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Beverly Hills News – Philanthropist Jona Goldrich Dies

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



One response to “Beverly Hills News – Philanthropist Jona Goldrich Dies”

  1. I met mr. Goldrich for the first time 25yrs ago while having dinner on a friday evening at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, He introduced me to his lovely wife doretta. then years later i would sit across from him at stanley blacks famous fish in club at canters on sunday or nanten ale, and the bakery boys club on saturday, i would watch him with admiration as he stroked in the temple sinai during services, then discussing his career and ideas and thoughts about people , while he was heavily guard by his trusted solider dizzy d. Jono told me he was looking for someone like me to take over his job, and many times i would run into him in garden grove or other properties as i too was a general contractor and builder, he liked french toast on sunday and wore californis clothiers and jeans and cowboy belts.. I was glad to meet this godly self-made individual who fought for isreal and our people.

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