Eve Farber Sylvia Goldberg Rabbi Barry Greengart Dr. Nancy Weisman Jewish Community Relations Council
Eve Farber is a former publishing professional and has been an active volunteer with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Montgomery Soccer Inc., Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She was a founding trustee of the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington, and is a member of the National Leadership Council for Dance. Eve is a DCPS reading tutor for the national literacy organization, Reading Partners. She has been a Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington board member for two years. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Eve and her husband David live in Bethesda, MD and are the proud parents of three talented young women, Alexandra, Olivia and Jenna.
Sylvia Goldberg grew up in sunny California, but took a chance on a vastly different clime by heading east to study at Stern College. The novelty of snow simply added to the allure. Sometime after graduation, the strong pull of Israel, propelled her to move to Jerusalem where she pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University.
Upon her marriage to Washington attorney Peter Goldberg, she and he lived in D.C. while she worked at AIPAC during its early years. Soon she and Peter moved to Silver Spring and their family was blessed with three sons, Eli, Yoni and Uri, all graduates of the Hebrew Academy. They now have three amazing granddaughters:
Katie, Emma and Gracie and they love spending time with them
and their wonderful parents, Karen and Eli as well as with Yoni and Uri.
When the boys were young, Sylvia felt that part-time work was the way in which to participate more fully in the needs of the family and became a licensed bi-lingual Tour Guide in the District of Columbia. Through judicious scheduling, she was able to both carpool and attend most of her children’s sporting events. They were some of the highlights of those years.
She also found time to serve on the Academy’s Board and its Hebrew board of Education. One of the founding members of KMS, she served on that board and chaired a few dinners. Her longest running commitment (over 30 years) however, is to the Kemp Mill Community Holocaust Committee. The aim has always been to keep the Memory of those we lost, alive through programs with Survivors. Sylvia also volunteers in the Judaica Section of the Library of Congress.
Her second longest volunteer commitment to date is to the Greater Washington Bikur Cholim. As an organization, it represents a paradigm of how to serve people at their most vulnerable, through anticipating and fulfilling their needs with the utmost dignity.
Fortunately, its leadership is guided by good people with a compelling desire to help, and that has inspired Sylvia and countless others.
These past twelve years have both challenged and fulfilled her. She looks forward to being able to continue in the years ahead.
Woops, forgot to add. She currently also volunteers in the Judaica Section of the Library of Congress.
Over six years ago, I celebrated my re-birthday – a new life in retirement. Debby and I have been living in Silver Spring since 1971, when we moved from New York to embark on my Federal government career. Debby spent most of the years here as a teacher in YISE Nursery school. Three of our four children were born here – and B”H all are married and have wonderful families. I always was part of community life here in Silver Spring. In NY you could sit in the back of the Shul, and hardly be noticed, but when we first moved to Summit Hill apartments in Silver Spring, a wonderful community that is now Woodside, everyone was encouraged to participate. We have lived in Kemp Mill since 1974 – the year that the Arcola Shul of YISE was built and I’ve watched our community grow tremendously during these years. Then when I retired in 2012, my second career(s) really took off. My retirement activities were many and very fulfilling. These included attending shiurim, giving some shiurim, congregational speaking at Shul, and frequent visits to our children and grandchildren in Baltimore. Among the very special activities in my retirement career is being a volunteer for Bikur Cholim which has been tremendously gratifying in many ways. It has been said before and is so true, “you meet the nicest people though Bikur Cholim”. I love the opportunity to share with others in Gemilus Chasadim through Bikur Cholim’s many activities and have grown tremendously from these experiences.
Bob was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nancy was born and raised in Pawtucket, RI. She met her husband Bob, a Tulsa Oklahoma native in Pittsburgh . Bob graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School; Nancy from the University of Pittsburgh, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. After a clerkship for Bob and an internship for Nancy, they moved with their son Aaron, a year old, to Bethesda Maryland, where they have resided ever since. Bob is a lawyer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Nancy has a private practice in Bethesda. Their house is a mile from Suburban Hospital and the NIH. Both Bob and Nancy were raised to welcome visitors (hachnasas orchim) and to visit the sick (bikur cholim) by their wonderful parents. They followed their parents’ example in their own home with the help of their children: Aaron (now married to Rina Yetta), Gilon, Lior, and Chavi. Before there was a bikur cholim house in Bethesda, there was the Weisman residence. Nancy volunteers for BCGW regularly and often. Nancy is the go to volunteer for any and all NIH needs and is a visitor patients look forward to seeing . She feels fully supported by Bob in all her endeavors and together they are also mainstays of their synagogue,
Am HaTorah in Bethesda, MD.
Jewish Community Relations Council JCRC
BCGW is honored to recognize the work of Ron Halber and the JCRC. Ron supported BCGW's efforts to purchase a property in Bethesda, MD for the purpose of building a Bikur Cholim Respite House. When help was needed to create a text amendment to the zoning code to allow for the legal operation of the house, Ron was there to advise and assist. Today the Bernard Creeger Bikur Cholim House offers hospitality and hope to patients and their loved ones on a regular basis . The JCRC played a significant role in helping make this dream come true and BCGW is grateful to Ron Halber and the staff of the JCRC.