Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Edward Friedman
  • Judith Friedman-Rudzki
  • Ira Halpern
  • Mark Liberman
  • Danny Rosett
  • Michelle Rubin
  • Joan Seidel

Richard Bender
Andrew Berman – Chair
Joyce Brandman
Edward Friedman
Judith Friedman-Rudzki
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
Mark Liberman
Arnold Price
Stephen Reissman
Danny Rosett - Vice Chair, Employment & Human Relations Committee; Chair, Board Development Committee; Secretary
Michelle Rubin
Pamela Rubin
Dr. Edward Schneider
Joan Seidel
David L. Swartz – Immediate Past Chair

Corporate Officers

  • Timothy Carlson, RN
  • Gilad Goldenberg
  • Steven Klappholz
  • Larissa Stephanis

Dale Surowitz – Chief Executive Officer and President
Alyssa Alderman– Vice President, Human Resources
Timothy Carlson, RN – Compliance Officer
Gilad Goldenberg – Chief Financial Officer
Steven Klappholz – Vice President, Jewish Home Foundation
Dr. Noah Marco – Chief Medical Officer
Arnold Possick – Chief Strategy Officer
Larissa Stepanians– Chief Operating Officer

Board of Governors

  • Betsy Applebaum
  • Marlene Bane, PhD
  • Stanley Black
  • Rosanna Bogart
  • Joy Brook
  • Jake Farber
  • Janet Farber
  • Harold Foonberg
  • Izzy Freeman - Co-Chair
  • Sheila Frost
  • David Gill
  • Elaine Gill
  • Dorothy Goren
  • Florence Gorlin
  • Leah Granof
  • Robin Greenberg
  • Trena Greitzer
  • Calvin Gross
  • Rosalyn Heyman
  • Robert Hirsch
  • Elizabeth Jacobs
  • Tom Keefer
  • Irene Levine
  • 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 Leadership

The Associates: Sue Richter
Benefactors of the Jewish Club of 1933: Reinhard Prinz
The Executives: Gary Kendall
The Guardians: Zane Koss and Peter Steigleder

Subsidiary Boards

Annenberg School of Nursing

Alyssa Alderman - Vice President of Human Resources
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO & Treasurer
Robert Hirsch
Gail Millan, RN - Secretary
Amy Myers Schnaid, RN–BC, MSN
Peggy Robin - Vice President
Joel Saltzburg
Sheldon Steier - President
Dale Surowitz - CEO & President (LAJH)

Brandman Centers for Senior Care

Joyce Brandman
Anne Friedrich
Dr. James Gerson - Chair
Ira Halpern
Elizabeth Jacobs
Arnold Possick - Chief Strategy Officer
Danny Rosett - Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair
Michelle Rubin
Dr. Edward Schneider
Dr. Peter Singer
Dale Surowitz - CEO-President (LAJH)
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO and Treasurer
Larissa Stepanians - COO

Brandman Research Institute

Dr. Ray Borun
Dr. Pinchas Cohen -Secretary
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO and Treasurer
Dr. Michelle Israel
Dr. Noah Marco - Executive Director
Jon Pynoos, PhD
Dr. Ed Schneider - Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Gary Small
Dale Surowitz - CEO-President (LAJH)

IPA

Dr. Noah Marco - Chief Medical Officer

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

Terri Bloomgarden
Jacqueline Fogel
Fred Gaines
Judith Friedman Rudzki - President
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO and Treasurer
Gideon Orion - Secretary
Stephen Reissman
Dale Surowitz - CEO-President (LAJH)

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

Jacqueline Fogel - President
Jeff Glassman
Zita Gluskin - Secretary
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO and Treasurer
Joseph Held
Michael Heslov
Elinor Liebesman
Mike Maroko
Judge Thomas Schneider - Immediate Past President
Stuart Solomon
Dale Surowitz - CEO-President (LAJH)
David L. Swartz
Robert Waldorf - Vice President

Jewish Home Foundation

Harvey Alpert
Andrew Berman
Molly Forrest - President, Jewish Home Foundation
Jeff Glassman
Gilad Goldenberg - CFO and Treasurer
Steven C. Good
Chuck Hershson
Fred Kayne
Steven Klappholz – Vice President, Jewish Home Foundation
Michael Koss
Dr. Gerald Niznick
Jeff Polak
Dale Surowitz - CEO-President (LAJH)
David L. Swartz
Richard Ziman, Chairman

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 Dale Surowitz

Dale Surowitz Dale Surowitz began his tenure as CEO-President of the Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) on October 1, 2020. However, his relationship with LAJH dates back many decades. His association began during his childhood when he had relatives who were residents of the Jewish Home at its original location in Boyle Heights. His deep involvement over the years has included serving in leadership positions on several LAJH boards, membership in the Executives and Guardians, as well as participating in numerous activities and events in support of LAJH.

Most recently, Dale served as Chief Executive Officer at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center since 1997. In 2008, he played an integral role in assuring the Tarzana campus was acquired by Providence Health and Services. This unique transaction moving from an investor owned, for profit institution, to a not-for-profit, faith-based hospital represents one of only a few hospitals in the country to successfully accomplish this transition. In addition, in 2019 Dale completed a two-year effort in which Cedars-Sinai Health System became a 49% owner of the hospital. This partnership enabled the hospital to develop new programs and services previously unavailable in the San Fernando Valley, while also ensuring the sustainability of a world class medical center servicing the growing needs of the community for generations to come.

Dale takes the helm of the 108-year-old, comprehensive, non-denominational, nonprofit senior healthcare system amid ambitious plans of expanding services throughout the entire Los Angeles area. Currently reaching nearly 4,000 seniors annually, with care in-residence on five beautiful campuses, and through a wide array of in-home and community services, the goal is to serve 10,000 seniors annually by 2025.

Recognized internationally, LAJH is a leader in the rapidly evolving future of senior healthcare, developing innovative initiatives and programs for aging in place and individualized, person-centered senior healthcare/living.

Dale earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Administration - Health Services Administration from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career, he has been active in many civic organizations including serving on the Boards of the Encino and West Valley/Warner Center Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former Board member of the Chambers of Commerce in Universal City/North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Encino. Currently, he is a Board member of the California State University-Northridge Foundation, Valley Industry, and Commerce Association. He and his family are also members of Temple Valley Beth Shalom.

Dale has received numerous awards including: 2016 Fernando Award for Volunteerism and Community Service; Business Person of the Year - Encino Chamber of Commerce; Heart of Gold Award, Child Development Institute; Jewish Home for the Aging - Circle of Life Award; Joseph Staller Award for Community Service from the West Valley/Warner Center Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was recipient of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Healthcare Excellence Award and the 25 Most Influential Business Leaders Award.

Dale and his wife, Brenda, are both longtime community residents of Tarzana.

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