Board of Directors

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

Richard Bender
Andrew Berman - Chair
Joyce Brandman (Emeritus)
Steven C. Good, Past Chair
Les Granow
Ira Halpern
Joseph Held - Vice Chair; Building & Facilities, Liaison to Subsidiary Boards
Robert Hirsch - Past Chair
Mark Liberman
Arnold Price
Danny Rosett - Secretary; Vice Chair, Employment & Human Resources Committee; Chair, Board Development Committee
Michelle Rubin
Judith Friedman-Rudzki - Vice Chair, Budget & Finance Committee
Dr. Edward Schneider
Joan Seidel
David L. Swartz - Immediate Past Chair

Advisory Directors

Jeffrey Glassman - Past Chair, Liaison to the Jewish Home Foundation
Michael Heslov - Past Chair
Pamela Rubin

Corporate Officers

  • Dale Surowitz
  • Alyssa Alderman
  • Timothy Carlson, RN
  • Molly Forrest
  • Noah Marco, MD
  • Crystal Rudisky
  • Larissa Stephanis

Alyssa Alderman - Chief Human Resources Officer
Timothy Carlson, RN - Chief Nursing Officer
Molly Forrest - President, Jewish Home Foundation
Noah Marco, MD - Chief Medical Officer
Crystal Ruditsky - Chief Financial Officer
Larissa Stepanians - Chief Operating Officer
Dale Surowitz - Chief Executive Officer and President

Board of Governors

  • Betsy Applebaum
  • Marlene Bane, PhD
  • Stanley Black
  • Rosanna Bogart
  • Joy Brook
  • 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
  • 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: Michelle Weisman
The Guardians: Zane Koss and Peter Steigleder

Subsidiary Boards

Annenberg School of Nursing

Robert Hirsch
Gail Millan, RN - Secretary
Amy Myers Schnaid, RN–BC, MSN
Peggy Robin - Vice-Chair
Crystal Ruditsky - CFO & Treasurer
Joel Saltzburg
Sheldon Steier - Chair
Dale Surowitz - CEO and President (LAJH)

Brandman Centers for Senior Care

Joyce Brandman
Anne Friedrich
Ira Halpern
Elizabeth Jacobs
Danny Rosett - Chair
Michelle Rubin
Crystal Ruditsky - CFO and Treasurer
Dr. Edward Schneider
Dr. Peter Singer
Dale Surowitz - CEO and President (LAJH)
Charles Tigerman - Secretary

Brandman Research Institute

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


Dr. Noah Marco - Chief Medical Officer

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

Terri Bloomgarden
Jacqueline Fogel
Fred Gaines
Judith Friedman Rudzki - President
Gideon Orion - Secretary
Crystal Ruditsky - CFO and Treasurer
Dale Surowitz - CEO and President (LAJH)

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

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

Jewish Home Foundation

Harvey Alpert
Andrew Berman
Molly Forrest - President, Jewish Home Foundation
Jeff Glassman
Steven C. Good
Chuck Hershson
Fred Kayne
Michael Koss
Dr. Gerald Niznick
Jeff Polak
Crystal Ruditsky - CFO and Treasurer
Dale Surowitz - CEO and 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 and President Dale Surowitz

Dale Surowitz Dale Surowitz began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) in the autumn of 2020. However, his relationship with LAJH dates back decades. His association began during childhood when he visited relatives who were residents of the Jewish Home at its original location in Boyle Heights. His deep involvement and commitment with the Home has included serving in several volunteer leadership positions and on various LAJH boards.

Prior to his current role, Dale served as Chief Executive at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. In 1997, Dale became the CEO of what was known as Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center.  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 is one of the only hospitals in the country to ever accomplish this type of transition. In addition, in 2019, Dale completed a 2-year effort with Cedars-Sinai Health System becoming a 49% owner of the hospital. This enabled them to develop new programs and services previously unavailable in the San Fernando Valley, while ensuring the sustainability of a world-class medical center to meet the growing needs of the community for generations to come.

As Dale embarked on this latest role with the Jewish Home, he took the helm of the 109 year, comprehensive, non-denominational, nonprofit senior healthcare system with an ambitious vision of expanding services throughout the entire Los Angeles area. Currently reaching nearly 4,000 seniors annually, the goal is to continue expanding to serve 10,000 seniors annually in both residential and community based services.

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 served on the boards of numerous business organizations including serving as the Chair of the United Chambers of Commerce board as well as many chambers of commerce in the San Fernando Valley. He has also served on a variety of civic and healthcare related boards including the California State University-Northridge Foundation, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the American Diabetes 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; MAPS Charities Community Service Award. In addition, he was recipient of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal - Healthcare Excellence Award and is a past recipient of the 25 Most Influential Business Leaders Award.

Dale and his wife, Brenda, are both longtime community residents of Tarzana. Dale has two married children and three grandchildren.

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