Sisterhood Woman of the Year



Barb Stein has been selected as the Sisterhood Woman of the Year!

Barb was born in EngBarbSteinland to a work-at-home mother and a father who served in the London Metropolitan Police Force. After his 25 years of service, which included World War II in London, he retired. The family decided to embark on the adventure of a lifetime by emigrating to the United States.

They settled in southern Ohio, where Barb attended school. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Ohio University and earned a BS in Mathematics. She began working at a plant in Piketon, Ohio, as a scientific programmer.

During her time in Piketon, she met and married Mort Stein. When their daughter, Michelle, was born, they moved to Columbus, Ohio and she stayed home during that period to care for her. Mort’s career eventually brought the family to Mentor, Ohio, near Lake Erie, where their son, David, was born. While living in Mentor, Barb became certified to teach high school math and was hired shortly thereafter. After teaching math for 25 years, both Barb and Mort retired.

Prior to their retirement, The Steins began to search for a new home where they could get away from the nasty northern Ohio winters and still enjoy the amenities of a great city. In 2006, they found just what they were looking for right here in Asheville and they decided to build their own home here.

Barb worked part-time during the academic year at UNC Asheville in the Parsons Math Lab for six years, retiring in May, 2014. She has been volunteering for the past two years at Ira Jones Elementary School as a teacher’s helper and tutor during math period.

After they moved in, they joined Congregation Beth HaTephila and have made many wonderful friends and have enjoyed all aspects of being part of the Temple community. She has been Sisterhood’s treasurer for the last 9 years. In addition she is also Event Liaison for the Temple and volunteers to work at HardLox each year.

It’s hard to believe that this busy lady has leisure time, but when she does, her time is spent gardening, hiking, sewing, and knitting. In fact, she has taught knitting for beginners at OLLI. Although she makes sure the kitchen at CBHT is properly equipped, she says, “I am not a good cook, but will do it if I get hungry enough and there isn’t any other option! I’d rather pull weeds!” Everyone at Sisterhood and Temple considers Barb to be a treasure and a ‘can do’ person. We are happy to honor her as Sisterhood’s Woman of the Year.