Dear friends,

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!  As with most holidays, at the Jewish Home Family we made ours last as long as possible!  It was a week full of patriotic celebrations, barbecues and enjoying (when we could) the summer weather!


The Gallen Day Center’s 4th of July events began on Monday with patriotic music and American flags for all. It continued later in the week with a “red, white and blue” party that featured music, dancing and red, white and blue parfaits. At Jewish Home Assisted Living, the 4th was highlighted by patriotic music and a delicious barbecue. And at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we had patriotic-focused events all day on the 4th.


Of course, there was much more than that going on this week. At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh we had a new program on Thursday that is becoming a resident favorite. Called “Inspirational Blessings,” this week’s program focused on the story of Abraham and Sarah from the Book of Genesis. Residents discussed God’s promise to “multiply your descendants beyond number.” (Genesis 22:17) as well Abraham’s belief in one God. It was a great conversation and one that truly engaged all of the participants. During this session, there was also discussion of the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” and an art project rounded out the event. This new program was created by the Activity Department staff and I think it really demonstrates their thoughtful and resident-centered approach. 


On Thursday evening, we were delighted to welcome the Glen Rock Pops back to our campus for the summer concert series. We try to hold all of these concerts outdoors but sometimes the weather does not cooperate and that was the case this week. But Social Hall I accommodated the 50 pieces of the orchestra and a capacity crowd of residents!

In the Gallen Center this week, we held our monthly book club. That’s a special treat for me as I have the privilege of facilitating that book club. We had a nice group gather for our discussion of Michael J. Fox’s first memoir “Lucky Man,” and we timed it so that our discussion would take place on a day that we have our specialized Parkinson’s program. It was a great conversation. We talked about Michael J. Fox’s journey and that led us to some really meaningful discussion of how we each handle challenges and adversity in our own lives. It was very clear that the hallmark of every participant there was positive attitude and a firm belief that how we react to tough situations is always a choice. Participants shared some personal examples and we really all got to know one another more deeply through this discussion. It was such a hit that they chose Michael J. Fox’s second book “Always Looking Up” for next month.

We had a special visitor at Jewish Home Assisted Living this week, she is a regular visitor and one with a great story. Her name is Frida and she is a 2-1/2 year old schnauzer/bull dog mix. Her “mom”, volunteer Wendy Zuckerberg brings her in regularly. Here’s what she shared with us about Friday. “Frida is originally from Puerto Rico and she was flown to New Jersey for adoption by Angels for Animals. We got her before the hurricane; unfortunately there has always been a large population of abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico.” Wendy says that she “started being a ‘therapy dog mom’ when her grandmother moved to assisted living.” She would bring her dog Coco along on visits and soon “all of the residents were requesting him.” After her grandmother passed away, Coco and Wendy became certified by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, a nationwide organization. Wendy went on that she and Coco “visited many places together, but JHAL has always had a special place in my heart because of the excellent care that my grandmother received there.”

When Frida came into their lives, she “knew that she would be a great therapy dog.” When Frida was a year old, she received her therapy dog certification and is now a regular visitor to Jewish Home Assisted Living.


All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family



Upcoming Events



Volunteer Opportunities


  • Personal Shoppers needed on Wednesdays, 11:30 – 2:00 at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale
  • Rock Steady Boxing for residents with Parkinson’s Disease, morning hours at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
  • Opening Minds Through Art for residents with dementia. Choose from Monday, 9:45, at Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Wednesday, 9:45, at Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale, Thursdays, 1:15 at Gallen Adult Day Center in Rockleigh.
  • Maintaining well-used library at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.


Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteer Services, at 201-518-1175 or