LA PLUME — Keystone College Board of Trustees member and longtime community leader Jane Oppenheim was selected as a 2015 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. The Scranton resident was nominated for the award by Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D.
Oppenheim and eight other award recipients from throughout the state were recently honored by Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf during a luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. Established in 1949, Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania honors extraordinary women for their service to the people of Pennsylvania.
A longtime member of the Keystone College Board of Trustees, Oppenheim received the Keystone College’s Presidential Medallion in recognition of her dedicated service to the college. Keystone’s Oppenheim Family Children’s Center is also named in her honor.
Oppenheim is well known and respected for her community involvement and philanthropy. She received numerous honors, including the Hunter College Hall of Fame for Outstanding Community Service, the Junior League of Scranton’s Margaret L. Richards Award for outstanding contributions to the community, the Jewish Community Center’s Woman of the Year Award, the Martha Wollerton Award for Greatest Contribution to the Overall Welfare of the Community, and the B’nai B’rith Americanism Award.
In addition to Keystone College, she is on the boards of the Scranton Area Foundation, United Neighborhood Centers, Everhart Museum, Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, and Hunter College.
She has served as president of Family Services of Lackawanna County, president of the Voluntary Action Center, and as a board member of Community Medical Center. She is past chair of the United Jewish Campaign, and has been president of Scranton’s Temple Hesed and serves on the North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Women of Reform Judaism, and of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.
Oppenheim received a bachelor of arts degree in English and drama from Hunter College and a master of arts degree in English from Columbia University. She has also pursued studies at New York University, the New School, the University of Scranton, Marywood University, and Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
She is the widow of Richard Oppenheim, son of the founder of Oppenheim’s – The Scranton Dry Goods Company. She is the mother of three children.