Member at University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Aging External
About Robert Kasirer
Robert Kasirer offers nearly 30 years of experience in health care
and housing for the elderly. After earning a Juris Doctor from St.
John’s University School of Law in 1973, Kasirer returned to California
to join Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips, LLC, one of the major
law firms in Los Angeles. For many years, Robert Kasirer served as an
attorney focusing on real estate financing for seniors, retirement
communities, and health care-related property development.
He later transitioned to the operational and management side of the industry and worked in the corporate headquarters of Golden State Health Centers in Sherman Oaks. Building on that experience, in the 1990s he invented a data processing interface for health care facilities that earned a U.S. product patent in 2002 (No.0059080). He has since served on the External Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging.
A graduate of New York University who received a degree in history prior to pursuing his Juris Doctor at St. John’s, Robert Kasirer now serves as the Director of the Jacob Rose Family Foundation. He is a proud supporter of Hillel at UCLA, and he encourages Jewish life and community through support of both Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, and in Wingdale, New York.
When time permits, Robert Kasirer enjoys studying and learning more about the latest and next-generation technologies, and he continues to develop software applications as a hobby. A family man, Mr. Kasirer cherishes time with friends and family, golfing, and skiing.
The Harvard-Westlake School Hosts Retreats for Its Students
A demonstrated innovator, Robert Kasirer has created software that helps health care professionals access services and provide better care to patients. Outside of his professional pursuits, Robert Kaiser supports a number of educational institutions, including the Harvard-Westlake School, which maintains its middle-school campus in Los Angeles and its upper-school campus in Studio City, California.
Established in 1900, the Harvard School was initially founded in Los Angeles as a military school for boys. Also in Los Angeles, the Westlake School for Girls began operations in 1904. The two schools came to a merger agreement in 1989 with full coeducation starting in 1991.
To help students form friendships, develop independence and confidence, and connect with the outdoors, Harvard-Westlake School’s middle school hosts a grade-level retreat each October. Classmates and teachers from the eighth-grade camp in the area of Joshua Tree National Park or Santa Barbara, and ninth graders canoe and camp near the Colorado River. While on the retreats, students participate in educational activities related to the environment organized by naturalists. Over the course of the academic year, the school also hosts for its students a number of other engaging events, including Spirit Day, intramural sports tournaments, and the Jacobson Cup, a yearlong competition encompassing a range of activities.
Supporting Academic Excellence at the Harvard-Westlake School
Robert Kasirer has been involved in the compliance and administration of senior healthcare facilities for several years, previously holding an of counsel role with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips law firm. In addition to advocating for better long-term senior care as the director of the Jacob Rose Family Foundation, Robert Kasirer regularly donates to youth programs at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.
For more than 20 years, the Harvard-Westlake School has been committed to helping students perform at high levels in preparation for an academic career at the most prestigious universities in the nation. To that end, Upper School Performing Arts instructor Ted Walch has taken the initiative to host the “Sundays with Ted” film series for the third consecutive year. Each Sunday until May 3rd, 2015, Harvard-Westlake will host a series of nine critically acclaimed films followed by a plenary discussion, including special guest speakers at select screenings. In addition to developing critical analysis skills in cinema studies, the series will bring in funds that go directly toward supporting financial aid programs at Harvard-Westlake, which support approximately 18% of the student body. Tickets for the event are open to students, alums, parents, and friends of Harvard-Westlake. More information is available at www.hw.com/.
About the Social Groups of Penn Hillel
The owner and chief executive of Golden State Health Centers, Inc., Robert Kasirer has experience as an attorney, inventor, and as a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging External Advisory Board. Apart from his professional career, Robert Kasirer contributes to a number of organizations, including Penn Hillel.
Based out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Steinhardt Hall, Penn Hillel connects more than 2,200 students every year with a wide range of opportunities, many having to do with the Jewish faith. Based on the principles of community, morality, and spirituality, it conducts outreach programs for students not already engaged with the organization. In addition it conducts Shabbat services, and supports more than 25 student groups which create over 300 other events each month. Penn Hillel also sponsors both grant and work study programs, as well as several social justice service programs.
