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Support that Spans the Generations

Cynthia ShulmanYou could say Cynthia Shulman's support for Hebrew SeniorLife is a family affair. Inherited from her parents, the spirit of giving is in her DNA.

Cynthia's father first introduced her to HSL as a very young woman. She remained involved and was the first woman to serve as Board Chair. Although Cynthia can look back on a half century of giving both time and dollars she chooses to look forward. "I'm most interested in where we're going in the future," says Cynthia.

Cynthia watched HSL grow over the decades, adding senior living communities, health care, including geriatric primary care practices, and other support services—always in response to a community need. "With all we've accomplished, we could rest on our laurels," says Cynthia. "But instead we constantly evolve, always asking how can we do things better."

Cynthia and her late husband Lee Shulman have passed their sense of community responsibility down to their children. She is proud that two of her sons have forged their own relationships with HSL, donating both time and dollars. Steven was a member of the Men's Associates and chairman of the Housing Committee and currently serves on the Audit Committee. Bill volunteers for Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care.

Cynthia hopes that by giving to HSL, others are encouraged to give. But what's most important to her is sustaining the work that defines HSL. "Although we’re a large multifaceted organization, we respond to the seniors we serve on a one-on-one basis. What can we do to make each person’s life better as they age?"