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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Yael Galperin

Yael Galperin

December 8, 1922 - April 5, 2015

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

Service Date: Tuesday April 7th, 2015

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Yael Hornstein Galperin passed away April 5, 2015 at age 87. Yael was born Dec. 8, 1927 in Haifa, Israel to Russian-born parents, Chinka and Meir Hornstein, and she served in the Israeli Defense Forces and its elite security service. Comfortable in army fatigues and evening gowns, she pursued a career as a professional opera singer. In 1949, she met and married another opera singer, Levi Galperin, a young Holocaust survivor and rabbi from Romania; together they moved to the United States in the 1950s and settled in Philadelphia. Yael was awarded a full scholarship to the Academy of Vocal Arts — and became one of its prize performers.
Eventually, Yael put aside her full-time pursuit of opera to raise her children. She continued singing, but also taught and worked in school administration and in the development of educational materials. Yael and her family moved to California in the 1980s, where she worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater L.A. Yael was an avid reader, spoke several languages, traveled the world, and met every challenge of life head-on with integrity and smarts.
Yael will be missed by many — including her husband, Rabbi Dr. Levi Galperin; daughter and author Leora Krygier; son and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; sons-in-law David Krygier and Rabbi Zachary Shapiro; and grandchildren Oren Krygier and Talia Krygier-Altit — together with their spouses, Lindsay Krygier and Israel Altit; great granddaughter Emma Ruth Krygier; and niece Daphna Anducic Rowe. Yael was predeceased by her beloved sister, Aliza Anducic.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills: 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, L.A. 90068. Gathering for friends at the family home in Los Angeles thereafter. Visit for more information.
Contributions in memory of Yael may be made to her beloved alma mater, the Academy of Vocal Arts of Philadelphia, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, or

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