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Chronicles FALL 2015

Letter from the President ........................................... 1 Lester Hosts Seminar on Obesity and the Elderly ...... 1 Harold Colton-Max to Serve on Panel......................... 2 Letter from the CEO ................................................... 2 Another Medal, We Did it Again................................. 2 Another Great Year of Lifelong Learning .................... 2 Harold Colton-Max Honored at Annual Dinner ........... 3 Lester Residents “Visit” Tropics on Caribbean Day ..... 3 Coming Soon! Our Friends & Neighbors Program ...... 3 JCHC University Welcomes New Faculty Members .... 4 National Assisted Living Week .................................... 4 Residents Collaborate to Improve Life for Seniors ..... 5 Special Appreciation for Very Special Individuals ....... 5 JCHC Hosts Resident Leadership Conference............. 5 Four Endowment Funds .............................................. 6 Tour our Village at These Open House Events ............ 6 Support JCHC through WebThriftStore ...................... 6 JCHC Tributes ............................................................. 6



On Aging and Living a Full Life I recently had my first personal encounter with the physical effects of aging, having had hip replacement surgery in August. I went home the next day after surgery and in a few weeks I was well on the path to recovery.

Lester Hosts Nurses Seminar on Obesity and the Elderly As a resource for the wider community, the JCHC once again has sponsored an informative seminar for nurses titled, “A Weighty Issue: Obesity and the Elderly Patient.” The program was held on October 8 at the Lester Senior Housing Community, a frequent host site for continuing educational programs for area professionals in a range of health care fields. Presenters were our very own COO, Laurie Loughney and Mitchell Goldberg, JCHC’s Regional Dining Director.

One of my goals during recovery was to read Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal,” a New York Times best seller that addresses how we confront aging and ultimately, mortality. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon whose book is a cautionary one about the need to provide choice, autonomy and a rich life for older adults, even as their circumstances change—of ensuring that “what matters at the end” is in place for our seniors. He is from a Hindu family, which, like my own family in prior generations, took care of their elderly in their homes. He explains that cultural norms and issues of economics made this practice a custom, an obligation and a familial long-term financial necessity. However, due to today’s population mobility and diversity of the source of wealth, aging in children’s homes for many has become both physically and economically impractical. It has also become unnecessary due to the creation of excellent residential communities for the elderly. The key, however, as Dr. Gawande would note, is to enable residents to maintain independence for as long as possible before physical necessity requires a more supportive environment … and to adjust care to continue providing for a life lived with dignity. The Jewish Community Housing Corporation specializes in building and managing independent living communities, as well as an assisted living residence, with services that allow our residents to maintain their independence and vitality. We have created programs that encourage learning, discovery and interaction, which Dr. Gawande would greatly appreciate.

Mitchell Goldberg, the JCHC’s Regional Dining Director, led a presentation about meal portions as part of our seminar about obesity in the senior population.

Twenty-one registered nurses attended and earned 3 CE credits upon completion of the seminar, which outlined the importance of proper nutrition for seniors and the causative factors related to obesity in older adults. Laurie discussed clinical trials for weight reduction medications and care plan interventions; Mitchell led a fun and interactive session on “Portion Distortion,” and attendees enjoyed tossing their JCHC Frisbees at the end of the session.

For instance, his book suggests that we explore using technology to provide learning programs to those who have difficulty accessing centers of learning. In addition to our wonderful Lifelong Learning and JCHC University programs, Our Never2Late computers enable residents to navigate the world via the Internet, play computer games and stay in touch with distant friends and relatives. Dr. Gawande explores the benefits of providing gardens where residents can grow vegetables or flowers or creating opportunities for multi-generational interaction. The garden at the Lester Senior Housing Community is one such example. And his encouragement of intergenerational interaction is played out through our many programs with the wider community—especially our children’s concerts and other activities involving area students which enable young people to share fun times with our residents. Dr. Gawande’s ideas have been implemented in our JCHC communities since the beginning. However, I found his book to be a great resource in providing an inventory of what we are now for our residents and what we can be for the decades to come. We have been successful in helping them stay independent for as long as possible, and we are exploring ways to expand those possibilities. We are also exploring ways to continue supporting our residents when independence is no longer possible. I am proud to be part of that process and to be part of the JCHC’s leadership in providing a dignified way of life for all our residents.

