August 11, 2009

Homeless woman leaves Hebrew U $150K

A 92-year old Holocaust survivor who lived on the streets of New York bequeathed $150,000 to Jerusalem's Hebrew University, the university Web site said.

Yefet Ozery of the university's Development and Public Relations department received a check from the woman's executor last week, the site said. The woman had never visited Israel.

The executor told Ozery he and his wife had looked after the homeless woman for a number of years, had helped her receive public housing and assisted her in applying for compensation from the German government.

In return for their help, the woman moved the couple's car from one parking place to another in Manhattan to help them avoid parking fines, the site said.

Only after the woman died did they discover she had left half her fortune to the university, the site said.

Ozery said the woman's name will be inscribed on the university's Wall of Life. She said the donation would be used for medical research scholarships in accordance with the will's stipulations.