Education of Staff on Sensitivity to Jewish Concerns
We teach caregivers that during certain Jewish holidays, their Jewish residents may be especially sad not to have their families around them.
We help staff become accustomed to wishing “Happy Holidays” or Happy Chanukah” to their Jewish residents in December.
With oversight from the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District, we maintain scrupulously kosher standards, including observance of Passover which exceeds the actual dates, so that we may have the time to kasher our kitchens and then return to our normal set-up afterwards. We prepare our staff through our “Voices in the Pines” newsletter and posted signs for the annual change, emphasizing that their cooperation is necessary.
Our staff cafeteria is, of course, kosher. We provide an alternate dining area with vending machines, refrigerators, microwaves, and ample seating for staff who wish to bring in food from the outside.
Education of Visitors and Family Members on Jewish Traditions and Concerns
Daughters of Sarah Senior Community places the well-being and appropriate stimulation of all its residents as its highest priority, and in accordance with our Jewish ethos, we do all we can to help our residents and their families experience quality time together during the year and especially at holiday time. Family members and other visitors are welcome to bring outside food and non-Jewish holiday decorations into resident rooms for enjoyment there, but public spaces are reserved for Jewish religious expression only.
With oversight from the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District, we maintain scrupulously kosher standards, including observance of Passover which exceeds the actual dates, so that we may have the time to kasher our kitchens and then return to our normal set-up afterwards. We prepare our residents’ family members through our “Family Bulletin” and posted signs for the annual change, emphasizing that their cooperation is necessary.
Our residents’ family members and visitors are welcome to bring food from the outside to be consumed only in the resident’s room in the Nursing Center and apartment in The Massry Residence. We emphasize that this is especially important during Passover.
We produce visual reinforcements of our Jewish heritage and culture. For each major holiday, people entering the Nursing Center see a large, attractive poster presenting an overview of the holiday’s history, religious significance, and celebratory traditions.
Throughout both the Nursing Center and The Massry Residence hang beautiful, contemporary original and signed lithographic artworks reflective of Jewish themes and sensibilities. During our major renovation from 2000 – 2005, we chose works which would not only reinforce Jewish ideas, but would sparkle with color, interesting textures, and pleasing forms for our residents’ enjoyment and stimulation.
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