Danville: The Reutlinger Community signs letter of intent to affiliate with Eskaton

Senior community center promises to retain Jewish cultural values

The East Bay’s only Jewish retirement organization, Danville’s The Reutlinger Community, has recently signed a letter of intent announcing its desire to affiliate itself with the Eskaton network, a Sacramento-based senior living nonprofit organization.

Pending a formal agreement and approval between the two groups, the affiliation will give The Reutlinger access to resources and influence that will allow it to expand its services for residents and increase its presence in the East Bay, while still preserving the TRC’s Jewish heritage and ideals, according to Reutlinger leadership.

“Reutlinger is a single-site community experiencing the same challenges that other best-in-class senior living communities are facing throughout the country,” said Jay Zimmer, Reutlinger President and CEO. “By affiliating with Eskaton, a large well-established nonprofit organization, Reutlinger can benefit from additional resources, health care expertise and ability to expand our mission to older adults living in the East Bay.”

“Eskaton has great respect and admiration for what TRC has accomplished and the positive reputation they have built,” said Eskaton CEO Todd Murch. “Eskaton will continue to support Reutlinger’s Jewish values and legacy.”

Located at 4000 Camino Tassajara, The Reutlinger is a nonprofit senior living community that offers assisted living, enhanced assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation services for up to 180 residents while maintaining a commitment to Jewish cultural values.

Eskaton officials said they will spend the next month learning the policies and procedures of The Reutlinger, to learn the character of the community and ensure the preservation these cultural values.

After the agreement is finalized, The Reutlinger will not completely lose its ability to set its own policies, and will inherit a veto-power seat on the Eskaton Board of Directors.

“Reutlinger’s leadership identified the need for a strategic partner and conducted broad due diligence with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations,” Zimmer added. “We found aligned goals and vision with Eskaton to strengthen and expand Reutlinger for decades to come.”

Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Eskaton owns and operates 35 senior focused communities and programs throughout Northern California. For its part in the agreement, Eskaton will grow its network in the Bay Area and gain access to the John Muir HMO network, through The Reutlinger's relationship with the group.

“In choosing Eskaton, the Reutlinger Community has made a positive, strategic move to affiliate with a well-regarded nonprofit multi-site organization,” said Molly Forrest, CEO of the Los Angeles Jewish Home.

“I am confident that Eskaton will respect the Jewish heritage and programs of The Reutlinger Community while together they sustain, fulfill the mission and grow and maximize the services to the East Bay community. I am encouraged to see two excellent organizations affiliating together to maximize resources and expand services to older adults,” Forrest added.

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