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Jill’s Story

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Team Leebaum/Birnbaum

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Jill died peacefully on Saturday morning surrounded by an
intimate circle of family and dear friends. She is survived by her beloved partner
Warren Lee, her mother and father Margie and Buzz Birnbaum, her brother and
sister-in-law Jeff and Kristen Birnbaum and niece and nephews T.J., Katelyn and
Brendan, her grandmother Doris Zich, her uncle Jonathan Zich and countless
friends and family from Beijing to London to Malaysia to Brooklyn. 

Jill’s life was a spice rack of colors, flavors and culture.
From the far corners of the world to the corner dumpling shop, Jill delighted
in, celebrated, and shared delicious foods, artisanal crafts, fierce fashions,
and people’s stories.  Her travel and
adventures, and the pleasure she took in every encounter, was only matched by
her delight in sharing that experience with others – a smile, a knowing wink, a
conspiratorial nod of the head.  

Jill lived several lives in the course of her 40 years. At
the core of her passion was elevating the dignity of others – from connecting
and creating families through international adoption in China and Nepal, to child
and family social work in Brooklyn and London, to founding Sí Se Puede! (Yes We
Can!), a workers cooperative in Brooklyn.  

Jill was an intrepid traveler and polyglot. Jill’s appetite
to connect with people led her to learn Chinese, Nepali, Spanish, Hebrew and smatterings
of many other languages, including her own frequent made-up words and phrases
which have worked their way into the lexicon of her many friends across the

Jill found her soul mate in Warren Lee. They lived together
in New York and London, travelled the world, and were an insanely handsome
couple. Jill delighted in bringing together her countless intimate friends and
inspired community everywhere she went.                                  

Jill’s memory will be a blessing to all who have known her.

The service will be on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Temple
Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA. A shiva
will follow the service at 238 Rosemary St.,
Needham, MA
on Monday and also on Tuesday 1-4 and 7-9pm.

Please refer to the CaringBridge website below for more information.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Jill’s family has asked people
to honor Jill’s memory with a donation to one of the organizations Jill adored.

Jill dedicated her life to social justice and making
the world a better place. So many organizations and issues were important to
her. One of the most important and meaningful organizations is one that she
founded in 2006, “
 Se Puede!” 
Information on  Se Puede and how to donate is below. Additional
organizations that meant a lot to Jill are forthcoming.

Can Do It Cooperative

Cooperative, We Can Do It! Inc.
was founded in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in August, 2006 by Jill Birnbaum
and a small group of immigrant women designed to bring together immigrant women
to create a
women-run, women-owned, eco-friendly housecleaning business.
The cooperative is designed to create living wage jobs that will be done in a
safe and healthy environment, as well as to provide social supports and
educational opportunities for its members.

mail checks to:

Anami Cruz

Can Do It Cooperative (CFL)

39th Street, 4th Floor

NY 11232