MISSION STATEMENT – AJAS is a unique association of not-for-profit community-based organizations, rooted in Jewish values, which promotes and supports the delivery of services to an aging population.
The Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) was founded in 1960 as the North American Association of Jewish Homes and Housing for the Aging (NAJHHA). It was created and continues to function as the central coordinator for homes and residential facilities for Jewish elderly in North America. Dr. Herbert Shore was the driving force behind the establishment of AJAS and was the organization’s first president and its founding executive vice president.
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, AJAS is a unique forum that promotes and supports elder services in the context of Jewish values through education, professional development, advocacy and community relationships.
AJAS represents the best interests of the Jewish aged in communities where membership organizations are located. The members of AJAS administer to the needs of the aging through residential health care; assisted living and group homes; independent and congregate housing; and living-at-home service programs.
AJAS functions to promote the unique role and mission of Jewish-sponsored not-for-profit organizations serving the aging by arranging educational meetings for the mutual exchange of information and ideas for members and all organizations for the aging; by working jointly with and supporting other organizations which serve the aging; by working with members to improve the operation and status of each members organization; and by concerning itself with the welfare of and advocacy for all elderly.
The AJAS membership is comprised of over 95 organizations with Jewish-sponsored nursing homes, housing communities, and outreach programs throughout the United States and Canada. Our advocacy efforts are directed to the continuous availability and improvement in providing access to Jewish senior care. We work in partnership with other Agencies and Associations who share our vision, mission and values.