Rosi Goldsmith, z”l, passed away June 8, 2021, in Portland. She is survived by her brother, David F. Goldsmith (Bonnie S. Hillsberg) of Silver Spring, Md.; sister, Julie Cwikel (Samuel Bar-Gil) of Omer, Israel; nieces and nephews in Israel and Michigan; and cousins in Portland. Her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Robin Adler-Goldsmith, z”l, predeceased her.
Rosi was born April 25, 1950. She was the daughter of internationally known epidemiologist John R. Goldsmith, z”l, and paleontologist Naomi F. Goldsmith, z”l. Rosi was born in Salem, grew up in Berkeley, Calif., and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1967. She attended Reed College from 1967 to 1970. From 1971 to 1975, she was part of the Learning Community, an experimental institution of higher education founded in 1970 by a group consisting mostly of former faculty and students at Reed College that was funded by the Carnegie Corporation and affiliated with Antioch College. In 1975, she co-founded a cooperative women’s printing press, Olive Press. She returned to Portland State University and completed her dual BS degree in speech communication and physics in 1988.
From 1988 to 2002, she lived in Grants Pass, joining a community of Sai Baba devotees, working with elderly and disabled patients. She returned to Portland in 2002 to help care for her mother, Naomi Goldsmith, working as organic gardening coordinator in an elder care facility.
Drawing on her own deep experiences with injury and trauma, she became a licensed massage therapist and body worker in 2009, specializing in rehabilitation through neuroplastic healing, especially for Parkinson’s patients. She owned Integration Massage (integrationmassage.com/) in Portland. She taught courses on organic gardening and nature communication.
Rosi was a special spiritual soul who brought light and healing to all those she touched. She leaves behind numerous friends from Congregation P’nai Or and the Sai Baba community.
Rabbi Hannah Laner of Congregation P’nai Or officiated at the funeral June 13.