The Los Angeles Jewish Home recently celebrated its resident volunteers and community volunteers with festive luncheons. Tables were decorated with flowers and fans donated by Gerrie Wormser and John N. Levi, Jr. Entertainment included singing, fiddle playing, and piano playing. Certificates of appreciation were given to all of the volunteers. Stacy Orbach, Director of Volunteer Services, thanked everyone for their 22,000 hours of service this past year. Volunteers donate their time on a weekly basis across 29 departments at the Home including the bank, library, cyber café, and arts and crafts.
"You build community. You improve the world," said Molly Forrest, the Jewish Home's CEO and President. Andrew Berman, Chair of the Board of Directors, spoke about his time as a volunteer at the Home. "The greatest gift is to give of yourself. It's the ultimate mitzvah. You are people we trust and value immensely."
Community volunteer Beth Horwitz was presented with the Howard Kayton Memorial Volunteer of the Year Service Award. She has been volunteering at the Home for 10 years. Beth shared the award with her greyhound Nona who engages in pet therapy with the residents every week. "It's a really incredible honor," she told us. "I'm sharing this award with Nona, my dog. We love coming to the Jewish Home to do our volunteer work."
For information about volunteering at the Jewish Home, please contact Stacy Orbach at 818.774.3116 or Stacy.Orbach@jha.org