Dear friends,


The patios at both the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and Jewish Home Assisted Living were filled with residents this week, enjoying the first warmer days we have had.  Both campuses have beautiful grounds and we all like to see the flowers coming up and the trees beginning to bloom.  It’s been a busy week in many other ways as well!


At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we’ve had lots of great programming.  On Sunday, Temple Sinai of Bergen County brought students and families, under the direction of Dr. Brian Landsberg, to entertain with “Rockleigh Serenade 2018.”  The concert included singers as well as many musicians on guitar, piano, saxophone and cello.  There were even some comedians who joined the fun and it was enjoyed by residents, visitors and staff alike.  On Thursday we had a great time with a program we call “Rock of Ages.”  It included a lot of different physical activities and was a workout for all!  On Friday afternoon, we were delighted to welcome David Azarch for his monthly visit.  David brings drums and a variety of percussion and rhythm instruments that our residents can use.  Drum circles not only focus on music and engagement, David also encourages the participants to think about a specific word or emotion and play that out on the drum, an activity that can be very therapeutic and which residents enjoy.


The Gallen Day Center also had a very full week.  We had a musical performance by Frank Mattola on Monday and more music with volunteer Mark Wright on Tuesday.  Wednesday was highlighted by a special program called “Always in our Hearts.”  It was a chance for participants and staff to come together and celebrate the lives of those who had been Gallen participants and had passed away this year.  Rabbi Feld spoke and read a brief bio of each person and then the participants and staff had a chance to speak and share memories.  We even had a family member join us for the program.  There was laughter and there were some tears as we came together as a family to share.  At the conclusion of the program, participants and staff lit memorial candles, one for each person, and it was a beautiful and comforting moment.


Jewish Home Assisted Living had a visit from the Sisters in Spirit Women’s Club who enjoyed doing their program in the fresh air on the patio!  We continued the fun on Tuesday with the knitting circle, an activity that our residents really enjoy.  


On Wednesday, the book club met and discussed “The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott, historical fiction focused on the Titanic’s tragic voyage. We also had our April birthday party and entertainment. Friday’s big program was another visit from Professor Ian Drake of Montclair State University. This week’s topic was “Possible Presidential Candidates for 2020.

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family

Upcoming Events


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.


Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteer Services, at 201-518-1175 or