Following nearly 15 months of construction and a vision that dates back to 2007, a lot that once housed trailers used for a private high school on Womack Road is now home to Berman Commons, a 90-unit assisted living and memory care community. The newest community in the Jewish Home Life Communities family of services, Berman Commons has been a long awaited solution for many looking for a high quality and kosher living environment for their aging loved ones.
Welcoming the public to attend, the grand opening of Berman Commons on Sunday, March 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, celebrates a community wide effort to address the growing need for senior care options in metro Atlanta. Among Sunday’s festivities include a giveaway of two theatre packages for dinner and upcoming shows at The Fox Theatre.
Named for JHLC Past Board Chair Steven M. Berman to honor his dedication and support for the elderly for more than 40 years, Berman Commons became a labor of love over the past seven years for a dedicated team of volunteers, dubbed by JHLC leadership as the Berman Commons “Dream Team.” In addition to Steve Berman, community leaders Joe Rubin, Jerry Weiner, David Weiss, Fred Halperin and Bob London were each responsible for different components of the project, from financing and board leadership (Weiss and Weiner), to design/build management and interiors (Rubin and London). All were equally responsible for the successful completion of the new community, on budget and on time.
Located on Womack Road across from Georgia Perimeter College and connected by a walking path to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), Berman Commons has 90 studio and one-bedroom apartments, 32 of which are within a secure Ackerman Memory Care neighborhood. Based upon individual requirements, all residents receive a wide range of support services, particularly designed for older adults who need some level of assistance with activities of daily living.
“We are so excited to become actively involved in the community,” says Berman Commons Executive Director Jenice Cunningham. “In addition to welcoming residents and their families, we are eager to serve as an information resource for anyone facing this journey with their loved ones. Likewise, we are seeking volunteers of all ages to visit—school and performance groups, community and civic organizations, and others who would like to spend time getting to know our residents. Berman Commons is designed as an active community, and we plan to have fun.”
Already, Berman Commons, known for gorgeous design, first-class accommodations and an extraordinary kosher dining program, is filling up quickly. More than two-thirds of the apartments were reserved during the construction period. Proximity to the MJCCA is a draw to many, and encouraging an active lifestyle, Berman Commons pays for each resident’s MJCCA membership to enable use of the facilities and extensive programs. Equally important is Berman Commons’ affiliation to the five-star rated William Breman Jewish Home and Aviv Rehabilitation Center.
For some, the presence of Kashruth Supervisor and Chaplain Fred Glusman provides peace of mind that Jewish cultural programming will be meaningful and dietary laws will be strictly observed by Executive Chef Edward Kraitman. Kraitman, who earned a degree in Tel Aviv for kosher food preparation, is an alumnae of Chateau Elan and the Ritz Carlton. He has been working closely with Glusman in preparation for the grand opening. Once residents move in, Glusman has also arranged for a daily minyan for those who would like to participate.