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Guess Who's on the Cover of The Jewish Journal!

The Jewish Home and our upcoming centennial celebration are on the cover of this week's issue of the Jewish Journal!

The Journal's Ryan Smith wrote an incredible article chronicling the Los Angeles Jewish Home's growth and evolution, and it's impact on LA's Jewish community. Smith also reports how recent state and federal budget cuts influence the Jewish Home's plans to care for 5,000 seniors within the next five years.

What started as a home for transient men blossomed over the years, protecting those who might otherwise have been deliberately taunted at the county poor house with offers of pork. By 1916, [the first Jewish Home president, Simon] Lewis and others had raised enough money to provide a permanent home on Boyle Avenue with 16 rooms and five adjacent lots for expansion.

When the Jewish community migrated to West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, the Jewish Home traveled with it. Leaders purchased 11 acres on Victory Boulevard in Reseda in 1967 for what is now known as its Eisenberg Village. In 1979, it merged with the nearby Menorah Village on Tampa Avenue, which dated back to the 1930s, to create a second campus in the Valley.

We're absolutely delighted to receive this excellent coverage from such a respected publication. As the Jewish Home begins celebrating its 100th birthday, we'll continue moving forward — providing world class senior healthcare for another century.

Sure, it’s important to residents that they receive a high level of care. And yes, many of them love to play bingo just like seniors elsewhere. But for the ones who make it to the Home, that’s not what makes it special, especially as it turns 100.

“When I found out that the Jewish Home would accept me, oh my God, I can’t begin to tell you how lucky I felt,” said Marilyn Hirsch, 81, who moved in more than five years ago after falling and encountering other health problems.

“I’m not a practicing Jew, but … I was raised Jewish,” she said. “I came here to be with my own. I feel comfortable with them. I wanted my last days to be with my own.”

Read the full article, Turning 100: Los Angeles Jewish Home has ambitious growth plans.

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