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Remembering Pauline Robinson

Remembering Pauline Robinson
"Every day is a mitzvah day."
– Pauline Robinson, z"l

Nothing made Pauline Robinson happier than volunteering at the Hebrew Home. She is remembered as saying, "my work does for me what I hope it does for the residents - it makes me happy. It's an opportunity to serve and spread joy. I love it." She was one of the most energetic Home volunteers. Frequent activities included singing, dancing, and telling jokes. She always had a lilt in her step, a twinkle in her eye, and will be remembered for her lively and caring personality.

In thirteen years of volunteering, Pauline amassed over 3,000 hours of service. She did everything from feeding, visiting, and driving residents to waiting tables at seders. She was there for musical programs and even stood in for the music therapist on a few occasions. In 2004, the Women's Auxiliary presented Pauline with the Kitty Davis Volunteer Service Award.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Pauline grew up seeing her family volunteer for Jewish organizations. She referred to her family as givers: of time and money. Pauline worked in Maryland and Washington, DC, before living in California for three decades. While there, she honed her theatrical skills: acting, singing, dancing and composing music. She returned to Maryland in 1986 and became involved in the Hebrew Home when a friend became a resident.

Having established two gift annuities to benefit Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) residents, Pauline was a member of the Builders of the Future Society. Though she died in 2008, her spirit lives on through her generosity. Pauline is remembered as saying, "every day is a mitzvah day," and lived her life accordingly.

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