The Hebrew Sheltering Society – 1908
The Hebrew Sheltering Society had its actual beginning in 1908 when Isidore Shepard joined with Victor Harris, editor of the B’nai B’rith Messenger to put out the call for a hachosas orchim- a home for poor Jewish newcomers while they looked for employment.
By 1910 the Hebrew Sheltering Society was a functioning, incorporated entity.
The Association had 25 temporary clients, both homeless and aged.
“Great institutions are often so caught up in their growth as they fulfill vital community needs that they find little time to preserve the documents and the drama of their origins.
A case in point is that the pioneering Hebrew Sheltering Association of Los Angeles, which has been joined by other institutions into becoming one of the outstanding agencies providing services for patriarchs and matriarchs of its community. It has adopted 1912 as its time of formation.
However, its roots lie deeper.”
–Norton Stern & William M. Kramer,
Western States Jewish History Vol.18 #2, 1986.
In either 1914 or 1916 the Association had raised enough money to purchase the Glass family house in Boyle Heights.
In 1915 the Society became known as The Hebrew Sheltering and Home of Aged Association.
The Home in Boyle heights grew to 350 residents. However the shifting Jewish population moved westward and into the San Fernando Valley.
In Reseda there was already the Industrial Center for the Aged which was converted to the California Home for the Aged, and was eventually changed again to Menorah Village.
In 1976 the Boyle Heights facility was moved to the “Valley” – a short distance away from the California Home.
Shortly thereafter the two facilities merged becoming The Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles.
Today the name has been simplified to the Los Angeles Jewish Home, which is comprised of Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village, the two Reseda sites.The Los Angeles Jewish Home now includes a Special Care Center for Alzheimer’s patients, a modern Medical Center and a new facility, Fountainview, for independent senior living.
For more information see Western States Jewish History,
Early History of the Jewish Homes for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles, by Norton B. Stern & William M. Kramer, Vol. 18, #2