Why We Walk

Founded in 1912, the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Los Angeles.  

Through its innovative Connections to Care program, each year more than 6,000 seniors benefit from the Home’s community-based and in-residence programs.  

Community-based programs include:

  • Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC), a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
  • Skirball Hospice; Jewish Home Care Services, 
  • A home health agency
  • Jewish Home Center for Palliative Medicine
  • Community clinics
  • The Ida Kayne Transitional Care for short-term rehabilitation
  • acute psychiatric care in the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

Our Reseda campuses serve seniors with options for independent living, residential care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.  

The Home is building the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus in Playa Vista, CA, which is scheduled to open this year.  

Further information regarding the Jewish Home can be found online at www.lajha.org or by calling 855-227-3745.

Sam Barjam

Sam Barjam



Sam Barjam was born 92 years ago in Argentina. At the age of 39, he came to the US seeking better opportunities.

Sam had a long career as an engineer in the aerospace industry, retiring at the age of 79. He and his wife, Ylda, moved to the Jewish Home two years ago.

A prolific artist, Sam has many of his works of art on display in his room, including oil paintings, pencil sketches, and charcoal drawings.

His calendar is full of activities that he participates in at the Home, including many exercise classes.

Sam was the oldest participant at the 2014 Walk of Ages and received a special medal for his amazing accomplishment.


Phyllis Karp

  Phyllis Karp 

"My name is Phyllis Karp. I've been a resident at the Jewish Home for almost two years, and it has changed my life. Before my family suggested moving in, I was living alone. I had no car, and things like buying food, seeing doctors, and staying social were difficult, so I stayed cooped up in my apartment.

I was lonely, unhappy, and unhealthy.

When I moved into the Jewish Home, the first thing I noticed was the people.They were so friendly!

I've discovered new talents as an artist, have a terrific social life, the food is delicious, and I have access to all of my doctors."


Georgina Baker - 96 years old

Georgina Baker

Georgie was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1920.  She studied accounting and was the only female in a class of 200 students.  

She met her husband, Eddie Baker, while visiting wounded soldiers during World War II.  When the war ended, they moved to New York where Eddie returned to entertainment.  

Georgie and Eddie then moved back to Australia where they started manufacturing men's clothes and had a food import/export business.  

Twenty years later they returned to Los Angeles in the Fairfax district.  Georgie moved to the Los Angeles Jewish Home after Eddie passed away in 2007.  

"I didn't like living alone and didn't like having to depend on my children," Georgia explains.  

At the Home, she enjoys the discussion groups, and hosts "Saturday Night at the Movies."  She is also an avid reader.  Georgie has two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.