Beth Sholom Village held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 14. Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the meeting was held in the Religious—Cultural Center. Rabbi Michael Panitz delivered the invocation and Neil Friedman, president, presented his remarks.
David Abraham, executive vice president, gave his State of The Village report.
“Despite numerous challenges at The Home and The Terrace, such as a resident population with increased cognitive and physical impairments, recent decreases in government and insurance reimbursements, and an economic climate that has had profound effect on our fundraising efforts, The Village continues to shine as a leader of elder care services in our community,” said Abraham.
“This past year has seen many changes. One of the more significant ones was the sale of The Sands last December to Senior Housing Group in Chicago. This company specializes in rehabbing affordable senior housing. They have a very impressive track record and we were able to work out a satisfactory sale of the property,” said Abraham. “They are adding new bathrooms and kitchens and generally upgrading the facility. We are happy to say this is being done without displacing any of the residents who are our neighbors and, in some cases, our volunteers.”
Abraham noted that the Berger-Goldrich Home will admit and discharge approximately 375 short-term residents/patients over the course of a year; serve and prepare approximately 5,500 meals for Jewish Familly Service’s Meals on Wheels program, in addition to the 126,000 meals that are prepared and served annually to the residents at The Berger-Goldrich Home and the 82,125 meals served to the residents at The Terrace Assisted Living.
The Village’s most recent venture in integrated healthcare is the first Jewish Hospice in Hampton Roads—The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater—a joint venture with JFS. Licensed by the State of Virginia to begin operations, patients have been admitted to provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.
In addition to his report, Abraham made a special presentation to Alex Stern, son of Lisa Stern and board member, Neal Stern. Abraham thanked Stern for his generous contribution to The Village as part of his Bar Mitzvah celebration and presented him with a plaque.
Marian Ticatch, immediate past resident, presented the nominating committee report and installed the officers: President- Neil Friedman; 1st VP-Ellyn Saren; 2nd VP-Larry Siegel; 3rd VP-Neal Stern; Secretary-Stuart Nachman; and Treasurer- Moss Friedman; New directors are Norman Goldin, MD, William Halprin and Paul Peck. Jerry Kantor was elected an honorary board member.
Beth Sholom Village a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.