By Carol Sandler, JCS Volunteer
Since age 16 and throughout his varied career, Mitzvah Mobility volunteer Ed Epstein has been involved with helping people and other charitable endeavors which, he says, “warms my heart.”
In college he majored in radio, tv and film; early on in his professional film and television producer-director career, Ed directed NBC Nightly News with David Brinkley. Later, in Jacksonville, Florida, he covered golf and football, then opened a business, producing and directing tv commercials for sports, live music and educational documentaries as a “concept and idea person”. He found time to volunteer with synagogues and organizations, as well as children’s hospitals—his favorite.
Ed returned to Baltimore seven years ago to be closer to family, which included siblings, two daughters, grandchildren and his step-family. After semi-retiring three years ago, he heard about Mitzvah Mobility through his cousin, Neal Cierler. He says he “feels attached” to some clients, who often comment: “I’m so happy you’re escorting me to the doctor today.” Ed adds: “The world goes so fast; driving gives me time off just to think.” During these outings, he takes pleasure in showing local sights to clients who are newcomers.
Ed also helps out at JCS luncheons for Holocaust survivors, and is a member of Beth El. He still indulges in his favorite sport, scuba diving, which he has done all over the globe. “It’s a busy life,” says Ed, “and I enjoy every minute of it.”