Janine B. Lichstein
Janine B. Lichstein is a dancer and choreographer who became a passionate advocate for suicide prevention after her eldest son, Daniel, died by suicide in 1991.
Ten years after her son died, Lichstein joined Didi Hirsch’s Survivors After Suicide, a bereavement support group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Inspired by the experience, she served as a crisis counselor on the Suicide Prevention hotline for nearly two years before joining Didi Hirsch’s Board in 2006.
A Dallas native, Lichstein studied dance at Juilliard School of Music before earning a BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University in Texas. She ran a ballet school in Washington, D.C. before she and her husband, Henry, moved to New York City and started a family.
Lichstein was actively involved in her community while raising her two young sons, Daniel and Alexander. She served on the Board of the Dance Library of Israel, raised money to elect New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and volunteered for several organizations including the United Way, the Junior League, New Alternatives for Children, and the Parent Teacher Association.
Following a professional opportunity for her husband in 1976, the family moved to Nairobi, Kenya for two years, where Lichstein served as choreographer for the National Theatre of Kenya. The family returned to New York in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles in 1996.
In Los Angeles, Lichstein served on the Board of the Art Museum Council of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is now on the Special Projects committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is a certified yoga instructor and is writing a book that explores her mother’s and family’s life in France before, during, and after WWII.
She and her husband have one grandchild and live in Santa Monica.
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