Alan Cohen President, Board of Trustees

Some of our 21 attendees enjoyed a good Frisbee toss at the conclusion of the CEU seminar.

Harold Colton-Max Served on Panel at Governor’s Conference Our CEO, Harold Colton-Max was a panelist at the New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Housing & Economic Development in Atlantic City on October 27th & 28th. He participated in the panel discussion about the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), which educates and empowers seniors and those with disabilities to use mass transit to expand mobility, increase independence and improve quality of life. Property managers and other affordable housing professionals learned how to best distribute transportation information to their residents, both seniors and individuals with disabilities.


LETTER FROM THE CEO While the summer can bring a slower work pace, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey was very busy this year over those warmer months. A report commissioned by the JCHC Board from the consulting firm Sawgrass Partners earlier this year awakened us to the robust demand for a variety of suitable housing options for seniors in the Greater MetroWest area. Accordingly, we have been researching some very exciting possibilities for how we might serve those seniors who do not yet have the good fortune to live in one of our buildings. JCHC Board and staff members have been researching and visiting other agencies with senior housing facilities to learn more about industry best practices and how we might incorporate the lessons learned in our communities, with new construction in the future. The Sawgrass Partners report also made it clear that we need to take additional steps to address the changing needs of our current residents and prepare for the preferences of the seniors who will continue to come to our existing apartment buildings. To that end, we engaged DiGroup Architecture to gather input from residents, staff and the Board and put together plans for upgrades at Village Apartments and the Lester Senior Housing Community. There has already been a lot of activity at our other buildings. We have moved forward with the second phase of improvements at Jewish Federation Plaza on the fourth floor promenade with cosmetic improvements like new lighting and carpet, and improved safety features such as new handrails. In the next few months, we will be entering phase 3, bringing some of the same elements to the 14 common area hallways throughout the four residential structures (the first phase encompassed upgrades in the community dining room, commercial kitchen, lounge, entrance and management offices on the first floor). The community also has a new roof top exchange unit to improve heating and cooling in residential hallways. At the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, residents have recently seen the common area hallways and elevators made brighter and more appealing with new flooring and lighting. Weather permitting, we expect to install new emergency generators there as well as at Village Apartments and Lester. Of course, this does not include the capital projects, apartment repairs and other cosmetic work that we normally undertake throughout our portfolio. As you can see, whether you are a current resident or a senior citizen thinking of moving to the Greater MetroWest area, this is an exciting time full of possibility. The JCHC Board and staff look forward to continuing to improve the quality of life for our elders in our community today, tomorrow and in the future. If you would like to be a part of this and learn more, our door is always open to share our energy and enthusiasm for the future. Thanks. Harold Colton-Max Chief Executive Officer

WE DID IT AGAIN! The Lester Senior Housing Community has won the silver medal for Best in Senior Living in the 2015 Suburban Essex “Best of Essex” Readers’ Choice Awards. All winners and details will be in the magazine’s December issue.

Celebrating Another Great Year of Lifelong Learning On June 23, seniors from Jewish Federation Plaza in West Orange and the Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany celebrated the close of the fourth year of Jewish learning through the Lifelong Learning program. The students enjoyed a celebratory “siyyum” at Cecille Asekoff (right) with participant Bea Freiheiter, who spoke on behalf of this year’s participants; Bea the Lester Senior Housing shared how much the program has meant to her. Community with the educators, rabbis and cantors who taught the weekly classes. Participants received their certificates of completion (and showed them off) and shared their thoughts about what the program has meant to them; an intern with the Joint Chaplaincy Committee delivered a d’var torah and cantors serenaded everyone. The adult education program is administered by the Joint Chaplaincy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, and is provided to residents at the two senior living communities; classes are held at both buildings several times a week. It was initiated four years ago by Jay Murnick, the immediate past president of the JCHC Board of Trustees; the program was sponsored this year by the Murnick family, who has committed to continue its sponsorship over the next two years as well. The continuing interest was evident by the attendance of Maxine Murnick at this year’s siyyum.

