one of us is going through a hard time, we have
someone who will be there for us.”
Many members of the community have been
moved by the positive program that Jane Kramer
has created. For demonstrating that with persis-
tence and passion one person can indeed make a
difference, Kramer is being inducted this month
into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
“I am humbled by it,” Kramer says. “One of my
mentors was a woman named Ethel Seiderman
(founder in 1973 of Fairfax–San Anselmo
Children’s Center). “She was just passionate
about social justice for underprivileged families.
She was the one who kept me going no matter
what obstacle. She won this award in 1992. I feel
honored to be in her footsteps.
“Truly, creating and growing ELM is my
life passion. I have more energy, drive and focus
than I ever have had in my life,” Kramer says.
“I am doing what I believe in and what I think
I can contribute my best to. It has made me
brave, courageous and passionate. I feel incredibly privileged.” m
In May, ELM’s end-of-the-year concert will
include a tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein,
who would have turned 100 this year. His daughter commissioned a special version of the song
“Somewhere” from Bernstein’s West Side Story,
to be played by ELM’s and other El Sistema–
modeled orchestras around the world. More
information is available at elmprogram.org.