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Leslie Shuman Kramer, 60, leader of local and national Jewish organizations | Featured Obituaries

A 1979 graduate of Williamsville East High School, she first visited Israel on a family trip when she was 13. She then convinced her parents to send her away for the whole summer the following year, while she was living on a kibbutz and meeting cousins. who had emigrated from Ukraine.

While earning a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, she spent her freshman year at Tel Aviv University and learned to speak Hebrew fluently. She returned to Israel after college and worked in entry-level positions for over a year, then decided to pursue a career in law.

She enrolled at the University of Buffalo Law School and upon graduation moved to Chicago, where she worked as a bankruptcy attorney and was a member of the Young Leadership Board of the Chicago Jewish Federation.

She moved back to Buffalo in the mid-1990s and joined the company now called Gross, Shuman, where her father was a partner. She and her husband, president of Luminescent Systems, a subsidiary of Astronics Inc., married in 1996.

Ms. Kramer stopped practicing law when her children arrived and devoted herself to pro bono work.

“If something was close to her heart and someone asked her to do it, she would do it,” her husband said.

The Buffalo Jewish Federation honored her in 2000 with its Milton and Ruth Kahn Young Leadership Award.