Dear friends,

It’s been another busy holiday week at the Jewish Home Family.  And it’s been a week of final preparations for our upcoming Gala which be held Sunday evening, October 7.  We are delighted to be honoring Lisa and Bruce Mactas and excited to have Kim Campbell as our guest speaker. Kim is the widow of musical legend Glen Campbell and she’ll be talking about dementia and caregiving as well as sharing clips from the documentary about Glen’s last tour, called “I’ll be Me.”  You may remember that we held a screening of that film as the first of our Centennial events in 2015.  We are looking forward to having in excess of 350 people join us at The Rockleigh to celebrate Lisa and Bruce, learn from Kim Campbell and support the Jewish Home!

Boneh Olam 2018

We began our week at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh with our Sunday afternoon favorite, An Afternoon of Music. This week it featured Mark Wright who played the piano and sang many old favorites. On Wednesday the Poetry Circle gathered and talked about their favorite poems and poets. Some favorite poems were read aloud to the group’s great enjoyment. Wednesday afternoon’s Community Choice programs were a Spelling Bee and Opera Time. Thursday’s highlight was our “movie matinee” and this week’s selection was Les Miserables which everyone enjoyed.


We were also very busy on the Rockleigh campus with our annual State Department of Health survey. There is a new survey process in place and, as a result, the survey team is with us for a longer period of time. We began last week and the State exited with us on Tuesday. I am happy to report that we did very well on our survey. We work hard to be “survey ready” every day but it is still a stressful time for all! We celebrated our great results with the staff on Friday afternoon with an ice cream party, which is always a huge hit.


In the Gallen Day Center, we began our week celebrating Fall. We had music Monday morning and followed that with making fall fashion jewelry. Tuesday’s highlight was a “taste of the season,” with a sampling of seasonal taste treats. On Wednesday, our creative staff came up with an event called “Let’s Get Gourdeous” which involved a great project decorating gourds and on Thursday we enjoyed Oktoberfest with entertainer Eric Kersson and the requisite beer and pretzels!


Jewish Home Assisted Living was the site of our employee Health Fair this week. We had lots of vendors and lots of “hands on” health experiences for folks to learn how to better care for themselves and their families. On Friday, we were delighted to recognize Joe Anderson as our Employee of the Quarter. This employee recognition program is sponsored by Debbie and Stuart Himmelfarb in memory of Bella and Martin Himmelfarb.


We are also getting very excited about our upcoming Mission to Israel.  On Wednesday afternoon we held a “bon voyage tea” at Jewish Home Assisted Living and our travelers, their families and other residents gathered.  We had a chance to answer any final questions and to remind people of all the ways they can follow our adventures online.  Hope you will follow us too!  We leave Tuesday morning and have a wonderful and packed itinerary before we return home on October 19.


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


All the best,

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Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family


Upcoming Events



Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


The Recreation Staff of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh is looking for a few enthusiastic volunteers who can make a weekly commitment on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 to assist with our “Steady Boxing” program (other times available as well). No boxing experience is necessary. This cutting edge exercise program is designed to help those residents with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Volunteers will be assisting with transport, putting gloves on and off the residents, and assisting with the exercises.

For more info or to sign up, contact Director of Volunteers Stacey Orden at or 201-518-1175