Through a comprehensive network of residential lifestyles, health services, and home care, the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) has helped Pittsburgh-area seniors enjoy their best possible lifestyle while they age. JAA’s commitment has been to honor and enhance the lives of older adults through quality care consistent with Jewish values and tradition. JAA provides comprehensive services designed to keep seniors safe, independent, and connected to the community.
A 100-Year Commitment
JAA’s proud history began as a response to the needs of aging seniors and their families in a thriving, industrial Pittsburgh. Over 100 years later, we have evolved into one of the premier healthcare networks in a region that now boasts advances in medicine, higher education, advanced manufacturing, and technology.
The JAA tradition began in 1906 with the opening of the Jewish Home for the Aged in the residence of Rabbi Aaron Mordechai Ashinsky on Brackenridge Street in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
In 1933, the original 28 residents moved to Brown’s Farm on Brown’s Hill Road, where the Jewish Home and Hospital opened. In 1964, the remodeled Home expanded to further meet the needs of Pittsburgh’s growing senior population. By 1980, the Home was renamed Riverview Center for Jewish Seniors and served 400 residents.
As the needs of Pittsburgh senior community continued to increase, care options expanded.
The Home’s major growth spurt came in the late 90s with the building of Weinberg Village that included the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and The Residence at Weinberg Village, a personal care community. The Village also housed administrative offices for the agency’s many services provided. It opened in 1998 under the newly named Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) with the demolition of the original structure.
At the same time as construction of Weinberg Village, Weinberg Terrace opened, offering a vibrant personal care lifestyle in the heart of Squirrel Hill’s business district.
JAA joined AgeWell Pittsburgh in the early 2000s to provide information and referrals to seniors wishing to stay independent within the community for as long as possible.
In recent times, expansion of services included JAA Home Health Services, Sivitz Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care, Mollie’s Meals, Anathan Club Adult Day and Nighttime Services, JAA Centers for Outpatient Rehabilitation and AHAVA Memory Care Residence and Center of Excellence.
Innovation and the use of cutting-edge technology keep JAA at the forefront of quality senior care in the heart of the urban core of Pittsburgh.
Financial support for today’s JAA was initially rooted in being a grateful recipient agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and the United Way of Allegheny County. Donations through JAA’s capital campaign, Life & Legacy planned giving program, personal Yahrzeit memorials, annual giving and more keep JAA growing and thriving in today’s ever-changing culture of senior care.
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