Seniors | Lots to celebrate at Moldaw milestone

Moldaw Residences, the retirement community on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto, recently reached two milestones: its five-year anniversary and 100 percent occupancy.

Phyllis Stuart Moldaw

Residents gathered with staff and board members on Oct. 26 to celebrate. The evening event drew more than 150 attendees and included live music by Mariachi Tequila, hors d’oeuvres and a “Roast and Toast to Moldaw” with the theme “Five and Alive.”

Guests and honorees included Phyllis Stuart Moldaw, original Moldaw Residences board member, current co-chair Larry Marks, Moldaw’s first five residents and first five employees.

Marks has been involved in the development of Moldaw and has served for more than two decades on multiple boards and committees that helped raise money to construct the intergenerational campus, which includes the Oshman Family JCC.

Residents Gladys and George Weston dance. photos/courtesy norbert von der groeben photography

“I have received the greatest gift possible as a volunteer — being able to witness the growth of the community, the wonderful quality of life enjoyed by the residents, and the passion, activity and commitment they have made to their fellow residents,” said Marks, who co-chairs the Moldaw Residences board with David Steirman.

Dr. Lila Kramer, a retired local psychiatrist and one of the first to move into Moldaw, said she appreciates that residents can maintain their individuality but also be social and become involved in various groups.

“Being a quiet and more reserved person, I am happy just to sit back for the most part and observe others engaged in activities,” she said. “There is always something to do … and whether I’m directly involved and participating or not, it’s nice simply to have so many options.”

Moldaw Residences is a continuing-care retirement community with 193 apartment homes. It is affiliated with the Jewish Senior Living Group and open to all faiths and ethnicities.