Dear friends,

If you missed spending December 25th at the Jewish Home, well, mark your calendar for next year! We had more than 100 volunteers helping to make the day special for our residents across the entire Jewish Home Family. At Jewish Home Assisted Living, we began with current events in the morning, with a session in both Memory Lane and Assisted Living. Volunteers helped us to “clip for a cause” a favorite event for many and then we began our Kindness Rocks project. Kindness Rocks began with the effort of one person who helped a friend going through a difficult time by leaving encouraging messages on painted rocks for her friend to find. It grew from there to be an effort that is happening around the globe. Rocks with inspirational messages are left randomly for others to find and appreciate and Kindness Rock gardens are also being created. We’re going to have a Kindness garden of our own, in the front garden area at Jewish Home Assisted Living. A large number of volunteers and residents turned out for the rock painting and it was great to see so many working together to create meaningful messages. Later that day, residents enjoyed cookie decorating (and eating of course!) and then a “hot cocoa” social with entertainment.


We were equally engaged at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. We had a great program of holiday “fun and games” that many residents and volunteers enjoyed. Volunteers helped to pack and deliver cookies to residents and we even delivered gifts to all, the result of a thoughtful donation. The afternoon highlight was our Winter Wonderland concert which always draws a great crowd. Residents, families and visitors not only sang along but had the chance to use maracas and tambourines to help make music. We had other volunteers helping to make music throughout the building during the day, some playing instruments and others helping with singing. The energy was great and everyone enjoyed a fun and festive day.



Other highlights of the week at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh included a fun program with children from Congregation Ahavath Torah. They participated in a variety of games with the residents and made wonderful connections. Sunday afternoon we had a classical piano concert with Joan Gilman and many residents and family members enjoyed the event. On Thursday we also had an interesting program on Kwanzaa, rounding out our season of holiday programs. Residents were very interested in learning about this holiday and had many questions and observations.




Jewish Home Assisted Living’s programs began on Sunday with a fascinating conversation with Rabbi Korenblit about Egyptian mummies. Monday’s highlights included some mind jogger games, canasta and then a film that the residents had requested on Winston Churchill. Wednesday featured a new program called “Travel Log” and residents visited Italy from the comfort of our Community Room! They loved it. Other events this week included music appreciation, exercise classes and a resident council meeting. We ended the week with two special talks. Rabbi Korenblit spoke about “the first all Jewish neighborhood” and Montclair State University professor Ian Drake discussed “Is Gerrymandering Unconstitutional?”




Although the Gallen Day Center was closed on Tuesday for the holiday, the rest of the week was very lively. We had our holiday party on Monday complete with great music from DJ Larry Yumul and lots of dancing. Wednesday featured both a program on Kwanzaa and a session on “Sugar, Highs and Lows” with our nurse. Thursday we focused on exercise and both talked about and worked on exercises to enhance flexibility. Friday we had our specialized Parkinson’s program and spent the afternoon with entertainer Greg Baron.




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

On behalf of all of us at the Jewish Home Family, we wish you and your family a very healthy and happy 2019!

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
The Jewish Home Family

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Looking for a friendly conversationalist to make once-a-week visits to one of our newest residents on Jewish Home at Rockleigh's Rubin unit.

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

Jewish Home Family

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