|April 9, 2012|
LONGMEADOW Martha Finkel Ceppetelli, chairman of the Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) Board of Directors, has announced that JGS is the recipient of a major gift from the Hy Gloth Charitable Fund.
This gift will be instrumental in assisting JGS to make plans for its next century of service to its elders. In recognition of this major gift, JGS will be dedicating The Hy and Roz Gloth Auditorium at the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home.
The JGS Auditorium is the central gathering place for its residents, a place to enjoy concerts, presentations, activities, bingo, and a vast array of special community events. It is where residents and their families come together as a community and as a family.
Hy Gloth, a Springfield native, was the son of Rose and Max Gloth. He had a twin brother, Nathan, and an older brother, Israel. Hy attended local schools, graduating from Commerce High School. He attended Northeastern University where he studied accounting.
During WWII, Hy served in the United States Army and was stationed in the Pacific theater of operations, including Hawaii. He was recognized for his superb marksmanship as a sharp-shooter, and rose to the rank of second lieutenant. When Hy returned from the war, he and his wife Roz started a family, and were blessed with three children, Joanne, David and Elaine.
In 1957, Hy and Roz moved to Longmeadow and Hy founded Hy Gloth and Co., where Hy made a career as an auctioneer. Some of Hy's notable auctions included the Milner Hotel and Honiss Fish House of Hartford. Ahead of his time, he invested in and restructured small businesses, and later sold them off in pieces. Later in his career, he served as president and trustee of many commercial and residential real estate entities in New England, concentrating his holdings in greater Boston. He earned a preservation award for historic renovations.
"This is a gift and dedication that is truly fitting of my grandparents," Jill Cohen, the granddaughter of Hy and Roz Gloth, said. "Two of the most important things in the world to my grandfather were family, and the support of a strong and vibrant Jewish community.
"My grandfather was a kind and warm-hearted man, who more than anything else loved the special times our family got together, enjoying holidays and special occasions and simply making priceless memories. We made so many. He was also a passionate supporter of the Springfield Jewish Community and its many service organizations and loved his Judaism.
"My grandfather would be very pleased to know that this special gathering place at JGS, where elders and their families and caregivers come together in a special sense of community, bears the Gloth family name. This is the heart of their home," she continued.
Susan Kimball Halpern, director of Annual Giving and Special Events, said, "This gift leaves a wonderful lasting legacy of caring and will help ensure that JGS enters our second century of service with the resources to ensure our continued commitment to excellence and our ability to evolve to meet the needs of our community's elders."
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