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Remembering Philip R. Rolnick

Remembering Philip R. Rolnick
"I consider it a duty to help others. It's in my nature and it gives me great personal satisfaction."
– Philip R. Rolnick, z"l

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. Together, they clothed a community. Though they themselves had no children, their work made them mishpachah (family) to generations of friends and neighbors.

Rolnick said, "I was seventeen years old when my grandfather became disabled. I would visit him at the Hebrew Home, which was then located on Spring Road in Washington, DC. I've had a life-long attachment ever since. Members of my family have been involved with the Hebrew Home and when my wife died, I came to the Home to say Kaddish. In 1998, I was a patient in short-term rehabilitation and after that, became a volunteer. That's how I learned what Judaism was really about!"

He proudly recalled the 1000-plus hours he spent assisting the Rabbi, helping to bring residents to services and giving them their tallit (prayer shawls) and siddurim (prayerbooks). That involvement and his desire to honor the memory of his beloved Doris, combined with a dedication to Jewish causes and helping the elderly, inspired him to support the annual campaign for the Guardian Fund, endow a philanthropic fund and donate his car. He was a member of the Builders of the Future Society, having established a lasting legacy with a planned gift. He also generously provided for the beautiful stained glass ark in the Social Hall of the Hebrew Home's Smith-Kogod Residence. "It's the most important thing I've ever done," he said.

Planned gifts to Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), which include bequests, life insurance policies and trusts, reflect a long-term commitment to providing high-quality medical and nursing care for those in our community. Rolnick died in 2011 but his support for the Hebrew Home will continue. Of his planned gifts, Rolnick said, "annuities are a wonderful thing for anyone to have in their declining years. Even if you have a lot of money, you never know if you'll have it again. It can go as fast as you make it. But you can count on the payments from an annuity. It helps you and you help the organization that you love. You're doing good!"

"Everyone has his or her favorite causes," continued Rolnick. "Mine are Jewish causes, and it's easy to see the need and the good done by the Hebrew Home. I've always said that if you have a dollar, you should give some to charity. I consider it a duty to help others. It's in my nature and it gives me great personal satisfaction. Someday the good deed will catch up with you."

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