Jewish Home for the Aged-BMZ
Jewish Home for the Aged-BMZ

1970

  • Report of the Gerontological Council, approved by Jewish Federation
  • Jewish Home for the Aged-BMZ closes its doors and 236 of its residents are transferred to three proprietary nursing homes. CJE assumes responsibility for providing programs and services to former BMZ residents in the nursing homes
First Board Members

1971

  • CJE is incorporated
  • First Board of Directors elected.
  • CJE becomes an affiliate agency of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
First Bus Donated by Chicago Women’s Aid

1972

  • Recruitment of CJE staff initiated
  • Outreach program started in East Rogers Park
  • CJE Evaluation Service Center opens on Western Avenue—counseling, nursing, housekeeping, community aides, home delivered meals (7457 N. Western Avenue)
  • CJE Transportation service initiated (first bus donated by Chicago Women’s Aid)
  • Shabbat Luncheon Program involving 20 different synagogue sisterhoods is initiated (at Beth Shalom Synagogue in East Rogers Park)
  • Merger of CJE and Jewish Home for the Aged-BMZ
Farwell House
Jarvis House

1973

  • CJE opens Farwell House and Jarvis House
  • CJE opens the Weinfeld Group Living Residence
  • Opening of Jarvis Neighborhood Service Center (1345 W. Jarvis)
Levy House

1974

  • Initiation of Noon Day meal Program at B’nai Zion Synagogue
  • CJE opens Levy House
  • Opening of Devon-Sheridan Neighborhood Service Center (6400 N. Sheridan)

1975

  • Opening of South Side Senior Adult Center in Hyde Park (in conjunction with JFCS and JCC)
  • Initiation of Seder program under joint sponsorship of CJE, JCC and United Synagogues
  • Initiation of Temporary Residence Program

1976

  • Friends of CJE established
  • CJE Evaluation Service Center moves to newly purchased site at 1015 W. Howard Street, Evanston

1977

  • Adult Day Services program begins
  • CJE merges with Rose Eisenberg Memorial-Park View Home

1978

  • Inauguration of Heritage Campaign for building of new nursing residence
  • Groundbreaking of Lieberman Geriatric Health Centre

1979

  • Construction of Swartzberg House, Robineau Group Living Home and Lieberman Geriatric Health Centre

1980

  • Opening of newly constructed Swartzberg House
  • Opening of new Morse Avenue Neighborhood Center (1522 W. Morse)
  • Initiation of Family Support Program with special grant from Illinois Department on Aging

1981

  • Opening of Lieberman Geriatric Health Centre
  • Closing of Park View Home

1982

  • Opening of Robineau Group Living Home
  • Receipt of five new buses from Department of Transportation

1983

  • Project EZRA established—expansion to Uptown

1984

  • Center for Applied Gerontology is established
  • Joint Provision of Home Health Services with Mount Sinai Medical Center

1985

  • Receipt of four vehicles from Friends of CJE
  • Expanded services (West Rogers Park, Lakeview)
  • Administrative Offices moved to Birchwood/Western Avenue
  • Family Support Program (Rosenbaum Family Foundation)

1986

  • Selection of group living site in Wilmette
  • CJE receives approval from HUD for construction of a 48-unit apartment building
  • CJE/Lieberman develop a training program for RNs on baccalaureate level with University of Illinois School of Nursing
  • CJE/Lieberman develop an internal advanced nurses aides’ training program

1987

  • Opening of office at 565 Howard Street, Evanston, to house Living-at-Home, In-Home Companion and Housing Resource programs, as well as Friends of CJE
  • Groundbreaking for Klafter Group Living Residence in Wilmette
  • Dedication of 20-passenger bus from Friends of CJE
  • CJE/Lieberman develop a program and relationship with Chicago Medical School
  • Development and construction of Zelda Anixter Park at Lieberman
Volunteer Dinner
Volunteer Dinner 1988

1988

  • Opening of Klafter Group Living Residence
  • Board mission to Israel and participation in the Conference on Aging
  • Selection of Skokie site for 48-unit apartment building

1989

  • Closing of Weinfeld Group Living Residence
  • Establishment of Helen and Norman Asher Alzheimer’s Adult Day Services

1990

  • CJE Headquarters moves to Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 W. Touhy Avenue, Chicago
  • Groundbreaking for Krasnow Apartments in Skokie

1991

  • Traditional and Asher Alzheimer’s Adult Day Program moves to remodeled, state-of-the-art building at 1015 Howard Street, Evanston
  • Opening of the Theodore J. Krasnow Residence, 8901 Gross Point Road, Skokie

1992

  • Dedication of Krasnow Residence
  • Approval of a plan of merger of Council for Jewish Elderly and Drexel Home
  • 10th anniversary of Lieberman Geriatric Health Centre
  • 20th anniversary of Council for Jewish Elderly

1993

  • Purchase of Village Center, a 154-unit apartment building at 5140 Galitz Street, Skokie
  • Lieberman Centre’s fifth floor converted into a specialized Alzheimer’s Unit
  • CJE Board of Directors and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago approve a 3.5 year test of the Independence network

