Beverly’s Hospitality Suite Opens At Village Shalom
Beverly’s is an inviting new hospitality suite in Village Shalom’s main lobby area now open to residents, family members and visitors. Located in the space formerly occupied by Village Shalom’s gift shop, Beverly’s provides a welcoming spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and quiet conversation any time of day or night.
The newly designed space is named in memory of Beverly Fishman, who lived at Village Shalom with her husband, Herb, from 2001 until her death in 2012 at age 83. Herb Fishman and his family made a generous contribution to Village Shalom to facilitate the project, which will serve as a lasting tribute to the immeasurable kindness and gracious hospitality for which Beverly was known.
The Beverly’s grand opening reception on May 14 welcomed scores of guests from across the Village Shalom campus and the greater community. President and CEO Matt Lewis offered thanks to the Fishman family for “this beautiful space in memory of a beautiful person – Beverly Fishman. It’s so nice to be able to pause and remember someone who was very important to Village Shalom, and to have joy in our community as we dedicate this space.”
Lewis’s welcoming remarks were followed by comments from Mel Mallin, president of the Villa Residents Association. Speaking on behalf of Village Shalom’s more than 200 residents, Mallin thanked the Fishmans for “this fabulous addition. Beverly was a lovely lady who will be with us forever.”
Herb Fishman greeted the crowd saying, “We’re so proud to be here in honor of Beverly. It’s a blessing to our family that you are all here.” He explained how he met Beverly at a USO dance following World War II: “I saw her coming down the stairs, and that was it.” The couple was married for 66 years.
Herb’s sons, Michael and Scott Fishman, also shared their thanks. Noted Michael, “We want to thank the Village Shalom staff and A.L. Huber Construction for working with us throughout the entire process.”
Scott remarked that “two years ago my dad said ‘Village Shalom is where I want everyone to celebrate Beverly’s life.’ I don’t know that we could have envisioned this unique room. But Herb Fishman makes things happen, and we all admire him for that. Now, every time we come in here, we’ll be able to relive Mom’s memory and the happiness she brought to everyone she met.”