In Remembrance of Jamie

Jamie Goldblat

6/4/1990 – 3/27/2020

…So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

-From A Litany of Remembrance, by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer

A particular beauty of memory is that we remember people and stories in different ways. We were lucky to have known Jamie Goldblat, and for the memory of her that will forever be with us, for she brought light and loveliness into this world. What we remember most is her outward gentle nature, patience, and kindness, but we also remember the expression of her inner artist. Jamie was uniquely creative. She saw beauty and humor where others could not see it. She was a conceptual artist. And so, she made her life and other’s better by being here and by being herself.

“you can’t catch FD”

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance


Jamie succeeding in this quest. Jamie was born with a rare genetic condition called Familial Dysautonomia, or FD. While her condition affected so many aspects of her life, and contributed to her early departure from this realm, she was not defined by FD. We remember her for her inward significance, for the talent she had, and for her kindness and love for others. She will also be remembered through the ones she loved and was loved by, including family, friends, and felines.

Fellow conceptual artist Jenny Holzer once said, “In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy”. Jamie was not to be kept within the bounds of the body she was born into. She lived beyond FD. And as we all remember her, we are thinking about the Jamie that will forever live in our hearts. 

Jamie’s sister Jessica Goldblat Cohen wrote a wonderful tribute to Jamie on Facebook, which we encourage you to also visit by following this link.