Dear friends,

It is hard to believe that our Israel Mission was three months ago already! The time has just flown. This week we were delighted to have our first reunion with our travelers. We’d come together a few weeks ago to share our experiences with residents of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and that was great. This week we came together twice, once to celebrate and reconnect and once to share our stories with the residents of Jewish Home Assisted Living. The reunion took place on Tuesday afternoon and it was wonderful to see everyone smiling and hugging. We created a video about our trip, which we shared (and, of course, all of them will have as well) and we also printed books with photos and text from our daily blogs. Everyone was so excited about the photo books especially and folks starting signing each other’s books as if they were yearbooks! It was so much fun. Then on Wednesday we presented to a full room of Jewish Home Assisted Living residents who were not only a great audience but had great questions. Residents and staff both shared their personal highlights and a few funny stories! (More photos here)


At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we began the week with some new volunteers from Woodcliff Lake. These two young women are members of Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley and they will have their Bat Mitzvahs this year. Their Bat Mitzvah projects will involve spending time and playing games with our residents weekly. This week’s game was Scrabble and we have some serious players among our resident population! We also had a group of residents take an outing to the movies on Monday. They saw “Green Book” and they enjoyed the film greatly and had lots of conversation about it afterwards. Monday also featured our Sisters in Spirit women’s club monthly meeting. On Tuesday our Linking Hearts youth volunteers worked with residents to make challah covers and had fun playing trivia. Book club took place on Wednesday (in addition to the Israel Mission program) and this month’s book discussion featured “The Midnight Watch” by David Dyer. Memory Lane residents celebrated January birthday with cake and entertainment. And on Thursday Memory Lane residents had a lunch outing. We also had another meeting of our Resident Activity Committee and a lively discussion about program ideas.




In the Gallen Day Center we celebrated “Tea Week” and everyone was invited to drop by and “have a cup.” Our Monday Circle of Friends had tea time and on Tuesday we had an afternoon tea accompanied by a harpist! We also celebrated Elvis’ birthday on Tuesday with a program called “Burning Love.” Wednesday’s tea highlight was “crafty tea,” using tea to dye paper and create innovative art projects. We were excited to start a new semester of Opening Minds through Art on Thursday and we rounded out the day with “tea teasers” word games. On Friday, we wrapped up “Tea week” with a tea party complete with cucumber sandwiches!



At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Sunday morning kicked off with winter melodies in our Seiden neighborhood. A wonderful violinist, who happens to be a family member, joined us for music and singing. It was a Winterfest of winter songs and oldies but goodies. Residents sang along and used rhythm instruments as well. Sunday afternoon was our first 2019 Afternoon of Music and we were delighted to have Valley Music join us. These young, talented musicians played piano, guitar and flute as well as sang. The students not only played a wide variety of music, they also took requests from the residents. On Tuesday we began another session of “Tech Together” with Yavneh Academy students. The program got off to a great start and the energy of both the residents and the students was wonderful! We also celebrated Elvis’ birthday and were joined for a concert by an Elvis impersonator. The residents loved singing along and swaying to the familiar music!




A couple of months ago I was invited to be on a panel for Caucus New Jersey on Elder Abuse.  It airs beginning this week. Click here or check out the schedule below if you are interested!  This was also a blog week for me and here is the link:

As always, your feedback is welcome.


All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family

Scheduled to air:

Saturday, January 12

8:30 AM - NJTV

12:30 PM - Channel 13


Sunday, January 13

8:30 AM - NJTV

11:30 AM - NJTV


Monday, January 14

4:30 PM - FIOS TV


Tuesday January 15

5:30 AM - NJTV and WHYY


Saturday January 19

6:30 AM - FIOS TV

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Looking for a friendly conversationalist to make once-a-week visits to two of our residents at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh - one on the Rubin unit, and the other on the Seiden unit.

For more info or to sign up, contact Director of Volunteers Stacey Orden at or 201-518-1175


Jewish Home Family

10 Link Drive Rockleigh, NJ 07647 | 685 Westwood Ave. River Vale, NJ 07675

201-784-1414 |