REMEMBERING JILL CHAIFETZ

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Jill Chaifetz, a beloved advocate for New York City’s children, died on February 2. Chaifetz served for eight years as executive director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), where she worked to build sustainable alliances among community groups and involve parents in creating education policy. Prior to AFC, she founded the Legal Services Center at The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc., where she and her staff represented clients with civil legal problems and taught them how to advocate for themselves. An adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, Chaifetz was also a board member of several educational nonprofits, including the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and Class Size Matters. In addition to her professional aplomb, she will be remembered for her remarkable spirit. “Jill was an exceptional force,” said Elisa Hyman, co-director of AFC. “A sharp intellect, yet approachable, warm and cheerful, and always encouraging and inspiring others. I’ve never met anyone like her.” Chaifetz is survived by Daniel Seltzer, her husband, and their children, Leila, Isaac, and Milo Selchaif. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Jill Chaifetz Education Fund or to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. (M. Risley)