Dear friends,

 

We had lots of activity at the Jewish Home Family this week. Some of our team had the opportunity to attend a national conference, the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) annual event.  AJAS members provide senior living services of all sorts across the United States and into Canada.  Our conference every year is a chance to learn from our peers, share information and get some new ideas.  I am happy to tell you that all of that took place this week!  We also had some wonderful opportunities to showcase the Jewish Home Family.  The Jewish Home at Rockleigh received a Jewish programming award for our program with Yachad.  This great program helps young people with special needs to earn vocational certification, helping them to find employment.  For those who have participated in it, it has been truly life changing and we have even hired some of the graduates to work at the Jewish Home.

I had the gift of being able to speak at our AJAS Speaks at the conference.  This is a program modeled on the TED talk platform, highly structured and time limited.  This year’s AJAS Speaks theme was in line with the conference theme, “Re-defining Home with passion, innovation and resilience . . . as we honor our Fathers and Mothers.”  There were four speakers, all focused on the topic of “home” in different ways.  I talked about broadening the definition of home at end of life and enriching the experience for residents in a talk entitled “How Not to Die.”  We’ll share the videos when they are released if you’re interested—there were four very different talks all on this key topic of “home.”

This week was also the week of Jewish Home Assisted Living’s Advanced Standing survey.  Advanced Standing is a designation that indicates the facility is meeting a higher level of standards.  Achieving Advanced Standing requires significant preparation, on-site inspections and surveys and participation in quality monitoring at a higher level.  It’s recognition that we are proud to receive and we want to congratulate Lauren Levant, Executive Director, Jewish Home Assisted Living and her staff for a job well done.  This is our fourth year in a row of attaining Advanced Standing and we are very proud of that distinction.

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This was a “week of love” across all of the Jewish Home Family entities.  At Jewish Home Assisted Living, residents enjoyed baking red velvet cupcakes with Avi Feld, our mashgiach, on Monday.  We carried the red theme into Tuesday with our signature Happy Hour drink of margaritas with red raspberry splash.  Wednesday was highlighted by a special “Love” luncheon and dessert buffet and on Thursday, residents had a great (and delicious) time making tiramisu.  Lest you think that food was the entire week’s program (it certainly was not!), we also had Professor Ian Drake on Friday presenting a program entitled “How Should We Respond to Cyber Threats.”  He is a very popular speaker with our residents and the programs he presents are always filled with lively interactions.

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In the Gallen Day Center, love was also in the air with a Sweetheart’s party on Wednesday. But the week in Gallen also included many other great highlights, including a Mardi Gras themed party on Tuesday and a Chinese New Year party on Friday! 

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Our week at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh began with a wonderful Bat Mitzvah on Sunday, with special guests from Young Israel in Teaneck. We enjoyed a violin recital on Sunday afternoon and Wednesday’s highlight was a “Sweetheart Social.”

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We were also thrilled to see a story about two of our residents in the news.  It’s a great story of love at any age:  https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/2018/02/13/its-never-too-late-find-love/313146002/ and we hope you enjoy!

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

Volunteer Opportunities

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR

 

  • Personal shoppers needed on Wednesdays, 11:30 - 2:00, at JHAL in River Vale
  • Rock Steady Boxing for residents with Parkinson's Disease
  • Opening Minds Through Art for residents with dementia

    Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteer Services, at 201-518-1175 or sorden@jewishhomefamily.org
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