Remember Their Roots

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. AdelsonDr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson have traveled the globe, but through their philanthropy they’ve stayed close to their roots.

Mr. Adelson grew up in Dorchester, where he started his first business at the age of 12. Several decades and more than 50 companies later, he and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson—an accomplished physician— are among the Jewish community’s most generous philanthropists.

The Adelsons’ $15 million gift to Hebrew SeniorLife, which named the multigenerational Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Campus at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, is the largest single gift HSL has received to date. An additional $5 million donation named the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham, also at NewBridge, in memory of Mr. Adelson’s sister. Gloria was a devoted volunteer, friend, and supporter of Hebrew SeniorLife for many years. And most recently, their $3 million gift in honor of their two youngest sons named the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program—and closed HSL’s $100 million more than ever campaign.

“I grew up in Boston, and what was called the ‘Home’ or the ‘Rehab’ was the place for every Jewish senior to grow old,” says Mr. Adelson. “One of my aunts and a dear friend of my mother’s spent their last years at the ‘Rehab’, and living there brought them much happiness. The care and social life that they received there was more than remarkable and gave meaning to people’s lives as they grew older. This is an organization that is transforming senior care, and my wife and I now have the honor of supporting it.”

Mr. Adelson is chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, as well as founder and director of Interface Group, the producer of the world-famous COMDEX computer shows. Dr. Adelson was born and raised in Israel, where she graduated magna cum laude from Sackler Medical School and developed a specialty in internal medicine and a subspecialty in chemical dependency. The Adelsons’ philanthropy reflects their commitment to their hometowns and to the Jewish community.

At the time of their first gift, which is part of Hebrew SeniorLife’s $100 million more than ever campaign, Mr. Adelson said, “We make this leadership gift with the hope it will inspire other philanthropic families to step up and support Hebrew SeniorLife.” Seven years later, it’s clear that it has. The campaign was the largest and most successful in HSL’s history, with $100 million donated to advance HSL’s health care, communities, research, and teaching initiatives.