Meet the Boonshafts

In 2006, Marcia Boonshaft had just retired from teaching when she saw an advertisement in a community newspaper. Weinberg House was looking for volunteers to serve meals to seniors as part of the Eating Together Program.

Little did she know when she responded with her husband, Jack, that from this small commitment they would ultimately donate approximately 1,000 hours to the program, because they had grown so involved.

Soon, these extraordinary volunteers were organizing monthly birthday parties, leading Bingo games and playing mah jongg with the residents. They share Jewish holidays, often with those who don’t have family – conducting an annual Passover Seder and providing Chanukah parties with latkes. They also celebrate a weekly Shabbat with the residents.

Understanding the value of giving back, the couple began bringing their grandchildren to Weinberg Place to help out. “We both want to raise our grandchildren to be part of the Jewish community and we want to teach them to give back,” says Jack.

Committed to the next generation, these Boomers set up an educational scholarship fund at The Associated in honor of Marcia’s 60th birthday.

As for their own volunteer efforts, the Boonshafts have made a powerful investment in the community, while forging relationships that bring special meaning to their own lives. “I think we look forward to visiting our Weinberg friends as much as they look forward to us. We’ve grown attached to them,” says Marcia.


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