About the project
The Isidore & Lea Frankforter Center for the Aged, also known as Beit Frankforter, was established in 1982 to provide comprehensive services to both frail and independent seniors living in southern Jerusalem. The center is a home-away-from-home for hundreds of seniors who take advantage of many social activities, including exercise, crafts, and language programs. The center is known for two special programs: a shop that sells handicrafts made at the center and a program in which seniors prepare 10,000 sandwiches each month for needy schoolchildren. The Jerusalem Foundation has supported the purchase of equipment and various activities at the center over the years. In 1997, it established the Gideon Day Center for the Frail Elderly as an annex to the center. The facility extended the services of the Frankforter Center, to provide space for day activities for approximately 100 frail elderly, including lectures, classes and complementary medical services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and dental check-ups. The Foundation also supported purchase of a van to transport seniors to and from the center, to deliver meals and to provide emergency transportation.