Arlene Cohen Epstein, was most recently of Atlantic Beach, New York. She passed away on January 6, 2019, at the age of 82. A prolific writer, her crowning professional achievement was as a theatre critic. In addition to a 30-year career writing her weekly “Critic-at-Leisure“ column for the South Shore Record, and later, the Nassau Herald, she was a Member and Board Member of the prestigious Drama Desk since 1982, and served as their secretary. A Tony Award voter for many years. She was also a member of the Outer Critics Circle, the American Theatre Critics Association and the League of Professional Theater Women.
Arlene graduated from Lincoln High School, attended Brandeis University, graduated from Barnard College and later received a Masters Degree in Humanities from Hofstra University. She was an accomplished golfer and achieved Life Master status with the American Contract Bridge League. She served on the Boards of several charitable organizations, including The Laura Rosenberg Foundation for Pediatric Leukemia, Israel Tennis Centers, the Peninsula Counseling Center, Five Towns Community Chest SESD and South Shore Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Harvey, and by her sister Lydia Saiger, in 1986. She was the eldest daughter of Harry Cohen and Sally Firetag Cohen of Manhattan Beach, New York, she was a loving mother to Jolie Epstein Kapelus and her husband Jerome and Adam Epstein and his wife Ilene.
She will be missed sorely by her six grandchildren, Samantha, Casey and Brett Epstein, and Liza, Sydney and Griffin Kapelus; by her special niece, Aimee Saiger; sister Patricia Caesar and her husband, Vince Stehle; brother Jeffrey Cohen and his wife Kathy; and, her extended Epstein, Hyman & Firetag families.
There will be a graveside funeral at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst, NY on January 8 at 11 a.m with Shiva to be observed at the houses of her children in New York City and Hewlett, NY.