Following her education at Boston University and Columbia University, Elaine Livingston became editor of a home furnishings magazine , and an interior designer. Although the bulk of her work is residential and commercial , her most rewarding work has been on public spaces.
When Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple began a restoration project, Elaine used that opportunity to honor synagogues destroyed during the Holocaust . Through research, many of the old European sanctuary designs were transported to New Brunswick.
Historic preservation is another area of interest. Elaine’s efforts to save the Van Dyke Farm in South Brunswick from development – it contains intact slave quarters- resulted in an article in The New York Times, which brought attention to the little known involvement of New Jersey in slavery, and influenced the county to acquire the property for historical preservation.
For leading this successful effort,she received the Walt Whitman Preservation Award from the Heritage Collaboration of New Jersey.
Elaine presently serves on the board of Hillel, and is currently working on the new Rutgers’ Hillel , focusing on creating a welcoming and inclusive design.
Elaine is concerned to see the divisiveness among Muslims and Jews. She is committed to work for inter-faith dialogue resulting in mutual respect.