The Great Philanthropists Part I
A Satire – Kind of
The precise meaning of philanthropy is still a matter of some contention, its definition being largely dependent on the particular interests of the writer employing the term. Nevertheless, there are some working definitions to which the community associated with the field of “philanthropic studies” most commonly subscribes. One of the more widely accepted of these is the one employed by Lester Salamon, who defines philanthropy as “the private giving of time or valuables (money, security, property) for public purposes; and/or one form of income of private non-profit organizations”.
As we have mentioned many times, we have come to view the word “philanthropist” as synonymous with many things, generous donations and the selfless promotion of the welfare of othersnot among them. Based upon the Wikipedia definition above, our contentions may be valid.
Shlomo Rechnitz, while apparently failing the senior citizens in whose care he and his nursing homes are entrusted, certainly has his own checklist of “philanthropic” (self-serving) endeavors to point to when criticized.
- Money to feed soldiers…DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
- Money to families of fallen officers..DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
- Money to buy his employees lottery tickets..DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
- Money to put his name on yeshiva buildings..DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
- Money to hire Larry King for an infomercial about himself..DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
- Money to Elton John’s Aids foundation so he can hobnob..DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look good.
Mr. Rechnitz, what about the money to compensate the families for their losses when patients UNDER YOUR CARE are MURDERED or more gently stated, “CHEMICALLY SEDATED” TO DEATH?… Wouldn’t someone concerned about the welfare of others want to reimburse the families of victims allegedly abused, neglected or sedated to death?
As one of our contributors comments:
“But not a goddamned dollar to compensate the families for their losses when patients UNDER HIS CARE are (allegedly) MURDERED…..NOT DONE…because it makes Rechnitz look really, really guilty.”
|Born||July 29, 1971
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Owner of TwinMed LLC and Brius Healthcare Services|
|Known for||Business and philanthropy|
Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz (born 1971, Los Angeles) is an American businessman andphilanthropist. He is the founder of TwinMed, LLC and owner of Brius Healthcare Services, the largest nursing home provider in the State of California.
Early life and education
In 2006, Rechnitz bought his first nursing home in Gardena, California. In 1998, Rechnitz incorporated TwinMed, LLC in Los Angeles with his twin brother, Steve Rechnitz. TwinMed distributes medical supplies and solutions throughout the United States to nursing homes and hospitals. They are based in Santa Fe Springs, California and have warehouses in California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and New Jersey.He is also the owner of Brius Healthcare Services, the largest nursing home provider in California. Rechnitz runs over 80 facilities in California.
In 2014, 23 nursing homes owned by Rechnitz received a total of 50 serious deficiencies graded G or higher by the federal government,nearly triple the state average, according to a Sacramento Bee investigation. In October 2015 the FBI raided one of his facilities, the Alta Vista Healthcare & Wellness Centre, in Riverside, California “seeking evidence in relation to alleged criminal activity.”
Philanthropy and community work
Rechnitz oversees the Shlomo & Tamar Rechnitz Charitable Foundation which distributes funds to over 1,100 institutions yearly. He is known in the Los Angeles area for opening his home every Saturday night to listen to the needy and to hand out charity. Rechnitz donated $5 million to support the Mir Yeshiva and encourage others to come to its aid. Soon after Rechnitz’s donation others followed suit and the debt was paid in full within three months.
In December 2011, Rechnitz purchased a creditor’s note against Chabad of California’s headquarters in Westwood for $2.35 million in order to help the organization avoid foreclosure. After Hurricane Sandy, Rechnitz gave $1 million to aid in the rebuilding of Orthodox Jewish day schools and to assist the families whose children attend those schools
In 2012 Rechnitz heard about Diane Aulger, a mother of five in North Texas that had her labor induced few weeks early so that her husband could meet their daughter before he died from pulmonary fibrosis. Upon hearing the story, Rechnitz personally phoned Augler himself and sent her $20,000. In the autumn of 2014 Shlomo pledged $2.5 million to the Lakewood Cheder School‘s building campaign, enabling the school to finish their new building and thus allowing the children to begin school on time.
In 2014, Rechnitz released an album featuring many of the most famous Jewish singers. The proceeds from the album went to the Keren Hashviis fund to support Israeli farmers keeping the laws of Shmita.
In June 2015, Rechnitz donated $250,000 to restore the Mount Zion Cemetery in East Los Angeles. Mount Zion, also known as the “orphan cemetery,” is the final resting place of many of the founders of the Los Angeles Jewish community, but has been neglected, and even vandalized, over the years. In November 2015, while on a layover in Dublin, Rechnitz purchased hot meals for 400 US troops when he saw they were eating bagged lunches while other passengers dined at airport restaurants.
In January 2016 it was reported that Rechnitz had purchased 18,000 Powerball tickets for his employees, and that one of his employees had receiving a winning ticket. While he did indeed buy and distribute 18,000 tickets, the employee had been tricked by her son into thinking she had won. Rechnitz then offered the family a paid vacation.
Honours and awards
Shlomo Rechnitz is the President of Torath Emeth and he is the first Chairman of the Board for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.On August 1, 2012 Rechnitz was honored as the keynote speaker of the 12th Siyum HaShas event at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The event attracted more than 90,000 people and celebrated the conclusion of the 7 1⁄2-year learning cycle of the Babylonian Talmud.
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He started out in 1998 selling latex gloves and adult diapers alongside his twin brother, Steve, but branched out on his own to buy his first nursing home in Gardena in 2006.
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January 14, 2016 | 7:46 pm
January 14, 2016 | 3:39 pm
Los Angeles businessman Shlomo Rechnitz reportedly bought a winning Powerball ticket on Jan. 12, below is a collection of stories the Jewish Journal has written about him.
Oct. 23: In lawsuit against Shlomo Rechnitz, many accusations but lack of clarity | by Jared Sichel
Shlomo Rechnitz, the man who reportedly gifted the winning Powerball ticket: A career of mega-success, mega-philanthropy, and controversy
January 14, 2016 | 3:19 pm
***This story has been updated here.
Did Shlomo Rechnitz make a dream come true for one of his employees? Or did that employee’s son concoct an elaborate hoax?
On Tuesday, Rechnitz purchased nearly 18,000 Powerball tickets for every employee and resident of his California…
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Golden Years Shine at the Home
My mother was one of the fortunate people who became a resident at the Joyce Eisenberg facility (“Molly Forrest Plans the Future,” Oct. 24). They provided her with outstanding care and attention, for which I will be forever grateful.
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Shlomo Rechnitz, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist, has purchased Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats, the scandal-plagued kosher meat retailer and distributor.
Rechnitz, who co-founded a large medical supply business and also owns a number of nursing homes, purchased the…
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