Chelsea Jewish Lifecare announced that Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home will now be The Katzman Center for Living in honor of Elliot and Donna Katzman. The Marblehead couple, who made a significant donation to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, have longstanding ties to the nursing home, the city of Chelsea and to the health care organization.

“We are enormously grateful to Elliot and Donna Katzman for such a generous gift,” said Chelsea Jewish Lifecare CEO Barry Berman. “I have known the Katzman family for many years and am thrilled to have their name attached to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. Their support and friendship mean the world to us.”

Elliot Katzman and Donna (Frangiamone) were classmates at Chelsea High and will soon celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Both are Salem State alumni and the proud parents of sons and daughters-in-law Matthew and Katie and David and Emily. They are even prouder grandparents to granddaughters Nora, Maggie, Julia and Clara. Elliot, a general partner at Commonwealth Capital Ventures, a private venture capital firm, has built some of New England’s most successful technology companies.

Adam Berman, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare president, noted that the nursing home has played a significant role in the organization’s history. “The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home is very near and dear to my heart,” said Berman. “We are honored to have Elliot and Donna involved with this special residence and we truly appreciate their substantial contribution.”

“Donna and I are truly thankful for the love and kindness that Chelsea Jewish Lifecare has shown our family,” said Katzman. “Two generations of our family have received extraordinary care at their facilities, and we want to make that possible for many other families.”

The family’s involvement with Chelsea Jewish Lifecare began when Elliot’s grandmother was a resident of the nursing home over 40 years ago. Ten years ago Elliot’s parents moved to CJL’s Cohen Florence Levine Estates. Today, his dad, Myer, still enjoys being a part of this caring assisted living community. (Elliot’s mom, Marylin, passed away in 2011.) Donna’s mom, Mary Frangiamone, is currently a resident of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

“We wanted to pay tribute to the mission of the organization’s founders and the extraordinary leadership of Barry and Adam Berman,” noted Donna Katzman. “Their compassionate care for people of all faiths is worth noting and celebrating.”

Founded in 1919, the nonprofit Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is one of the largest providers of senior health care services in the region. The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, soon to be The Katzman Center for Living, underwent a dramatic $16 million renovation in 2016.

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