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Menorah Park Honors Those Who Make a Difference

Posted December 27, 2021 in Press Releases

{Beachwood, OH} Menorah Park uses the occasion of its December Annual Meeting to honor community leaders. “The Menorah Park community is a broad, generous and supportive one, filled with leaders who make it possible to provide unsurpassed services for those in our care,” announced CEO and President Jim Newbrough.

The Harley I. Gross Award was established in 1992 by Mort and Toby Gross in honor of their son, Harley. The award recognizes a trustee or community leader who has displayed extraordinary leadership, involvement, vision, and devotion to Menorah Park’s mission and success, or to broader community services that are aligned with that mission. This year, the award was presented to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Harley Gross said, “The leadership of the Federation reminds all of us of the importance of taking collective action and embracing our responsibility to make the world a better place.”

He expressed his special appreciation of the Federation’s support for the affiliation of Menorah Park and Montefiore during the unprecedented crisis of the pandemic.

Menorah Park President and CEO Jim Newbrough agreed, “Their continued support through this COVID pandemic really exemplifies the Federation’s leadership in this community and their commitment to making sure that everyone is taken care of.”

Menorah Park Honors Those Who Make a Difference

In his acceptance, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Board Chair, J. David Heller, said, “Everyone at Menorah Park, from the leadership, the staff, the team, the Board – everyone stepped up, coming together and taking care of the people that are most at risk in our community. I’m just amazed.”

The Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award, named after Menorah Park’s first full-time medical director, honors his tradition of highly skilled, compassionate, geriatric medical care. This year, the 37th annual award was presented to two recipients.

Dr. Sara Stein, chair of the Heller Committee, explained that a special award was given to recognize “the entire staff of Menorah Park for their extraordinary bravery, dedication and patient care over the last two years. Every single person who worked to maintain the Menorah Park Mark of Excellence – compassionate care – is a hero and deserves this honor.”

The second honoree was Geriatrician Dr. Amanda Lathia. Dr. Barbara Messinger-Rapport, medical director of Vinney Hospice and Palliative Medicine, described Dr. Lathia as the ideal honoree who “really did epitomize all of the values and the criteria of the award.” Dr. Kenneth Rosenfeld, specialist, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, added, “her commitment to the field of geriatrics, clinical care, education and community service is limitless.”

Menorah Park Honors Those Who Make a Difference

Dr. Lathia accepted the award, saying, “I was not expecting to fall in love with the field. But every single day I am thankful to be able to work with incredibly caring, generous interdisciplinary care providers. I truly feel that together, we are making a difference in improving the quality of life for both older patients and their caregivers.”

The Irving I. Stone Award has become the highest honor the Menorah Park Foundation bestows. It gives tribute to a Menorah Park supporter who has demonstrated commitment to our mission by supporting and/or leading projects that enhance our excellent services. The awardee may be a principal donor, a campaign leader, a solicitor or a champion of such projects.

Rick Rivitz, chair, Menorah Park Foundation, presented the award to this year’s recipient, Martin (Marty) Marcus. Marty’s contributions to our community were attested by Erika Rudin-Luria, president, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, by Harvey Scholnick, Marty’s friend and cousin, and by Greg Marcus, Marty’s son, who said, “My dad has always been a very caring person. My grandparents instilled in him the value of giving back to the community.”

Menorah Park Honors Those Who Make a Difference

In his acceptance, Marty said, “Menorah Park holds a very special place in my heart. It’s been part of my family for as long as I can remember. The award is particularly meaningful for me because I knew Irving Stone very well. He was a special person. I learned a great deal from him about philanthropy and service to the community.”

Menorah Park congratulates this year’s honorees, who continue to support the community and Menorah Park and the indispensable care it provides.

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