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Dear friends,


We began the week with some Super Bowl celebrations across the Jewish Home Family! At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, residents, family members and staff gathered to watch the game and enjoy some “game time” refreshments. And at Jewish Home Assisted Living, the Community Room was filled with folks enjoying the game and eating snacks that they were presented in individual “goodie bags,” a twist that everyone loved. Across the board, everyone seemed to agree that the commercials were the highlights of the evening!




We also celebrated the Chinese New Year in all of our locations. At the Gallen Center, we had a program on “Chinese Traditions and Fun,” at Jewish Home Assisted Living, caregiver Jennifer Lee brought in decorations and then treated the residents to a cooking demonstration. She made won tons and shared both the delicious food and the story of their history and significance. Jewish Home at Rockleigh residents on the Kaplen 2 unit had a celebration with red lanterns, lights and had fun talking about the Year of the Pig. They snacked on oranges, which represent good luck in the Chinese tradition, and fortune cookies.



Other highlights at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh this week included Sunday’s Afternoon of Music featuring violinist K. G. Zhang and his students. Monday we had “winter games” with students from Yavneh Academy and enjoyed a lively balloon volleyball game, bowling, ring toss and more. On Wednesday we began a new program “Give my Regards to Broadway with Marina.” Assistant Activity Director Marina Umansky held a wonderful program featuring Broadway tunes that our residents know and love. “This brought back so many wonderful memories for me,” said one of the residents and added that she can’t wait to participate in this program again.

On Thursday we had Muffin Mania and had a chance to make (and eat) some delicious treats. Another new program began on Thursday called “Power Dance with Marella,” which included both dancing and breathing exercises. Residents told us that they loved it! Other Rockleigh events this week included boxing, musical rehearsal, Men’s Club and the week ended with NCSY youth joining us for a Shabbaton.




At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we launched a Black History month event. Every Monday we will feature programming related to black history. This week we had African-American trivia followed by a discussion on Civil Rights leader/politician John Lewis. Sister ins Spirit also met on Monday and Memory Lane residents enjoyed a concert featuring guitar and piano tunes from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. On Wednesday residents enjoyed an outing to Harmon’s. In the afternoon, we welcomed a couple of great volunteer programs. One volunteer helped do a project with residents, organizing and putting together materials. Another volunteer, Adam Slider, came in with his pet for pet therapy visits. Adam began this in 2015 as his Bar Mitzvah project and enjoyed it so much that he’s come back to join us again. On Thursday, we had the popular Cerebral Gymnastics program and also had our personal shopper service running. And on Friday, our friend Professor Ian Drake was back with a lecture and discussion entitled “Current Cases Pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.” We’re also looking forward to Shabbat services and the presence of students from Congregation B’nai Israel. They’ll be joining us for services once each month.




In the Gallen Center, we had a wonderful program on meditation on Monday, which everyone enjoyed. On Wednesday I had the opportunity to lead a new program in the Gallen Center. We’re calling it “Book Bites” and each month I will read either an essay or short story and lead a discussion group. We had a great time this week and read a wonderful essay about a man finding an infant in a subway (true story) and how it changed his life. Thursday’s highlights were music in the morning and OMA (Opening Minds through Art) in the afternoon and on Friday we held both our specialized Parkinson’s program and a favorite, Jewelry Club. Friday afternoon’s entertainment was Carol Brill who beings an exotic array of musical instruments to play for the participants. It’s a program they love!




Our biggest news of the week is that Jewish Home Assisted Living once again achieved Advanced Standing certification. The New Jersey Department of Health, in collaboration with the Health Care Association of New Jersey Foundation, conducts a program called Advanced Standing. This voluntary program is open only to facilities that have achieved the highest quality standards. It includes an intensive inspection and ongoing data submission on defined quality indicators. We are very proud of the fact that Jewish Home Assisted Living has received Advanced Standing status for the fifth year in a row and this year their survey was deficiency free which is a huge achievement. I had the opportunity to be at the exit interview with the surveyor and she could not say enough about what a great facility we have and what a great job we are doing. It was wonderful to hear and always so rewarding to be recognized for hard work. Kudos to Lauren Levant and her team for a job very well done!


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

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Looking for a friendly conversationalist to share once-a-week visits with a resident living at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh's
Seiden Memory Care unit.

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