Harold Siegel was all smiles after receiving his certificate of completion at the siyyum in June.

“Our family is pleased to support this valuable program that keeps JCHC residents engaged in the world around them,” said Mrs. Murnick. “I know that a core value of the organization is to help seniors maintain a strong quality of life, and Lifelong Learning is a wonderful expression of that mission.”

Lifelong Learning offers Jewish text study, music, culture and history based on subject matter that is relevant to the senior participants—and very often, the opportunity to learn more about something they might not otherwise have been able to explore in more depth, such as Jewish laws and values. Classes are taught by area cantors, rabbis and Jewish educators who provide different approaches to learning and different perspectives to the subject matter. This also provides participants with connections to the wider community.

Sylvia Leiken shows off her certificate; she is one of dozens of seniors who participated in the program this year.

Each year has a different overarching theme and new course materials. The coordinators solicit input from residents about what they want to discover in order to make the material as meaningful as possible. Anywhere from 40-65 residents participate annually in the program. Cecille Asekoff, Director of the Joint Chaplaincy Committee of Greater MetroWest, said that, “The Lifelong Learning curriculum is very organic to the very fabric of seniors’ lives. What is meaningful is what the residents themselves bring to each class. They share their lifetime of experience and knowledge with each other and the instructors, which informs how they interpret the texts they study. It’s an amazing thing to see.”

Chaim Lauer with a Lifelong Learning participant at the year-end siyyum.

Lifelong Learning coordinator Chaim Lauer noted that, “The JCHC is doing a wonderful thing, bringing this program and course work to its residents. The organization is providing more than a place to live but rather, a place to continue growing.”


Here’s to 10 Wonderful Years!

Harold Colton-Max is Honored at our Annual Dinner Our Annual Dinner is always a highly anticipated event. This year it was extra special as we honored CEO Harold Colton-Max for 10 years of service to the JCHC. Harold’s family accompanied him to the June 15 event at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where beautiful words Harold shows off one of the beautiful gifts presented to were spoken, gifts him by COO Laurie Loughney. were presented, and the JCHC Resident Choir serenaded him. To mark this milestone, the Harold Colton-Max Endowment Fund has been established in Harold’s honor to support

We shared Harold’s many accomplishments on behalf of our organization in our last issue of JCHC Chronicles, from putting our financial house in order to spearheading important safety protocols and educational programs. You can Harold shows the Choir some love after their performance. read about these, in case you missed our last edition, by clicking on our website’s News tab ( jchc-news/).

We aren’t the only ones who think this occasion was a big deal; New Jersey Jewish News also gave Harold some much-deserved kavod which you can read here -- You can also view more photos from the Annual Dinner (and many other memorable events at our communities and off site) on our Facebook pages.

Members of the JCHC Resident Choir provided the evening’s entertainment, including songs tailored to the guest of honor.

the evolving needs of residents and to maintain the superior quality of life we offer at our residences. It also ensures that our most vulnerable residents need never worry about their security at the JCHC. The event raised $131,492, to be used to help residents in financial need at the Lester Senior Housing Community and Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation.

Harold and Nomi Colton-Max are surrounded by Harold’s parents, brother and sons at the 2015 Annual Dinner.

Lester Residents “Visit” the Tropics on Caribbean Day

Coming Soon! Our Friends & Neighbors Program

The Lester Senior Housing Community was transformed into a Caribbean-themed dance party during our Caribbean Day event this summer—a great way to spend a beautiful day outdoors!

