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Joanne Lynn Slavitt Portman passed away September 10, 2022.

She is survived by her husband, Barnard Portman; children, Daniel (Michal) and Stephanie (Bridget); grandchildren, Shir (Itamar), Amit, Roni and Orly, and brothers, Mickey & Robert.

She was born to the late Harry and Helen Slavitt of Washington, D.C. June 14, 1946.  After marrying Barnard Portman, she moved to Savannah in 1968 where she quickly became an integral part of the community and taught kindergarten at the Community School of the Jewish Educational Alliance.

Joanne gave her heart and time through immeasurable service over the decades. Her roles included President of the BB Jacob Shul Sisterhood, Chair of the local United Jewish Appeal women’s division campaign, Brownie troop leader, and Savannah Hebrew Day School librarian. She performed the holiest of mitzvahs as an active member of the BB Jacob Chevra Kadisha. She helped people in distress on a United Way hotline, brought comfort to hospice patients and individually counseled numerous victims of addiction. Her contributions over the years have left many people in a better place.

A compassionate listener and helper, Joanne was that person who would take you aside at a loud gathering and sit quietly with you to learn more about who you were and what brought you joy and challenges. She was a special friend to many.

Joanne loved spontaneous moments of silliness with her grandchildren who were her pride and joy. She also appreciated a beautiful view of nature, a well-crafted handbag, and “sampling” sweets.

Joanne’s faith and family were the cornerstones of her life. Her funeral was held in Modiin Israel, September 13th.

Online Condolences

  1. Sonja Held says:

    Prayers for Joanne’s family. She was such a dynamic woman who gave her support to those in need. May her memory be a blessing.

  2. Jules Homans says:

    My condolences and prayers for your great loss. So sorry.

  3. Sarah Kovensky says:

    So sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing for all who loved her.

  4. Stan Friedman says:

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of lovely Joanne.

  5. Scott & Karin Johnson says:

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. We will be thinking about you and praying that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Felice Felser says:


    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Best wishes to you and your family in this difficult time. Hope to catch up soon.

  7. Vera Hoffman says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the the family for your terrible loss. She will be missed.

  8. Mike and Bernadette Winters says:

    Mike and i offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I always enjoyed my visits with Joanne. You and your family are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

    Mike and Bernadette Winters

  9. Ted and Shirley Akins says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  10. Ruth and Neal Markowitz says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you and all your family. Our love to all of you. Ruth and Neal

  11. Nancy & Scott Barnard says:

    We hold you, Stephanie and Daniel in our hearts. Peace be with each of you. Safe travels.

  12. Joan Wade says:

    Joann’s heart felt compassion, kindness & great wit will be missed. Thinking of you, her loved ones.

  13. Mati and Tali Chetrit says:

    Barney and family, how very very sad. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. No doubt the memory of her will always be a blessing to those who knew her and loved her. May you know no more sorrow.

  14. Rhett Mouchet says:

    Dear Barney and family;
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you all.

  15. Jennifer Watson says:

    Dear Stephanie and Bridget;
    Just so sorry for the loss of a mother and a mother-in-law.
    Much love to you both, Aunt Jen

  16. Sue herrin says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Sue herrin

  17. Lair Family says:

    Deepest sympathies to The Portman Family on your loss.

  18. Lisa and Carey Harriott says:

    Barney, Daniel and Stephanie
    Joanne was a beautiful soul inside and out. I/we were lucky to be in her presence and to have her as long as we did. We will all mourn the loss of her with you all. I will be praying for you during this sad time. Love you always. Lisa and Carey

  19. Marla Rosin-Borrousch says:

    Dear Barney:

    We send our most sincere and saddest of condolences to you and your children and grandchildren. I love you, and I loved Joanne. Too few times spent together. May your healing be peaceful.

  20. Susana Bourland says:

    Couldn’t believe I was looking at Joanne’s obituary in today’s paper. I hadn’t seen her in a long time due to the pandemic. I can still see that little face and curls, and always the empathy and love radiating from her. She was a warm and tender soul and will always have a place in my heart.

  21. Kathy Atherton says:

    Joanne was a lovely, kind-hearted person. I enjoyed knowing her. My heartfelt condolences to all her family. Kathy Atherton

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