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JGS to celebrate 100 years

December 26, 2011
LONGMEADOW — Martha Finkel Ceppetelli, chair of the Board of Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS), has announced the creation of a committee to coordinate the celebration of JGS’ 100 years of caring for the elderly.
JGS was founded in 1912 as the Daughters of Zion Home for the Aged in Springfield, and moved to its current location in Longmeadow in 1968. Over the course of the last 100 years, JGS has prided itself on being a progressive, forward-looking organization that continuously engages the ever changing needs of the elderly.
From its days as a small nursing home, JGS has grown to include six entities: a 200-bed nursing home (Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home); an assisted living facility (Ruth’s House); subsidized independent housing (Genesis House); an adult day health care center (Wernick); as well as the Spectrum home health and hospice programs. The organization now offers a continuum of care to people of all faiths while still maintaining its deep roots in Jewish culture and values.
“Our goal is to involve the entire community in recognizing the extraordinary contributions that JGS has made to thousands of our communities members,” said former Chairman of the Board and prominent local Attorney Stephen N. Krevalin, who has been appointed chair of the Centennial Celebration.
Members of the Centennial Celebration Cabinet to date are: Martha Finkel Ceppetelli, JSG chair of the Board; Stephen Krevalin, chair of Celebration Cabinet; and Sue Kline, Seymour Frankel, Donna Frankel, Theo Glickman, Susan Goldsmith, Michael Ginsburg, Alan Bullock, and Judy Bullock. JGS staff members on the Cabinet are Linda Donoghue, CNO, COO, Susan Kimball Halpern, director of Advancement and Major Gifts, and JGS Director of Pastoral Care Rabbi Devorah Jacobson.
The Centennial Celebration will be formally launched in the spring of 2012. JGS will then host a series of special events in the Pioneer Valley area that will honor the organization’s past, celebrate its present, and share plans and visions of its future.
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