Dear friends,


One of our favorite events during Older American Month, which is May, is our Employee Service awards recognition.  We celebrate our staff who have reached the milestones of 5, 10 and more years of service. It is always a wonderful evening, staff members bring their families and everyone enjoys a festive dinner and even some dancing.  This year we had the opportunity to recognize 27 individuals who have been with us for five years; 35 who have been with us for 10 years; 22 individuals who hit the 15 year mark and two people who received their 20 year recognition.  We know that this recognition is not just about the number of years, it is about the commitment and the caring that each of these individuals brings to our residents and participants every day.  Whether they are in direct care or provide other key services, each of them makes a difference in the lives of individuals and in their quality of life every day.  We were thrilled and honored to salute them and, of course, we had some fun in the process!

We are also very excited about a couple of big events that are coming right up!  On Sunday, June 3, we will be at the Belskie Museum in Closter for the opening of a month long exhibit of our OMA art.  OMA, as you may know, stands for Opening Minds through Art.  It’s a program that was created specifically for individuals with dementia and it uses art as a tool to help these individuals express themselves and make choices.  It is built on a basis of using real art as inspiration, treating the artists as adults and not infantilizing them and making the experience failure free.  I always say that watching OMA is like watching magic in action as we see people who are struggling with the limitations of this disease go far beyond those limitations and create extraordinary art.  If you can join us for our premiere, we would love to have you.  The event begins at 1 pm.


The following day, June 4, is our annual Golf and Tennis Classic, being held this year at Montammy Golf Club. It’s always a great day of fun and support for the Jewish Home Family. We also honor someone who plays a vital role for the Jewish Home and as an advocate for elders in our community. We are delighted to be honoring Peter Martin who serves as both treasurer of the Jewish Home Family and president of the board of Jewish Home Assisted Living. Hope you will be joining us!

Also coming up on June 18 is a special community program. Entitled “The Race of a Lifetime,” we will be hearing from Bret Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association. Bret completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, which is a big achievement in and of itself. But what makes this even more astonishing is that Bret has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. The program will be held at 6:30 pm at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (551) 444-3183 or email

Of course this past week has also been a busy week at the Jewish Home Family. We had a wonderful concert with the Vally Music Group at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and, during the nice weather, we even moved our Steady Boxing program outside to the patio! We celebrated the coming of summer with an ice cream party at the Gallen Day Center and had a special Memorial Day program and barbecue at Jewish Home Assisted Living.


It was also a blog week for me 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.


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