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Elaine Shulman Hirsch

1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Elaine Shulman Hirsch Obituary
Elaine Shulman Hirsch, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on January 2, 2018 from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Elaine was born December 8, 1938, at Beth El Hospital in Newark N.J., to parents Nat and Lillian Shulman (both of blessed memory), and grew up in Charleston, SC, where her father served as director of the Charleston Jewish Community Center (JCC), and where Elaine would, at one point, work alongside him as director of the JCC's summer day camp - Camp Baker. Elaine graduated from Charleston's Rivers High School, and from the College of Charleston, where she earned her BS in 1960. Her first job out of college took her to Washington DC, where she worked as a computer programmer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and where she met her future husband, Paul Hirsch, at a DCJCC singles Hanukkah party. She and Paul married in May, 1961, and settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where their two eldest children were born. In 1968, the family moved to Athens, Georgia, where Paul took a job at the University, and where, two years later, Elaine gave birth to twins. In 1974, the family moved to East Cobb - and soon after, Elaine returned to the work force, with jobs as a school library assistant, and later, as a computer programmer with Cox Communications. But the job she held the longest, until her retirement, was with the IRS as "one of the good guys," working in the division of customer services. This position gave her the opportunity to do something she loved - travel - taking her on a number of overseas assignments, instructing service and civilian personnel on military bases in Japan, Greece, Turkey and Bahrain. She enjoyed additional travel experiences with Paul, taking part in Road Scholar programs, visiting Israel and multiple countries in Europe and South America.

Elaine was a lifetime member of Hadassah, and was active with the League of Women Voters. She was a member of The Temple for over forty years, forging a number of lifelong friendships through the synagogue's chavurah program, becoming an adult bat mitzvah at age 68, and participating in trips and activities with The Temple Sages. Elaine was an avid reader, loved PBS mystery programs, was a member of a book club, and took part in regular meetings with her mahjong group, whose members assisted her in playing even as Alzheimer's began to take its toll on her cognitive abilities. While she never returned there to live, Charleston remained her "soul home," and she spent many happy days there, visiting her parents and friends, and teaching her children to ride the waves off Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island.

Survivors include husband Paul Hirsch; daughters Mira Hirsch (Keith Yaeger), Abby Reish (Greg), Deva Hirsch (Stuart Peskin); son Joe Hirsch (Andrea); grandchildren Sophie Yaeger, Nate Yaeger, Isabella Reish, Charlie Peskin, Sydney Peskin, Eden Hirsch and Sabra Hirsch; and brothers Sandy Shulman (Sandra) and David Shulman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hadassah, College of Charleston, The Temple or the .

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 5, at 12:30PM at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, Sandy Springs, with Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.

Hirsch, Elaine Shulman
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2018
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