1994

  • Board and staff engage in an examination of management via the Deming Theory of Management

1995

  • CJE enters into a Managed Community Care Demonstration Program with the State of Illinois
  • Groundbreaking at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Community for Senior Living in Deerfield
  • Naming of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

1996

  • Independence Network expands to the northern suburbs and Hyde Park/Kenwood
  • Construction begins at Weinberg Campus in Deerfield
  • Morse Avenue Neighborhood Center closes
  • Renovation of Lieberman Centre is completed
  • Klafter adopts an assisted living environment to suit a frailer population
 Laying Foundation for Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living
Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living Construction

1997

  • Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living and The Friend Center for Early Alzheimer’s Care open at Weinberg Community for Senior Living in Deerfield
  • CJE and Drexel Home Boards of Directors merge
  • Lieberman Geriatric Health Centre opens an 8-bed Medicare Unit
  • Agency mobilizes resources to minimize negative impact of Welfare Reform on older Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union

1998

  • CJE’s Geriatric Institute is created
  • CJE Home Health agency opens
  • The Managed Community Care Demonstration Program successfully concludes and CJE continues serving community care clients for the State of Illinois through the tested managed care model

1999

  • CJE’s Home Health Agency receives state licensure and Medicare certification
  • Adult Day Services North opens at The Friend Center
  • Inception of Holocaust Community Services, a partnership of CJE, JCFS and Jewish Federation to identify and provide a wide range of services to survivors in Chicago and its suburbs

2000

  • Partners in Care, an initiative to better serve the elderly by integrating social and medical services into the primary care arena, expands to four sites with a research evaluation component
  • CJE begins service expansion to the suburbs

2001

  • Frozen Home Delivered Meals are introduced
  • CJE and Weiss Hospital partner to open a medical clinic at Swartzberg House
  • CJE opens a Resource and Wellness Center in East Rogers Park
  • Live-in caregiver service is initiated

2002

  • Klafter is closed in Wilmette
  • Weinberg Community for Senior Living in Deerfield receives assisted living licensure from the state of Illinois under new state requirements
  • Major renovation of resident floors is completed in Lieberman
  • CJE contracts with The Park at Golf Mill to provide personal care services for all residents on the “Residence Plus” floor and as a preferred provider for residents on other floors

2003

  • CJE staff train homecare workers in Kiev, Ukraine on mental health and aging issues
  • Introduction of the “Culture Bus,” a partnership with the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine which unites the rich cultural opportunities in Chicago with innovative activities for individuals at the earlier stage of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Executive staff members Ronald Weismehl, President; Daniel Silverstein, Senior Vice President; and Nell Silverstein, Senior Vice President retire from CJE after more than 30 years of service
  • Closing of the Council Café at Bernard Horwich Building
  • Lieberman Centre becomes Medicare-certified for all beds
  • Major renovation of Lieberman’s lobby and main dining room are completed
  • Closing of CJE’s Resale Shop
Mark D. Weiner Named President and CEO

2004

  • Mark D. Weiner named President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Initiation of major organization-wide strategic planning process and plan development
  • Successful introduction of short-term rehabilitation unit and program at Lieberman Geriatric health Centre
  • Expansion of community-based programming to include the opening of adult day service program at The Breakers and support and home health services at The Park retirement communities
  • Hiring of Madelyn Iris, PhD, as Associate Director of Research to advance CJE’s excellence in applied research

2005

  • New Strategic Plan completed and approved by Board of Directors; Introduction of new mission, values and vision
  • Broke all CJE records for volunteerism with 752 regular volunteers and 2500 additional volunteers, providing 62,000 hours of in-kind service, valued at over $1 million
  • Improvements at Lieberman Centre included new landscaping, artwork for the first and second floors and lighting, plumbing and flooring upgrades to resident rooms
  • Launch of Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative (CLOI), a partnership of organizations across Chicago, coordinated by CJE that is mobilizing adults age 50+ to use their talents and expertise to address urgent community needs
  • Development of new administrative structure to include promotion of Joe Atkin to Executive Vice President and hiring Laura Prohov, Director of Planning and Government Affairs and Herb Sier, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs
  • Initiation of a wide range of staff morale-building initiatives such as Employee of the Year, Employee Emergency Fund, FUN Committee(s), Jeans Day
  • Establishment of Management Training Program
  • Development of an agency-wide marketing plan with overall outreach strategy that includes a formal synagogue outreach program
  • Completion of Partners in Care (PIC) research. PIC was a four-year grant with 1648 treatment participants. The project included an 18-month social work intervention component during which social workers were placed in seven primary care offices. There were also four control sites that had no social work intervention. Eleven funders, including private donors, foundations such as the Michael Reese Health Trust and some pharmaceutical companies contributed just under $2 millionto the project . Research demonstrated that improved clinical outcomes are associated with the into primary care settings heavily populated with older patients
  • Adult Day Services-Evanston expands its hours to be flexible for caregivers who work. Additionally, a once-weekly satellite program opens at The Park for residents with memory loss or isolation

