Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 – 6:09 PM
Jona Goldrich, a Beverly Hills resident who is a philanthropist and real estate developer, passed away June 26. Services will be held Wed., June 29 at 10 a.m. at Mount Sinai, Forest Lawn.
Born on September 11, 1927 in Lviv, Poland, Goldrich matured during the Holocaust. He and brother Avram found their way across Europe and eventually, to Israel. His parents and another brother died in concentration camps. There he served in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, eventually migrating to the United States.
Goldrich started as a window screen installer in Los Angeles, and in 1954 founding a construction-site clean-up company he called Active Cleaning & Maintenance.
He eventually co-founded Goldrich & Kest Industreies with Sol Kest, a Holocaust survivor. They own hotels in San Francisco, offices and retail in Long Beach, buildings in Bunker Hill and downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and a government-subsidized retirement home in Santa Monica, all projects that demonstrate masterful redevelopment.
He has also been a supporter of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust a member of the Society of Fellows of the American Jewish University in Bel Air.
He is survived by his wife Doretta Goldrich and children Melinda and Andrea Goldrich, and his brother Avram Goldrich