Dear friends,


How many of us work in a place where you can visit Puerto Rico, Aruba and Anatevka all within the span of 24 hours?  Well, I do!  This is one of the highlights of the year for us, Cruise Week at both the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and the Gallen Day Center.  Our friends at Jewish Home Assisted Living have booked their cruise for later this year so more fun awaits!  While, of course, we are not actually boarding boats for these cruises, our amazing Activities staff make it feel as if we are actually on an ocean liner and enjoying the various ports!

The Jewish Home at Rockleigh staff and residents “boarded” their cruise on Monday and enjoyed music and dancing at a “Meet the Captain and Crew” event on Monday afternoon.  On Tuesday, we “docked” in Puerto Rico and we gathered on our “Social Hall II deck” to learn about customes, culture and traditions of Puerto Rico.  On Tuesday afternoon on the “Social Hall I deck” everyone enjoyed the Swing Combo Salsa Band and there was a lot of dancing going on!  Wednesday morning we had a parade and fashion show followed by delicious Puerto Rican hors d’oeuvres and Pina Coladas.  Later that same day, more salsa sounds filled the building as Carlos Fire entertained us with his guitar and lively repartee.  On Thursday, our voyagers enjoyed a Spa day with hand massages and aromatherapy.  There were also some lively matches of Dominos, a favorite game in Puerto Rico.  In the afternoon, more music from the Rhythm of Life band.  Finally, on Friday, our resident voyagers posed for their commemorative photos by a beautiful rain forest waterfall.  Our farewell party featured Moshe Katzburg who played Latin and Spanish music.  What a fabulous cruise! (Click here for more photos)


Our friends in the Gallen Day Center couldn’t decide on their cruise destination so their ship visited a different port every day. Monday began with mimosas as we set sail! We had a lovely party with great music and, of course, dancing. Tuesday found us in St. Thomas enjoying fruit punch and later having a Latin fiesta demonstration and dance lesson. On Tuesday afternoon, we tried our lunch in the “cruiser’s casino!” Wednesday found us in Aruba enjoying “one happy hour in one happy island.” Our “Nightingale” fashion show saw participants and staff “strutting their finest!” In the afternoon, we enjoyed our Spa Day with massages, manicures, hand massages and aromatherapy and we concluded our Aruba stop with some delicious Dutch pancakes. Thursday found us in Jamaica and we began our day with a reggae dance workout! We had fun making bead necklaces and bracelets and finished the day with a social and some delicious treats. Landing in Key West on Friday, we made a fun stop at Margaritaville and enjoyed souvenir shopping and a pot luck tasting. We wrapped up our cruise with a giant farewell party and wonderful music. (Click here for more photos and videos)

While the Jewish Home Assisted Living cruise is still to come, we did manage to take quite a number of residents to Anatevka on Thursday. I’m sure you all know Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof and you may also know that there is an amazing production of Fiddler in Yiddish taking place at the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City. One of our residents had asked if we could make a trip happen and we did! We were fortunate to have some donated funds that are dedicated to this kind of outing so tickets and transportation were all offered to residents at no charge. Lauren Levant, JHAL executive director, and I were invited to go by the resident who suggested the trip and we were thrilled to clear our calendars and both be a part of the fun and help staff the excursion. The residents all loved the show (as did we) and both appreciated the performances and the overhead screens that allowed us to follow the words in English. Much of the conversation on the buses on the way home was about how fascinating it was to listen to music we know all the words to and then read the words that were obviously adjusted to make the Yiddish fit the music! Other great events at Jewish Home Assisted Living included another great concert in our summer concert and a return visit from favorite, Professor Ian Drake, talking about the Supreme Court’s new term.


This was 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



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