Former Scarsdale resident, community activist and Hunter Hillel board member Vivienne Braun died Aug. 13 at age 58. Though she lived in Greenwich at the time of her death, she remained an active member of the Scarsdale community where she had lived for 20 years. Her volunteer affiliations included serving as president of the Scarsdale High School PTA, vice president of the Parent-Teacher Council and a board member of the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service. She was also a member of Westchester Reform Temple and co-chair of the Social Action Committee at WRT.
She was self-described as someone “dedicated to helping the less fortunate,” and tutored elementary school students through Westchester Jewish Community Services as well as serving on the board of the Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Program (STEP).
Mrs. Braun and her husband, Perry Braun, were also supporters of the Israeli Defense Forces and visited Israel on multiple occasions to participate in bicycle rides and visit military bases. She completed a term on the executive committee of Westchester Women’s Philanthropy of UJA and became part of JCC-UJA Greenwich shortly before her death.
Mrs. Braun completed her master’s degree in English as a Second Language from Manhattanville College while raising her children in Scarsdale and taught part time as an adjunct at Manhattanville College. She also had a bachelor's from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Members of STEP who worked alongside Mrs. Braun described her in a bereavement notice as “strong, enthusiastic and dedicated to her family, friends, STEP and numerous other Scarsdale and worldwide organizations and charities that she whole-heartedly supported.”
She is survived by her husband Perry and their children, Jack, Nicole and Andrew.
The memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale. Shiva will be observed at the Braun residence, 27 Mooreland Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, on Friday following the service until 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2-8 p.m. and Monday 7-9 p.m.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Braun may be made to Hunter Hillel with the memo “The Vivienne Braun Fund to address food insecurity” or the Anti-Defamation League.