Rabbi Ashinsky

History

The Jewish Association on Aging has a rich and proud history. The JAA has successfully built one of the premiere healthcare continuums serving the elderly and their families in the Pittsburgh area.

For 100 years Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community has been committed to providing healthcare, shelter, and religious services to its seniors.  The tradition began in 1906 with the opening of the original Jewish Home for the Aged on Breckenridge Street in the Hill District and continues today through the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA), which provides services that keep seniors active, safe, independent, and connected to the community.

In 1906, the original Jewish Home for the Aged opened on Breckenridge Street in the Hill District. In 1933, the facility’s then 28 residents moved to the brand new Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged on Old Brown’s Hill Road. Over the years, that building was remodeled and added onto to meet the needs of a growing senior population, and one of its additions, built in the 1980s, remains today.

In 1980, there were 400 residents of the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, which was later renamed the Riverview Center for Jewish Seniors.

In 1998, Weinberg Village was built adjacent to the old facility on Old Brown’s Hill Road. The new facility contains the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and The Residence at Weinberg Village as well as the administrative offices for JAA Home Health Services, Sivitz Jewish Hospice & Palliative Care, Mollie’s Meals and Council Care Irving Spolan Adult Day Services. Weinberg Terrace, JAA Centers for Outpatient Rehabilitation and Anathan Club Adult Day Service are located off campus, in the heart of Squirrel Hill.

The JAA participates in the AgeWell Pittsburgh information and referral service in conjunction with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

The JAA is a recipient agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the United Way of Allegheny County.

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