It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Irene Lieblich, 85, on December 28, 2008, the seventh day of Chanukah. Mrs. Lieblich survived the Holocaust and created evocative paintings that recorded Jewish life in the shtetl. She grew up in the Polish town of Zamosc, and, after the war settled in the U.S., as a wife to Jakob and mother of Nathan, a son, and Mahli, a daughter.

Her childhood memories expressed themselves through poetry and painting. Her poems were published in Yiddish-language newspapers, including The Forward, in the 1960s and 70s. And once she began painting in 1971, she found her preferred medium. She studied at The Brooklyn Museum and a year later won first prize at the Farband Arts Festival in New York City.

When Nobel-Prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer saw Lieblich’s work at an Artists