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Finnish Delegates Tour the Los Angeles Jewish Home

On Wednesday, April 30th, four delegates from Finland were given a tour of the Jewish Home’s Grancell and Eisenberg Village campuses. Organized by Jewish Home Director of Marketing, Bonnie Polishuk, the tour was conducted by Jewish Home staff including Susan Leitch, Community Manager of the Goldenberg∙Ziman Special Care Center; Ilana Grossman, CEO and Administrator of the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center; Mari Abrams, Director of Marketing of the Brandman Centers for Senior Care, and Allison Marty Executive Director of Fountainview at Eisenberg Village. 

The visitors – Harri Jaskari, Sakari Ermala, Jari-Jukka Pietarinen, and Jukka Mäkelä – are leaders in the fields of renewable energy and construction. With plans to build senior care centers in Finland and throughout Europe, the gentlemen were eager to visit a few of the Home’s acclaimed senior living communities. The visitors came loaded with questions about the Home and the innovative programs and services created to care for the Los Angeles senior community for the past century. Their questions ran the gamut from How much does it cost a guest to eat a meal here? to Do the residents shower themselves? Luckily, the Home’s tour guides were able to quench the touring group’s thirst for knowledge.

After a few hours of touring, there was one last leg of the tour: Fountainview, the Jewish Home’s beautiful continuing care retirement community. As soon as the group stepped through the doors of the complex, Mr. Ermala gasped, “This place is gorgeous!” With its relaxing ambiance and opulent design, Fountainview is comparable to a luxurious five-star hotel. Fountainview resident Ellie Levin would agree. When the Home’s Finnish guests stumbled upon Ellie getting a manicure at Fountainview’s salon she exclaimed, “Welcome to the cruise that never leaves the harbor!” After a few giggles, Mr. Jaskari replied, “Yes, it’s beautiful here. Is it too soon to reserve our rooms?”

Anjelica Rehl is the Digital Marketing Associate at the Jewish Home.