Dear friends,


The holiday season continues in great form at the Jewish Home Family!  One of our big highlights for this week was our annual staff and resident show “Who’s Got Talent? at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  We had residents, family members and staff perform a variety of holiday and other songs and it was delightful.  Social Hall I was filled to capacity with staff standing in the hallway outside to watch.  One of the really wonderful moments was our first ever mother and daughter duet, which was not only lovely but brought tears to many eyes.  A great time was had by all and we owe a major thank you to Marina Umansky, who organizes and directs the show, and the entire Recreation staff who work so hard to make this a success every year.


We began the week at Rockleigh with a Chanukah sing-a-long on Sunday morning followed by a concert from the Broadway Youth Ensemble in the afternoon.  The Broadway Youth Ensemble recently performed at Carnegie Hall so we were thrilled to have them join us.  On Tuesday morning, we had a fun resident project in the Craft room.  We have an “ugly sweater parade” every year and that’s scheduled for next week so residents took part in making their own “ugly sweaters” with buttons, gelt, lights, snowflakes, paint, glue and much more.  If you want to see the parade, join us on Main Street in the Jewish Home at Rockleigh on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.


On Wednesday of this week we had the chance to share the story of our Israel mission with the residents of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. Just about our whole team of staff and residents joined us for the presentation. We showed some slides, talked about our experiences and answered many questions. It was a lively discussion and a great time for our travelers to all be together again! We’re planning similar presentations for both Jewish Home Assisted Living and the Gallen Day Center. We ended the week on Friday with “Olympic games” with Moriah School and a lively “brain busters” session with our friend and volunteer Florence Poris.





In the Gallen Day Center, we began our week on Monday with our monthly birthday bash featuring music by Pete Vidalli. As always, the Gallen Center participants and staff were up and dancing! Tuesday is one of the days when we offer our specialized Parkinson’s program and this week we had a visit from Kim Mihov who leads a specialized exercise program called “Delay the Disease.” Participants also had a great time baking holiday cookies and sharing them as an after lunch treat with hot cocoa. One of our participants told us that calories don’t count in December and we all hope that’s true! We had rehearsal for our Gallen Holiday concert that will take place on December 21st and kept in the holiday spirit making ornaments. Thursday’s highlight was a drum circle program, which everyone enjoys. If you have not seen a drum circle in action, you’re missing something great. And we ended the week with another great outing, taking participants to the dollar store and then out to lunch.




At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we began the week with a Chanukah program provided by the 4th grade Hebrew school class from Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley. Students came, sang Chanukah songs and played dreidel with our residents. It was a great time for one and all! Monday was a “shopping day” for our residents. We have vendors who come in with a variety of products and residents can do their shopping without venturing out in the cold or battling the crowds. We also had a visit from volunteer Greg Baron who played the piano on Memory Lane on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday we had a room filled with knitters kibitzing and knitting away as well as a great exhibit through Cleveland Museum of Art. The live video tour was “Woman in Art” and everyone enjoyed it. On Wednesday, a number of residents headed out for some pampering with manicures and pedicures! And later the Book Club discussed “S is for Silence” by Sue Grafton. Memory Lane celebrated the December birthdays with entertainment by Randy Accardi. On Thursday we had a Activity planning session with Lauren and Julie and some great ideas were generated. And we ended the week with a favorite, MSU professor Ian Drake discussing “ Is the new NAFTA good or bad for America and the world?”




One effort that many of us took part in this week falls under the heading of advocacy. We have been working for several years to change a regulation in New Jersey. Some years ago the New Jersey Department of Health decided to no longer allow licensure reciprocity for Certified Nursing Assistants coming from New York and other states. In the past, a CNA could transfer their license from New York to New Jersey but that ended and it prevented aides who live in Rockland County from coming to work at the Jewish Home Family. We have many aides who do live outside of New Jersey and they could no longer refer their friends and it, of course, limited our pool of applicants. We had many conversations with the Department of Health and have worked with our State association, LeadingAge New Jersey, to try and change this regulation. (As a contrast, other licensed professionals like nurses and administrators do have the ability to transfer licenses, this has only been applied to aides.) We are delighted to tell you that there is a bill going in front of the General Assembly on Monday afternoon that will, once again, allow CNA licensure reciprocity. Many of our staff have emailed or called their legislators to ask them to vote for this bill and residents have also gotten involved, with close to 50 residents at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh already taking part. If you’d like to support this bill as well, you can use this link to reach your legislator: and let them know that you hope they will vote for A-2442 (Benson/Rooney/Downey).


This was 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


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