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Meet Rachel Abraham

Meet Rachel Abraham
"As our own financial situation improved, we had a strong sense of the need to share, and it was natural for us to be supportive of the Hebrew Home and like institutions."
– David Abraham, z"l

Rachel Abraham and her late husband David lost their families in the Holocaust but found their futures in each other. They met in Israel and immigrated to the United States with their then two-year-old son in order to study and establish their careers and family.

David earned a master's degree in business administration from American University and then co-founded three different information technology and business economics consulting firms. The third firm, for which he served as chief financial, administrative and compliance officer, was sold in 1997. After retirement, he mentored young technology entrepreneurs and taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland business school, volunteered for the Jewish Social Services Agency and contributed to the local performing arts scene.

Rachel studied painting, sculpture and art criticism for five years at American University. While her computer art exhibited worldwide, she built a two-decade career in real estate. She also became involved with local Jewish and arts groups - sometimes combining the two in chairing the Jewish Community Center art gallery committee and art school. "Exposure to the arts and music is like planting a seed," says Rachel. That is very much their philosophy toward support for worthy organizations, too.

As they got older the Abrahams naturally took an interest in institutions that care for the aged. "As our own financial situation improved, we had a strong sense of the need to share, and it was natural for us to be supportive of the Hebrew Home and like institutions," David is remembered saying. "There is a shared affinity for the Jewish organizations in our community and the Hebrew Home, along with the Jewish Community Center, are its most important components."

With that in mind, the Abrahams remembered Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) with a bequest in their wills. As members of the Builders of the Future Society, Rachel and David hoped to be able to influence others who have the ability to be supportive. David died in 2008, but their inspired vision has helped to ensure that CESLC will continue to provide excellent care for generations to come.

To learn more about leaving a bequest in your will or establishing another type of planned gift to benefit CESLC residents, click here to email us at your convenience.


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