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Lions Gate building for the future with $5-million renovation effort

By DAVID PORTNOE Voice Editor


The improved formal dining room is designed to give the feel that one is dining out with friends. There will be more open space and a display kitchen where residents can participate in live cooking demonstrations. The improved formal dining room is designed to give the feel that one is dining out with friends. There will be more open space and a display kitchen where residents can participate in live cooking demonstrations. Lions Gate, a Life Plan Community that is part of the Jewish Federation’s Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service (JSHHS) agency, is embarking on an ambitious $5-million capital and renovation project that will offer current and future residents an enhanced array of amenities at the Voorhees facility. With groundbreaking set to begin before the end of 2015, and the construction completed in about nine months, the nearly 10-year-old community will soon have a new fitness center, bistro, Commons Hall with a spiritual center, formal dining area, art studio, and bar/lounge.

“You want to stay as fresh as possible. We want to make sure we are offering the best we can to the Baby Boomer generation, which has high expectations,” said Andi Levin, JSHHS board president. “This will create more and brighter gathering space for the community. It will be quite an enhancement,” she said, noting that this will do for the Independent Living areas of Lions Gate what exists in the 5-star Medicare and Medicaid Services-rated skilled nursing and rehab areas.


The upgraded art studio, an ideal venue for creativity, will be filled with natural light. Classes will range from oil painting to jewelry making. The upgraded art studio, an ideal venue for creativity, will be filled with natural light. Classes will range from oil painting to jewelry making. Levin said that people who are coming into Life Plan Communities, previously known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities, want as many on-site activities as possible. “We will be enhancing the gym space, making the art class space brighter and bigger, as well as enhancing the space for social activities.” She added that there would now be both a formal dining option and a less formal bistro dining option.

This is an exciting time for Lions Gate, according to Levin. “The campaign will be ongoing and the renovations will be ongoing,” she said.

Morris “Mo” Funk, JSHHS CEO, spoke about the renovations and the capital project at a Kickoff Event held last month at the Mansion in Voorhees. He said that the renovations would enable Lions Gate to both stay competitive and continue to play an instrumental role in making life healthier and richer for its residents.

Funk also announced a capital kickoff gift by Zev and Carol Rose that would name the front entrance of Lions Gate in memory of Zev Rose’s mother and father, Dora E. and Leon H. Rose. It will be called “The Rose Family Entrance.” He also said that other gifts have been made, and that the capital project is continuing. “We are making a strategic investment to meet the changing needs of retirees.”

Zev Rose spoke passionately about his devotion to Lions Gate at the capital kickoff, saying that Lions Gate’s mission and vision is to provide seniors with a meaningful quality of life. “What greater mitzvah can one observe than honoring thy father and thy mother.”?

Rose said that he saw the caring and commitment personally when his wife Carol was in Rehab at Lions Gate. He said that Lions Gate is truly a collaborative effort among Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare, the Jewish Federation, and the Raymond & Gertrude R. Saltzman Foundation.

“We have accomplished much, but our journey will never end. Now we embark on a new journey of renewed commitment building the Lions Gate of the future,” said Rose. Both Levin and Funk emphasized that the renovations would be completed with as little disruption in the life of Lions Gate residents as possible. Perkins Eastman, the international architecture and design firm chosen for the project, is expert in the renovation of occupied spaces.

For more information on the Lions Gate Capital Project, contact Felice Kelem at (856) 679- 2189 or fkelem@lionsgateccrc.org .

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