2014 AJAS White House Meeting

Contact: Don Shulman, President and CEO, AJAS


Washington, D.C. June 13th, 2014 – The Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) had a great morning in the White House. The Senior Health Care Meeting was attended by over 40 members, lay leaders and business partners. AJAS members were joined by five members of the Administration, including:

  • Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to The First Lady of the United States
  • Carole Johnson, White House Domestic Policy Council – Health Team
  • Aviva Sufian – Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services
  • Jonathan Greenblatt – Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the United States Domestic Policy
  • Council
  • Rory Brosius, Joining Forces – Office of the First Lady
  • Dr. Lynne Johnson, Health Insurance Specialist, Division of Partnership Development, Center for Beneficiary Choices, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services

The meeting started off with a very heartfelt message of resiliency and leadership from Village Shalom President & CEO Matt Lewis. The whole room listened intently as he talked about their struggles as well as how they’ve come together. His presence added a deeper value to membership to the whole morning.
Before each panel, a member of the Administration introduced themselves and spoke about their responsibilities while expressing their interest and passion for the topics being discussed.

The seven panels included:

Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform Initiatives by AJAS Communities

Molly Forrest: President & CEO, Los Angeles Jewish Home, Los Angeles, CA

Carol Irvine: President and CEO, Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Philadelphia, PA


The Medicare Observation Stay Issue for Hospitalized Elders

Richard Schwalberg: Administrator, Menorah Park, Beachwood, OH

Sunni Herman: Executive Vice President/CEO Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Rockleigh, NJ


Center for Connected Care at the Nationally Renowned Cleveland Clinic Health Care System and Programs for Retired Military Elders at Vinson Hall, McLean, VA

Seth Vilensky: Administrator, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Lauren Rock: President and CEO, Montefiore Home, Beachwood, OH

Rear Admiral Kathleen Martin, USN (Ret.): Chief Executive Officer- Vinson Hall Retirement Community, McLean, VA

Vice Admiral John Cotton, USN (Ret.): Chief of Navy Reserve Commander, Navy Reserve Force; and Chairman, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, Vinson Hall Retirement Community, McLean, VA

AJAS Communities Holocaust Provider Programs and Practices

Susan Harris: CEO, The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, Somerset, New Jersey

Daniel Reingold: President and CEO, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx, New York


Elder Care Abuse Initiative and Successes

Carol Silver-Elliott: President and CEO, Cedar Village, Mason, Ohio

Daniel Reingold: President and CEO, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx, New York


HUD Initiatives within AJAS Communities

Michael Klein: Executive Director, Kavod Senior Life, Denver, CO


Technological Innovations in Elder Care

Deborah Winn-Horvitz: President & CEO, Jewish Association on Aging, Pittsburgh, PA

Mark Weiner: President and CEO CJE SeniorLife, Chicago, IL


The Administration was deeply touched by the stories shared that day and seemed extremely impressed by all that AJAS has accomplished and their commitment to the aging community. There were several conversations between the Administration and members of AJAS after the meeting ended and it seems lasting relationships have been formed.


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