One such program, Alliance & Understanding, is dedicated to helping Jewish and African American students learn from and teach each other. The program hosts training workshops which lead up to a trip through the South, where students visit important sites from the Civil Rights Movement. In another program, Penn Hillel partners with Hillel International and the Heyman-Merrin Family Foundation to visit Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, in Rwanda, every May. A 10-day trip, it brings Jewish students together with orphans from the Rwandan genocide to foster understanding between different ethnic and religious groups.
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires Reunites Campers via Alumni Association
Robert Kasirer is an innovator and longtime proponent of health care for the elderly. Apart from his interest in improving the lives of senior citizens, Robert Kasirer lends his services and support to Jewish educational organization Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.
Catering to students in elementary, middle, and high school, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires provides an educational and creative environment with an emphasis on Jewish principles. Former participants are encouraged to maintain affiliation with Camp Ramah by joining the Ramah Berkshires Alumni Association (RBAA). Founded more than 25 years ago, the association funds scholarships and development programs as well as hosts various alumni-oriented gatherings and activities throughout the year. Some of these events include Shabbat dinners, golf outings, anniversary celebrations, panels, and reunions.
On Labor Day weekend, the alumni association will host its annual reunion at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. From September 2 to September 5, alumni can reconnect in a familiar environment for activities such as rock wall climbing and participating in a Sunday carnival.
What is Camp Ramah?
Robert Kasirer has created a patented computer user interface for managing healthcare facilities--a system that ensures an integrated procurement process tailored to particular facilities. Holding a JD degree from St. John’s University School of Law, Robert Kasirer has worked with Camp Ramah in California and in the Berkshires, located in Massachusetts.
Camp Ramah is the conservative arm of Judaism, whose mission it is sustain and create Israel programs that preserve Jewish life through summer camps. Every year since 1947, thousands of young people get together at the Ramah Camping Movement to network, work on their spiritual growth, and practice the Hebrew language.
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires offers young people a variety of fun activities and educational experiences in a safe, nurturing environment. Camp Ramah in the Berkshires offers two summer sessions, one that runs from the end of June through July, and the second session usually goes through the middle of August.
Exploring Harvard-Westlake Middle School's Summer Enrichment Program
A lawyer and innovator, Robert Kasirer has developed a suite of applications to link health care facilities and their employees. Experienced in health care property administration, Robert Kasirer also supports educational institutions such as the Harvard-Westlake Middle School in Los Angeles.
The Harvard-Westlake Middle School Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) provides a free and enriching experience to young students joining the fifth or sixth grade. The program, which starts in July, offers courses in science, math, language, art, creative writing, music, computer science, physical education, and swimming. All of these are taught by Harvard-Westlake faculty.
Every year, SEP accepts numerous students, giving them an opportunity to be part of the Harvard-Westlake’s curriculum for the summer. The intense program is designed to motivate them to work hard toward improving their chances to gain admittance to top-tier private schools.
The program ends with a family-night talent show where students showcase their talents and the projects they have been working on. Here, parents have the opportunity to tour the school and interact with faculty.
Special Needs Programs Available at Ramah Camps
Robert Kasirer is a legal professional and businessman with a professional focus on projects related to the care and well-being of senior citizens. Outside of his professional life, Robert Kasirer remains involved with the National Ramah Commission’s Ramah camping movement.
Ramah camps function as a place for children, teenagers, and young adult followers of conservative Judaism to come together and grow in their knowledge of and commitment to their Jewish identities. In addition to standard camp programs, Camp Ramah offers the Tikvah Program for campers with learning, developmental, and emotional disabilities. Tikvah Programs are available at each of the organization’s North American camp locations and are offered in modalities.
The first, Amitzim, is offered in two four-week sessions. Amitzim campers are between the ages of 10 and 17 and participate in standard camp activities alongside their peers, but their camp goals are intended to help them learn independent living and social skills. The second program, Ezra, is for young adult campers between 18 and 23 years old and is designed to teach vocational skills that can be applied in real-world situations.
