Dear friends,


One of the things we believe is important for our residents is to provide opportunities to learn.  We bring in programs and speakers across all the entities of the Jewish Home Family to engage residents, expand their horizons and help them grow in their knowledge.  This week was no exception.  In recognition of Chinese New Year, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh hosted art teacher Jane Chang.  Jane came in on Sunday for a special session of Jewish Home University.  She brought in her paintings to display and, very thoughtfully, brought a poster for each of our residents. Jane talked about Chinese culture, customs and myths. As always, residents had great questions and there was lively dialogue throughout the session.  We carried on the China theme in the Gallen Day Center as well.  On Wednesday morning I spent time in the Gallen Center, talking about China and discussing my recent trip and the challenges that China faces with their aging population. Again, great discussion all around.  Have you been on a trip to some interesting place?  Would you be willing to talk about it and show your pictures?  If so, let us know and we will be happy to set up a session in any or all places—the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living and the Gallen Adult Day Center.  I promise that you’ll find the experience both fun and rewarding!  Interested?  Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteers, and she will help you make that happen.

CSE at Gallen

We had other exciting programs this week as well. At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh we had a pre-Purim visit with children and the rabbi from the Sephardic Congregation of Fort Lee. They brought Mishloach Manot to our residents and we had fun visiting and talking about the holiday. On President’s Day we also noted the occasion with President’s Day trivia and a program of sing-a-long patriotic songs. On Tuesday we got into the Olympic spirit with our own Olympic games! We had balloon volleyball, ball toss and parachute events. No gold, silver or bronze medals were awarded as everyone was a winner! Friday’s highlight was a continuation of our program for Black History month, with a screening of the film “Ali,” which covers the life of Muhammad Ali. Both the film and the discussion that followed were well attended and well received.

Jewish Home Assisted Living had a number of lively events this week as well. On Tuesday we had a wonderful program with the Cleveland Museum of Art. We’ve been doing this live, interactive program for some time, with a docent from the Museum leading residents through an area of the museum, educating them and answering questions. This week we took that program to a new level. We were able to stream it throughout all of Jewish Home Assisted Living, including both the assisted living and Memory Lane areas. It was a big hit and we look forward to that new and expanded format continuing. Tuesday also featured a concert with the Blue Chip Chorus who played to a packed house. We all enjoyed the amazing weather on Wednesday and many residents were on the new patio, soaking up the sun. We pulled the stacked patio furniture down to create seating areas and even brought fun beverages outside to enhance the “sneak peek at spring” feeling.


In the Gallen Adult Day Center, there were some new programs this week that were very popular. On Monday morning, the Gallen social worker, Alyssa Cullere, shared her skills for origami and got the participants engaged in creating their own folded masterpieces. On Monday afternoon, we had a guest speaker, Mark Adelman, who spoke on the “Body Mind Connection for Vibrant Aging,” teaching us all about anti-inflammatory foods, meditation and breathing and much more. Thursday was an Opening Minds through Art day, always a favorite, followed by music and some lively and competitive games including “Finish the Phrase.”


This was a blog week and here is the link: As always, your feedback is welcome!


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.
  • Gift shop positions at the Jewish Home at 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.
  • One-on-one visit with a 62 year old male resident with Parkinson’s Disease at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh

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