2006

  • Continued advancement of new administrative leadership with hiring of Bill Casper, Vice President of Residential Services and Ron Roman, Director of Human Resources and promotion of Laura Prohov to Vice President of Community Services, Donna Pezzuto to Director of Innovative Programs, Grants and Government Affairs and Carole Klein-Alexander to Director of Marketing Management
  • Successful planning and extremely positive results in the holding of inaugural “Celebrate CJE!” fundraising and community awareness program at Sheraton Hotel and Towers
  • CJE staff wins industry awards. This includes Ludmila A. Luscika, In-Home Careworker being honored with the “Mary I. Hill Home Care Aide of the Year” award, Illinois Association of Community Care Program
  • Deb DelSignore, Creative Arts Therapist, receives the “Shining Star Award,” Life Services Network (LSN) for outstanding activities programming; and Volunteer Department receives the “2006 Award of Achievement in Older Volunteer Program Management,” from the MetLife Foundation
  • Continue to advance reputation in Alzheimer’s/dementia care with receipt of a research grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to study “Community Beliefs about Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”
  • Receipt of a grant from the United Way to establish the Joint Ventures Program to provide learning, support and empowerment for older adults with early stage memory loss and their care partners
  • Over 30 community education programs are presented to inform over 1,000 participants about the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program
  • Planning and initiation of a 6-8 month renovation and improvement of corporate offices at Bernard Horwich JCC
  • Initiation of a wide range of studies and work efforts to realize approved Strategic Plan growth strategy: downtown/Lake Shore Drive, Weinberg Campus, homecare, adult day services, care management and other programming

2007

  • Renovation of corporate offices is completed
  • Creation of a Governance and Board Development Task Team and approval of new corporate by-laws
  • Implementation of The Lakeshore Mercaz: Center for Older Adults, a collaboration between CJE and four near north synagogues to present high level educational programming
  • Initiation of plans to expand the Weinberg Campus into a full CCRC
  • Launch of the Center for Healthy Living to provide a wide-range of educational and wellness programs, services and screenings for older adults living at home throughout metropolitan Chicago

2008

  • Selection of a new brand identity, after 36 years: CJE Senior Life. New name, tagline (Jewish Values for Positive Aging) and logo (an abstract of a pomegranate) is introduced to staff in December with launch to the community beginning in January 2008
  • Continued positive assessment and planning for new Deerfield Campus with successful zoning and Expression of Interest Campaign
  • Initiation of CJE at Sinai Adult Day Services program
  • Initiation of Levy House renovation program       

2009

  • Successful completion of Levy House renovation program     
  • Initiation of Northwest suburban Culture Bus program
  • Opening of Information and Marketing Center and initiation of sales program for Karmel
  • Implementation of electronic medical record at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation
  • Initiation of formal Employee Satisfaction Survey and Customer Service Assessment program
  • Major revision of corporate By-laws resulting in more effective governance

2010

  • Celebration of 30th anniversary at Swartzberg House
  • Successful completion of renovation at Jarvis and Farwell
  • Introduction of new Medicar transportation program
  • Successful 5th annual Celebrate CJE event

2011

  • Completion of renovations of lobby, first floor and short-term floor at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation
  • Introduction of Parkinson’s Disease Management Program
  • Decision to stop the Karmel Project due to economic conditions
  • Initiation of activities to celebrate 30th Anniversary of Lieberman
  • Initiation of activities to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CJE

2012

  • Initiation of the Transitional Care Program
  • Decision to sell CJE Home Health
  • Development of organization wide attributes of Trustworthy, Customer-centric and Innovative and identification of 40+ CJE programs under the categories of Life Enrichment, Supportive Resources, Health Care and Research and Education

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2014

  • Obtained CARF accreditation at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation
  • Obtained an extension of our Transitional Care Program
  • Initiation of expansion of Friend Center and renovation of Gidwitz Place common areas
  • Development of a 5-year long range Financial Plan
  • Development of a 3-year Technology Plan
  • Development of specialty programs at Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation, including Center for Heart Health, Dialysis, Infusion and Wound Care
  • CJE shows an increase in clients to serving 22,000 individuals and families this year

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2015

  • Holocaust Community Services returns to CJE after 12 years at JCFS
  • CJE partners with NorthShore University HealthSystem on Jewish Hospice Program
  • Served more than 23,000 clients/residents and their families
  • Amy Eisenstein joins CJE as new Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute
  • Completion of the Transitional Care grant program, which served 3,800 clients, for which CJE was given national recognition
  • Thomas Lockwood joins CJE as new VP of Finance/CFO
  • 10th Anniversary of Celebrate CJE Honoring Jim Mills
  • Dedication of Bernard Heerey Annex at Weinberg Community
  • 35th Anniversary of Swartzberg House

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2017

  • 45th anniversary of CJE SenioLife
  • 40th anniversary of ADS
  • 35th anniversary of Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation
  • 25th anniversary of Krasnow Residence
  • Closed Personal Care Department
  • Lieberman CARF certified for In-Patient Rehabilitation Programs -- Skilled Nursing
  • Lieberman re-CARF certified as Person-Centered Long-Term Care Community
  • Website hit over 100,000 visitor sessions
  • Launched CJE's first Instagram account
  • Holocaust Community Services Served 1792 persons

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