The National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW/LA), has moved all of its services back into its headquarters at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. after a water heater ruptured on Feb. 14 and flooded the building.
Carrie Jacoves, director of development and membership for NCJW/LA, said the staff was excited to return to the building. Heavy damage occurred in the lobby, auditorium and kitchen, as well as the second-floor offices. Contractors have completed a majority of the repairs, but a small amount of cosmetic work still needs to be completed.
“It’s a fantastic relief,” Jacoves said. “We are still doing some minor stuff like finishing the pantry and hanging things, but we are all clean and gorgeous, with new carpet.”
Bob Klausner, director of retail operations, added that the finishing touches are expected to be completed by April 15.
“You have no idea how wonderful it will be once it’s done,” Klausner said. “The programs resumed as of Monday. All the counseling services are back here.”
Jacoves said the organization was very grateful to all of the entities that stepped in to help while the repairs were ongoing, such as the city of West Hollywood, Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, the Westside Jewish Community Center and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
“We were so lucky and thankful to our community partners. They really opened their doors to us,” Jacoves added. “We were able to continue providing services and were fully operational throughout the ordeal.”
Organizations that meet at the building have also returned, such as the Mid-City West Community Council. Jacoves said the first major event to be held in the council’s building will be the annual Women’s Passover Seder on Thursday, April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
People seeking information about NCJW/LA services should visit www.ncjwla.org.
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