Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Edward Friedman
  • Ira Halpern
  • Danny Rosett
  • Joan Seidel

Richard Bender
Andrew Berman – Chair
Joyce Brandman
Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer
Edward Friedman
Jeffrey Glassman – Vice Chair, Liason to the Jewish Home Foundation
Steven C. Good
Les Granow – Vice Chair, Budget & Finance Committee
Ira Halpern
Joseph Held – Vice Chair; Building & Facilities Liaison to Subsidiary Boards
Michael Heslov
Robert Hirsch
Arnold Price
Stephen Reissman
Danny Rosett - Vice Chair, Employment & Human Relations Committee; Chair, Board Development Committee; Secretary
Pamela Rubin
Dr. Edward Schneider
Joan Seidel
David L. Swartz – Immediate Past Chair

Corporate Officers

  • Timothy C. Carlson, RN
  • Steven Klappholz
  • Larissa Stephanis

Molly Forrest – Chief Executive Officer and President
Alyssa Alderman– Vice President, Human Resources
Timothy C. Carlson, RN – Compliance Officer
Steven Klappholz – Vice President, Jewish Home Foundation
Dr. Noah Marco – Chief Medical Officer
Arnold Possick – Chief Strategy Officer
Ilene Silberman – Chief Financial Officer
Larissa Stepanians– Chief Operating Officer

Board of Governors

  • Betsy Applebaum
  • Marlene Bane, PhD
  • Stanley Black
  • Rosanna Bogart
  • Jake Farber
  • Harold Foonberg
  • Izzy Freeman - Co-Chair
  • Sheila Frost
  • Dorothy Goren
  • Florence Gorlin
  • Robin Greenberg
  • Trena Greitzer
  • Calvin Gross
  • Rosalyn Heyman
  • Robert Hirsch
  • Elizabeth Jacobs
  • Tom Keefer
  • Evelyn Lutin
  • Barry D. Maiten
  • Barbara Miller-Fox Abramoff
  • Diane Miller
  • Diane Morton
  • Beverly Nathan
  • Dr. Gerald Niznick
  • Joy Picus
  • Janet Polak
  • Barbara Price
  • Edward Robin
  • Joel Salzburg
  • Regina C. Scheer
  • Richard Schulman
  • Joan Seidel
  • Annette Shapiro
  • Sondra Smalley
  • Sheldon Steier - Co-Chair
  • Steve Strull
  • Robert Waldorf - Immediate Past Chair
  • Edna Weiss
  • Lynn Ziman

Honorary Officer for Life

Muriel Seelig

Support Group Presidents

Associates-IMC: Sandy Stackler
Benefactors of the Jewish Club of 1933: Reinhard Prinz
The Executives: Todd Rubinstein
The Guardians: Larry M. Schnaid & Jeff Schlesinger

Subsidiary Boards

Annenberg School of Nursing

Sally Greenfeld, RN
Gail Millan, RN - Secretary
Robert Hirsch, Vice President
Sheldon Steier - President
Molly Forrest - CEO-President (LAJH)
Alyssa Alderman - Vice President of Human Resources
Ilene Silberman, CFO and Treasurer

Brandman Centers for Senior Care

Joyce Brandman
Anne Friedrich
Dr. James Gerson - Vice Chair
Arthur Greenberg
Ira Halpern
Doreen Klee
Danny Rosett - Chair
Michelle Rubin
Dr. Edward Schneider - Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Peter Singer
Dale Surowitz
Charles Tigerman - Secretary
Molly Forrest - CEO-President
Dr. Noah Marco - CMO
Ilene Silberman - CFO and Treasurer
Larissa Stepanians - COO

Educational & Gerontological Research Organization

Dr. Ray Borun
Dr. Pinchas Cohen -Secretary
Dr. Michelle Israel
Jon Pynoos, PhD
Dr. Ed Schneider - Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Gary Small
Molly Forrest - CEO-President (LAJH)
Dr. Noah Marco - Chief Medical Officer and Vice President
Ilene Silberman - CFO and Treasurer

IPA

Dr. Noah Marco - Chief Medical Officer

Eisenberg Village,  Grancell Village (Members-in-Common)

Terri Bloomgarden
Fred Gaines
Jacqueline Fogel
Gideon Orion - Secretary
Stephen Reissman
Judith Friedman Rudzki - President
Scott Sachs
Molly Forrest - CEO-President (LAJH)
Ilene Silberman - CFO and Treasurer

Fountainview at Eisenberg Village,
Fountainview at Gonda Westside,
Board of Governors (Members-in-Common)

Jerry Epstein
Jacqueline Fogel
Jeff Glassman
Zita Gluskin - Secretary
Joseph Held
Michael Heslov
Mike Maroko
Mark Rubin - Immediate Past President
Judge Thomas Schneider - President
Stuart Solomon
David L. Swartz - Chair, Jewish Home Board
Leonard. Swartz
Robert Waldorf - Vice President
Molly Forrest - CEO-President (LAJH)
Ilene Silberman - CFO and Treasurer

Jewish Home Foundation

Harvey Alpert
Joyce Brandman
Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer
Steven C. Good
Chuck Hershson
Fred Kayne
Dr. Gerald Niznick
Jeff Polak
Mark Rubin
Richard Ziman - Chair
Molly Forrest - CEO-President
Steven Klappholz – Vice President, Jewish Home Foundation
Ilene Silberman - CFO and Treasurer

Meet Board of Directors Chair Andrew Berman

Andrew BermanAndrew Berman is an entertainment industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in global content sales, marketing, and content acquisition. But it is his focus on giving back, much more than his business achievements, that defines his idea of success and fulfillment.

