Hebrew Home moves to Rockville

May 20, 1969: Residents move to Rockville campus

On May 20, 1969

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The DC National Guard, with two buses, an ambulance, drivers, dispatchers and 8 to 10 medical corpsmen, helped move 170 elderly residents to their new home as a “civic action support mission.”  The Red Cross lent two jitneys, and staff and volunteers accompanied the residents.  A detailed loading and arriving schedule facilitated the move, which was completed between 8:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. , so that residents ate breakfast in their old home, and lunch at their new home. Each resident’s belongings were packed and tagged with a color-coded card that indicated the location of the resident’s new room. George Hurwitz, president of the Hebrew Home, and Samuel Roberts, executive director, oversaw the move.  Aunt Minnie Goldsmith, age 98, and one of the founders of the Home, was one of several distinguished residents who made the move into the new Hebrew Home that day.  News reports noted that the new building had air conditioning and an innovative indoor shopping arcade.

On June 16, the Home's Wasserman Residence is formally dedicated.  The thunder and lightning did not deter festivities, which were held in a huge tent. Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill, former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, an interfaith chorus of 250 voices and the Army Band participated in the ceremonies.  Merrill sang arias from “Traviata” and “The Barber of Seville,” plus “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”  Charles E. Smith, president of the Jewish Community Foundation, and the instrumental figure in bringing the Jewish Community Center, the Hebrew Home and Jewish Social Service Agency together on the Rockville campus, also spoke at the gala event.

 

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