Juliet R. Bernstein
July 2, 1913 – November 18, 2021
Juliet R. Bernstein, age 108, of Chatham, Massachusetts passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Juliet was born July 2, 1913.
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Juliet R. Bernstein
December 4, 2021
Juliet and I met some twenty five years ago when she and the Fellowship of Reconciliation began the Peace Essay and Poetry Contest at Nauset Regional High School where I served as English Department Chair. She and Bob Winter, her stalwart partner, would research topics that high school kids would be interested in including over the years Hunger, Native Americans’ view of Columbus, Gender Equity and other equal but thorny topics of debate. The kids loved the contest, getting both money and public recognition for their endeavors, and Juliet loved meeting them at the awards assembly we would have as well as public readings on Samoset at the coffee house. The FOR recognized me for my part over the years in participating. Juliet made everyone feel important. She later had my son lecture to the FOR about the role of Russian woman in the Soviet Union, which made his day. Back in June, I got a call from Juliet about the go-fund-me-page her son was starting for her. I got the sense from her that it needed some public notice, so I called Tim Wood at the Chronicle, who called Juliet, and then wrote the first article about it. From there Juliet’s story went to the Cape Cod Times, and then the Boston Globe. Finally, it reached the Guardian who questioned this country’s values when the eldest and what should be the most respected in our society don’t get the at-home care that they need when they’re at their most vulnerable. Juliet became the “poster child” advocating for seniors to maintain their dignity by being able to have control over their lives as they age. I am sure that wherever Juliet is now, she is still advocating for the mst vulnerable, and as always, you listen, when Juliet speaks and are more human for the effort. We love you, Juliet!
November 28, 2021
Juliet Bernstein holds a special place in my heart and mind. She inspired me to follow through on my career as a science educator; that could be difficult in the 60's -90's. I remember Juliet talking me into marching in a few 4th of July parades supporting the Equal Rights Amendment, finally approved by enough states several years ago. Chatham was fortunate to have Juliet as a resident continually snapping at all our heels to be fighters for a better and more fair future, especially for women.