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Remembering Marie Bernice Dinner

Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund

Marie Bernice Myers Dinner was born in Bolton (Manchester) England on March 3, 1947 to Philip and Sarah Myers. Bernice was one of four daughters. At an early age, her family moved to Sydney, Australia where her aunts and uncles had previously emigrated. In 1958, the Myers family moved to Albuquerque, NM.

In 1965, Bernice enrolled at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there that she met her future husband Bruce Dinner from Denver, CO while they were students. Bernice and Bruce were married in June of 1967 in Albuquerque. They have been married 53 years and have two children, Alec (Inbal Etgar) Dinner and Tara (Larry) Kaplan. She leaves four grandchildren; Miles Dinner and Teva, Raya, and Jonah Kaplan.

Professionally, Bernice worked as an audiologist at National Jewish Health and Rose Medical Center. Then, in 1990, she founded the National non-profit organization Hear Now which provided thousands of hearing aids and cochlear implants to those who could not afford them. Bernice was also President of Health and Medical Research Charities of America whose membership included multiple health related organizations.

Bernice served as a Mountain States Board Member for Jewish National Fund, as well as on the Campaign Cabinet. She was also a member of the Special Needs & Disabilities Task Force were her passion lied. Bernice was the President of the Beth Joseph Congregation and active in many Jewish communal organizations including the Jewish Family Service, Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and others. She was also President of Jewish Charities of America, an umbrella organization of national Jewish Charities.

While much of Bernice’s professional and philanthropic life was dedicated to helping those with developmental and other disabilities, her greatest joy was found in the achievements of her children and grandchildren and traveling with them throughout the world.

We are raising money to plant a garden of 100 trees in Bernice’s name, as well as a meaningful gift to the Special Needs & Disabilities programs within JNF.


raised of $2,500 goal

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