Reutlinger Community unveils $10 million face-lift

More than 200 people attended a Sept. 18 open house marking completion of a five-year project to upgrade and enhance the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville.

Participating in Reutlinger’s September ribbon-cutting are (from left) CEO Jay Zimmer, trustees Debby and Sam Lind, Betty Ann Polse and board chair Richard Goldstein.

The event also honored the Schiff and Polse families in recognition of their generosity that helped turn the vision of the $10 million project into a reality. “Without the extreme generosity of these two families the scope of this project could not have been achieved,” said Reutlinger CEO Jay Zimmer.

The celebration “capped 18 months of intense renovations of most of our public areas and many of our residences and clinical spaces. 73,000 square feet in all,” noted Zimmer. The senior residence provides various levels of living options and a range of services for older adults.

Following the ribbon-cutting, guests were invited to explore the grounds and visit the new art studio, fitness room, reception lobby, dining rooms and other areas.

Burton and Betty Ann Polse were enthusiastic supporters of the Reutlinger Community since its inception as the Home for Jewish Parents in Oakland, and were instrumental in raising funds for the community’s move to Danville. Today, the Polse Family Pavilion stands as a testament to their lifetime passion.

The Schiff Center for Life stands as testament to the generosity of Ilse Schiff, who resided at the Reutlinger until she passed away. Her most recent gift allowed the second floor to be redesigned in a “Main Street” configuration that mimics an outdoor shopping center complete with a salon, café and gift shop.