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    33-Year West Hollywood Resident and 28-Year Senior Advisory Board Member Esther Baum, has Died

    Long time 33-year West Hollywood resident, 28-year Senior Advisory Board, and 28th Congressional District Woman of the Year, Esther Baum, has passed. She was 98-years-old. The details of her death are not yet known and will be updated when they become available.

    A notice of her passing was posted on North Harper & Sweetzer Avenue Facebook group.

    “Sad news, Esther Baum, a [33] year resident of Harper Ave has left us. Esther was 97-years-old and was responsible for our National Night Out event for many many years…Esther was a profoundly active member of our West Hollywood community. She devoted her life to serving others. Even though her health and mobility waned in the last few years, Esther with the help of our dear departed friend, Jeff McKay, managed to host several National Night Out events. We will honor both Esther Baum and Jeff McKay at this year’s [National Night Out].”

    Esther Baum was born and raised in Los Angeles, before she moved to the city of West Hollywood 33 years ago. She retired from her job as an accountant in 2017, but she remained active in the West Hollywood community serving on the city’s Senior Advisory Board, in the Seniors in Action program, and she continued to advocate for seniors, and rent control in the city. She was also Neighborhood Watch block captain.

    She worked at several public accounting firms that included a garment manufacturer, women’s sportswear shop, a beauty salon chain and an oral surgery practice. Her community volunteer work included service at the cancer center in Santa Monica where she reconstructed the files and payroll records after the building caught on fire. She also volunteered at Project Angel Food, the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, and AARP, where she did tax preparation for senior citizens. Baum also is a longtime member of Congregation Kol Ami. She and her late husband, Robert, have one daughter who is also an accountant.

    U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff chose her as one of the 15 2020 Women of the Year honorees in his 28th Congressional District. “Every year in March, in honor of Women’s History Month, my office hosts an event to honor our district’s Women of the Year,” said Schiff in an announcement of the 15 honorees. “Unfortunately, we had to postpone our celebration due to coronavirus, but I wanted to make sure these outstanding women get the recognition they deserve. They are all pillars of our communities and I thank them for their invaluable service.”

    Schiff acknowledged her as a dynamic force in the community, noting her work for National Night Out gatherings in her neighborhood.

    Below is her acceptance speech from 2020:

                          HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF
                                 of california
                        in the house of representatives
                            Tuesday, March 10, 2020
      Mr. SCHIFF. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History 
    Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and 
    sacrifices made by our nation's women. It is an honor to pay homage to 
    outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional 
    District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Esther Baum of 
    West Hollywood, California.
       Esther was born and raised in Los Angeles and has called West 
    Hollywood home for the past thirty years. Upon graduating from high 
    school, Ms. Baum attended college and majored in accounting. With an 
    abundance of talent and skill, Esther had a successful career spanning 
    across decades. She worked for public accounting firms, and as an 
    accountant for several businesses including a garment manufacturer, women's sportswear shop, a beauty salon chain and an oral 
    surgery practice. She retired in 2017.
       While Ms. Baum had a successful career, she never lost sight of the 
    importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. Esther 
    volunteered at a cancer center in Santa Monica, California where she 
    reconstructed the files and payroll records after the building caught 
    on fire. She also volunteered at Project Angel Food, The Maple 
    Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, and AARP, where she did tax 
    preparation for senior citizens.
       At ninety-four years old, Esther continues to be a dynamic force in 
    the community. She is currently serving on the City of West Hollywood 
    Senior Advisory Board and is active in the West Hollywood Seniors in 
    Action program, where she plans programs for senior citizens to come 
    together, make friends and share memories. In addition, Esther is a 
    Neighborhood Watch block captain in her area and enjoys hosting 
    National Night Out gatherings in her neighborhood, which she has done 
    for the past twenty-nine years. She has made it a tradition to take all 
    the remaining food to serve to the homeless. Esther is also a longtime 
    and valued member of Congregation Kol Ami.
       Esther and her late husband, Robert, have one daughter who followed 
    in Esther's footsteps and is an accountant.
       The entire community has benefitted immensely from the generosity 
    and invaluable contributions of Ms. Baum.
       I ask all Members to join me in honoring this exceptional, well-
    respected woman of California's 28th Congressional District, Esther 
    Baum.
    

     

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    Tom Stanley
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    7 months ago

    I was Esther’s next door neighbor on Harper for many years, and we remained close friends long after I moved away. We drank lots of coffee together and had many adventures including a raucous senior bus tour down to Ensenada. Esther had a great sense of humor and perspective about life, and she found purpose in her later years by serving the community. Esther should be remembered for her positive and upbeat demeanor, her delightful cackle, and her incredible memory and perspective from a long life well lived. If we want to make the world a better place in Esther’s… Read more »

    A. Lee WALKUP
    A. Lee WALKUP
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    8 months ago

    Esther BAUM was the most senior member of the WeHo Senior Advisory Board in years, 98, and service, possibly since the Board’s inception in 1987 (verification pending). She truly loved the City of West Hollywood and displayed that in her many civic and personal activities. A long-term member of the Harper-Sweetzer Neighborhood Association and avid leader and supporter of National Night Out, she worked until she was 92 as an accountant at several businesses. She was a devotee of the Hollywood Bowl and regularly attended WeHo civic and social events. Additionally, she was a member of Kol Ami Congregation. She… Read more »

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