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Nov 16, 2015 By Jewish National Fund Category: Historical Preservation,
Jewish veterans of honor: From WWII army medic to trial attorney, she always had a sense of humor
This story in our series profiling soldiers named on JNF's Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill recalls a woman who dedicated her life to public service.
Dinah M. Selvin wore many hats during her 90 years, among them first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, physical therapist, public defender, and supporter of Jewish National Fund.
Later in life, Dinah decided to attend law school at Seton Hall University School of Law. She passed the bar exam in 1967 and in 1969 took a job as a trial attorney and public defender with the juvenile section of the public defender's office in New Jersey's Essex County. In 1980 she became the head of the office and helped that position for five years before retiring. She had been Friedman's boss, and he took over head of the office when she left.
"She had a great sense of humor," Friedman told the New Jersey Jewish News several years after his friend died in 2011. "She was the only woman working with a group of guys, and she needed one to work with us."
Have a story about a veteran named on JNF's Wall of Honor? Write to us at teddyherzl18 at gmail dot com, with "Jewish veteran" in the subject line.
|Photo: Miriam Braun|
At Ammunition Hill, the restored site of the historic battle for the reunification of Jerusalem in the 1967 war, a wall
of plaques honors Jewish soldiers from around the world.