Our Remarkable Journey: Hebrew Home Celebrates 95 Years

Our Remarkable Journey: Hebrew Home Celebrates 95 Years

95 Years of Compassion and Caring


     The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington celebrates “Our Remarkable Journey:  95 Years of Compassion and Caring” at its 95th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., in the Smith-Kogod Building.  The event is open to the public.

      The Hebrew Home’s remarkable journey began in 1910, when funds were collected to support indigent elderly Jewish men and women in boarding houses.  That year, gasoline cost 10 cents a gallon and Ford sold 32,000 Model T cars.  The Home acquired its first building in 1914, a brick row house accommodating ten residents, the same year Ford automated the assembly line.  In 1925, as the Home dedicated its Spring Road building, the US government took over numbering federal roads and the first roadside Burma Shave jingle appeared.  The Home moved to the present Montrose Road campus in 1969, and has continued to meet growing community needs with care and compassion.

      “The Home’s mission of service to the community has guided our journey for 95 years,” said President/CEO Warren R. Slavin. “The Hebrew Home was created by our community, serves our community and is supported and nurtured by our community.”

      Today, the Hebrew Home admits nearly a thousand new residents a year to rehabilitation and long-term care programs, counts over 5,900 patient visits a year to the Hirsh Health Center, and over 120 clients for home health care services.  The Home’s campus includes independent living apartments in Ring House and Revitz House, and assisted living apartments in the newly opened Landow House. The Home’s Research Institute on Aging lists more than 30 presentations, articles and abstracts in 2004.

      At the May 11 meeting, Arthur J. Dykes, an accountant with RSM McGladrey, Inc. in Bethesda, will be installed as Chairman of the Board.  He and his wife Eileen are members of Temple Beth Ami, where he serves as a Trustee.  His other community activities have included treasurer, N. Virginia Tipsters, Inc.; Accounting Advisory Council for George Mason University; and board member, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

      Arthur chaired the Home’s Long Range Planning Committee in 2001 and has played an active role on the Home’s Board of Governors since 2003, in finance, strategic planning, leadership selection, and the development of Landow House.  He has chaired the annual meeting and is a former board member of the Men’s Club.

Also being installed are:  Chair-Elect/Vice Chair Hanita Schreiber and Vice Chairs David A. Samuels, Andrew S. Friedlander and Irving P. Cohen.

The meeting honors Hymen Goldman Award recipient Joseph B. Hoffman and Chairman’s Award recipient Montgomery County Executive, Douglas M. Duncan.  David Samuels is chairing the annual meeting.

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