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Dear friends,

We all had the chance to celebrate Presidents Day across the Jewish Home Family. At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we began with patriotic tunes on the Seiden Free Spirit wing. We also had a great program featuring Presidential trivia and patriotic music for all. American flags were waving merrily! In the Gallen Day Center one of our favorite performers, Mark Wright, entertained with lively patriotic music. Jewish Home Assisted Living turned President’s Day into a full week event! They began on Sunday with Rabbi Korenblit discussing Washington and Lincoln and their relationships with the Jewish community. Then each member of the Activities team took a day and a president to feature! On Monday Kathy led a program on Barack Obama. Residents also had fun baking individual cherry pies and then, in the afternoon, screening the film “Thirteen Days” which focuses on the Cuban Missile Crisis. On Tuesday, Paula did an incredible multimedia presentation on George Washington. Wednesday was Gina’s day and she chose Theodore Roosevelt and on Thursday Kathy stepped back in to talk about Abraham Lincoln and to do a fun program she created “Name that First Lady.”




Jewish Home at Rockleigh residents also enjoyed spending Sunday afternoon with volunteers from the Pascack Valley chapter of Hadassah. They had performed their original play “Momma Knows Best” at Jewish Home Assisted Living recently and this week brought the production to Rockleigh. We had some great youth programs as well including the Young Israel of Teaneck Bat Mitzvah program which brought 20 young women here to share a craft activity with our residents. They made jewelry boxes and had a great time.



At the same time, we had the joy of hosting a retreat for seven HaZaPrep chapters from Baltimore, Bergen, Boston, Long Island, New Haven, North Jersey and Pittsburgh! They are all participants in HaZamir which prepared the next generation of Jewish choral singers, composers and conductors. The students had never been combined as a group before so they spent the morning rehearsing and then gave an amazing concert in the afternoon. It was a great event and we hope they’ll come back for another retreat here.




Tuesday’s focus at Rockleigh was Black History month. The Rubin unit enjoyed learning about Smokey Robinson. Both music and a video of an interview were shared and residents had fun guessing his “top hits.” In the afternoon, Jewish Home University’s program featured the history of Black History month. There was discussion about black people who have made a difference in our world from Harriet Tubman to Jackie Robinson and beyond. We talked about black inventors and some of their amazing creations including blood banks and pacemakers. And then we talked about words that were once used but are no longer acceptable—that was a topic that elicited a lot of conversation!



Other Gallen Center highlights this week included “move to the music” exercise program, which took place twice this week. We celebrated February birthdays with our monthly “birthday bash” on Wednesday and had an afternoon session that featured Reiki for healing. We also enjoyed a visit from one of our Maintenance team, Lorenzo Alvarez. Lorenzo is a student of history and he did a great presentation on Presidential History. We wrapped up the week with a program called “Famous Faces” focused on Black History month.




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


All the best, 

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


We are looking for a friendly and energetic individual to transport residents to and from the rehabilitation department at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.

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