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Elana Wayne Glinert
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Troy - Elana Wayne Glinert died January 8, 2024 due to complications from cancer. She was 73 and passed peacefully surrounded by family.
Elana grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey with her parents Edith and Laurence Wayne and sisters Carol and Sally. She attended college at the University of Maryland where she studied business administration. In college she developed a strong connection to her Jewish heritage, and after graduating, moved to Israel.
While teaching English in Jerusalem she met the love of her life, Ephraim Glinert, and they married in 1979. Their marriage was joyously enriched with the births of three children, Rinat, Eitan and Keren. The family moved from Israel to Washington to New York and in every place where she lived, Elana developed deep and long lasting friendships.
Settling in Troy NY, Elana followed her passion for travel and became a travel agent, a career that would last the rest of her life. She joined Birkmayer Travel in 1988, and later became the owner. She took great joy in helping others travel, famously telling clients “I’m not happy with the trip until you are.”
Elana had a real zest for life. With family in tow she traveled the world, with favorite destinations in Europe, Florida, Arizona, California, and of course Israel. She delighted in ethnic foods from couscous to dim sum, and she was an active member of the RPI Culinary Arts group. Elana and her husband loved classical music, going to concerts whenever possible and actively supporting Capital Region Classical Concerts at Union College. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah and active supporter of Jewish causes and education.
Elana is survived by her devoted husband, sisters, children and their spouses Seffy, Zach, and Laura, and 7 beloved grandchildren: Benji, Liora, Aliza, Yoav, Naomi, Noa, and Nava. We all miss her greatly.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday January 14th at 1:00 pm at Temple Beth El in Troy, NY. Shiva is being held at the family’s home.