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Menorah Park Announces Plan to Enhance Operations - Strengthen Financial Structure

Posted August 31, 2022 in Press Releases

Funded by Grants, 18-month Plan Will Move Organization Beyond the Impact of Pandemic

{Beachwood, OH} Menorah Park, Northeast Ohio’s largest single-site provider of health and wellness services for adults as they age, today announced that it is putting in place a new strategic plan that will take the organization beyond the impact of COVID-19, while ensuring continued access to excellent local care driven by Jewish values.

“In collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and independent advisors, our leadership team has taken a comprehensive look at every aspect of our operations with the goal of identifying areas of critical need and, at the same time, strengthening our financial structure,” said James (Jim) Newbrough, president and CEO of Menorah Park. “With the continued tireless efforts of our entire staff and caregivers, I fully expect we will achieve both these goals.”

Newbrough said follow through on the 18-month plan will include capital improvements throughout the Beachwood campus, realignment and expansion of services, new programming and additional staffing. Other plans include increasing assisted living and independent living occupancy and expanding memory care facilities. Menorah Park also intends to reinvigorate the Jewish spiritual, education and community programming that was curtailed or eliminated due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to Menorah Park Board Chair Harry Singer, the plan Menorah Park will implement would not have been possible without grants made by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation of $14 million; the Mt. Sinai Health Foundation of $2 million; the David and Inez Myers Foundation of $1.5 million; and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland of $1 million, which will oversee the distribution of the granted funds.

“We are profoundly grateful to our partner foundations for their generous support and unwavering commitment to Jewish Cleveland,” Singer said. “Because of their tremendous generosity, combined with additional financial support from The Menorah Park Foundation, we will be able to take the steps necessary to be positioned for long-term stability and growth.”

Singer noted that industry reports show that more than 300 nursing homes across the country closed during the pandemic and additional 400 others are at risk of closing in 2022. “The challenges that Menorah Park is facing are not unique,” Singer said. “Several communities across the country – including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia – have seen Jewish nursing and long-term care facilities face similar economic pressures with some closing or being sold. What is unique is the way our community is working together to overcome these challenges and keep Jewish Cleveland’s senior living facilities and services strong.”

“As these generous grants demonstrate, Jewish Cleveland cares deeply for our community during every phase of an individual’s life,” Newbrough added. “We look forward to working closely with the Federation to make this plan a reality and a catalyst for building on our strengths.”

Founded in 1906 as the Hebrew Orthodox Old Age Home, Menorah Park today is Northeast Ohio’s leading provider of health and wellness services for adults as they age. With campuses in Beachwood and the Chagrin Valley, Menorah Park offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing care, rehabilitation services, home health services and hospice care, and serves more than 1,000 older adults every day. It operates the nation’s longest-established adult day care center and was the first residential and health care campus to develop an aquatic therapy center and an award-winning distance learning program, providing expanded educational opportunities for the campus community and the community- at- large.

In 2020, Menorah Park announced an affiliation agreement with Montefiore, located adjacent to the Menorah Park campus on David N. Myers Parkway. In addition to Montefiore, the affiliation included acquisition of The Weils, a 43-acre assisted living campus located in the Chagrin Valley. For more information, visit

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