The mission of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington is to provide quality care that respects Jewish values, particularly to those in greatest need. We are a local not-for-profit organization, and our doors are open to all in the community.
The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington has a rich history of serving the Washington DC metropolitan area, dating back to 1910. We celebrated our centennial milestone in 2010 with programs for residents, families, supporters, and healthcare professionals.
Highlights of our history
In 1910, Hymen Goldman, then a young salesman making his rounds, saw a bearded Jewish man sitting on a bread box in front of a grocery store, crying. The old man's situation became the subject of a discussion among community-minded individuals who were concerned about the lack of care for the aged. They collected funds to take care of this elderly gentleman -- nickels and dimes --and made arrangements for room and board in a widow's home. She was paid $3 a week. The Hebrew Home was born.
Residents of the past
In the 1980s, Linda Gordon Kuzmack and Shulamith (Shelly) Weisman interviewed Hebrew Home residents whose personal stories captured the Jewish immigrant experience and published To Make a Dream Come True: Stories of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. We would like to share their inspiring tales:
From Volozhin to the U.S. Civil Service Commission
From Rabbi to Storeowner
Story of a Labor Organizer
A Survivor of the Triangle Fire
A Jew in the Old West, Tailor to Buffalo Bill
The Struggle to Make a Living