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The William Breman Jewish Home opened in 1951. Beginning in 1943, it was understood by some members of the Jewish community that a home for the aged was needed to assist the growing population of elderly who were not being cared for by their immediate families. Fannie Boorstin was instrumental in bringing the plight of Atlanta's Jewish aged to the attention of the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service, the predecessor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Those opposed to the idea of a home contended that modern trends were moving away from institutional care for the dependent but a study of Jewish population, funded by the Federation in 1947, highlighted the need for a facility based on the growing number and higher percentage of aged in the total population. In the meantime Fannie Boorstein, Jake Jacobs, and Ida Goncher decided to launch a community-wide fundraising campaign for a home for the elderly. The organizational meeting was held on October 18, 1945. In 1950, Ben Massell donated a parcel of land on 14th and Holly Street for the purpose of establishing a residential facility. Following additional donations from members of the community and an allocation of $75,000 from the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service, the home opened in 1951 with a 30-bed capacity. During the next decade the home doubled its capacity to 60 beds. By 1964, it became evident that further expansion was needed. William Breman was appointed chairman of a long-range planning committee. Under his leadership it was decided that a new facility be constructed to meet the growing needs of the community. In 1967, property was purchased at Margaret Mitchell Drive and Howell Mill Road and on February 16, 1971 the new home opened. Over the next thirty years William Breman worked tirelessly for the Jewish Home. Arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Mss 101

William Breman Jewish Home Records - Atlanta, Georgia

6 Related Subjects

Boorstin, Fannie Spielberger, 1899-1986

Breman, M. William (Mortimer William), 1908-2000

Associations, Institutions, etc.

Atlanta Jewish Federation (Atlanta, Ga.)

Old Age Homes
Institutional Care

William Breman Jewish Home (Atlanta, Ga.)
Old Age Homes

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