2016 Kitty Davis Award

2016 Kitty Davis Award

Presented at the 2016 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

2016.Davis Award WinnersThis important award was presented by Natalie West, chair of the Community Engagement Committee, to: The Shabbat Morning Volunteers, Smith-Kogod Residence.

Left to right: Ed Hopkins, Elisa Eisenberg, Dan Press, Janice Raffel

Ed Hopkins has been volunteering for an incredible 23.5 years. He began when his kids went to college and he had some free time. His rabbi at Temple Beth Ami, Rabbi Jack Luxemburg, mentioned that the Hebrew Home was looking for some volunteers and he thought it sounded like a perfect place to help out. Ed said, “when I get involved with something, I stay involved.” Clearly, he’s a man of his word. “Volunteering makes me feel good!”

Elisa Eisenberg chose to volunteer here when her oldest daughter needed to begin earning SSL hours for school. She always loved visiting her grandmother when she was in a nursing home, and she wanted her girls to experience caring for the elderly. Elisa continues to volunteer because, “I greatly value the friendship of Janice, Dan, and Ed, and appreciate the residents who have been so kind and welcoming.”

Dan Press started attending Shabbat services with his mother when she was a resident at the Smith-Kogod residence. She lived here for six years, and passed away last year at the age of 105. Dan said, “Even as her connection to the world faded, [my mother] remembered the prayers and would be able to sing along.” As he attended services and got to know the amazing volunteers, he really enjoyed their company and also liked helping other residents. Saturday mornings at the Smith-Kogod Residence became part of Dan’s weekly routine and he continues to volunteer.

Janice Raffel began volunteering after being the caregiver for her grandmother, who lived with her. After her passing, Janice made a commitment to work with the elderly. She had a friend who volunteered on Saturday mornings here and once she started she was hooked. “Close to 20 years later it is one of the things that I do that makes me most proud.”


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