The Corner View – October 2016

As I reflect back ovjay-zimmerer the last 12 months, 5776 was a particularly significant year for The Reutlinger, with four particularly important goals having been met.


First, we made some organizational changes that will enhance even further the level of care and professionalism that have been cornerstones of the Community. In July, Mary Goldhoff joined us as our new Administrator, replacing Nelson Rodriguez, who accepted a position at another residential care facility. In September, Yana Shteinberg was hired as the new Assistant Living Director. Also in September, we promoted Kulwinder Bhatia, RN to our Chief Nursing Officer. She formerly served as our Director of Nursing. Please join me in welcoming these three accomplished professionals to The Reutlinger in their respective leadership positions.


Second, after five years of planning and construction, residents and officials at The Reutlinger Community celebrated the landmark completion of an extraordinary renovation project. The celebration honored two families – one for the Schiff Center for Life and one for the Polse Family Pavilion – in recognition of these two benefactors whose generosity helped turn the vision of the renovation project into a reality. This remarkable renovation resulted in nearly every aspect of the community’s common physical space being reconfigured, reconstructed or repurposed to meet the needs of the community’s senior residents today as well as into the future.


renew-reutlinger-imageNext, I am proud to announce that our Skilled Nursing Facility has been selected by John Muir Health as one of its preferred providers. Our admittance into this partnership is due to The Reutlinger’s “demonstrable quality outcomes defined by safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and evidenced-based, professional standards of care.”


And, finally, the redesign of our website. Our new site is rebuilt from the ground up to run more smoothly on cell phones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. We’ve also added a plethora of photos, videos, artwork, articles and more to better share our lives, accomplishments, and stories with our friends who’ve known us for years and those we’ve yet to meet.


Accomplishing these goals does not mean by any means that we are done. Rather, these successes provide the basis for raising the bar even higher for 5777, for the betterment of our residents and family members, staff, and patrons.


Best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year to the entire Reutlinger Community.


L’Shana Tova



Jewish Heritage Museum Reopens

Jewish Heritage Museum

The Jewish Heritage museum has once again taken its place in the public spaces of The Reutlinger Community, as the renewal project has been completed.

This is an opportunity for residents, families, staff, and visitors to view objects of Judaica from the collection donated in part by Ruth and Max Eis and by other donors. The collection includes examples of Judaica from the 17th through the 20th centuries from Europe and the Middle East.

Jewish Heritage Museum

The current exhibition focuses on objects celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days, as well as on various items used in the celebration of Simchat Torah and Sukkot. The JHM offers an opportunity for our residents to make a connection to these objects of Judaica, many of which will remind them of the way they celebrated the holidays in their homes. Items such as Shabbat candlesticks, kiddish cups, a Havdalah set, prayer shawl (tallit), caps (kippot), yads (pointers), spice boxes, etrog boxes, and other objects are displayed.


The Jewish Heritage Museum also celebrates the relocation of three synagogue stained glass windows that survived Krystal Nacht. These are now found in niches above the main museum area. Also relocated is Perpetuation, the 30-piece bronze sculpture by Neil Goodman, which focuses on symbolic icons of our Jewish heritage. This sculpture can now be found on the walkway wall across from the Rose Garden. The museum also features a 17th century Italian Chanukiah.


The Jewish Heritage Museum committee hopes that all will enjoy the exhibit and wishes everyone a Happy Holiday season.

The Reutlinger Community Celebrates Completion Of Ambitious “Renew Reutlinger” Project



Over 200 were in attendance on Sunday, September 18, to celebrate the Reutlinger Community’s completion of the landmark “Renew Reutlinger” project. The massive, five-year undertaking enhanced the already award-winning community by adding new amenities, services and programs to elevate the already high standard of living for all residents. The launch event honored the Schiff and Polse families in recognition of their generosity that helped turn the vision of the renovation project into a reality.

Nearly every aspect of the community’s common physical space has been reconfigured, reconstructed or repurposed to meet the needs and demands of the community’s senior residents for today, tomorrow and well into the future. Soft light fills the wide and walkable hallways. Gentle colors and wood accents give the environs a feel 21st Century sophistication while not neglecting a sense of gentle comfort.

A gift from Ilse Schiff allowed the second floor to be redesigned in a “Main Street” configuration that mimics an outdoor shopping center complete with a salon, a café, a gift shop and more. The new halls are adorned with resident-created art from the Reutlinger’s award-winning art program complete with descriptions from the artists themselves. “Without the extreme generosity of these two families the scope of this project could not have been achieved,” said Jay Zimmer, CEO of the Reutlinger.

Following the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to freely explore the grounds and experience the elegant yet warm new environment. Attendees were able to visit the brand new art studio, fitness room, reception lobby, dining rooms, resident rooms, salon, nurses’ station, activity and sunroom, gallery and Jewish Heritage Museum and experience for themselves why The Reutlinger is considered the gold standard for senior living.

“It was a wonderful event,” stated Jay Zimmer, CEO. “It capped 18 months of intense renovations of most of our public areas and many of our residences and clinical spaces. 73,000 square feet in all!”


All dining rooms, reading and activities areas, and relaxing spaces include inviting seating options, beautiful window treatments, and tasteful furnishings. A 24/7 café is a wonderful addition to the communal areas.  Residents can now easily communicate on a number of devices with friends and loved ones who may be far away geographically but always close in their hearts.

“This renovation firmly establishes The Reutlinger as the East Bay’s premier senior living facility,” said Zimmer. “Our Board of Directors has backed this project 100% because they believe our residents deserve the best. This $10 million renovation project has delivered that and more.”

Burton and Betty Ann Polse had been enthusiastic supporters of the Reutlinger Community since its inception as the Home for Jewish Parents in Oakland. Betty Ann enjoyed serving residents, helping in the thrift shop or in the office. They were instrumental in raising funds for the Community’s move to Danville. Today, the Polse Family Pavilion stands as a testament to their lifetime passion.

The Schiff Center for Life now stands as testament to Ilse Schiff’s generosity. Ilse was sharp and vivacious up through her 101st year. She passed her DMV exam at 100 years of age, and considered her driver’s license her best birthday present. Schiff was a long-term supporter of a high standard of living for seniors and her donation to The Reutlinger fulfilled that vision.

Board President Richard Goldstein thanked the residents for putting up with the construction. He went on to thank Betty Anne Polse and Deborah and Sam Lind, managers of the Ilse Schiff trust, for their financial and creative contributions that made the project possible. He also thanked past and present staff and board members for their assistance.