Dear friends,

One of our favorite events happened this week and, as always, it was a huge success!  It was our annual volunteer recognition event and we saluted people all of our volunteers.  We especially recognized those who had reached milestones of service this past year. We had 10 people who had provided 100 hours of service, five who hit the 250 hour mark, one at 500 hours and two who had provided 1000 hours of service.  Jewish Home Family board chair Carol Siberstein spoke about how important volunteers are to our residents and how much they enhance life and help to decrease loneliness.  Director of Volunteers Stacey Orden and I also had the chance to express our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers. These are people who give of themselves to our residents and staff and truly make a difference. (Click for photos)

Summer is upon us and we have summer activities in full swing across the Jewish Home Family. In the Gallen Day Center, we have moved every program we can to enjoy our beautiful patio area, complete with awning to keep the sun off. We had outdoor Beach Ball and Volley Ball tournaments and we also had a “festival of summer music!”


At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, the week began with a favorite annual event - the Myrna and Alan Cohen Yiddish concert. This year marked our 15th concert and we were thrilled to have Boris Vish with us. Boris is a one man band—singer, songwriter and entertainer—and everyone loved his program. The audience included our Rockleigh residents, residents from Jewish Home Assisted Living and lots of family and community members. We also started a new program at Rockleigh this week called “Linda’s Kitchen.” It was strawberry parfait day and residents and staff made, and ate, delicious strawberry parfaits with layers of crushed graham crackers, vanilla puddng, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Yum! We also enjoyed the monthly Yiddish club which was held on Thursday. Some of our residents who are fluent in Yiddish were able to carry on conversations and others learned some new words and phrases. The program ended with the entire group singing some Yiddish songs.

Jewish Home Assisted Living residents, in addition to attending the Yiddish concert, also had an outing to Temple Sinai in Tenafly. Rabbi Jordan Millstein conducted the tour and showed residents the renovations and new art at the Temple. The trip was organized by resident Rabbi Ron Millstein, who loved having the chance to have a program with his son. Residents said that this trip was “spectacular!” In this week’s book club at Assisted Living, the discussion was on the book "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by
Kate Anderson Brower. As always, it was a lively discussion. Last but definitely not least, our Memory Lane residents enjoyed a trip to the Montclair Art Museum for a special program geared for those with cognitive impairments.

This was a blog week for me and here is the link: As always, your feedback is encouraged and 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.
  • Maintaining well-used library at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.


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