“I first heard about the Jewish Home from a friend who was already actively engaged with the organization. He suggested I take a tour – and I was hooked!” Berman says. He immediately decided to join the Parent Board and spent time volunteering at the Home; three years later, he was elevated to the board chair position. “I believe it’s an obligation to give back, and I’ve always had an affinity and great respect and admiration for seniors,” Berman says. “Our senior population is growing in numbers and will continue to do so. It is imperative that we address this situation and take care of them. Seniors should be considered a treasure in our society and deserve dignity, care, and love. I’m thrilled and honored to have accepted this role, where on a daily basis I can see first-hand all the wonderful things the Jewish Home does.”

A native Angeleno, Berman has a long history of philanthropic involvement in his local community. In addition to his work with the Home, he has served in a volunteer capacity with organizations including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (past president, Board of Trustees), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services (Capital Campaign Committee), Stephen Wise Temple (Board of Directors), and Connecting to Cure (Board of Directors).

At the Jewish Home, Berman is focused on expanding programs and services to cover our growing senior population. This includes spreading the message about the Home to donors and other supporters throughout Southern California. “This is such an impressive place and organization that so many people aren’t fully aware of,” he notes. “Whether they are accessing independent living, skilled nursing, or memory care, our seniors receive extraordinary care. A big part of the reason is the people who work here – many of them have been with the Home for 20 or 30 years. They are truly invested and dedicated in what they do, and it shows.”

Berman grew up in Beverly Hills but has spent the past three decades as a “Valley refugee” in Encino and Tarzana. He and his wife, Marci, have two adult daughters. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in radio, television, and film.

For Berman, his tenure as board chair is a unique opportunity to strengthen the social fabric of Los Angeles. “The Jewish Home is all about direct impact, and it makes a real and positive difference in seniors’ lives every day,” he says. “How many organizations can say that?”

Meet the Jewish Home CEO-President Molly Forrest

Molly Forest joined the Jewish Home as CEO-President in 1996 and has led the Home through the most ambitious expansion in its history, overseeing development of diversified Jewish Home programs and services for today’s seniors.

Combining a potent blend of vision and pragmatism, Molly is working to ensure the Home meets the needs of our aging society and budgetary challenges now and into the future.

In the 1970s Molly worked in two governmental positions in Oregon. In Lane County she supervised the state’s second largest senior nutritional program. She also worked with developers of senior/handicapped affordable or subsidized housing, assisting in project design and securing HUD or FHA financing. Her experience also includes direct and corporate administration of skilled nursing and in-residence care facilities and private consulting for senior living.

Upon joining the Jewish Home, Molly led the Home’s emphasis on programs that support and build bodies, engage minds, and encourage emotional and spiritual expression.

Under her leadership, the Home has opened:

  • Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center — for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
     
  • Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center — an acute psychiatric hospital with skilled nursing beds
     
  • Fountainview at Eisenberg Village — the Home’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community for independent seniors
     
  • Skirball Hospice — for support of patients and families in the most vulnerable days of life
     
  • Annenberg School of Nursing — for the education and clinical training of students for state vocational nursing licensing examinations, nursing assistant certification testing, and home health aide certification testing
     
  • Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine — to assist those who live with multiple chronic conditions and/or suffer continuing pain
     
  • Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC) — a specialty managed care insurance plan assuring that the most frail, medically complex seniors can safely live at home with medical and supportive services provided either on-site in a day-treatment center or delivered in-your-home; federally, this is known as a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
     
  • Care Transitions — a CMS Innovative project focused on seniors who are discharged from area hospitals and receive Jewish Home-coordinated care at home to stabilize their health and minimize or avoid return to the acute hospital

Currently, Molly is overseeing the development of Fountainview at the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus and the Hirsch Family Campus, the first new Jewish Home campuses in over a generation. The Gonda Westside Campus will be the first physical presence of the Jewish Home outside of the San Fernando Valley in nearly 50 years.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Molly is active in a variety of community organizations, including director positions for boards of LeadingAge CA, Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), the UCLA Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, and the Geriatric Education and Research Organization (GERO). Molly is also a member of national organizations, including the LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Advisory Council, CEMO Roundtable, and California State University Northridge (CSUN) Professional Health Care Advisory Council.

Molly has been the recipient of a variety of awards: the 2015 Doctor Herbert Shore Award of Honor from the North American Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS); the 2014 Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoraris Causa, from American Jewish University; the 2014 LA Business Journal Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2013 San Fernando Valley Business Journal Health Care Leadership Award; and the 2011 Jewish Free Loan Association Ben & Anne Werber Communal Service Award. In April 2015, Molly was recognized by the L.A. Commission on the Status of Women as a “Pioneer Woman” and honored by the L.A. City Council for outstanding leadership in the senior healthcare field. Molly is a frequent guest speaker for senior living and elder-healthcare issues.

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