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Malka Zalesky (Altman)

Malka Altman, longtime resident of Ormond Beach passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 8, 2014 from cancer at Shands Hospital / University of Florida with her loving family at her bed side.
Malka was born September 4, 1947 in Cincinnati.

She was a graduate of University of Cincinnati where she received her undergraduate and Master degrees in Childhood Education. Malka mentored and guided countless young people.

She was founder and Director of Temple Beth-El School, the largest private primary day school in Volusia/Flagler Counties.

An extraordinary woman of boundless energy, Malka was charitable and compassionate to those less fortunate. Her charm, beauty, and sense of style were her trade-marks. She touched the lives of everyone she met. She is irreplaceable and will be forever missed by all.

She is survived by her husband Barry of 45 years; her sons Joshua of San Diego, California and Mathew and his wife Tamsyn of Ormond Beach. She also leaves behind three grandchildren; Kaleb, Tristan and Adlai; her sister Hanita and her husband Maury Shreiber of Potomac Maryland; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lorna and Alan Schlossman, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The Altman family has designated these areas of special interest with regards to gifts and donations made in Malka's memory;

The Rabbi Barry and Malka Altman Annual Lecture Series, Office of Development unit 8286, 421 North Woodland Blvd, Deland FL 32723;

The Jewish Federation, Jerry Doliner Food Bank, 470 Andalusia Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32174;

and/ or

The URJ Camp Coleman Scholarship fund of Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Rd, Ormond Beach FL 32174.

Funeral Services will be held at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, Friday morning at 11:00. Interment will follow at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 340 White Street, Daytona Beach. 

Malka Altman, founder and former longtime director of Temple Beth-El School in Ormond Beach, died Monday at age 67.

Friends and family members described Altman as a compassionate person who touched many lives at the school she started on Nova Road in 1983. She served as its director until her retirement earlier this year.

“There was something special about every child that walked in this door with Malka,” said Coco Larmie, who has been a teacher at the school for 26 years. “She’s a one-of-a-kind person.”

Altman was married for 45 years to Barry Altman, who was the longtime rabbi at Temple Beth El. The couple retired together this year.

Malka Altman had been battling cancer, said her daughter-in-law, Tamsyn Altman, an administrator at the school. She said countless tributes poured in on Facebook.

“If you needed 15 minutes with her, she’d give you an hour,” Tamsyn Altman said of her mother-in-law. “If you needed $5, she’d give you $10.”

Sheri Myers, who took over for Altman as director of Temple Beth-El School, called her predecessor a “larger-than-life personality” who had a lasting impact on generations at the school.

“It’s amazing the incredibly large amount of people that she has touched and had an influence on and it keeps striking me, what an amazing legacy to leave,” Myers said.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Temple Beth-El, 579 N. Nova Rd. Interment will follow at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 340 White St. in Daytona Beach.


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12/15/14 08:52 AM #1    

Ira Zimmerman

Sad to hear.  I had known Malka since 1st-grade at Talmud Torah elementary school when it was in Avondale. Regards to her family.

12/15/14 10:35 AM #2    

Elaine Moritz (Owen)

I am so saddened to hear of Malka's passing. Went to North Avondale school on Clinton Springs and she and lived right across the street. Her father was a rabbi and she married a rabbi. Her memory of my pencil box (cigar box) in grade school was amazing...she remembered it and said I had the best one. We share birthdays and were best of friends in our youth. Love to the family during this difficult time. A life taken too early. May your memory be for a blessing. Elaine Owen

12/15/14 11:49 AM #3    

Micky (Marlene) Schwartz (Mayer)

I remeber Malka as always with a smiile and a very kind person.  So sorry to hear about the loss.

12/16/14 07:05 AM #4    

Peggy Rich (Friedman)

So very sorry to hear about Malka.  She was always such a nice person.  Our deepest Sympathy to her family.

12/16/14 02:52 PM #5    

Ann Greenberg (Bliss)

I haven't seen Malka since HS graduation, but we knew one another from elementary school at north avondale through high school.  I remember her full and engaging smile.  I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. It sounds like Malka lived a full and rich life. Blessings to her family, friends and her community.

12/16/14 04:07 PM #6    

James Myers

I am certain that God did not waste one moment putting Malka to work at inprocessing orientation.  Malka is  such a loving, open, and sharing person.  She had the gift of putting herself in the other person's shoes to  make them feel at ease and welcome. God knows Malka's heart is pure and open, and has a plan to use her skills in Heaven.

God bless you Malka Altman, I know better than to tell you 'Rest In Peace'. So, keep busy doing God's work!  Yes, I feel sad for her family's loss and the world does miss her--until!   :-)

Jim Myers

Class of '65


12/18/14 05:01 PM #7    

Gwen Katz (Heilbrun)

I thought about Malka this year and we connected on the website. When I think of her, she always had a smile on her face. I remember that we laughed a lot. It was so nice to hear about her family and her job.  I feel sad for her family's loss. I will miss her.

         Gwen Katz Heilbrun      

Thank you for this website! It really unites us and makes it easy to connect.





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