Phil and Hannah Adelman to be honored at June 3 event
June 11, 2018
By Marilyn Hawkes
After Valley resident Marc Adelman suffered a serious accident in 2007, he moved into a nursing home, where he was bedridden and fell into temporary depression until his body healed.
While there, he met Hannah Adelman (no relation), a volunteer who visited senior facilities to perform Jewish services for residents who weren’t able to attend synagogue. Marc credits Hannah with bringing him back to life.
Every time Hannah went to the nursing home, she urged Marc to get out of bed. “He was so stubborn, but I’m stubborn, too,” Hannah said. Finally, one day she convinced him to come to a service. “And that was kind of the beginning.”
“The Jewish services (were) the first activity I did that helped jump-start my life,” Marc said. “It was at that point life had more meaning.”
Eventually, Marc moved from the nursing home to assisted living facilities before landing at Beatitudes Campus, a retirement community in Phoenix.
Hannah and her husband, Phil, have conducted Jewish services and Jewish holiday-focused activities at more than 20 senior living facilities across the Valley for the past 18 years. With Phil’s help, Hannah still conducts services in about eight or nine communities, including the Beatitudes, where the couple moved last year.
“I believe our relationship 11 years ago was bashert (meant to be), because 11 years later, we are living on the same campus, separated by one building,” Marc said.
Marc has been so moved by the Adelmans’ generosity of spirit and community service that he, along with his mother, Charlotte, a Holocaust survivor, have organized a “Here’s to Life” celebration to honor the couple’s 18 years of outreach to thousands of Jewish seniors around the Valley.
The event will take place June 3, at Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale and will include a buffet brunch, musical entertainment and keynote speaker Mary Jo West, the Valley’s first prime time anchorwoman.
West doesn’t know the Adelmans, but was inspired by Marc’s passion for the couple. “I saw very clearly that they are in a class by themselves in helping to stamp out loneliness,” she said. “I am humbled to be part of this joyous afternoon honoring this couple who bring the power of love to so many who may be forgotten.”
The Adelmans, who have been married for 60 years, shy away from the spotlight. “Marc is doing this out of love,” Hannah said. “We’ve known him a long time. I worked with him when he was so sick and to watch him turn into such a wonderful person that really wants to give back is pretty amazing.”
For more information and to purchase tickets for “Here’s to Life,” visit celebration4.ticketspice.com/adelman-tribute.