Library named after Henry Wirth in Sydney

June 24, 2022 by Roz Tarszisz
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Family, friends and residents convened at Rose Bay B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages (BBRV) recently to celebrate the contribution made by Henry Wirth in over 20 years of service on the Board.

Henry Wirth in the library named after him

Wirth has stepped down as Chairman of BBRV and the library at the home in Sydney’s Rose Bay has now been named in his honour.

The villages provide affordable, independent accommodation for seniors and the ethos is to emphasize compassion and care.

“Henry has demonstrated these qualities in spades,” said Norbert Schweizer.

Schweizer said Henry Wirth had demonstrated “exceptional vision and determination” in steering the Villages from a purely volunteer organisation to becoming a fully professional one”.

In turn, Wirth was delighted to acknowledge the huge contribution to B’nai B’rith made by the family of his wife Ruth, nee Goldschmidt.   It has given him great pleasure to continue to “carry the torch” of the Goldschmidt family whose involvement goes back many years.

“BBRV has evolved over the last 50 years into a significant organisation within the NSW Jewish Community as the largest provider of independent living accommodation for seniors.

“There are 114 apartments in three campuses with over 120 residents. Professional staff provide the necessary support led by CEO, Leon Fredkin.

“I think that it is very important for BBRV to look to the future and to do this it now has a younger well-credentialled Board with many forward-thinking ideas for the development of the organisation.  Now led by Roma Shell, who brings a wealth of experience in both business and the Jewish Community, and I can only wish them well for the future” he said.

Lorna Sarif (Chair, Princess Gardens’ Residents Committee) read out a delightful poem that she had written in honour of the occasion.

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