Husband, wife born on same day 90 years ago

When Dori Hirsch celebrated her 90th birthday last week, she had to share the spotlight with someone else — her husband.

Dori and her husband, Bob Hirsch, were born on same day, Aug. 3, 1920 — Dori in Syracuse, Kan., and Bob in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their births occurred only a couple of hours apart.

Since 1957, when they were married at a friend’s house, the two have had to share their annual birthday celebration. This year, the Hirsches’ joint milestone fete took place Aug. 1 at the El Rancho Inn in Millbrae. In attendance were more than 80 friends and family.

Bob and Dori Hirsch at their Aug. 1 party.

The couple met through friends at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, and they have lived in San Francisco for the past 40 years. Both used to be very involved as activists with the Bay Area Council of Soviet Jewry.

Although this marriage is a second for both of them, Bob’s first wife remains good friends with the couple and has often joined them on vacations. In fact, she spoke at the birthday party in honor of her longtime friends.

“It was a regular lovefest,” said Karen Hirsch, Bob’s daughter from a first marriage. Bob and Dori have no kids together, but if you combine the offspring from their first marriage, together they have four children, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dori, who converted to Judaism when she was 18, used to own the Redwood House of Music in Redwood City. Bob, who sold men’s clothing and was part-owner of a soda systems company, has volunteered at SFO’s Traveler’s Aid booth for the past 26 years.

— emily savage