A Celebration for the Ages
On Thursday, September 22nd, the Los Angeles Jewish Home hosted the event of a lifetime: A Celebration for the Ages. In honor of National Centenarians Day, the Home honored its residents who are 100 years of age or more. An amazing 38 centenarians – ranging in age from 100 to 105 - were the special guests of honor at an event to remember!
The celebration began with a blessing from Rabbi Karen Bender, the Home’s director of spiritual life and rabbi for Grancell Village. CEO-President Molly Forrest welcomed residents and their families, and introduced a beautiful video created for the occasion. The centenarians were the stars, represented by photos, both old and new, and personal quotes about reaching this incredible milestone, all to the tune of Bob Dylan singing his classic song, Forever Young. The video elicited both laughter and tears from everyone in the room.
As the representative of the Home’s centenarians, resident Myrtle Feenberg, age 100, addressed the crowd. “I’ve decided there has to be a reason why I made it to 100,” she said, “and then it dawned on me: it has to be attitude and forgiveness.” To this day, Myrtle volunteers and stays busy in a variety of activities. “You’ve just got to keep busy! Don’t let the aches and pains get you down.” Excellent advice, Myrtle!
The celebration was held in the Schulman Activities Center at Grancell Village. The guests of honor were welcomed with flowers: elegant corsages for the ladies and handsome boutonnieres for the gentlemen. The room was festively decorated with gold and silver balloons, and each table had a beautiful centerpiece in autumn colors. Everyone enjoyed delicious peach scones and fresh berries, and, of course, if it’s a birthday celebration, there must be cake! And there was….a big scrumptious cake with chocolate icing and Bavarian cream and chocolate chips inside, decorated in gold and silver!
All guests received a lovely keepsake journal full of photos and quotes from our wise centenarians. Each centenarian received a portrait stunningly framed in gold along with certificates acknowledging and celebrating their milestone. A representative of Congressman Brad Sherman’s office, Assembly Member Matt Dababneh, and a representative of Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s office joined in the celebration. The media were also on-hand for the big event, including local TV stations and newspapers.
“The party atmosphere among our centenarians was palpable,” said Molly Forrest, “They were so excited to have their family and friends celebrate their longevity with them. Interestingly, five percent of the Home’s residents are 100 or older.” She added that the number of centenarians in the United States has risen a hefty 44 percent from 2000.