In both the Nursing Center and The Massry Residence, Jewish residents can experience the comfort and ease of seeing Jewish symbols, artifacts and other expressions of Jewish traditions in the public areas during major holidays.
The recreational staff in the Nursing Center go to great lengths to add sparkle and meaning to the Jewish holiday observances. They decorate the main communal gathering space, Village Square, as well as the residential pavilions, with imaginative and often very beautiful arrangements of posters, balloons, flowers, and table decorations that they help residents make.
Students from the Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy regularly visit the Senior Community. They visit with residents, perform Israeli songs and dances, help residents make table decorations before major holiday seders and dinners, and help them make other arts and crafts as well.
In The Massry Residence, Jewish holidays are reflected in tasteful displays adorning the grand piano and on the fireplace mantel in the communal “living room” – the front lobby, where residents often gather.
In both residences, staff and visiting lecturers and specialists lead discussion and awareness exercises to stimulate residents’ interest in Jewish ideas and help them remember and enjoy traditions of their youth.
The dining staff do a superb job of creating holiday meals that bring back the sense of sweetness and family togetherness. Staff understand that even someone with cognitive difficulties may appreciate the smell of latkes, the texture of matzoh, the taste of brisket, the light of a Chanukah menorah, and the familiar melodies of songs and prayers.
Both The Massry Residence and the Nursing Center offer seders and meals at Passover and Chanukah complete with not only all the trimmings, but the Yiddishkeit and religious ritual that an observant Jewish household would offer.
"You would think you're at the most expensive hotel. And the Recreation Department does a tremendous job. We had two seders, and each person was invited to bring two guests. Where else do you see that? The Jewish organization does an outstanding job."
Lenore Verdrager, 2007
Our staff make sure that our residents can partake of the major American festivals as well: Thanksgiving dinner is an offering at both residences, and even our Greatdays Adult Health Day Program cooks up a Thanksgiving dinner for its registrants and their families.
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