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Making Bold Plans? Meet Daniel Hoebeke, Charitable Gift Planner

A retired attorney, Daniel has spent the majority of his career helping individuals achieve their charitable giving goals through tax-wise planning techniques including wills and charitable trusts. He comes to us from the Jewish Home of San Francisco where he was the senior development director for nine years. Previously, Daniel also presented charitable estate planning seminars across the country for the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago.

Daniel is delighted to now call Maine his permanent home. He lives on Orr’s Island with Ellen, his wife of 45 years. In his spare time, Daniel serves on local charitable boards and is an avid wildlife photographer.

For information on tax-wise charitable giving options, please contact Daniel Hoebeke, … Read more here.

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Volunteering at The Cedars

Young volunteer in retirement houseThe 89 year history of The Cedars as a non-profit is steeped in the tradition of volunteering. In 1927 The Cedars Auxiliary was formed and these dynamic women collected a nickel a week to build The Jewish Home of Aged on Portland’s Munjoy Hill.

Today, volunteering at The Cedars is as important – and robust – as ever. The Cedars has over 70 volunteers who give their time to the residents who live here – and last year graciously contributed over 3200 hours! What do these generous men, women and young adults do at The … Read more here.

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Kurt Messerschmidt Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kurt Messerschmidt 2013On June 22, a beautiful Sunday afternoon, a large crowd gathered for a reception to honor Cantor Kurt Messerschmidt, Cantor Emeritus of Temple Beth El in Portland and member at The Atrium at The Cedars. Cantor Messerschmidt received the 2014 Annual Achievement Award from the Maine Jewish Museum. Five presenters made remarks that ranged from the most poignant to humorous stories about their relationship with Cantor Messerschmidt and the program also include two very beautiful  musical tributes.

Cantor Messerschmidt has enriched Temple Beth El and then entire Jewish community for the past sixty years, and … Read more here.

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The Cedars: Moving Up and Giving Back

Angie Hunt 2 compressedDuring the process of refurbishing our Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Centers, The Cedars has enjoyed the opportunity to partner with several wonderful organizations in Portland – all in the name of giving back.

The Cedars is currently working on some extensive renovations – which will result in more upscale accommodations in our Rehabilitation Center and more comfortable, homelike living spaces for our Skilled Care residents.  As we were preparing for the first phase of furniture deliveries, we wanted to find a loving home for our older, gently used furniture.  Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer (pictured here during the transition) contacted several local non-profits … Read more here.

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Thank You for Your Support

    As the holiday season approaches, The Cedars would very much appreciate your support. The remaining weeks of the year give you a final opportunity to balance your income and giving for the tax year. When you give a gift to a qualified nonprofit organization, such as The Cedars, you receive an income tax deduction. Even if your income is less this year than it was last year, you may still want to offset it with a tax deductible contribution. As a reminder, some gifts, such as stock or a charitable distribution from your IRA take a little bit of time to execute.

Each year we take care of hundreds of seniors … Read more here.

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Mary Herman Presents at The Cedars Auxiliary Donors Dinner 2013

Last night, The Cedars Retirement Community welcomed Mary Herman as keynote speaker at The Auxiliary’s Donors Dinner.  Following Rabbi Braun’s invocation Suzie Berzinis, Auxiliary President, introduced Mary who she’s known for many years through the Jewish community and the National Council of Jewish Women. 

Mary shared, with a mixture of humor and humility, the “ten things she learned on the way to growing up.”  Starting from her mother’s example of extensive philanthropy and community service, Mary emphasized the importance of curiosity, the value of listening, keys to presenting yourself as a leader, and even tips for hosting.  But most importantly, she stressed the … Read more here.

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