In addition to the Amitzim and Ezra programs, a yearly camp is held for one week at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. This program, Camp Ohr Lanu, allows children with disabilities and their families to come together, learn, build support systems, and enjoy traditional camp activities as a group.
SoulCycle - Changing the World of Indoor Cycling
A veteran of the nursing home industry, Robert Kasirer has a patent pending for a computer networking system to be used in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Outside of his work, Robert Kasirer stays active by participating in SoulCycle.
In recent years, SoulCycle has taken the indoor cycling world by storm, with locations now in New York City, Chicago, and northern and southern California, among other areas. SoulCycle brings together individuals for an intense, collaborative workout.
SoulCycle sessions feature motivating instructors, candlelight, and inspirational music. To offer members a full-body workout, SoulCycle has added hand weights and choreographed sessions that help work the core.
SoulCycle offers classes at all levels to meet the diverse needs of its members. The basic course consists of a 45-minute workout that includes cycling and the use of hand weights.
The SoulSurvivor course takes riders to the next level and requires an additional 15 minutes of work. Those who want an even more intense workout can opt for the SoulChallenge, which offers 90 minutes of cardio work.
SoulCycle Delivers the Cardio Party
Los Angeles businessman Robert Kasirer has at times worked as an attorney, a corporate executive for a skilled nursing care provider, and a successful patent applicant, all in furtherance of his passion for those in the elder care community. Outside of his professional life, Robert Kasirer is an advocate of the new fitness craze SoulCycle, attending classes several times a week.
SoulCycle was co-founded by Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice and is based on their shared vision of making fitness enjoyable. The result of that vision is what they now call a cardio party. Each SoulCycle class takes place in a candlelit room. The music is pumping. A high-energy instructor hypes up the class, leading students through a choreographed routine. The cyclists follow along in perfect unison. The energy in the room is electric. It’s like dancing. All on a stationary bike.
Incorporating high-impact cycling with upper body exercises and core work, SoulCycle is a full-body cycling experience. For novices, SoulCycle offers SoulCycle 101, a one-hour class led by two instructors who explain the basics of SoulCycle, answer questions, and correct cycling technique. Other classes are also available for cyclists of varying skill levels.
SoulCycle originated in New York City in 2006, branched out to California in 2012, and had added offices in Washington, D.C.; Boston; Miami; and Chicago by 2015. Today, SoulCycle has 67 studios in 16 different states.
SoulCycle History and Basics
A graduate of New York University, Robert Kasirer earned his juris doctor degree from St John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York. The chairman and chief executive officer of HealthCare Continuum, he also serves on the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Aging external advisory board. To help him stay in shape while managing his various commitments, Robert Kasirer attends SoulCycle classes several days a week.
Since the first SoulCycle studio opened in 2006, the company has seen significant growth and dozens of studios have opened across the United States. Along with its growth, the company has created a comprehensive instruction system for its trainers to maintain the same quality workout experience across all of its locations. However, it also works to ensure that participants are adequately prepared for what can be a challenging, exhausting workout experience.
SoulCycle offers a Soul 101 interactive workshop for people who have attended zero to five classes. During the one-hour session, new riders can ask instructors questions, get used to the SoulCycle bikes, and determine the best resistance options. New participants are encouraged to dress appropriately, arrive early, and take time to set up their bikes. All SoulCycle riders should remember to hydrate before, during, and after the class, and eat a small snack at least a half hour ahead of time.
History of the Hollywood Bowl
Robert Kasirer has dedicated his career to serving in the healthcare industry, from patenting a system of managing intermediary healthcare facilities via computer networks to running his family business, the Golden State Health Care Centers. In 2005, Robert Kasirer joined the External Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute On Aging to contribute to improving the lives of elderly people. Outside of his work in healthcare, he enjoys attending shows and events at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Hollywood Bowl is a venue for artistic performances in Los Angeles, California. Originally a popular picnic spot, the site was near another area utilized for an outdoor theater production in 1916, and the land was purchased in 1920 by the Community Park and Art Association. The association built the Hollywood Bowl’s first stage, erecting a wooden platform and moveable wooden benches for patrons in 1922. Since then, the Bowl has been further developed, leading to its current signature semi-circular shell-like amphitheater. While the Bowl’s amphitheater has been renovated over the years to improve acoustics and make it up-to-date with seismic standards, the shell-like shape has remained.
