2014 Special Menschen: Evelyn Auerbach

2014 Special Menschen: Evelyn Auerbach

An important dedication and gift

Honoring a Caring and Passionate Volunteer and Her Family's Legacy

Evelyn Auerbach Portrait

In May 15, 2014, the social hall at Ring House was dedicated as the Evelyn Auerbach Social Hall, a fitting tribute to an extraordinary volunteer and loving wife and mother. Evelyn passed away in 2009; it is her loving husband Martin "Marty" Auerbach, representing the family, who chose to memorialize his wife with this special dedication and by making a generous gift to enhance the Harold and Jane Hirsh Health Center, located just steps away from the social hall.

The Center, which bears the name of Evelyn's parents, was established in 1991 to provide vital outpatient medical care to our independent and assisted-living residents as well as seniors from the surrounding community. Beginning in the 1950s, Dr. Harold Hirsh chaired a panel of physicians who visited Hebrew Home residents on a rotating basis to serve the residents' medical needs. He later "conceived of" and led the effort to create "an outpatient service for the Hebrew Home community," according to Evelyn's sister and his daughter Ann Greenhill at the dedication."My father," she said, "chaired the panel and physicians donated their time and talents until 1972 when the Home hired staff physicians."

Following her parents' lead, Evelyn Auerbach became involved with the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in 1972 largely at the behest of her mother Jane, an equally committed and long-standing volunteer. From her first volunteer role as treasurer of the Women’s Auxiliary, Evelyn went on to serve as Auxiliary president from 1992 to 1993, and as co-president in 1999.

Conscientious and energetic, Evelyn was often seen managing Starlight Ball attendance cards and Auxiliary Boutique receipts. She co-chaired the Guardian Committee from 1987 to 1992 and was secretary of the Home’s Board for eight years. As a consequence, she received two of our organization's most distinguished honors, the Hymen Goldman Humanitarian Award and the Aunt Minnie Goldsmith Award, which was remarkably presented jointly to her and her mother.

Ann Greenhill offered this portrait of her sister:

"Evelyn immersed herself in organizational work within the Hebrew Home and used her natural abilities as a leader to organize and lead successful programs to benefit the Home...She was caring, capable, smart, honest, trustworthy, dependable, passionate about her commitments, and willing to take on the difficult tasks."

President and CEO Warren R. Slavin described Evelyn's character and accomplishments in his remarks at the dedication: "Sorely missed, [Evelyn] continues to inspire us to very high standards of caring for seniors with excellent clinical services, dignity, and infusion of Jewish values."

 

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