Dear friends,

 

A little snow (okay, a fair amount of snow!) was no match for the dedicated staff of the Jewish Home Family.  It is really heartwarming to see our team reporting for work, many early in anticipation of snow, others staying overnight to be sure that our residents have everything they need, others volunteering to stay as long as necessary until their replacement gets through the weather delays.  Spirits are always high on days like this with great energy and a real sense of being “in this together.”  It’s a real testament to all of our employees and how strong their commitment is to our residents and our organization.

Despite the snow days, we had a great week all around. On Tuesday we had the pleasure of “dedicating” a new bus for the Gallen Center. We were contacted some months ago by Don Shulman, President and CEO of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, the organization that represents Jewish senior care providers across North America. Don had secured a grant for transportation and could provide a matching grant for new buses for 15 organizations. He had more than 100 applications and we were thrilled that our Gallen Center application was accepted. We then had the task of securing a match for that grant and we were successful! When the new bus arrived, we invited Don and our generous donors to come and celebrate with us. The new bus is a great improvement over the one it replaced. It gives us the ability to have four wheelchair passengers at a time if necessary, more than double any of our other buses. As we see folks with more complex health needs using the Gallen Center, this ability to expand transportation options is really meaningful. We thank AJAS, Don and our wonderful donors for their support!

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Other Gallen Center highlights this week including a very popular jewelry making class on Monday and our monthly birthday party on Thursday. Friday we held a “bake off” and made delicious sugar cookies that participants decorated to the max! Our specialized Parkinson’s program in the Gallen Center continues to grow and we are offering a suite of services for individuals with Parkinson’s on both Tuesdays and Fridays with plans to expand.

At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, we had a great day on Sunday with not just one but two musical events! In the morning, we were treated to “Broadway Babes” and our two young performers sang tunes from many familiar Broadway shows. In the afternoon, Carol Skarimbas joined us. She performs for us quite often and she is very popular with the residents, with everything from show tunes to a sing-a-long. We were excited on Tuesday to open our first staff photo contest exhibit. We had many submissions and the winning photos are displayed on the first floor at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. A matching display will soon be in place at Jewish Home Assisted Living. The photos are great and the twelve top winners not only received prizes but had a chance to tell the residents and staff all about their winning photos! (Click here to view the winners and all the submissions) We ended the week with challah baking and NCSY coming to spend a Shabbaton with our residents.

Jewish Home Assisted Living began the week with a fun Purim play. On Sunday, Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley brought their Purim shpiel to our residents. They did a parody of Disney’s “Frozen” and it was a huge hit with our residents. On Monday, we had our monthly debate session with Ralph Coen from the Debate School of New Jersey, always a lively time. 

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Although Wednesday was a “snow day” and outside entertainers could not make it in, we gathered the residents and had a great time playing games on our wonderful IN2L system. IN2L (It’s Never Too Late) is a web enabled touchscreen computer system designed for older adults. We are fortunate to have these units in the Gallen Center, at Rockleigh and in Assisted Living and they offer many wonderful options for groups and individuals. On Thursday, one of our residents ran a program, sharing a game she created called “Jewpardy.” It was a lively session! And the week ended with Professor Ian Drake and a session entitled “Trump and the FBI: What Do We Know?”

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This was also a blog week for me and here is the link:  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/family-times/ As always, your feedback is welcome.

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

Upcoming Events

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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.
  • Delivering hot kosher Passover meals to the elderly in our community on Friday, March 30, at either 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, or 2:00 PM.
  • Assisting with Passover seders on Friday, 3/30 or Saturday, 3/31 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.

 

Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteer Services, at 201-518-1175 or sorden@jewishhomefamily.org

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