Over the years, the Bowl has hosted thousands of performances by renowned musicians, including pop artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Elton John, and Rod Stewart, and classical musicians such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Tips for Hitting Sand Bunker Shots
Inspired by his parents, who were survivors of Nazi Germany, Robert Kasirer has focused on innovations within the healthcare sector and has a patent pending on a suite of applications for nursing homes and other health facilities. Robert Kasirer is also a golfer who has played on many courses in the Los Angeles area.
Bunker shots are among the most challenging in the game of golf, but with these two tips, you should be able to escape sand traps more easily.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tense your knees slightly while you prepare to take your swing. This helps give you a greater degree of accuracy in the stroke, which is the priority with bunker shots.
2. Aim to hit the sand just before the ball, rather than the ball itself. If you try to make perfect contact with the ball while it is partially buried in the sand, the ball will spin and potentially wind up back in the sand bunker.
An Overview of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging
A juris doctor graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, Robert Kasirer is an experienced innovator and executive in the health care industry. The former owner of Golden State Health Centers, Inc., Robert Kasirer has served on the external advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging (IOA) since 2005.
Founded in 1979, the Institute on Aging works to benefit older adults with age-related diseases and normal aging through advances in clinical care and basic science. One of the top aging research organizations in the country, IOA frequently partners with the school’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Penn Memory Center to conduct and fund research projects. Interested parties can participate in studies, apply for its Pilot Awards program, or become an IOA fellow.
The Pilot Awards program is open to research projects whose principle investigator is a full-time faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. The six $50,000 funding allotments are awarded in partnership with the Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center and cover a single academic year. Meanwhile, the IOA Fellows Program is open to both university faculty members and staff, as well as other interested university members from institutions across the country. All fellows receive communication updates and funding opportunity alerts. Fellows also get access to the university's IOA Pilot Research Grants program, which covers initial project costs. Many participants go on to receive grants from the National Institute of Health and the Perelman School of Medicine for the later stages of their research.
The Various SoulCycle Classes
A health care facility operator, Robert Kasirer immigrated to the United States alongside his parents when he was a young boy. A graduate of St. John's University School of Law, where he studied for his Juris doctorate, Robert Kasirer serves in an executive role for Golden State Health Centers, Inc. A fitness enthusiast, he enjoys attending SoulCycle classes, of which there are six available.
SoulCycle: A 45-minute session that incorporates music and coaching into a full-body workout, this is the class that most SoulCycle proponents are most familiar with.
SoulSurvivor: Featuring the same cycling, core, and weight work as SoulCycle, this class adds an extra 15 minutes to the session.
SoulChallenge: For those who really want to push themselves, the SoulChallenge is SoulCycle twice over during a 90-minute session.
SoulCycle 101: An introductory session that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the SoulCycle method.
SoulTeen: A modified class that is available to adolescents over the age of 12 who are at least 150 cm tall.
Soul Warrior: This class offers experienced SoulCycle participants the opportunity to lead classes of their own.
The Joseph A. Pignolo, Sr. Award in Aging Research
A seasoned business executive with a focus on senior welfare, Robert Kasirer serves as an executive with Golden State Health Centers, Inc. Robert Kasirer also served on the external advisory board of the Institute on Aging (IOA) at the University of Pennsylvania.
To advance research in aging, the IOA offers its annual Joseph A. Pignolo, Sr. Award in Aging Research. Integrated into the IOA’s Visiting Scholar series, which invites researchers in the field to host discussions about recent developments and ideas, the award recognizes exceptional contributions to biogerontology. Winners receive an invitation to present their work in a lecture and a $2,000 cash prize.
Nominees must have published a relevant research paper within the last two years. Further, nominees must provide a letter of self-recommendation alongside a second letter of recommendation written by another party. The IOA also asks for a résumé and copies of the research paper(s) for which the award is sought.