The Lester Senior Housing Community will launch a monthly senior social program this fall called Lester’s Friends & Neighbors; the free program is for older adults ages 62 and up and provides them with a great way to spend the day with peers at our elegant community while tapping into their creative side. Area residents from Morris County and surrounding areas are invited to join this once-a-month social club. Area seniors are invited to make

The music, courtesy of entertainer Roberto, was so great that you simply could not Sol Spierer and Lucille Antell couldn’t help but resist getting up and dancing ... get up and dance -- the music was so good! and dancing we did! Roberto gave out leis and sunglasses to add to the island feeling and the upbeat music went from Caribbean to Motown hits. Residents enjoyed delicious drinks and cool ices. A really good time was had by both staff and residents, who shared dances, laughs and another great day together.

new friends and enjoy our creative

arts programs through Friends & Lester’s Friends & Neighbors program provides a day of socializing and creative Neighbors. arts activities (through our non-profit partner, ART by the People). These include floral arts, memoir writing, poetry writing, painting and songwriting. Residents have shared their works at open mic nights at a Morristown coffee house and at Art Day at the community, where their work is on display and performed for residents, families and friends. The program will be offered one afternoon a month at no charge.

“Lester’s Friends & Neighbors is great for area seniors who are looking for something fun to do and new people to meet,” said Marlene Glass, LNHA, CALA, the administrator of Lester Senior Housing Community.

Chef Jeffrey Vasquez and Pearl Barelle enjoyed the music and some laughs together.

Marian Samuels with our activities assistant, Dyann Savis.

Refreshments will be served and those who wish to see more of the community can enjoy a tour. Anyone interested in getting on the mailing list should contact David Rozen at (973) 929-2725.

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JCHC University Welcomes New Faculty Members from Jewish Federation Plaza We’re so excited to welcome three of our Jewish Federation Plaza residents to our faculty of JCHC University, our non-accredited adult learning seminars for our residents. These courses provide opportunities for our seniors to learn something new, explore hobbies and interests, and have fun in the process! This fall, residents can sign up to learn about the origin of Jewish names, courses on cupcakes and cooking, and mindfulness and nutrition. Sandye Garrison has formed a bi-weekly program for residents called “Taking the Journey” which offers a combination of mindfulness, movement and exercise, nutrition advice, and other pertinent health and wellness information. Joining her as facilitators are fellow residents Joan Bender, a retired psychotherapist who leads guided imagery and meditation, and Roberta Atti, a retired nutritionist. Dr. Elion Krok of Internal & Metabolic Medical Center (IMMC), an attending physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center with a private practice in Livingston, is also participating; Dr. Krok presented a seminar on healthy aging as part of JCHC University on October 22 at 12:30 p.m. IMMC & JCHC University Presents: The Journey To Health Each session of Taking the Journey is highly interactive. It begins with gentle exercise, followed by nutritional advice or mindfulness techniques, then musical movement and a presentation by Dr. Krok or another expert guest. The “journeys” are held every other Saturday afternoon with a focus on nutrition, and every other Tuesday evening, featuring the meditation and relaxation.

National Assisted Living Week—a Yearly Highlight in our Assisted Living Residence Residents in our Josh & Judy Weston Assisted Living Residence enjoyed a week of engaging programs and fun activities during National Assisted Living Week, in which the Lester Senior Housing Community participates every year. The annual event was held from September 13-18, 2015 (which coincided with Rosh Hashana); this year’s theme was “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit.” In keeping with this theme, we held a mix of religious observances and cultural, creative and entertainment programs all week. The Lester Congregation held its Rosh Hashanah services in our on-site chapel, a Torah study group and shofar blowing as part of the holiday observances. We held educational and cultural presentations, our popular memoir writing class (facilitated by ART by the People), a Lifelong Learning class—a hallmark of senior engagement at JCHC communities—and socials. This year’s cocktail party included a magician performance, and the week concluded with a festive BBQ with musical entertainment. “National Assisted Living Week® recognizes our wonderful assisted living residents and our staff members who care for and nurture them every day,” said Site Administrator Marlene Glass. “All our residents can enjoy a wide range of weekly activities that are designed to nourish their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual lives.” The Lester Senior Housing Community offers a full menu of creative, horticultural and fine arts programs, educational and cultural seminars, and JCHC University and the Lifelong Learning program throughout the year. We also have a fully equipped exercise room, wellness center, game room, computers and other amenities for residents to maintain a healthy level of physical activity and many opportunities for socializing.

