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PAGE TWO J C C N E W S JULY, 1954 It FORMULA FOR SUCCESS A fifty page survey of services for the Jewish aged in the state of Virginia, prepared by Joseph P. Folkoff, executive director of the Levendale Home for the Jewish Aged in Baltimore, was recently reviewed by the Social Planning Committee of the Norfolk Jewish Community Council. This survey was prepared tinder the auspices of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds for the Jewish Community Councils of Richmond, Portsmouth, New.- port News, Roanoke, Petersburg and Norfolk. ., The study is made in two parts: A. A detailed examination of the Beth Sholom Home, evalu- ation of its operation, an analysis of its role as a state- wide resource for the service of Jewish aged and infirm and the method to be used for expansion. B. Evaluation of the needs of older persons in Virginia and a study of resources. The recommendations covered detailed suggestions on the re- sponsibility of the Board of Directors, the administration and man- agement including personnel, admissions and discharge policy~ pro- gram and services, including the medical program, finances and budget, building expansion and regional aspects of the Home. Two major recommendations were, the need for a fulltime pro- fessional executive director and the need for a new 50 bed institution in Richmond. The Norfolk Social Planning Committee's recommendations will be considered by the Executive Committee and the Board of Di- rectors of the Council. Approval from all of the community councils of the state must be secured before major home changes can be carried out. The Beth Sholom Home was founded in 1946 as a Richmond institution. In 1948, it became a statewide institution, with deficit financing met by the several Jewish communities in Virginia. At the present time Norfolk has eight Jewish aged residents in the Home. In 1954 the Norfolk Jewish Community Council allocated $10,500 as its share of the budget. Norfolk members of the State Survey Committee who worked with Mr. Folkoff on the survey were Mrs. Alvin Margolius, Lester Sherriek, Jack Stein and Morris J. Legum. Mrs. Susan Kramer, executive director of the Norfolk Jewish Family Service and Morton J. Gaba, executive director of the Norfolk Jewish Co,nmunity Coun- cil, serve as ex-officio professional members of the Survey Committee. Jake Goodman serves as vice-president of the Home and Mrs. Edward Marx as secretary. Members of the Norfolk Social Plannirg Committee which con- sidered the recommendations include: Professor Robert Stern, Mrs. Alvi~ Margolius, ..lake Goodman, Joseph Klein, Dr. Edward Levy, Morris J. Legum, Lester Sherrick, Dr. lien Steingold, Morris La- zaro~. Mrs. Max Kurlz, Mrs. Susan Kramer and Morion J. Gaba. Folkoff estimated the ultimate need of a~ 80 bed institution to house both well and infirm Jewish aged, but recommended the im- mediate construction of a 50 b','d institution, with room for expansion to the 80 bed capacity. The Beth Sholom Home does not now admit infirm residents. This is one of the maior lacks of the present institution. There are currently 33 residents in the Home, but Mr. Folkoff's study revealed that there are at least 27 persons in the state who could benefit by Home admission. BETH SHOLOM BOARD MEET AT VA. BEACH The annual Virginia Beach meeting of the Beth Sholom Home for the Aged will be held Sunday, July 18th, 10:30 A. M., at Temple Emanuel, Virginia Beach, it was announced by Samuel I. Seldes, of Richmond, president of the Home. The Norfolk members of the Home will serve as hosts at the luncheon which will follow the morning meeting. Members of the Norfolk community who would like to attend this meeting are asked to make their reservations at the Jewish Community Council office. QUIET HOUR: The Seashore State Park beach chalet serves as shelter for a group of senior campers and counselors who engage in quiet games during the rest period following lunch. THE HORSES are the focal point of the Playschool campers. This newly il~stalled equipment on the Center grounds gels continual use from the begin- ning to the close of the camp day. SENIOR CAMPERS BUI)DY-UP: The all-important water safety is stressed through the use of the "buddy system" under the watchful care of the counselors. mp