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Breslauer Suzanne

Suzanne Breslauer

Honored October, 2019

Suzanne Breslauer

Her passion is social justice. Driven by her indomitable spirit and energy, 80 year old Suzanne Breslauer hasn’t slowed down one bit. In the 19 years since moving to Santa Fe, she has has devoted her energy to helping the less fortunate. A natural and humble leader and tireless volunteer, Suzanne has been involved as a founding member and board member of many nonprofit and social justice organizations. 
As Temple Beth Shalom’s Social Justice Director Suzanne led the effort to address homelessness.  She was a founding member of the Santa Fe Interfaith Leadership Alliance which brings together clergy from all faiths for the common good. The  Interfaith Community Shelter group shelters and feeds the homeless. Suzanne guided and directed Envision Santa Fe, a program that mentors people transitioning from homelessness and community dependency into independent self sufficient lives. As a board member she shared her expertise with Youth Shelters and Family Services, an organization helping runaway and homeless youth. Suzanne’s vision for a better world for all people reaches beyond Santa Fe. She is active in Creativity for Peace  an organization that fosters leadership and peace making by bring together young women from Israel and Palestine to meet and tell their stories through art.
In addition to all her work for social justice and interfaith cooperation, Suzanne has served on the boards of the New Mexico Dance Coalition, the Santa Fe Opera Guild, New Mexico Women’s Foundation and New Mexico Women in the Arts.  She teaches English as a second language to persons working on becoming citizens.
Friends and colleagues describe Suzanne as exceptional in character and spirit; sensitive, insightful, intelligent, caring, warm and engaging, a kind and wonderful person that elevates all those around her. 



Story by Nancy Dahl

Photo © 2019 by Genevieve Russell