Dear friends,

 

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks that began with our amazing Jewish Home Family Gala on October 7.  Our speaker, Kim Campbell, was wonderful and it was a joy to celebrate our honorees, Lisa and Bruce Mactas. We hope you enjoy taking a look at some of the beautiful photos from that magical evening!

 

 

The Gala report is a little delayed in coming to you because, as you know, we have been sharing the details of our Israel Mission. We got many wonderful emails from those who were reading the newsletters and scanning through the photos and we appreciated all of them. This week’s blog is also on that topic: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/on-dreams/. When we undertake a trip like this, it means far more than just an opportunity for a group of people to do something special. I think it is a strong statement of what we believe, that no matter how old you are, you can still have dreams and you can still live those dreams. When we have the joy of sharing amazing moments with our residents, from the emotion of the Western Wall to the achievement of standing at the top of Masada, it helps us to remember—and to remind all of our colleagues at home—that being elderly, being challenged by disease or disability does not mean that someone is “less than” or “incapable.” Each individual we care for has a unique set of needs, preferences and abilities and it is our job—always—to ensure that we understand them as individuals and treat them as whole.

 

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It’s also been a busy week as we returned home. We were happy to participate in the Senior Fraud Awareness program sponsored by the FBI, Newark Division and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, that was held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. There were about 200 people in attendance and a series of speakers that helped educate all of us on ways to protect ourselves and the elders in our lives. I had the opportunity to share some information on our SeniorHaven program. As you know, we are the first, and only, elder abuse shelter in the State of New Jersey and there were many in the audience who were hearing about us for the first time. There were lots of questions afterward and some great connections for us with other providers in the community (Click here for archive of livestream).

 

 

Elder abuse was also the topic this week when I participated on a panel on Caucus New Jersey with Steve Adubato. I joined a geriatrician, banker and elder law attorney to discuss the topic of elder abuse and, I hope, to further educate others. Not sure when this program will air but we will let you know when we do!

 

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At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we have been celebrating Cultural Diversity Month.  We wrapped up yesterday with a great program on Jamaica.  Residents and staff alike have enjoyed learning about other countries and cultures as well as sampling the cuisine!  We have also not forgotten that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We’ve had “pink” programs in all of our entities including pink dancercise and lots of programs on “Standing Up and Fighting Back” against this disease. In fact, the Chesed committee of Jewish Home Assisted Living raised $400 to support breast cancer research.

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

 

Do you have a true entrepreneurial spirit? Do you enjoy meeting new people? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then staffing the Jewish Home at Rockleigh's gift shop is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We have openings on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 noon. Be a part of our dynamic gift shop staff.


For more info or to sign up, contact Director of Volunteers Stacey Orden at sorden@jewishhomefamily.org or 201-518-1175

 
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