Rome, Esther R.
- Paula Doress-Worters
Rome, Esther R. (8 Sept. 1945–24 June 1995), women’s health activist and author, was born Esther Rachel Seidman in Norwich, Connecticut to Leo and Rose (Deutsch) Seidman. The youngest of four siblings, Esther grew up in Plainfield, Connecticut where her parents ran a five-and-ten cent store. To compensate for the scarcity of Judaic institutions in Plainfield, Esther’s parents created their own Sabbath observance at home on Friday evenings and her grandfathers founded a “shtiebel,” a European-style house of prayer created as an alternative to a synagogue, often when a community could not support one, where participating families observed the holidays. By the time Esther was old enough, Hebrew classes for children were offered. As a result of this familial activism, Esther and her siblings became more conversant with and committed to Jewish life than they might have been in other circumstances....