Houston's Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers
Celebrate 25th Anniversary

"When you told my grandfather not to do something or it wasn't possible, he made sure it happened. This facility, this home, is a result of that stubborn determination." Frank Goldberg used these words to describe his grandfather, the late J.B. Goldberg, philanthropist and advocate for affordable senior housing in the 1970s. Named in honor of Mr. Goldberg, J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers provides affordable housing for 380 multi-ethnic seniors in Houston, Texas. The 300-unit complex recently hosted a twenty-fifth anniversary celebration attended by more than 400 people.

Morris Bell, Ted Dinerstein, Billy Goldberg, Richard Lederman and Jerry Ribnick - all experienced developers of other apartment complexes for seniors on the East Coast - built the complex in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the B'nai B'rith Senior Citizens Housing Committee of Houston, Inc. Phase I of the property was completed in 1978, and Phase II of the property was completed four years later. Each nine-story tower contains 150 apartments. The development has a mortgage guarantee and a Section 8 subsidy agreement with HUD.

The complex is owned and managed by the nonprofit organization, B'nai B'rith. A nonprofit foundation, J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Senior Citizens Towers, Inc., was established in 1980 to provide supplemental support and enhance the quality of life for residents. It currently supports residents through a computer center, library, transportation for medical appointments and grocery shopping, common area furnishings, artwork, organic garden, holiday celebrations, special events, educational trips and landscaping and beautification of the buildings and grounds. The B'nai B'rith Resident Council plans and implements parties and trips for the residents.

Many other services are also offered at the property, some of which are available through community grants and the J.B. Goldberg Foundation. These include: a two-day-a-week hot congregant meal program, limited housekeeping services, a geriatric care nurse, a beauty shop, a game room, exercise equipment, computer training, painting, ceramics, English as a second language and citizenship courses, Chinese fellowship, non-denominational Bible study, Torah study, Shabbat services, Catholic services, a Russian club and a World War II veterans club.

During the celebration, representatives presented letters of recognition and congratulations to the J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers from President George W. Bush, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas State Representative Scott Hochberg and Houston Mayor Lee Brown. Charlotte Motley, Administrator for B'nai B'rith, accepted flowers and a certificate of recognition from Dean Newton, Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) East Texas chapter, and AHMA-East Texas President Michael Alexander. HUD officials participating in the celebration included Raynold Richardson, Director, Houston Multifamily Program Center; Loretta Carter, Supervisory Project Manager; and Mary Frances Byrd, Multifamily Housing Management Specialist.

Content Archived: July 22, 2011