Serving the Seniors of Los Angeles
1912: First Passover Seder Celebrated at the Jewish Home
Montage of the Home and Its Residents
1948: Mary Pickford and husband Buddy Rogers break ground for the Mary Pickford Building on the grounds of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging
1948: Shirley Temple and Michel Levit, Purim Luncheon
The Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center
The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center
The Los Angeles Jewish Home began when a small group of caring neighbors gave shelter to five homeless Jewish men at Passover. Simon Lewis, a local grocer and one of the Home's founders, was haunted by the plight of the destitute elderly in the community, the "forlorn old people without family, friends, or shelter standing within our gates, pleading for our assistance."
From its humble beginnings of providing shelter for the needy, the Home has grown to become one of the country's leading senior care providers. By 1916, Lewis had raised enough funds to purchase the Home's first permanent structure in the Boyle Heights section of downtown Los Angeles.
Over the generations that followed, the number of Jewish Home residents grew to 350 seniors. By the mid-1960's, most of the early Jewish population of Boyle Heights had migrated to other parts of the city, and plans were made to create a Home in the San Fernando Valley.
Already operating in Reseda was the well-established institution called the Industrial Center for the Aged. The kibbutz-style farm created during the Great Depression was converted to help Jewish seniors who could no longer care for themselves. After the war, it became known as the California Home for the Aged.
Significant gifts in the 1940's and 50's from the Grancell and Rosenkratz families led to construction of multiple residences and facilities at the California Home. The remodeled facility was named the Grancell Village Campus, in recognition of the Grancell family's support. Improvements in healthcare led to a rise in the average age of residents from 70 to 80.
In 1972, the California Home for the aged was renamed Menorah Village, and offered several distinctive levels of care. In 1976, the Boyle Heights Jewish Home for the Aged moved to a new location on Victory Boulevard in Reseda. Then, in the late 70's, the two San Fernando valley Homes merged, becoming the Jewish home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles.
The 1980's and 90's saw construction of new clinics, residences, and facilities, and the rise of the resident population to nearly 900 seniors. In 1990, the Victory Boulevard campus was named Eisenberg Village, recognizing decades of support by Ben B. (of blessed memory) and Joyce E. Eisenberg.
The Home's Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center for Alzheimer's patients opened in 2002. Made possible by gifts from Paul Goldenberg and the Richard Ziman family, the Center received an award for its innovative, patient-sensitive design.
In 2004, the Home's Skirball Hospice began providing high-quality compassionate end-of-life care to patients in or outside of the Home, regardless of faith, culture, or ethnicity. The Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine was established to address the needs of those with chronic, but not life-limiting, medical conditions.
The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center, the Home's 249-bed skilled nursing facility on the Grancell Village Campus, was completed in 2007. The complex of three interconnected buildings — the Brandman Research Institute, the LaKretz/Black Tower, and the Bross-Bresler Pavilion — feature a state-of-the-art skilled nursing hospital, a geriatric research center, and the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit.
Also on Grancell Village, the Ida Kayne Transitional Care Unit provides short-term rehabilitation services for seniors. Fountainview at Eisenberg Village, the Home's Continuing Care Retirement Community, which opened in 2010, offers 108 upscale residences for independent senior living.
The Home's Centennial year in 2012 saw the opening of the Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC). Named in recognition of a founding gift by Joyce and Saul (of blessed memory) Brandman, the Brandman Centers are designed to improve the wellness of nursing home-eligible seniors through a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
In 2013, the Home debuted its Connections to Care, a toll-free number designed to make the Jewish Home's in-your-home and community-based programs easily accessible to a growing number of frail seniors. Among these services were Jewish Home Health, a program providing independent seniors with everything from nursing to personal care assistance.
While the Los Angeles Jewish Home has been known by several names over more than a century of evolving care, one thing has haver changed — the ongoing devotion of our community to maintaining a special place where our seniors are cared for and truly feel at home.
For more information about the Los Angeles Jewish Home's services, contact our Connections to Care hotline at 855.227.3745. For inquiries about gifting opportunities, please contact Fund Development at 818.774.3324.