Alegra Tevet biography
Alegra Tevet was born 94 years ago in Drama, Greece. Her parents named her Alegra and there isn’t a better name they could have given her. Alegra means happy and joyful. She was one of 7 children and was raised to be strong and loving. At the tender age of 19 her life changed dramatically and she was forced into a life that most of us cannot even imagine. The next three years were spent in concentration camps living in inhumane conditions, separated from her core family and not knowing each day if she would live or die. After she was liberated, she returned to Greece hoping to reunite with any surviving members of her family. Only Alegra and her sister Julia survived. Her husband, Albert Tevet, was a survivor of the Holocaust as well and they were married shortly after they were liberated. Two children, Isaac and Sarah were born in Greece and she was pregnant with her third child, Matilda when they decided to move to the United States.
This one of the greatest gifts they gave their family. They knew no one in the United States, they did not speak English and they had a very young family yet they were determined that their children would be given every opportunity to have a better life. Alegra and Albert settled in Portland, Oregon. Even though we did not have an extended family, we celebrated every Jewish holiday in grand style and Alegra would prepare the most delicious foods. Alegra was well known for her gourmet cooking and being a master baker. She has made countless challahs for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings. She is well known for her skills baking hamantashen at Shaarie Torah. She has been featured in the Portland Oregonian for her bendichos manos her blessed hands. When asked what special ingredients or flavoring she adds to all of her recipes, she responds “I bake with love”. All of her family can attest to this.
It is customary for Jewish parents to bless their children on Friday night at the beginning of Shabbat. Alegra’s children were blessed every day sometimes several times a day with beautiful Ladino words that come from the rich Sephardic culture that she was raised in.
Alegra was the loving mother of three children, seven grandchildren and a great grandmother of four.
She knew how to make each member of her family feel special and loved. Alegra had a positive outlook on life and she has passed that on to her family. We know we have always been able to count on her and that she would travel any distance to support us and help us.
Alegra has gone from a survivor to one who thrived. She has shared her survival story of the Holocaust with many school age children. She has been interviewed by USC Survivors of the Shoah, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the Dallas Holocaust Museum. She has had a remarkable life that we are all proud of. She is our Matriarch, our Woman of Valor, and our Eishet Chayil.
She is lovingly remembered by her son Isaac Tevet & wife Charlotte Tevet, daughter Sarah Korman & husband Dr. Ira Korman, daughter Matilda Rosenberg & husband Marty Rosenberg;
her seven grandchildren: Shonah Marden & husband Phil Marden, Avi Tevet & wife Kelli Tevet, Eli Rosenberg, Jacob Korman, Alanna Rosenberg & husband Dr. Joseph Kanter, Joey Rosenberg & wife Maya Tobias, Jeremy Korman;
and her four great grandchildren: Sofia Alegre Tevet, Samual Albert Marden, Joseph Isaac Marden, and Lillian Rose Tevet.
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