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Tributes Flood in as JLGB Legend Passes Away Aged 103

The JLGB family was sad to have announced the passing of a true JLGB legend earlier in February - Betty Morris, a cherished member of our JLGB community who lived a remarkable life spanning over a century.

Born on the rare leap day of February 29th 1920, she was a beacon of inspiration, embodying the values and spirit of the JLGB with unwavering dedication. 

As we approach what would have been the 104th birthday of Betty, we reflect on a life that was a tapestry of service, leadership, and joyful commitment to the JLGB.  

Betty stepped into the world of JLGB in 1965 through the enrolment of her daughter, Jackie, (pictured) where she became one of a new breed of female Officers of the recently established Jewish Girls Brigade (JGB), which launched in 1963. Her husband Harry was already an active leader of the Jewish Lads’ Brigade (JLB), where together they would lay the foundations of what would become the modern integrated JLGB we know today, when it merged in 1974. 

Betty was a familiar face at the Ilford Girls and Stamford Hill Girls Companies, and she went on to launch Romford Girls, leaving an indelible mark with her involvement. Many among the JLGB Old Comrades, now parents and grandparents themselves, carry fond memories of Betty from their own youth in the JLGB, particularly at Summer Camp where her protective oversight to ensure boys wouldn’t sneak into the girl’s marquees became legendary! 

Her life story is one of connection and resilience, having married her beloved husband Harry in 1940 and standing by him throughout the remainder of the 20th century.
Even after his death, their bond remained unbroken, as she passed away on the exact day of the 20th anniversary of his passing, a poignant reminder of their shared journey. 

We remembe
r her not just for her longevity, but for the warmth and joy she brought to generations of young Jewish people. Her centennial celebration for her family and friends (pictured) just a few years ago was a moment of collective pride for all who knew her, and a reflection of the life she lived so fully. 

As we bid farewell to a remarkable individual, her legacy within the JLGB continues to resonate. Her life stands as a testament to the enduring values that have s
haped this organisation, and we hope this tribute leads to inspiring further generations to come. 

Betty was not just a member, but a part of our very fabric, and she will be deeply missed. 

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Betty’s fam
ily and may her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all. 

For over 125 years, young Jewish people have been discovering just how brilliant they can be and how they can make the world a better place through JLGB. Whether you're 8 or 18, whatever you want to be, join in and be your best self with us! 

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