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A Groundbreaking Moment For The Jewish Home

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Los Angeles Jewish Home commemorated the next step forward in creating its first campus on the Westside of Los Angeles. The celebration of the groundbreaking for the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus was indeed a momentous occasion. The campus will include Fountainview at Gonda Westside, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). 

Emcee Monty Hall welcomed Jewish Home board members, donors, and Fountainview at Gonda depositors to the event. Jeffrey Glassman, chair of the Home's board of directors, offered his appreciation of the occasion. "This moment has been years in the making. That we have finally arrived is a testament to the hard work of Jewish Home leadership and the perseverance of committed donors intent on helping us realize a dream."

Mark Rubin, chair of the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus board, shared his perspective on the importance of the day's events. "It's up to us to instill the value of helping the elderly, and the Home is doing an extraordinary job of accomplishing just that," he said.

Following a video presentation of the actual groundbreaking held a few weeks earlier, the Home's CEO-President Molly Forrest emphasized the important role the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus will play in the much-needed expansion of the Jewish Home's services. "With support of many hands, today we serve over 4,000 seniors. When we open our new campus, we will be able to serve over 6,000."

Recognition of donors and depositors of the Westside campus was a highlight of the event. Receiving special acknowledgment for their generosity were Leslie Gonda and Louis Gonda, Joyce Brandman and Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer. Campus highlights — the Brandman Building and the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Court/Gallery and Sky Terrace — were gifted by the Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation and the Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation.

Molly Forrest and Jeffrey Glassman paid tribute to Richard Ziman, chair of the Jewish Home Foundation, whose far-reaching philanthropy continues to help shape the Home's programs and services. Capped off by a motzi and delicious brunch, the groundbreaking celebration was a heartfelt acknowledgement of hard work and dedicated charitable investment, and an expression of joy for good things to come.

For more information about the Gonda Health Aging Westside Campus, please contact Ira Schreck, senior vice president of the Jewish Home Foundation, at (818) 774-3045 or Ira.Schreck@jha.org.