Roberta is also conducting a seven-part series on nutrition with tips on healthy eating at any age, and some of her presentations are part of JCHC University’s fall curriculum. She has done a class on carbohydrates, different kinds of fats we should and shouldn’t eat, and one on cholesterol. There will be classes on salts and electrolytes and other topics that she says are important for everyone, regardless of their age. “Maintaining good nutrition early in life could prevent problems later on,” she notes. Roberta had a private nutrition practice in New York City for about 20 years. She was also a nutritionist at the New York Open Center, where she taught a continuing education natural health program for nurses and other healthcare practitioners, and was a chef/instructor at Metro Gourmet Institute for Food and Health among some of her professional endeavors. “It’s so important for older adults to stay active as much as possible,” notes Sandye. “Our classes address the question of what we want to change physically, spiritually and mentally in order to live fuller, happier lives.” The JCHC University course catalog is available from a link on our website’s Events page,

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Taking the Journey is an outgrowth of Joan’s guided imagery classes, which she has been holding on a regular basis for residents of Jewish Federation Plaza on Tuesday evenings, since moving to the community a couple of years ago. The sessions begin with breathing and body relaxation exercises, then segue into guided meditations with prompts of relaxing imagery. Sandye, who attends and so enjoys these classes, got the idea to bring together Joan, Roberta and other health practitioners for a wider-based program.

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Jewish Federation Plaza residents Sandye Garrison (left) and Roberta Atti are presenting classes on aspects of health and wellness as part of our JCHC University.


Residents of South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House and Village Apartments Collaborate to Improve Life for Seniors Nan Samons, a resident of South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, has been very busy, along with her fellow committee members, serving on the South Orange Seniors Advisory Committee. South Orange Seniors (SOS) is a group focused on improving the quality of life and services for seniors who live in South Orange. Nan, along with several residents of Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation and other town residents, have many wonderful programs in the works. Working with her from Village Apartments are Sandy Lublin, Lenore Berkman, Marc Pressel, Natalie Hamilton, and Alba Abbate (along with JCHC CEO Harold Colton-Max). Nan provided the JCHC Chronicles with the following updates: 1 – The South Orange Senior Citizen Advisory Committee held its second town-wide Senior Citizen Forum on Sunday, October 11, where focus groups were conducted on the following issues: educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, cultural programs, social and civic engagement, health and wellness and making money go further in South Orange. 2 – An exciting program being put into place now are discounts at South Orange merchants for adults ages 65 and over. Residents simply show their ID proving South Orange residency and age and they will enjoy discounts at more than 50 stores and restaurants (so far); the group hopes to get all places of business signed up for the senior discount program eventually. Details of the discount program were shared at the forum. 3 – SOS has been working very closely over the past year or so with the DOVE (Division of Volunteer Efforts) at Seton Hall University, creating opportunities for college student volunteers and senior citizens to

interact in meaningful ways. Last spring’s Senior Prom was a big hit, for example, and student volunteers were extremely helpful last winter, clearing away snow from cars in the two senior communities’ parking lots (and yes, they are already committed to helping dig residents’ cars out again this coming winter!). Also through DOVE, B’nai B’rith residents worked with Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry, packaging groceries for clients to pick up on September 30.

Nan Samons, who lives at South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, serves on the SOS Advisory Committee with residents of nearby Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation.

