Jewish News advertising sales consultant Susan Kabat, who had worked at the newspaper for the past 15 years, died on July 2, 2018, after a long battle with emphysema. She was 76.
Kabat was born on June 17, 1942, in Pittsburgh, raised her children in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and moved to Scottsdale in 2002. She began working for the Jewish News the following year.
“Susan was a kind, gracious colleague and a consummate sales professional,” said Flo Eckstein, who was the publisher of Jewish News from 1981 to 2013. “I was privileged to work with her for many years. She was a careful, perceptive listener and supported the marketing goals of each client. And she always submitted her work before deadline.”
In her 15 years at the paper, Kabat saw the mantle of publisher pass from Eckstein to Jaime Roberts and finally to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix in 2017.
“We had the pleasure of working with Susan over the last year-and-a-half,” said Craig Burke, director of advertising for the Jewish News. “She had been ill for quite some time, but was still selling advertising for Jewish News up until the end. We will cherish the time we worked together. She will be missed.”
Former Jewish News employee Leisah Woldoff worked with Kabat for 13 years. During that time, Woldoff went from being a single, young reporter to a mother of three and managing editor. They had a professional and personal friendship.
“Susan cared deeply about the needs of her clients and at staff meetings she always shared ideas for ways that would benefit them,” Woldoff said. “She was a kind, supportive colleague and when my oldest son was a baby, we often swapped baby stories because she had a grandson about the same age. She always beamed when she talked about her family.”
Her son, Dr. Mark Kabat, a psychiatrist in Denver, said Kabat took “great pride in being a mother” to him and his brother, Bruce. She also took great delight in being a grandmother to Ethan, Ryan, Samantha and Nathan. Kabat is also survived by her sisters, Honey and Ellen, and daughters-in-law Shari and Sarah.
“She was a kind, loyal friend, and an amazing cook,” Mark Kabat said. “Brisket will never be the same.” JN