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The first B’nai B’rith sponsored building opened its doors in 1971, and the Center for Senior Services (CSS) is excited to celebrate this milestone throughout the year with interviews, throwback photos, and more.​ 


B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services (CSS) Director Mark Olshan and Associate Director Janel Doughten speak with Robert and Jeff Cottingham about their experiences managing B’nai B’rith housing facilities for more than 40 years and how they have become invaluable members of the B’nai B’rith senior housing network. Robert and Jeff Cottingham lead the Robert Cottingham Company (RCPMCO), which manages the Sam J. Stone B’nai B’rith Covenant Apartments in Peoria, Illinois.

50 Years of B'nai B'rith Senior Housing | An Invaluable Affordable Housing Network

Senior Housing at 50! Destination: Allentown, Pennsylvania

2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first B’nai B’rith senior housing building, part of the B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services. Hear from our guests, all connected through their service at B’nai B’rith Apartments in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The conversation captures the essence of the B’nai B’rith senior housing spirit: Those who are in the network genuinely commit to the well-being of their residents beyond just their housing needs. Learn about the founding of the building in Allentown and more in this special 50th anniversary interview.

Our dynamic senior housing program turned 50 in 2021! Heeding the call to help seniors in need, we now have 27 communities serving about 5,000 residents across the U.S. We continue to provide seniors with quality, affordable housing in a secure, supportive community environment, without regard to religion, race or national origin in order to maximize their independent and dignified lifestyle. Watch this video celebrating our Center for Senior Services Golden Anniversary of senior housing.

Cheers to 50 years!

2021 was an exciting year for the Center for Senior Services (CSS), celebrating our 50th anniversary of senior housing!

B’nai B’rith sponsors Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable housing across the country and currently our network comprises 27 communities and serves about 5,000 people, making us the largest national Jewish sponsor of subsidized housing in the United States.

B’nai B’rith’s housing footprint is across the country with buildings from New York to California, down to Florida and everywhere in between. We began providing HUD-assisted senior housing in 1971, when we opened our first sponsored building B’nai B’rith Apartments in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Read Evan Carmen’s tribute and look-ahead for our 50th year.

Read the special 50th Anniversary edition of the "Seniority Report" newsletter

Make sure to read this special edition! Features include neat throwback photos of buildings, an interview with an original resident, an interview with original and new board and staff members, and more!c

View the Senior Housing Network Timeline

Check out the founding history and photos of then and now from all of the 27 communities in the B'nai B'rith Senior Housing Network.