Dear friends,


We are enjoying a wonderful Passover at the Jewish Home Family, hope that your holiday has also been a great one.  On Friday night we began with a community Seder for our residents and their families at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  We had a large crowd fill our Social Hall and Rabbi Feld led a lovely service with lots of participation.  On Saturday, second Seders were held on each of the units, also equally well received.  We had many volunteers take part in the Seders at Rockleigh and it was a wonderful way to bring the community in and share the holiday with our residents and staff. 


At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we had two large Seders, appreciating yet again the ability to do this so well in our beautiful new Community Room.  We had more than 100 people on Friday night and just under that on Saturday.  Rabbi Korenblit officiated and had both residents and families actively involved.  He gathered all of the “under 13” children in the room and they became his choir for the evening and they had a great time participating and walking the entire room to make sure everyone was singing and involved.  He even put together a “play” to Chad Gadya that had many of us acting out parts to the entertainment and amusement of all.

(Click here for all Chocolate Seder photos)

During the week we have also had a number of special activities.  Chocolate Seders were held in all three locations—the Gallen Day Center, Jewish Home Assisted Living and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. The Chocolate Seder has become a fun tradition for us and each year the crowd grows even more.  It’s not only fun to tell the “chocolate version” of the Passover story, everyone enjoys consuming the chocolate treats on their Seder plates and the four glasses of chocolate milk!  We also had a great barbecue for residents and staff on Wednesday at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  It’s become a Passover tradition and it’s one that everyone enjoys.

Don’t forget to register for our upcoming community education program.  “What’s New in Parkinson’s Research.”  It will be presented by Samantha J. Hutten, PhD, Senior Associate Research Director at the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  The program will take place on Monday, April 16 at Englewood Hospital Medical Center.  We begin at 6:30 with coffee and light desserts and the presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m.  The program is open to the public and free of charge but registration is required.  Please RSVP to or call 551-444-3183.


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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