MENORAH PARK CENTER FOR THE AGING, a residential home and care center for the elderly, was established in 1906 as the Hebrew Orthodox Old Age Home, Bet Moshav Zekenim, because MONTEFIORE HOME did not satisfy the religious needs of Orthodox JEWS. Membership dues of $0.10 per month supported the home on Orange Avenue near East 40th Street. The five residents maintained a rigid schedule, including kitchen, laundry, and garden work. In 1911, under the leadership of the first president, Herman (Eschler) Peskind, the home constructed a forty-six-bed building at 59th and Scovill. The new structure soon proved inadequate, however, and in 1921 the home relocated to 736 Lakeview Avenue in GLENVILLE.

The new building accommodated eighty residents, providing medical facilities and a neighborhood synagogue seating 800. In 1928 the home added an eighty-bed wing, and in 1948 a fifty-five-bed wing with occupational, recreational, and physical therapy facilities, and a medical clinic. The name changed in 1950 to the Jewish Orthodox Home for the Aged. In 1961 a Women's Association formed; members volunteer for the gift and snack shops and special events. In 1993, renamed the Women's and Men's Assn., this association included over 2,000 members.

By the time the Jewish Orthodox Home for the Aged reached its 50th anniversary in 1956, it could accommodate a population up to 225 residents. Between 1953 and 1956, The Home put into operation a new physical therapy department started using more modern methods that utilized hydro and electro-therapy equipment. During the same period of the early 1950s,

On April 9, 1968 the home moved to 27100 Cedar Road, BEACHWOOD, on thirty-seven acres, and adopted the name Menorah Park Jewish Home for the Aged. (The Lakeview home was sold to the National Health Care Center and renamed Forest Hills Nursing Home.) Along with full-service care, the home offers meals for the homebound, cosponsored with the JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE ASSN. and the B'NAI B'RITH Women's Auxiliary, respite care, geriatric assessment, and Orthodox religious services. In June 1978 the home opened the R.H. Myers Apts., an independent-living center for more than 240 older persons, adjacent to Menorah Park. Five years later the home added an Applied Research Institute to study long-term care. In June 1994 Menorah Park dedicated the Dr. Marvin Schermer Community and Professional Services Building.  Stone Gardens, a three-level assisted-living facility with a capacity for sixty-six residents, opened in December 1994. In 1995 the entire center had a capacity for 350 residents and Steve Raichilson served as executive director.

In 1999, the facility’s name became the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and its facilities continued to expand and diversify.  In that year the Janette Weinberg Pavilion was dedicated, which allowed every resident a private room. Later the Peter B. Lewis Aquatic & Therapy Center began serving the therapy and rehabilitation needs of the general community with both aquatic and non-aquatic therapy procedures.  In 2003, Menorah Park founded its DriveWise Program that meets the needs of older drivers.

By 2006 the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living included Menorah Park, a 356-bed skilled nursing facility made up exclusively of private rooms; Stone Gardens, a licensed residential care facility, offering a full range of catered and assisted living services with 116 apartments; The R.H. Myers Apartments, an independent, catered living building with 206 apartments; and Wiggins Place, a licensed residential care center, offering a full range of catered and assisted living services with 114 apartments. At that time Steven R. Raichilson, LNHA, continued to serve as executive director.

Program and facility expansion continued into the 2010s with the opening of Helen’s Place in 2013, a center assisting residents with memory loss, and in 2015, a Center 4 Brain Health, which utilizes proactive methods and approaches of enhancing and bolstering memory.  In 2016, James Newbrough joined Menorah Park as its Chief Executive Officer. As of 2019 Menorah Park served over 1,000 people who either live on the 42-acre campus or at home.

Menorah Park Center for the Aging is a member of the ONE HUNDRED YEAR CLUB OF THE WESTERN RESERVE.

Updated by Matt Saplak

Black, white and red text reading Western Reserve Historical Society


Black, white and red text reading Western Reserve Historical Society

View image in Digital Cleveland Starts Here®

Menorah Park Records, WRHS.


Article Categories