Welcome to the Martyl Reinsdorf Archive
Martyl Reinsdorf is the very definition of a multi-faceted woman, her being someone who could on one hand create convertible jewelry for display as both a belt buckle and a pendant, while designing championship basketball and baseball rings with the other.
All that does not even scratch the surface as to who she is and what she has so far and will yet accomplish in life; which is why it's time to put as much as possible of it together and share it with the world.
This website serves as an archive to her many skills especially her incredible jewelry which could be seen on ads and in articles, as well as on a few famous folks fingers including the world champion Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls.
While her jewelry may be recognized around the globe, there is another facet of this powerful woman that is a bit more publicly hidden, yet has touched even more people than her incredible art, and thats her other persona, Grandma Martyl, the coloring book lady. Somewhere in the 35,000 PLUS coloring books or pages she has produced so far, I entered her sphere as one of her distribution volunteers in Hawai'i, where I have witnessed more giggly bubbly kids and organization workers then I can count; each eagerly opening her well-thought out beautiful coloring books full of fun and task, not to mention an awesome little puppet or toy AND the crayons, pencils or pens to draw with.
There are no words to express just how profoundly Grandma Martyl's invaluable countless hours of work and dedication has lifted these kid's -and myself- in ways we never thought imaginable; for one, it was the the only "present" some would receive all year, and for two, it sparked a love and interest in drawing and word games that many of the children didn't know they had.
More aspects of her endeavors and passions are listed in the article from American Friends of Hebrew University...
Please enjoy this humble archive that can barely record the skills and contributions of a multifaceted woman.
New letters to Grandma Martyl!
One Woman's Global Endeavor
Martyl Rifkin Reinsdorf is a humanitarian and active Jewish communal leader. For 25 years she was an acclaimed designer of Cloisonné jewelry. A Japanese and Chinese history major in school, Martyl has designed pieces from adaptations of ancient Oriental and Greek legends. She is also a celebrated designer of championship rings for professional Chicago sports teams.
Dividing her time between Chicago and Phoenix, Martyl Reinsdorf has quietly pursued her charitable work with little public recognition. Her involvement has benefited children, primarily the visually impaired, in the US, Israel and throughout the world. Her customized coloring books and art packets have not only brightened the lives of hospitalized children, but have instilled in them an appreciation for coloring, which Martyl believes is a lost art. This amazing charitable endeavor began by making drawings for her eight grandchildren to color. Martyl later learned simple computer graphics to design more diverse pictures. Under the name of 'Grandma Martyl' she expanded her labor of love with a dedicated project launched at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. ‘Grandma Martyl’ is now a thriving global initiative that distributes 30,000-35,000 coloring and activity books to hospitals, orphanages and shelters across the world. Martyl and her husband Jerry Reinsdorf, a fellow humanitarian and owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox, provide different versions of the coloring book packages to many local organizations, among them: Ronald McDonald House, The Child Crisis Center, The Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, the Delke Center for Visual Rehabilitation (a global organization headquartered in Chicago) and a pediatric cancer center in Israel. Coloring books and packets were also been sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The philanthropic couple also lends their generous support to the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Northwestern University and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. In 2006, AFHU received a generous gift from the White Sox Charities for the LA Scopus Award Dinner honoring Jamie and Frank McCourt. In 2004 Martyl received the Clarence Troyer Volunteer Award from the Lions Club International (which serves the sight and hearing impaired). Jerry Reinsdorf is the recipient of numerous awards, among them, the 1997 Order of Lincoln Award.
Martyl and Jerry Reinsdorf are the devoted parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren.
From American Friends of Hebrew University