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Temple Emanuel, Temple Isaiah Celebrate ChaiVillageLA’s First Anniversary

Resident Sheri Hirschfeld, Andrea Spatz, City Councilman Robert Wunderlich and Temple Emanuel Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller at the first anniversary celebration for ChaiVillageLA. Photo by Barry E. Levine

Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 – 3:17 PM

Last week, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Isaiah celebrated the first anniversary of ChaiVillageLA, the nation’s first synagogue-based Village, with a ceremony at the temple.

Event keynote speaker L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer talked about ChaiVillageLA as a model for replication throughout the city, noting that “it will create a ripple effect throughout this pond that is our city.”

The event drew 180 guests to celebrate the addition to the changing paradigm of aging. Part of a rapidly growing national Village movement, ChaiVillageLA is an old/new social venture of neighbors helping neighbors—a notion that enables people to continue living in their homes and communities as they age.

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