Civic leaders and policymakers across Massachusetts committed to JCHE’s Aging in Community vision, joined JCHE staff, supporters, and residents to celebrate the naming of the Gitta & Saul Kurlat House (formerly Genesis House in Brighton), and to unveil a renovation process that will transform the building’s 209 apartments into truly modern quarters.
To honor his beloved wife of 60 years, Gitta, who passed away in 2014, the lifelong humanitarian and philanthropist, Saul Kurlat, provided a generous gift to support JCHE’s programs and services. The building now bearing their names embodies the couple’s philanthropic spirit and their commitment to cultivating a supportive and dynamic environment for seniors.
The 130 event attendees were clearly moved by the Kurlats' story. Saul’s is an inspiring rags-to-riches tale, having grown up poor in the south during the Great Depression and eventually making his fortune selling a new process for color separation to Eastman Kodak. Gitta was born in Palestine (before the state of Israel was established), came to the US where she received a full scholarship to George Washington University, went on to get a JD cum laude, followed by an LLM from Harvard University, and eventually started her own law firm.
Gitta and Saul supported many education-related, STEM-focused causes such as the Miriam Fund of CJP, The Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University.
In his remarks, U.S. Congressman Michael E. Capuano from the Seventh Congressional District of Massachusetts, said he knew of “no better agency in the state” than JCHE, and stressed the urgent need for our society to invest in improving the quality of life for our seniors, with affordable senior living being indispensable to achieving this goal.
Unified by a common desire to see our seniors thrive as they age in community, all three levels of government joined private investors in a partnership to launch this ambitious project and raise the standards of living for our valued senior residents.
JCHE President & CEO, Amy Schectman, expressed her gratitude to Saul, stating that “I cannot tell you how proud I am to have JCHE's name and the Kurlat name be intertwined forever and ever."
"We are lucky because we are in a community that abounds in generosity, love and kindness. We have great public officials, we have great private investors, we have great philanthropists, and great community volunteers --all of whom are necessary to do the important work that we are doing for seniors," Ms. Schectman added.
Click here to view a short video of the event.
JCHE would like to thank our wonderful partners and supporters on this project:
- Department of Housing and Community Development
- Wells Fargo
- Dellbrook Construction
- Nixon Peabody
- Dietz & Co. Architects
- Peregrine Group
- Governor Charles Baker
- Mayor Martin J. Walsh
- Congressman Michael Capuano
- State Senator William Brownsberger
- State Representative Michael Moran
- State Representative Kevin Honan