Heidi is an active member of the Northern Virginia Jewish community. When she is not transporting meals to BCGW patients south of the Potomac, Heidi volunteers in a hospital and with a hospice program. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she has found to share her time with people in need.
Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Elizabeth "Deedee" Rosenfeld was very fortunate to grow up in a family and extended shul community family that demonstrated volunteerism. She saw her parents and those of her friends preparing Shabbat kiddushim lunches and organizing the youth groups every week. Deedee and other USYers sang at nursing homes. She knew that her grandmother visited residents of the Menorah Home in Brooklyn. And all who know Deedee's parents know that they are still active volunteers at Norwalk Hospital (Norwalk, CT). The message was very clear --giving to one's community is very important.
So when Deedee moved to Maryland more than 20 years ago, and life finally settled down a bit -- after completing a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters in System Engineering and Program Management, and some extended work travel -- she found that Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington (BCGW) could use help from everyone, even those like her with erratic schedules. But once Deedee began talking with the people who BCGW helps, she quickly learned how special BCGW is and what seemingly small acts can mean. And so began her periodically driving patients and their families and dropping off meals. As for the backyard and garden of the Bernard Creeger Bikur Cholim House -- at the time that just seemed like a nice idea. Deedee enjoys gardening, so shouldn't the visitors to the Bernard Creeger House have an outdoor space where they can relax and recuperate? Little did she know how much it would mean to some of the families. And the garden isn't even finished yet.
Deedee lives in Potomac where she is a member of Beth Sholom. She has worked for Leidos (and formally SAIC) since graduating from the University of Maryland. She enjoys having family -- brother, sister-in-law, and nephews, Reuben, Ora, Adam (now in Rhode Island), Noah, and Matan, plus cousins Ellen Elow-Mintz and Dan Mintz -- nearby in Potomac and North Bethesda.
Larry worked for over 40 years for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, auditing a wide range of federal programs. During that time he was also involved in various capacities with Young Israel Shomrai Emunah and the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. Today he is chair of the YISE cemetery committee. In addition to volunteering regularly and often for BCGW, he is also a volunteer with the Senior Connection of Montgomery County, driving seniors to and from medical appointments. He is married to Ellen, and they have two children--Joel, married to Courtney and father of Alison and David; and Naomi, married to Hadar Weiss.
Lori is owner of Imaginary Spaces. . . In Ordinary Places, a residential architecture and interior design firm. In addition to creating unique and peaceful environments that reflect her clients’ personalities, she enjoys bringing her creativity to raising her three spirited boys. A New Yorker at heart, she has lived in Silver Spring for the past 17 years.
Lori has been volunteering for BCGW for the past five years. She was instrumental in helping open the kosher pantry at Children’s National Medical Center and has shared her design and architectural expertise to assist with renovations at the Bernard Creeger Bikur Cholim House. In addition, Lori frequently delivers meals, often with one or more of her children in tow.