In memory of Jennifer Anne Saltzstein Kaffenberger
Jennifer Anne Saltzstein Kaffenberger, 1976-2016, was a loving soul. Her sparkling personality bubbled over with joy and happiness. She inspired everyone she met with her quick wit, compassion for others and passion for the dramatic arts.
Jennifer’s love for drama started early in life in Kansas City. At the age of four her mom took her to see the hit musical Annie. It was a transformative and jaw-dropping experience for her. From that point forward she was destined to follow her passion in the arts and make it a career. The live stage and sound of music captured her heart for the rest of her life. The thrill of the theatre and her admiration for all things related to drama was a hallmark of her life.
She majored in Drama at Duke University and went on to play parts in several off-Broadway shows in Manhattan. Off-stage she was a star of stars, caring deeply about others, doing what she could to lessen the sting of poverty everywhere, and speaking out against racism, bigotry and anything that divided people.
Jen waged a 26-year courageous battle with kidney disease. Despite the tremendous challenge, Jen managed to live a rich life. She was an educator; publisher; playwright; loving aunt; caring sister, and devoted wife. She formed deep, meaningful relationships that lasted for years.
Jen was an intellectual that deeply cared about people, and about the world around her. That’s why we know she would support every effort that ASTEP is making to help the world eradicate poverty while inspiring a new generation to appreciate the arts.
Jen’s private ASTEP fund is currently supporting artists through the Jennifer Saltzstein Kaffenberger Fellowship, which gives individuals who closely model Jennifer’s personal values and skill set a chance to develop their leadership skills as they introduce students to new art forms and new artists. These Fellows will provide students with the chance to not only try new things, but to discover role models from all walks of life and to dream about a future full of opportunities, much as the arts impacted Jen’s life.
Visit our blog to learn about past Fellows and their experiences in the classroom.
We would like to keep you informed on those events over the years so that Jennifer’s spirit and love for life can remain in your lives, too.
Many thanks for your contributions that will help us honor her memory.
+ To make a donation, please follow this link and include Jen’s name in the comment section. In addition, you can mail a check to: ASTEP, 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1303, New York, NY 10036 and include Jen’s name in the memo line.