Kosher Retirement Living: Condos to Cater to Jewish Values Miami Herald (02/08/02) Vol. 16, No. 1 p.1C; Walker, Elaine
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County (Fla.) says the number of local Jewish residents has risen from 1,500 in 1970 to 130,000 as of 2001. In response, King Solomon Development LLC is building a kosher retirement community in Delray Beach, with one- and two-bedroom condominiums selling for $130,000 to $200,000. Observant Jewish residents living at the King Solomon will enjoy three gourmet kosher meals daily, a staff rabbi, an onsite synagogue, daily religious activities, a Shabbat elevator--stopping on every floor during the Sabbath--traditional dinners each Friday, Passover seders, and holiday services. Other, more conventional amenities include weekly housekeeping, concierge service, fitness center, valet parking, spa, and salon. Kosher dinners and onsite religious services are also featured at the King David, a recently opened 91-room condo-hotel in Boca Raton. The developers hope to open other King Solomon and King David communities in the state and nationwide, next in North Miami-Dade County. The success of such projects depends not only on attracting the expanding Jewish population but also on the price, overall package, and camaraderie among residents, according to Michael Cannon, managing director of IntegraRealtyResourcesAREEA/South Florida.