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OHEL Honors our “Angel of Mercy” – Miriam Lubling a’h” at the 45th Annual Gala

(Brooklyn, NY)  -  OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is proud to remember and celebrate the life accomplishments of Mrs. Miriam Lubling, a’h” and her remarkable life of chesed and service to our community at our Annual Gala on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

The theme of this year’s Gala is Looking Back…Moving Forward. We look back with admiration and gratitude on Mrs. Lubling’s remarkable compassion, generosity, and accomplishments, as she inspires us to move ahead with great optimism. She reminds us of the human capacity for kindness, selflessness, and devotion to our community.

In her memory, we will be establishing “OHEL Miriam- The Mrs. Lubling a’h Center for Trauma and Bereavement, to be headed by our world renowned expert Dr. Norman Blumenthal. At OHEL Miriam, we hope to provide the same comfort and peace of mind that Mrs. Lubling gave to so many in crisis.

OHEL remembers Mrs. Lubling as the indefatigable Board member of over four decades who devoted her energies and resources to OHEL’s children and families. She raised millions of dollars for children in foster care and for people with disabilities. She donated the funds she received from the prestigious Brooke Russell Astor Award to OHEL, given annually by the New York Public Library to individuals who make noteworthy contributions to community service. 

She was an “angel of mercy,” who never said “no” to a child or family in need she directed to OHEL. OHEL’s East 16th Street Residence for adults with developmental disabilities is named for her in honor of her exemplary contribution to OHEL’s work to integrate individuals with disabilities in the life of our community. 

State Senator, Simcha Felder, who nominated Miriam for the Brooke Russell Astor Award, said “No was not in her vocabulary when it came to helping everyone. She personified selfless love and sensitivity to every human being.” 

Moishe Hellman, Co-President of OHEL remarks that “Mrs. Lubling was neither financially wealthy, nor someone who craved recognition, but quietly moved mountains as a giant in chessed, and helped secure significant funding for thousands of OHEL children and families over the years, and as someone driven to make a difference and improve the lives of others in need.”

Mrs. Lubling overcame great personal hardship in her life. She escaped from Poland after losing much of her family in the Holocaust, and then, following several years in Palestine, immigrated with her young children and a husband in grave need of medical care to New York.  She raised her three children, worked for decades as a kindergarten teacher, and devoted herself to a life of extraordinary good works and service.

She founded and served as president of Rivkah Laufer Bikur Cholim, and was Director of Medical Services and Services to the Holocaust Victims at the Boro Park Jewish Community Council. 

As a tireless and effective volunteer, she connected patients (many of whom had no family help or support) lacking financial resources or access and in need of medical care, to doctors and nurses at NYU Medical Center (where she was named associate trustee), Maimonides Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital. She was frequently contacted by patients abroad desperately seeking help or resources, for whom she made life-saving arrangements. 

Mrs. Lubling was respected, admired, and loved by OHEL’s Board members, patients, physicians and nurses, hospital staff, her colleagues, and many who never met her but knew of her amazing accomplishments and commitment to our community. Her legacy lives on, reminding us all of our enormous capacity for compassion and generosity. 

For more than fifty years, Mrs. Lubling devoted herself selflessly to making a lasting difference in the lives of people she knew and many she would never meet.

This year’s Gala promises to be a spectacular evening. In addition to our celebration of the life of Miriam Lubling, we will recognize and honor the impressive contributions of Rabbi Philip Goldberg, pioneer in the care of people with disabilities and co-founder of OHEL Bais Ezra’s first residential facility, and Abe Banda, owner of the Pomegranate kosher supermarket and loyal OHEL friend, recipient of this year’s Community Partner Award and an inspiring philanthropist.

Event proceeds will help provide critical support for children whose parents have neglected or abused them and who are welcome into warm and loving OHEL foster families; people with disabilities who gain independence and can strive to reach their full potential through OHEL programs, facilities, and services; and families in crisis who receive support to cope with both acute and day-to-day challenges.

To make a reservation or place a journal ad in memory of Mrs. Lubling or other OHEL honorees, please all 718-972-9338 or contact gala@ohelfamily.org.

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