Dear friends,

We’ve had a great week celebrating Chanukah across the Jewish Home Family.  We began on Sunday with the annual Chanukah celebration at Jewish Home Assisted Living (Click for album).  We had a big crowd, with lots of family members in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the live music and the great food which included latkes, sufganiyot, cookies galore and even a “candy bar” with all kinds of sweet treats.  We had the annual  NCJW holiday lunch at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh on Wednesday and followed that with the Federation Chanukah party on Thursday. Both were a big hit!

 

 

Candle lighting was also a feature of the entire week in every setting (click for album).  In the Gallen Day Center, we had different candle lighters every day.  I had the pleasure of being the first for them on Monday afternoon and we talked about the story of Chanukah, the significance of the menorah and chanted the blessings together. At Jewish Home Assisted Living a different resident has led the candle lighting each night and, of course, latkes have been everywhere this week including a “latke cooking class” at Assisted Living that was led by our mashgiach, Avi Feld.

 

 

Other highlights at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh this week included Sunday’s visit from the Mary Ann School of Dance. Their talented students did a ballet performance that residents and visitors thoroughly enjoyed. We also had a wonderful program of “harmony bells” with the residents and our music therapist. The air was filled with holiday music and lots of singing. Music was also the key to a special Thursday afternoon program called “Great Music, Great Voices” hosted by Anthony Gray. Residents had the chance to “name that tune” using familiar music. They had to come up with the era of the song, the genre and the artist and it was a lively and enjoyable afternoon. Friday was highlighted by a visit from the Demarest Girl Scout Daisy troop who provided a mini concert for the residents. And, in a new and fun twist, residents had a chance to make “edible menorahs” with chocolate kisses, marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, vanilla and chocolate Oreos, frosting and vanilla wafers. A delicious time was had by all! 

 

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In the Gallen Day Center, participants enjoyed Chanukah foods all week and also did crafts that featured holiday decorations and cards. The staff in the Gallen Center turned one room into a “holiday store” filled with donated items. Paricipants had a chance to “shop” and select things to give as holiday gifts. This week’s “Let’s Get Healthy” program focused on hydration and different ways to balance out the heavy foods of the holiday season. Participants had a chance to sample celery juice which was not a favorite!

 

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Other great events at Jewish Home Assisted Living included menorah making on Tuesday and the baking club making sufganiyot on Thursday.  Thursday evening featured the Glen Rock Pops. They performed their holiday show, a concert made possible by a gift from Marty Bernstein in honor of his brother.  On both Thursday and Friday, residents wrote letters to the troops which are being delivered to the River Vale Town Hall to be sent to those in the military.  As it turns out, one of the soldiers on the list we’re writing to is the son of our of our Assisted Living staff!

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

 

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Looking for a friendly conversationalist to make once-a-week visits to one of our residents on Rockleigh's K-2 unit.


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