4 – Further strengthening the relationship with Seton Hall University is an exciting new development. Nan reports that Seton Hall has recently opened a new college of commercial arts. The juniors in the program will be producing a historical / biographical documentary—featuring members of South Orange Seniors—who will talk about their lives. Students have already conducted pre-interviews with residents, including some who live at B’nai B’rith Federation House and Village Apartments, and will make their final choices soon. This major project will encompass the entire year and will be completed and presented as their senior project. We’re looking forward to many more wonderful quality of life enhancements and enriching programs that SOS and the South Orange Senior Citizens Advisory Committee will continue to bring to our residents and other seniors in town!

A Special Appreciation for Some Very Special Individuals Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation is a host site for the twiceweekly Essex County Kosher Congregate Nutrition program, organized by the JCC of MetroWest NJ. The program provides area seniors with a nutritious lunch and opportunities to socialize with their Helping to honor the volunteers were JESPY Job Coach, peers. Helping to make Mark Marra (front row, left) and Frances Bucien (back those meals happen are row, left), the JCC Site Coordinator. Volunteers enjoyed lunch and a delicious cake, and received certificates of clients and residents appreciation for a job well done. of JESPY House, also in South Orange, which offers vocational assistance and life skills training to adults with developmental and learning disabilities. JESPY House participants obtain work experience performing various jobs at Village Apartments,

including help to set up, serve and clean up at the congregate lunches. On June 25, we hosted a recognition luncheon for our JESPY volunteers. The guests of honor were served lunch by the dining room and program staff and each received a certificate of recognition and a gift bag from the JCC and Village Apartments. The volunteers were thanked individually for their service, with remarks noting their work and the special qualities they bring to the program. Everyone enjoyed a piece of celebratory cake after the honors. “We are delighted to work with JESPY and the JCC to create such meaningful connections with South Orange seniors and to provide a place where JESPY clients gain the skills they need to become more independent,” said Cheryl Kasye, Site Manager of Village Apartments. The congregate lunch program is a joint effort between the JCC MetroWest, JESPY House and the JCHC. We prepare about 50 lunches, which are served every Tuesday and Thursday and are available to all seniors in South Orange.

JCHC Hosts First-Ever Resident Council Leadership Conference colleagues on ways to motivate fellow residents to become more engaged in community leadership positions and in planning programs.

David Rozen, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Lester Senior Housing Community, at a roundtable discussion with conference attendees.

The JCHC sponsored a Resident Council Leadership Conference, a special leadership development program on October 19, designed for officers of senior tenant associations and leaders of other senior groups. The free event was hosted by JCC MetroWest and provided networking, board skills development, and updates on issues that affect senior housing. It was attended by 38 people—tenant association officers, site managers, program coordinators and volunteers—who represented all four JCHC communities, Irvington Senior Apartments, the JCC MetroWest Senior Enrichment programs (West Orange) and the JCC Leisure program (Whippany), Ner Tamid in Bloomfield and the Margulies Center in West Orange. They learned techniques to run effective boards of trustees and how to work more effectively with community management; they also brainstormed with their

Jay Murnick, Past President of JCHC Board of Trustees and winner of the JCC Young Leadership Man Award, addressed the gathering before participants broke up into roundtable workshops on: creative program guidelines, bylaws development, secretary report skills and accounting essentials for treasurers. The event was capped off by an appreciation luncheon and a keynote speech by Harold Colton-Max, CEO of the JCHC and President of Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey, about the future of affordable housing. There were also some fun, informal team-building activities and of course, everyone went home with gifts (it wouldn’t be a JCHC program without parting gifts!)

CEO Harold Colton-Max presented Sandye Garrison with a plaque in recognition of her work on the leadership conference advisory committee. Sandye, who lives at Jewish Federation Plaza, led the workshop on community programming for seniors; she has been asked to share her ideas and insights about activities with the other JCHC communities.


