Our history

Over a century of service

1912: An early meal celebrated at the Jewish Home1912: An early meal celebrated at the Jewish Home
Montage of the Home and its residentsMontage 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 Aging1948: 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 luncheon1948: Shirley Temple and Michel Levit, Purim luncheon
The Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care CenterThe Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center
The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical CenterThe Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center

1912: 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 “forlorn old people without family, friends, or shelter standing within our gates, pleading for our assistance.”

1916: Lewis purchased the Home’s first permanent structure in the Boyle Heights section of downtown Los Angeles.

1920s-30s: The Home had 350 residents, but most of the Jewish population of Boyle Heights had moved to other parts of the city. Plans were made for a facility in the San Fernando Valley, which became known as the California Home for the Aged.

1940s-50s: Thanks to significant gifts from the Grancell and Rosenkrantz families, the Home was able to build multiple new residences and facilities. The site became known as the Grancell Village Campus.

1972: The California Home for the Aged was renamed Menorah Village.

1976: The original home, the Boyle Heights Jewish Home for the Aged, moved to a new location on Victory Boulevard in Reseda. The two San Fernando Valley locations merged, becoming the Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles.

1980s-90s: The Home built new clinics, residences, and facilities as our resident population grew to 900 seniors. The Victory Boulevard Campus was named Eisenberg Village Campus, recognizing decades of support by Ben B. (of blessed memory) and Joyce E. Eisenberg.

2002: The Home’s Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients opened. Made possible by gifts from Paul Goldenberg and the Richard Ziman family, the Center has earned awards for its innovative, patient-sensitive design.

2004: Skirball Hospice began providing high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care. To address the needs of those with chronic, but not life-limiting, medical conditions, we established the Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine.

2007: The Home opened the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center on the Grancell Village Campus. The complex features a 10-bed, state-of-the-art acute psychiatric hospital, 239 skilled nursing beds, and a geriatric research center.

2007: Also that same year, the Annenberg School of Nursing opened with its first class of vocational nursing students.

2010: Fountainview at Eisenberg Village Campus, the Home’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), opened. The campus offers 108 upscale residences for independent senior living.

2012: Along with celebrating its centennial, the Home opened the Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC). Named in recognition of a founding gift by Joyce and Saul (of blessed memory) Brandman, the Centers are designed to improve the wellness of nursing home-eligible seniors through the comprehensive Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

2013: The Home debuted its Connections to Care hotline service, designed to make the Jewish Home's services and programs easily accessible with one call. The hotline number is 855.227.3745.

2017: Earlier this year, the Jewish Home opened the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus featuring Fountainview at Gonda Westside, an innovative, upscale CCRC community in the heart of Playa Vista. It offers 175 independent living apartments and 24 residential units for assisted living and memory care. Our westside expansion plans include a new site for our Brandman Centers for Senior Care and a future Jewish Home skilled nursing facility.

For more information about the Los Angeles Jewish Home, contact the Connections to Care hotline at 855.227.3745.

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