Jewish Home Family

Dear friends,


This has been an incredibly difficult week for everyone in the Jewish community and many outside our community. The tragedy of last Saturday’s violent killings in Pittsburgh has left all of us shaken and heartbroken.  One of our colleagues, JAA, is located just blocks from the Tree of Life synagogue and they have many residents who attend services there.  Thankfully, none of the residents were in attendance that morning but one of their volunteers was there and was wounded. She is recovering in a local hospital.  Debbie Winn-Hurvitz, a friend and colleague, has been in touch through email and she has not only shared how devastating this has been for staff and residents but also how lifted they have been by the messages of support and love.  Our residents have been writing cards and letters that we will send next week in an effort to let them know how much we care.  Throughout the week this has been a topic for discussion.  Jewish Home Assisted Living held a vigil with Rabbi Korenblit on Tuesday and Rabbi Feld has had discussions with residents at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  Staff and residents in the Gallen Day Center watched parts of the community vigil that was held at the Kaplen JCC and in all areas of our system residents and staff shared their feelings and their fears.



Tomorrow we will join in the AJC’s effort to have people “show up for Shabbat” and will welcome residents, staff, families and community to join us on either campus.  Joining together in prayer will not only offer comfort but also allow us to show solidarity with those in Pittsburgh and around the world.  Please feel free to join us if you would like, we would love to fill both spaces to capacity.



A number of our senior managers were attending the LeadingAge national conference in Philadelphia this week. It gave us an opportunity to be with our colleagues from other Association for Jewish Aging Services while we all tried to process these terrible events. It also gave us the chance to attend a number of powerful sessions and gather some new ideas to bring home. We were happy to be able to present a session on our Parkinson’s program and we had both quite a large crowd and a lot of great feedback. 




Several of us also took part in a fun feature of conference, a game of Hollywood Squares. They had a large set and had nine people at a time to sit in the squares and still others to be contestants. It drew a big crowd and we were glad to be a part of it. Our process after conferences is always to have a presentation of the key learnings to our full management team and we’ll be putting that together for a meeting to be held later this month.




We also had a great session of Jewish Home University this week.  We had a chance to share the Second Century project plans with our residents and some family members. There was great excitement about the future and lots of good questions.  The residents are looking forward to construction beginning and watching the future unfold!

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family


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