Devorah Steinberg, 56, of West Roxbury, MA was a healer, a dancer, a giver, a mother, and a connector. Generous to a fault, she extended herself with kindness to her son, family, friends, and clients in her Jamaica Plain therapy and coaching practice. She died on February 18, 2021, from complications of scleroderma.
A native of Spring Valley, NY, she made the Boston area her home for her entire adult life. She was thrilled when she became pregnant with her son Joshua, and gave her heart and soul as a single mom for fifteen years. She often called Josh “Little Buddha,” and said he was her favorite person on earth, completely separate from being her child.
In addition to her son Josh, Devorah leaves behind her mother Harriet Gerstenfeld of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, father Alan Steinberg and step-mother, Madelyn Steinberg of Hallandale Beach, FL, brother Keith Steinberg of Washington, DC, her dear friend Steve Gordon of Newton, MA, as well as her beloved son’s father, Bryant Kaplan, who are working together to ensure that Devorah’s wishes for her son are fulfilled. She was predeceased by her stepfather, Jack Gerstenfeld.
Devorah graduated from the University of Vermont in 1986, and the Simmons School of Social Work in 1991. A few years after completing her social work degree, she launched her private psychotherapy practice, where she transformed her clients’ lives for 25 years with insight, patience, and profound empathy. She was a constant learner with a passion for body/mind connection, including completing training in spiritual integrative hypnotherapy, body-based trauma treatment, spiritual counseling, meditation, and divorce mediation, and became a certified yoga instructor at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge.
Devorah cultivated an enduring network of women friends who sustained, fed, and cherished her during her battle with scleroderma. She was a deeply spiritual person who, over the years, belonged to Temple Israel, Temple Beth Zion, and most recently, Temple Shalom in Newton. She was an explorer of many faith traditions and alternative healing practices.
Devorah embraced life fully. She travelled the world, including recent trips to Iceland, Israel, and Costa Rica. She was a tenacious and accomplished athlete, completing triathlons and other ambitious hiking and biking expeditions. She loved swimming in any body of water, most recently at the Hyde Park YMCA pool, and attended New England Dance Camp each summer for decades, where she danced with abandon. She was a Beatles lover, a practitioner of gratitude, and an open-hearted hostess who found tremendous joy in producing vats of delicious homemade lentil soup to feed all who gathered in her warmth.
Devorah’s legacy is a voice of unconditional love that will continue to speak in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.
Donations in Devorah’s name may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.
a link to be view the recording of the funeral service can be found here