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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made a lasting impact on the residents of Charles E. Smith Life Communities.

  • Meet Marsha and Ken BraunsteinMeet Marsha and Ken Braunstein
    Marsha and Ken Braunstein have been supporters of Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), and the Hebrew Home, in particular, for over twenty-five...
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  • Meet Marilyn Schimpf and Sheldon LampertMeet Marilyn Schimpf and Sheldon Lampert
    "Music can bring good hearts together," asserts Marilyn Schimpf, a professional cellist who came to Washington to play with the Air Force Band.
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  • Meet Marty AuerbachMeet Marty Auerbach
    Marty and his wife Evelyn Auerbach (z"l), and their children Joshua and Ruth, have long and deep connections to the Charles E. Smith Life Communities...
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  • Meet Shelly WeismanMeet Shelly Weisman
    Shelly and the late Don Weisman devoted their careers to working for the local Jewish community.
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  • Remembering Philip R. RolnickRemembering Philip R. Rolnick
    A native of the Washington, DC, area, Philip Rolnick, and his wife, Doris, owned and operated the children's clothing store, Lad and Lassie, for almost four decades.
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  • Meet Phyllis and Ron WestMeet Phyllis and Ron West
    Phyllis and Ron Wests' association with the Charles E. Smith Life Communities' family began many years ago, when in 1965, Ron joined the Hebrew Home's Men's Club.
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  • Meet Lorain and Bud RothsteinMeet Lorain and Bud Rothstein
    "If you have teeth," say Irving ("Bud") and Lorain Rothstein, "you can smile."
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  • Remembering Pauline RobinsonRemembering Pauline Robinson
    Nothing made Pauline Robinson happier than volunteering at the Hebrew Home.
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  • Meet Cerlene RoseMeet Cerlene Rose
    Volunteering is music to Cerlene Rose's ears - and everyone else's, too.
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  • Remembering Shirley and Stanley HaymanRemembering Shirley and Stanley Hayman
    From his earliest days, Stanley visited residents and attended services at the Hebrew Home.
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  • Meet Zach FrombergMeet Zach Fromberg
    Lending his voice to celebrate a community at an event steeped in tradition, Zach Fromberg was there on that day, when the crowd sang out joyfully...
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  • Meet Rachel AbrahamMeet Rachel Abraham
    Rachel Abraham and her late husband David lost their families in the Holocaust but found their futures in each other.
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  • Meet Flora AtkinMeet Flora Atkin
    Native Washingtonians Flora and the late Maury Atkin grew up ensconced in the local Jewish community.
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  • Remembering Larry BermanRemembering Larry Berman
    Clarence "Larry" Berman, a former cartographer with the US Geological Survey and George Washington University geodesy faculty member...
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  • Meet Waltraud and Sheldon GoldbergMeet Waltraud and Sheldon Goldberg
    An assignment to West Germany brought Sheldon Goldberg, a young Air Force musician and now a retired lieutenant colonel, and his wife Waltraud, together.
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  • Meet Stanley E. RoseMeet Stanley E. Rose
    Native Washingtonian Stanley Rose can remember visiting the Hebrew Home at its former location on Spring Road in Northwest Washington DC as a child.
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  • Meet Richard E. Meet Richard E. "Dick" Cohen
    At 88, Richard "Dick" Cohen is trim, upbeat, and engaging as he describes his experiences as an Army scout in Germany during World War II.
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  • Meet Eric P. ZatmanMeet Eric P. Zatman
    Eric Zatman is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in Chevy Chase, MD, close to what is now Ohr Kodesh, the former home of the Montgomery County Jewish Community Center.
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