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Dear friends,

We’ve had a great week enjoying summer at the Jewish Home Family!  From barbecue to outdoor concerts, we are all enjoying the chance to be outdoors and soak up some much-needed sunshine!

At the Gallen Adult Day Center, we had our first ever outdoor barbecue lunch.  On Wednesday, we had tables outside, delicious food providing by the Jewish Home at Rockleigh Dining Services team and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We followed that with our ongoing medical Tai Chi training with Professor Fumin Xue and appreciated the chance to experience this program in the beautiful outdoors.


Jewish Home at Rockleigh residents have been in for a treat all week—with more to come! Our summer youth volunteer program began this week and it’s been a joy to have these teens with us. On Monday we began with “Camp Color Wars.” There were a variety of active games set up on the patio including a volleyball tournament, giant tic tac toe, “soccer” game and more. When the games concluded, there was music accompanied by dance/exercise. After that active morning, the summer volunteers helped in the afternoon with the celebration of “National Sugar Cookie Day.” (I bet you’re wondering how you missed that one!) Residents and volunteers baked, decorated and enjoyed cookies together.


Continuing our outdoor theme, on Tuesday a group of Jewish Home at Rockleigh residents attended the Rockland Boulders game. The four residents and three staff had a great time and although it was a warm day, their seats were perfect for sitting outside, watching the game and cheering on the Boulders!


At Jewish Home Assisted Living, our summer concert series began with the Adler Band, a polka group. We had standing room only on the patio! We held our Transitions group for new residents on the front patio and some residents took an outing to the River Vale Farmer’s Market.


Of course not everything happened outside. On Sunday, volunteer Carol Skarimbas came in and led the residents in an afternoon of music. She is a favorite and they had a great time. And on Wednesday, our summer volunteers worked with residents to make picture frames to display family photos. That session led to a lively discussion of families and everyone enjoyed it.


We also had our first meeting of our Israel travelers, those who will be a part of our upcoming Mission in October! We have eight residents taking part and each one has a staff “buddy” whom they met this week. We had a great session getting to know one another, talking about our itinerary and beginning to prepare for our adventure!


As part of our process, we will be constructing replicas of the Western Wall on both campuses. Some of you may remember that we did that the last time we went. These walls are intended to be a place for residents, families, staff and community to leave notes or prayers that we will take to Israel. When we are at the Western Wall, we will take great care to place everyone’s notes into the Wall. It was a very meaningful part of our trip last time and we are happy to be continuing that tradition. You can help us with these walls—believe it or not, the building blocks are shoe boxes. So if you have any shoe boxes you would be willing to donate, please drop them off at either the Jewish Home at Rockleigh or Jewish Home Assisted Living. Stay tuned to see the results!

This was a blog week and here is the link: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/on-aging/ 

As always, your feedback is welcome!

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family



Upcoming Events



Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Helping with Foundation Mailing

Be a part of a dynamic volunteer team! The Foundation office is looking for volunteers to help with a large mailing on 7/23, 7/24, and 7/25 from 9:30 – 2:00 in Social Hall 1. This opportunity features a complimentary lunch, and terrific camaraderie. Don’t miss out on the fun!


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