Portraits by David Perlman

Dear friends,

We’re going right from Thanksgiving mode into Chanukah! As you know, Chanukah begins this weekend and we’ll kick it off right with our annual family Chanukah party at Jewish Home Assisted Living. It’s always a fun and festive event with latkes and sufganiyot galore. If we think the eating during the Thanksgiving weekend was bad, now we follow it with a week of fried food! But it is wonderful to be able to mark the holidays together. We’ll be lighting Chanukah candles together as well, at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, at Jewish Home Assisted Living and in the Gallen Center. Want to be a part of the candle lighting with us? Reach out to Ezra HaLevi, our Director of Communications and Technology and he can give you the times for each location, ehalevi@jewishhomefamily.org.



This week at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh began with a Sunday morning discussion on “random acts of giving.” Residents were very engaged in this conversation and talking about all the things we can give one another including smiles, helping hands and saying “please” and “thank you.” On Sunday afternoon there was a screening of the film “Franks Sinatra: A Man and His Music” and both residents and visitors enjoyed the film, singing along with the music and the discussion that followed. On Monday we had a big game of the “Price is Right” complete with prizes for the winners and on Tuesday morning we had our monthly resident council meeting. We’ve had a number of programs about Chanukah this week and on Thursday we had a visit from the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey’s Boys Choir. They performed Chanukah songs and spent time visiting with our residents. On Thursday afternoon, we had a session of Jewish Home University. The topic was composer Leonard Bernstein and residents enjoyed both the discussion and the film “Reaching for the Note.” We capped off the week with a holiday shopping trip to the Palisades Mall!




In the Gallen Center, we had some great programs featuring some of our staff!  Driver Celso Dasilva told us he could play a little guitar.  Turns out he can play far more than a little!  Staff and residents sang with him and cheered him on and they’re still talking about what a great afternoon it was.  Nurse Carol Geshon also provided a health program this week as she often does. This one was called “Rise and Shine” and it was a discussion with the participants about getting up in the morning.  Not only did folks talk about what their routines are but there was also a conversation about different things we can do in the morning that can benefit our health.  It’s a conversation that has also lingered all week!  We ended the week with Rabbi’s Reflections and Rabbi Feld led a discussion on the upcoming Chanukah holiday.



At Jewish Home Assisted Living, both Assisted Living and Memory Lane residents had lunch outings, which are always a huge hit.  We also had a visit from our favorite teens, the Glamour Gals, who provide manicures and some wonderful visits.  We also had elections for the new President of the Resident Council.  It’s a secret ballot and the results don’t get announced until February so stay tuned.

This was a blog week for me and here’s the link:  https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/seeing-beyond/  As always, your feedback is welcome.


We wish you and your family a wonderful Chanukah!


All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family


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