Dear friends,


What a wonderful way to start our week at the Jewish Home Family—with groundbreaking for our Second Century project!  The project has a couple of key elements and it’s the first phase that we are focused on right now. That is our new Center for Rehabilitation Excellence and the new inpatient building that will house these short term rehab patients. We were thrilled to not only break ground ceremonially for the project but also to announce the dedication of the new rehab center.  We are delighted that this building will be called the Charles P. Berkowitz Center for Rehabilitation Excellence.  Chuck Berkowitz led the Jewish Home for more than 44 years and it is a fitting tribute to him and to the strong foundation he built with this organization.  Our future is being built on Chuck’s legacy and it was wonderful to make that announcement and to celebrate it with Chuck and his wife, Rachel.

Boneh Olam 2018

We had about 150 people join us on Sunday morning. We had a number of dignitaries from other organizations as well as the offices of our elected representatives. There were also a number of residents and staff in addition to board members and donors. Jewish Home Family board chair Carol Silberstein opened the program and talked about the importance of this effort for our future, Rabbi Feld provided the invocation and Cantor Alan Sokoloff led us in the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikvah and we also heard and read proclamations from legislators.  We had some wonderful words from our dear friend, Don Shulman, who is the President and CEO of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, our national organization,  and I had a chance to review the project and the fundraising campaign that is supporting it. Then a number of us had an opportunity to lift the ceremonial shovels and dig some dirt in the area that will be part of the project.  It was a thrill for all of us and a great day for the Jewish Home Family.


Of course, Wednesday was Yom Kippur and we had large crowds at both the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and Jewish Home Assisted Living. It is so meaningful for us to share the holidays with our residents and we were also delighted to see some of our board members join us to take part. We are, of course, ready for Sukkot next week. Our sukkahs are up at both the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and Jewish Home Assisted Living and through our Safely@Home program, volunteers erected 16 sukkahs for individuals in our community. These are folks who could not have a sukkah otherwise and it is a great program for volunteers and much appreciated by the recipients.


Regardless of the holiday in the middle of the week, we still had a very busy week for folks all across the Jewish Home Family. In the Gallen Day Center, we celebrated "Back to School" week starting with a “Class Orientation” on Monday morning. Other events included a “ Back to School Bash,” a “Back to School Shopping Spree” and an educational program called "Let's Get Physical" hosted by nurse Carol Gehshan, RN. Tuesday's classes featured a culinary demo of cheesy bread, a comfort food for students, followed by Inner Spirit Art 101 and a Phys Ed class called Music and Motion hosted by Rafael Munez. Wednesday's classes included Pottery 101, History 102, and a Debate Club hosted by Ralph Cohen. On Thursday, our "students" were given a break with mini chair massages offered by the Graf Center of Englewood Hospital. And on Friday morning, I had the pleasure to do two programs in the Gallen Center. First, I talked with them about our Second Century project which they were very interested in learning about. Then, I hosted our regular Gallen Center book club. This month’s book was "Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox and we had a lively conversation. The week ended with Peter Pix at the “Back to School Mixer!”


At Jewish Home Assisted Living, in addition to Yom Kippur services, we spent some time decorating our sukkah, with the help of some great volunteers from the Linking Hearts program. 


We ended the week with one of our favorites, Professor Ian Drake, who spoke about NATO and the European Defense.


All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family


Upcoming Events



Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Do you have a special story to share? Do you consider yourself an expert in a particular field or topic? Jewish Home University is a program that we began in 2011 in an effort to keep our residents actively engaged in topics that are meaningful to them. We are looking for guest speakers for the following dates:


·         Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:30 PM – JHR Social Hall 2

·         Thursday, November 29, 2018, 2:30 PM – JHR Social Hall 2

·         Thursday, December 20, 2018, 2:30 PM – JHR Social Hall 2

·         Thursday, December 27, 2018, 2:30 PM – JHR Social Hall 2

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