“Friends of JCHC” Tributes

mazel tov, get well and in memoriam



Lifecycle Event

Charlene and Maurice Edwards Laurie Loughney Laurie Loughney Laurie Loughney Laurie Loughney Barbara Sheffield Strickland Family and Rosalind Lehrman Roberta and Walter Zweifler Roberta and Walter Zweifler

Ed and Patty Gonsky Cheryl Fisch Val Malov Karen Alexander Tom Peck Carol Redmore Michelle Arroyo and Family Family of Anna Rabinove Alana Fisher

The passing of your mother Harriette Gonsky The passing of your father The passing of your mother The passing of your mother Andy Alexander The passing of your wife Flo Peck, JCC Executive Assistant to the CEO The passing of your mother The passing of Sylvia Horowitz The passing of Anna Rabinove Meeting a new friend

*To send a Tribute, contact Marcia Feldman at 973-530-3966 or email

Four Endowment Funds –

Tour our “Village” at These Open House Events

Four Key Initiatives for our Seniors There are many ways to support the JCHC to the benefit of our residents. Generous individuals and organizations have seen fit to set up endowment funds that ensure our seniors have the services and programs they need to live life to the fullest in our four communities. Here is a brief description of these four endowments:

Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation offers a great lifestyle for independent adults 62+ who are looking for downtown living close to transportation, entertainment, dining and shopping. We invite area seniors and their families to learn more about our community at special events such as:

The Weinberg Endowment Fund provides financial assistance for low-income seniors living in our unsubsidized apartment buildings. Established in 2001 by a $1 million gift from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation out of Maryland that was matched by $2 million raised by the local MetroWest Jewish Community.

Tuesday, November 17 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Open house for prospective residents. Wednesday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m. - Our Men’s Club discussion group meets every month. Gentlemen who are interested in participating in this current events discussion club are welcome to attend.

The Schofel Family Endowment subsidizes activities and/or food programs for senior residents in need of financial assistance. This was established in 2005 by a $150,000 gift from former JCHC Board President Janice Schofel (z’l”).

Other recent events include: Thursday, October 22 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - A cocktail hour for resident members of our Supper Club and their families. All applicants on our wait list were invited to attend.

The Dorothy Lazarus Endowment for the Hearing-Impaired was established to purchase audiology equipment, hearing aids and pay for examinations of JCHC residents. Philanthropists Eugene W. and Joan Kalkin established the endowment in 2002 with a $25,000 gift, which they enhanced with an additional $5000 gift a few years later. The Pearl and Max Randall Endowment provides financial support for residents of our buildings to experience movies. If you wish to contribute to any of the particular initiatives supported by these endowments, please make your donation to the Friends of the JCHC and indicate the purpose on the memo line so that we can direct the funds accordingly. You may use the donation form included in this issue of the Chronicles.

Do Good at the WebThriftStore … and Support JCHC

Another Way to Help us Raise Funds: Shop on You can support the JCHC every time you shop on (at no additional cost to you) with AmazonSmile. Just go to com to start shopping—and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the JCHC. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, simply select the JCHC to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. All products included in the fundraising program are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. You can use your existing Amazon account on AmazonSmile. The website will remember your non-profit organization, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. Thank you in advance!

Our community is within walking distance of the vibrant Village of South Orange, and we also offer plenty of activities every month on our premises to keep our residents busy. We also provide transportation for outings to area attractions, shopping, cultural sites and more.

The JCHC is now a participating charity listed at this wonderful online thrift store called WebThriftStore (, a business that supports charities and charitable giving. Its motto is “doing good should be profitable” and it fulfills that by providing an easy-to-use platform for anyone to sell their items and benefit their listed charity. This enables our organization to run an online thrift shop without having to actually run anything. WebThriftStore handles all the logistics and even offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Anyone can donate and post items online that people can purchase, with proceeds going to the charity of their choice. If you buy anything at the WebThriftStore, be sure to select the JCHC from the charity dropdown list so we can benefit from these sales. Categories include clothing, home goods, electronics, accessories, art and collectibles, toys and games, health and beauty products and lots more (check out the website for ideas on what to donate or buy to benefit JCHC).

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JCHC Chronicles - Fall 2015  

Official newsletter of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey.

JCHC Chronicles - Fall 2015  

Official newsletter of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey.