JFNNJ Awards

Dear friends,

We’ve had some great highlights this week, not letting this rainy weather stand in our way!  In the Gallen Day Center we started our week with the Circle of Friends, a great time for connecting and sharing.  Monday afternoon we all enjoyed Summer Sounds with Frank Mottola and some wonderful and relaxing hand therapy.  Tuesday and Friday are our days for the specialized Parkinson’s program and we had a great group enjoying boxing in the morning, followed by Tai Chi and Delay the Disease.  On Wednesday, we had a Gallen Center Carnival and finished our day with the ever-popular ice cream social.  Thursday’s highlight was our Participant Council meeting and  on Friday, in addition, to our Parkinson’s specialty session, everyone joined Rabbi Feld for Spiritual Reflections.


One of the really fun events for both Assisted Living and Memory Lane residents of Jewish Home Assisted Living was a field trip to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It was a hit with everyone. Memory Lane residents also had an outing to the Iron Horse for lunch which they enjoyed. This week’s summer concert series featured Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, a very popular event with our residents. Other highlights included our July birthday party and knitting club. We’ve gotten busy with building our Western Wall replica in preparation for our upcoming Mission that will take place in October. It’s a great project because we make these walls, on both campuses, available to the community. It is a real privilege for us to carry these notes and prayers from residents, staff, family members and the general community and place them in the actual Western Wall.


The Jewish Home at Rockleigh residents began their week with a special program on Tisha B’Av with Rabbi Feld. We showed the documentary “V’nikdashti As Told By Survivors.” In this film, Holocaust survivors discuss their faith during and after the War. It’s a powerful film and led to a lot of discussion and many questions. On Monday we celebrated “Gorgeous Grandmas.” We had a spa day for the ladies and they all enjoyed having hair, nails and makeup done. On Thursday, we had a wonderful moment in our of our individualized programs. Our music therapist, Deborah Trabolsi, has been working weekly with a resident, and her son, to teach them to play the guitar. They’ve been working on notes and melodies and this week learned to create chords, which delighted the resident. She was then able to play “You are my Sunshine” and her smile was sunshine itself! The Borsht Belt month continued with Comedy Central and residents also enjoyed a performance by “the Amazing Vince.”


This was a blog week and here is the link: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/combating-loneliness/ As always, your feedback is welcome.


All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family



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