Welcome to Shillman House!

We invite you to discover JCHE's Morton and Etta Shillman House on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus! This beautiful, non-sectarian, senior independent living community, offering rental housing, is located at 49 Edmands Road in MetroWest's desirable Nobscot Village area of Framingham. You can reach us at 508-405-8600

Shillman House, a vibrant and supportive community in MetroWest, is welcoming to older adults of all backgrounds. Residents enjoy fully equipped apartments with beautiful kitchens, as well as attractive and inviting common space, courtyards and grounds. Shillman House offers social, cultural and recreational programs that facilitate healthy aging. This is a community where residents enjoy life-long pursuits and cultivate new interests. At Shillman House, residents can strike a balance between enjoying activity with neighbors and savoring time alone in the peacefulness of their apartments.

In 2013, Shillman House was designated as a Nationally Recognized Community of Quality by the National Affordable Housing Management Association for a high standard of excellence in management, maintenance, programs and services, and experience and training of personnel.

Shillman House is named in honor of the parents of Dr. Bob Shillman, CEO and President of Cognex Corporation in Natick, MA, who, along with his wife Mao, made a generous contribution to JCHE so that seniors in the area could enjoy quality housing.

The Weinberg Campus is named in recognition of the significant financial support from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation which made it possible to create Shillman House.


  • NEAHMA Community of Quality National Exemplary Elderly
  • NAHMA Community of Quality

Our Staff

Meet Betsy Closs, Executive Director for Shillman House

Betsy Closs joined JCHE Shillman House in December 2017, bringing with her over 25 years of clinical, supervisory and management experience.  Prior to JCHE, Betsy worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Jewish Family & Children’s Service where she developed and managed programs for people with a wide range of needs and interests.  Betsy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College.

Meet Jennifer Rich, Resident Services Coordinator

We are happy to introduce Jennifer (Jen) Rich as Shillman House's Resident Services Coordinator. Since 2006, Jen has worked at Advocates, Inc., a Framingham-based human services organization.She worked as the Coordinator and as a clinician in the agency's Senior Support Services department, a home-based geriatric mental health program. Jen brings to JCHE an extensive knowledge of and experience with MetroWest's senior resources. Additionally, Jen served as a Resident Services Coordinator Intern at Golda Meir House, an experience that was so positive that she has been eager to return to  assume that position at JCHE.Jen also has the unique experience of knowing JCHE both from the perspective of a family member and an employee. Her grandfather was part of the Golda Meir House community for many years. Jen has a master's degree from Framingham State in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor.

Meet Viorika Zeqo, Assistant Director and Compliance Coordinator

Viorika Zeqo had been with JCHE since 2011. She was the Recertification and Rental Office Assistant at JCHE’s Brighton Campus. She also traveled to Golda, Coleman and Shillman Houses to assist with compliance related tasks. As a Specialist in Housing Credit Management and Certified Professional of Occupancy, Viorika administers the subsidy program to ensure that those living in subsidized apartments adhere to the HUD and/or LIHTC regulations. Viorika was born in Tirana, Albania and is bilingual. She received her B.S. in Biology at Simmons College.

Meet Arthur Samuels, Maintenance Supervisor

Arthur Samuels joined the Shillman House team in August 2017. Prior to that, he worked at JCHE's Golda Meir House, Brighton campuses, and Shillman House. Arthur brings to the job considerable maintenance and management experience. He is HVAC and EPA certified and has an Associates Degree in Business Administration. 


  • Community of Quality Designation, from National Affordable Housing Management Association, 2013