The Susan and David Sherman Family Endowment Fund for the Diane Sherman Welcome Shabbat—Lunch and Learn Program at CJE SeniorLife was created in 2013 by David and Susie Sherman to honor their beloved mother, Diane Sherman, of blessed memory.
Diane passed away in 2011 at 84 years old. Many people at CJE still recall her endearing smile and heartfelt compassion for older adults who were isolated, hungry or just in need of a caring touch.
David has a special place in his heart for CJE because of how important it was to his mother. He recalls the time he was asked to take on the job of the Shalom Bus liaison when he was at college to make sure people could get to the Seders. In a recent conversation, he added gently, “My mother was an elegant, unassuming and tireless volunteer. Along with my dad (Leonard Sherman), they shared a love of philanthropy.”
The endowed Diane Sherman Welcome Shabbat—Lunch and Learn Program has been a huge success that provides a special occasion for seniors to enjoy a few hours of lively conversation and, of course, a warm meal that would make Diane Sherman proud. The room is filled with 40-50 community members. Unbeknownst to many attendees, David often makes an “undercover” appearance as a volunteer, dishing up and serving lunch just like his mother loved to do.
“My mother had a tender spot in her heart for the elderly.” It is my honor to carry on her legacy!
David Sherman is Chairman of Sherman Residential, and former Board Chair of Jewish Federation.