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Meet Cerlene Rose

Meet Cerlene Rose
"Life is precarious, but you must have faith. I'm so fortunate to have met good people who have enabled me to contribute."
– Cerlene Rose

Volunteering is music to Cerlene Rose's ears - and everyone else's, too. Cerlene plays the piano —jazz standards, show tunes and even her own compositions—for the enjoyment of others, and specifically Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) residents. In October 2013, in fact, Cerlene treated Wasserman and Smith-Kogod residents to a wonderful performance of popular songs from the 1940s and 50s.

In truth, her musical performances were first a gift to herself, a way to help get through her grief over the 1991 passing of her husband, Charles Jules Rose, a prominent and published Washington attorney. Cerlene, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, directed health programs in sixteen Philadelphia schools prior to living in Washington, DC.

"Life is precarious, but you must have faith," says Cerlene. "I'm so fortunate to have met good people who have enabled me to contribute." And contribute she does, bringing her music to grateful audiences at senior communities throughout the area. In 2011, Cerlene was given the prestigious Avodah Award by Washington Hebrew Congregation for her contributions of time and talent to musical programs at nursing homes and N Street Village since 1972. In the community, Cerlene volunteers every Friday at Sibley Hospital by playing the piano in the main lobby, providing warmth and relaxation to all who enter the hospital. She has also developed and performed musical programs for the hospital's Grand Oaks Reminiscence Unit. For the past thirty-eight years, she has co-chaired the Annual Law Day program sponsored by the National Capitol Lawyer's Auxiliary for DC public school fifth and sixth graders who win an essay contest about what it means to be an American. Justice Sonia Sotomayor presides over and speaks at this event annually.

Cerlene has also made another important contribution - a planned gift - by remembering CESLC in her will. For this, she is a member of the Builders of the Future Society. "The reason I included CESLC in my will is because I want for Charles E. Smith Life Communities and the Hebrew Home in particular to continue to be able to provide high-quality care into the future."

To learn more about including CESLC in your will or establishing other planned gifts at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, click here to email us at your convenience.


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