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Meet Shelly Weisman

Meet Shelly Weisman
"We are grateful for the care that Don's mother received when she was a resident. He also had two aunts who recuperated in the Rakusin Rehabilitation Center. We felt that we wanted to give something back to the Home."
– Shelly Weisman

Shelly and the late Don Weisman devoted their careers to working for the local Jewish community.

Shelly began working for the Hebrew Home at a pivotal moment in its history, when she helped plan the move from Spring Road in Washington, DC, to the Rockville campus in 1969 and over the next three decades played an important role in helping the Home become the venerable organization it is today.

Her first position was as director of activities for the Hebrew Home. "I enjoyed providing activities that made the residents' lives meaningful and enjoyable," she said describing the wealth of programs that took place each day. Sixteen years later, she was given a new opportunity: to launch a fundraising program. "I loved it! It was a huge challenge. It was an opportunity to meet wonderful, charitable people and help them find satisfaction in doing a mitzvah," said Shelly.

"Everything I know about fundraising I learned from Don," she noted of her husband who throughout his career, made his own contributions to the Washington Jewish community as associate executive director for the United Jewish Appeal and then as executive director of the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Shelly and Don both retired in 1996. They remained active and interested in the Hebrew Home and became members of the Builders of the Future Society by establishing a charitable gift annuity. "Aside from having warm and happy feelings about my work at the Home, we are grateful for the care that Don's mother received when she was a resident of the Hebrew Home. He also had two aunts who recuperated in the Home's Rakusin Rehabilitation Center. We felt that we wanted to give something back to the Home," she explained. "The gift annuity is a win-win deal. It's a great way to support a favorite charity while ensuring an income for the rest of your life. The gift annuity provides quarterly checks we can count on. The Home is one of three local organizations with which we've established gift annuities. We've gained financially and have the deep satisfaction of knowing that we are doing a mitzvah for the Home and our community."

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