Helen (Hersh) Weisel, 91 years of age, of West Hartford, died Sunday, April 15, 2018. She was the widow of Alfred Weisel. Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Abraham Hersh and Ethel (Lax) Hersh. Helen Weisel earned a B.A. in elementary education from Brooklyn College and taught elementary school in New York City. Later in her career, she earned a Masters degree from Hebrew College. She taught for many years at The Emanuel Synagogue school and served as its principal. Mrs. Weisel served as women’s coordinator of the Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) of Greater Hartford and was active in The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood, AMIT, and Parents of North Americans in Israel. She was a volunteer at the Hebrew Home adult day care program and tutored and mentored refugees from the Soviet Union. She was a member of The Emanuel Synagogue, the Young Israel of West Hartford, and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford. She leaves her children, David Weisel (Barbara) of Potomac, Md., Hillel Weisel (Audra) of Seymour, Conn., and Ilana Weisel of Silver Spring, Md.; son-in-law David Eichler of Israel; sister Ray Oppenheimer (Eric) of Woodmere, N.Y.; nine grandchildren (Maor, Raanan, Ari, Noam, Gabriel, Ezra, Jonah, Aden, Tova); nine great-grandchildren (Rachel, Yoel, Shani, Naama, Itai, Yaara, Yedidyah, Isaac, Judah); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Aviva Weisel Eichler. Memorial donations may be made to Yad Sarah, or other charities. For further information, or to sign the guest book for Helen, please visit online at


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