Friday, June 27, 2014
Jewish Home's Molly Forrest Honored
Molly Forrest, CEO-President of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, was honored recently with two prestigious awards. In April, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ). On May 18th, American Jewish University (AJU) honored Molly with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the LABJ's annual Healthcare Leadership Awards event. This event recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made strides in helping Angelenos receive better healthcare. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors Molly's more than forty years of dedication to senior housing and healthcare issues.
AJU bestowed the honorary doctorate degree upon Molly in recognition of the exemplary leadership she has demonstrated at the Jewish Home and in the community. "The work you have done on behalf of our community is nothing short of remarkable," said Dr. Robert Wexler, president of AJU. "You have made our local Jewish Home a model for communities around the country, both through your creative planning and your careful management." Dr. Wexler also acknowledged Molly as a compelling role model of achievement, particularly for young Jewish women. "By honoring you, we provide our students with an example of what we hope they might achieve in their own lives."
"I am incredibly touched and honored to receive this doctorate degree and thank AJU for it," said Molly. "I share the success of today with gratitude to many donors, staff, colleagues, volunteers and board members who give so much to make the Jewish Home what it is."
Since her appointment as CEO-President of the Jewish Home in 1996, Molly has led the Home in expanding six-fold the number of seniors served, increasing the range of services offered, and creating innovative programs to meet growing senior healthcare needs. Today the Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior programs, services and housing in Southern California.
On behalf of the residents and staff of the Jewish Home, mazel tov to Molly Forrest on these well-deserved honors. Thank you for providing the vision and guidance needed to continue to expand, extend and sustain programs and services for seniors across Los Angeles.