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Rina Lee Janet, leader in Jewish community, dies

Rina Lee Janet, leader in Jewish community, dies

Rina Lee Janet, a leader in Baltimore’s Jewish community who headed Israel Bonds of Maryland, died of cancer Jan. 15 at her Owings Mills home. She was 62.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Oakford Avenue in Northwest Baltimore and Hatton Road in Pikesville,she was the daughter of Alvin Paul Smelkinson, who worked in the food industry, and his wife, Miriam.

She attended Beth Tfiloh Day School and Pimlico Junior High School and was a 1972 graduate of Pikesville Senior High School. She earned a journalism degree at the University of Maryland College Park.

“She was beloved in our community,” said Melinda Michel, vice president of women’s philanthropy at The Associated:...

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