Dear friends,


We are very proud to have taken part in a national vigil against gun violence today.  This program was sparked by comments from one of our Jewish Home Assisted Living residents who wanted to find some way to link our older adults to the Marches that are taking place around the country tomorrow. 


We developed the idea of doing a moment of silence, lighting candles and saying Kaddish on the Friday afternoon before the March and shared it with our national association, the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). AJAS embraced it and rolled the idea out nation-wide and our colleagues across the United States united at 2 pm EST to share this moment. (Click here for photos from JHR, JHAL and the Gallen Center's vigils)

In the weeks leading up to the vigil, we had conversations with residents in all areas of our system.  Residents at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh expressed strong feelings and channeled those into writing letters to their elected officials.  In the Gallen Center, they focused a program on this topic this morning, preparing for the afternoon’s vigil. They had both a conversation and a candle lighting in honor and memory of all of the victims of gun violence. Gallen Center participants also took part in the vigil that was held at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.


Despite the seriousness of Friday afternoon’s vigil, the morning was filled with fun as staff of Jewish Home Assisted Living took part in Career Day at George White Middle School in Hillsdale. We talked about careers working with seniors and got the students involved in demos of Rock Steady Boxing. It is no exaggeration to say that our team was the hit of the program! (Click here for more photos and videos)

Some of us had the opportunity to attend Leading Age’s PEAK conference in Washington, DC this week.  The weather did not turn out to be our friend and we did get “stuck” in DC for an additional night but the conference was great.  We heard some powerful speakers and attended some thought provoking sessions.  I had the opportunity to take part on a panel of faith-based organizations and we had a lively 90 minute discussion about the role faith-based organizations play in the world of older adult services.  On Wednesday, two of our team, Brandy Stefanco and Sunni Herman, took part in the annual lobbying day event.  We were delighted that, unlike many of our colleagues from other States, our meeting were not cancelled and they had a chance to meet with some of our representatives and their staff to discuss issues of concern.

Of course, we are busy at both the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and Jewish Home Assisted Living getting ready for Passover. We will begin our holiday at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh as we have done for the last several years, holding a community Seder just about all of our residents, their families and members of our staff. On the second night, we will hold Seders on each of the units. At Jewish Home Assisted Living we hold large Seders both nights, with residents and families gathering in our beautiful community room to celebrate together. If you’re interested in joining us at either location, please let us know!

We also make Passover easier for older adults in the community through our holiday Meals on Wheels program. On Friday morning of next week we will be delivering full meals, including both hot and cold items, to more than 300 elders in our community. We have a great team of volunteers who make these deliveries and many members of our staff—especially in Dining Services—work hard to make this not just possible but wonderful. Having done meal deliveries for this program myself, I can tell you that the response from the recipients is incredible and that they are so thrilled that we have helped make their holiday possible.


This was a blog week in the Times of Israel and here is the link: As always, your feedback is welcome!


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.
  • Delivering hot kosher Passover meals to the elderly in our community on Friday, March 30, at either 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, or 2:00 PM.
  • Assisting with Passover seders on Friday, 3/30 or Saturday, 3/31 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.


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