by | Oct 9, 2017 | Obituaries

Bethesda, MD – Hannah Lipman, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, friend, activist, and community leader, died of a sudden heart attack on September 15, 2017 while doing what she loved: traveling the world with her husband Tim.

Hannah was born on February 24, 1944 in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Maury High School. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Sadie (Coplon) Liebowitz, and her brothers, Joe and Phillip (Buddy).

She was the best mother in the world. She was the heart of PANIM: The Washington Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. Her civic leadership in Hadassah, A Wider Circle, Manna, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the Obama and Hillary campaigns, numerous PTAs, and as co-president of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, touched thousands of lives.

Hannah’s last month was full of family, friends, and adventure. She went horseback riding with her grandchildren Jonah and Mia in the Rocky Mountains. She hiked to waterfalls and glaciers. She saw the Northern Lights. Her life burned brightly, and too short. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, but most of all by Tim, Ari, Scott, Joanna, Jonah, and Mia.

Hannah’s funeral was held in Adat Shalom. Donations in her memory may be made to one of these organizations, which embody so much of what Hannah stood for: the Adat Shalom Endowment Fund; A Wider Circle; Manna Food Center; or the Obama Foundation. Y’hi zichra baruch— let her memory continue to be a blessing.