituted at The Baldwin School.  After fully retiring from teaching, she again became a student – this time in an adult-education literature class at the Creutzburg Center in Radnor.  For the next 18 years she enrolled in the same extraordinary teacher’s class.

If Inge were still alive, those of us in that class who are still around would still be re-enrolling.

Inge Probstein was that extraordinary teacher, and the class itself was a story worth writing. But after Inge’s death, when her reams of autobiography notes, personal papers, poems, and letters, were unexpectedly given to her, she was stunned by what she learned – and she knew Inge’s Story had to be told.  Despite 18 years as her devoted student, she was never aware of the religious, sexual, mental, academic, and professional challenges this brilliant, witty, and remarkably wise woman had faced.

Inge is long gone; yet she is still with Judy.  Her own words telling her own story gave her a gift, and like some literature, it is a gift that keeps giving.  Judy wants to share Inge’s Story.

Among publications for which  Judy has written feature articles are The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Main Line Times, The Jewish Exponent, The Pennsylvania Gazette (Penn’s alumni magazine), Equus Magazine and Essence Magazine.