Dear friends,

 

Where is spring?  We all dealt with the clock change confusion but hoped that meant the season was about to change, not yet at any rate.  Despite a bit of snow and some cold temperatures, we had lots of great events at the Jewish Home Family this week.  At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we had a great week of programs and lots of volunteers taking part in them.  Volunteers provided flute concerts, read aloud to residents and  took part in current events games.  Other volunteers provided complementary manicures and others assisted with personal shopping.  Volunteers play a vital role in all areas of our organization and they can be involved in many different ways.  Want to learn more? Contact Stacey Orden at sorden@jewishhomefamily.org and she can fill you in!

We are also excited about a new concert series at Jewish Home Assisted Living.  There are five concerts scheduled over the new few months, all in memory of former resident Mildred Halpern and made possible by generous donations from her family and friends.  The first concert took place on Sunday, March 11 and featured the Azikiwe Duo.  Amadi Asikiwe is a violist, violinist and conductor and has appeared in recitals across the country and around the world.  He is not only a renowned soloist, he also serves as the Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Harlem Chamber players.  The concert was a great success and we look forward to the others that will follow in this new series.

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At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we began on Sunday with two very special programs for “Good Deed Day.”  Some of our residents enjoyed a visit from Teens for Tomorrow from Harrington Park. Students and residents worked on an art project together, making bracelets and bookmarks. We also had another session of our ongoing “Art of the Ages” program on Sunday morning.  The residents and students from Temple Emanuel in Pacack Valley do regular projects of Judaic art. This week found them making mezuzot together.  On Sunday afternoon we had an afternoon of music with some high school students from Valley Music who entertained with classical and popular tunes.

Wednesday’s highlight at Rockleigh was an intergenerational session with girls from Mayanot Yeshivah.  Some of these young people took part in our Heart to Harp program and not only made music with the residents but also got to know them.  Other students attended our boxing program and were so enthused about what they saw that they want to come back and volunteer with this program!  

Thursday morning we had students from Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey who held a pre-Passover program and entertained us with their choir. 

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On Thursday afternoon, we shifted to a more serious topic as we talked about gun violence. Bob Bardach, our AVP, and I met with residents to talk about the recent episodes of school violence, about our upcoming vigil on March 23 and to talk about what we do to keep our residents and our campus safe. It was a lively dialogue and resulted in many residents wanting to do more including write letters and create petitions to express their opinions on this topic. 

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We finished the week on a lighter note as our Men’s Club took a happy outing to Biddy O’Malley’s Irish pub in Northvale. Sporting green plaid top hats, they all had a wonderful time!

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In the Gallen Day Center, we had a great week as well.  On Tuesday we had a visit from pianist Mark Wright who entertained with Irish tunes that all enjoyed.  We continued the Irish theme into Wednesday, baking Irish soda bread in the morning and shortbread cookies in the afternoon.  Not a low calorie day but a delicious one!  Thursday was also a busy day with Opening Minds through Art, a favorite program, and our monthly drumming circles.  We also had music in the afternoon and a conversation about Irish proverbs.  How else to end the week but with a party filled with shamrocks and fun!  All in all, a great week.

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We also had a great chance to promote our Parkinson’s program and Rock Steady Boxing. We were invited to speak with the Parkinson’s support group at Helen Hayes Hospital and were delighted to talk about the Jewish Home Family, our path to the Parkinson’s program we have developed and to demo some of the boxing. We had lots of questions and comments and folks also had fun trying out their boxing skills.

We are, as you can imagine, getting ready for Passover. At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we gather for a communal Seder on the first night, uniting residents from around the building and including family and staff as well. On the second night, we hold unit-based Seders. At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we gather for both Seders in our beautiful new community room and enjoy the holiday and the fellowship. Want to join your family member for Seder? Let us know!

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

  • Personal Shoppers needed on Wednesdays, 11:30 – 2:00 at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale
  • Rock Steady Boxing for residents with Parkinson’s Disease, morning hours at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
  • Opening Minds Through Art for residents with dementia. Choose from Monday, 9:45, at Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Wednesday, 9:45, at Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale, Thursdays, 1:15 at Gallen Adult Day Center in Rockleigh.
  • Delivering hot kosher Passover meals to the elderly in our community on Friday, March 30, at either 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, or 2:00 PM.
  • Assisting with Passover seders on Friday, 3/30 or Saturday, 3/31 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.

 

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

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