Chronicles SUMMER 2017
Letter from the President ........................................... 1 Congrats to our 2017 LITE program graduates! ......... 1 Letter from the CEO ................................................... 2 A Special Afternoon of Music with the NJSO ............. 2 Plaza Residents Learn Self-Defense Techniques .......... 2 Memory Care comes to Lester .................................... 3 Laurie Loughney Attends Conference in Israel............ 3 JCHC Strong: Keeping Our Seniors Safe .................... 3 Lester Residents Enjoy International Art Project ........ 4 Celebrating a Special Anniversary with the JCHC....... 4 Village Apartments is in Bloom ................................... 4 35 Years and Counting – Thank You, Monel! ............... 4 Resident Association Leaders Meet ............................ 5 The JCHC’s Circle of Life Legacy Program .................. 5 Encore, Encore! ........................................................... 5 Tributes ....................................................................... 6 JCHC to Present Program at LeadingAge Meeting .... 6
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT I started my term as Board President of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation on July 1, 2014. While we have not finished everything we’d hoped, I am pleased to have helped us continue to meet our present mission and future goals as caring senior communities. For instance, the JCHC has enabled residents with roots in the MetroWest community to remain here and continue to be active members, and continue to share their lives with their families and friends. We have created programs that enhance our residents’ lives. And, we continue to provide educational, spiritual and physically enhancing services in a time of diminishing resources. The past three years have been rewarding in so many ways. I have had the honor to serve with a board and with officers whose broad experience and expertise enable our organization to thoroughly understand and address the challenges that we face, and work with a professional staff whose dedication is only matched by its compassion. Their many years of work on our behalf, both individually and collectively, have created stability for our residents and trust and confidence from our board. Above all, I have learned that our residents’ spirits make all our efforts worthwhile.
Congratulations to Our 2017 LITE Program Graduates!
On May 18, 2017, we celebrated our seven graduates of our Leadership in Training Experience (LITE) program. The six-month program is a series of educational seminars in areas of self-discovery, ethical frameworks to do our jobs well, learning about the elderly, and how to provide superior services. As their assignments, the participants took the Mitchell Goldberg, JCHC Director of Regional Dining educational concepts Services with valedictorian Jeffrey Vasquez at the 2017 and applied them in LITE graduation luncheon. Jeffrey is the chef at the practical ways within their Lester Senior Housing Community. departments. This year’s theme was “Eye of the Tiger”; participants felt that the song’s lyrics encouraged them to rise up to challenges.
It is with this support that I have tried to guide the course that JCHC will take in the future. The demand for housing for an aging population is affected by historic demographic changes. Many baby boomers, members of the greatest population boom in our history, are reaching retirement. At the same time, their life expectancy (and that of their parents) has increased by almost twenty years. We are also facing changes in both federal and state willingness to provide financing to not only meet current needs but address our future needs as well. It is increasingly clear that we will need an innovative approach in order to continue providing quality services to our seniors. The residences that we built almost forty years ago—even with our continual updates and careful maintenance—are starting to show their age; sooner rather than later, they will need major expenditures to best serve future generations. We are in the process of putting together the financial resources and architectural plans that will address those needs. At Lester, we are opening a memory care unit in the Weston Assisted Living Residence. With the assistance of Federation, we have also spent the last three years envisioning a new community on the Whippany campus. I look forward to continuing to work on this project to bring the plans on paper to life, in a vibrant village on a state-of-the-art campus where our residents can continue to grow and explore. We are also well underway in modernizing and expanding the units and common areas at Village Apartments to maximize this wonderful location as South Orange Village develops. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to meet my moral and religious obligation to honor my elders and I look forward to working with my successor, Brian Saltzman. I am certain that his compassion and ability to understand the difference between a problem and a setback will provide the JCHC with the leadership that it needs. Most of all, I look forward to having more time to spend with my growing family and meeting with our residents, who share in our desire to grow and thrive.
Alan Cohen President, Board of Trustees
Meet our 2017 LITE graduates. In the front row (left to right) are Barbara Shaver, congregate aide; Lilliana Orihuela, CMA at the Weston Assisted Living Residence (Lester Senior Housing Community); and Knox Johnson, porter at Jewish Federation Plaza. Standing are Jay Greenberg, Regional Facilities Manager; Tryonne William-Parks, painter; Hiren Patel, accountant; Jeffrey Vasquez, chef, at Lester Senior Housing Community.
Chef Jeffrey Vasquez from the Lester Senior Housing Community was selected as the valedictorian of the course. At the celebration luncheon—which featured a beautiful Japanese food buffet and delicious appreciation cake—Jeffrey gave a moving speech about how the LITE program has helped him become a better employee, and that he learned about himself and how to be a better communicator. His daughter Kaylee, a student at Penn State University, attended. “When I came to JCHC as the chef six years ago, Mitchell Goldberg (Director of Regional Dining Services) asked me why I wanted to come here to work. I said that I am a family man and I wanted to spend more time with my family, and this gave me the opportunity to work a schedule that could make it happen. However, now Lester’s kitchen is ‘home’ to me … and that is a great feeling. I feel like I am doing good for the elderly and that makes me feel good. The theme of the Eye of the Tiger is that we are fighters and we will be passionate about working hard to help our residents and our co-workers as well.” CEO Harold Colton-Max complimented the staff for this accomplishment and presented the certificates of completion, along with their supervisor, to each attendee.
LETTER FROM THE CEO I had the good fortune this year to spend Pesach in Israel with my family for the first time, during which we observed the holiday with family and friends, old and new. We ventured north to the Golan Heights, south to Eilat, and many other wonderful places in between. It was amazing for us to see the incredible strides this small country had made since we last visited almost a decade ago while continuing to uncover and preserve the history that is so important to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and many other religions. One of the most inspiring places that we visited during our trip was the Ayalon Institute. Located on the outskirts of the city of Tiberius, this was the location of an underground munitions plant that provided vital munitions for the Israeli forces in the War of Independence in 1948. Our tour guide made it quite plain that without the bullets manufactured in this incredible feat of engineering, the State of Israel would never have survived. After leaving the compound, I asked about the vital lessons that we could take away from our visit to the Ayalon Institute (aside from, as my older son pointed out, the importance of having bullets during wartime). One of the key points that we agreed upon almost immediately was the importance of having a vision and the long-range plan to implement it. Recognizing the possibility that the State of Israel might eventually come into being and would need the means to defend itself, the efforts to acquire the manufacturing equipment and set up the facility to house it started as early as 1933, a dozen years before the plant started production in 1945 (where it ran continuously for three years). As an organization rooted in same values demonstrated at the Ayalon Institute, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey has embraced the importance of long-term planning from its inception. Local volunteer lay leaders recognized the gap that existed in the community for senior citizens with limited means who could no longer afford to live in their own homes but were not looking for nursing home care (the community already met that need through Daughters of Israel); these leaders applied for and received funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1970s. As a result of their efforts, the JCHC was formed and the first two subsidized housing apartment buildings were constructed in West Orange (Jewish Federation Plaza) and Irvington (Jewish Federation Towers) in the early 1980s. When it became clear that there were senior households with modest income who did not qualify for subsidized housing but still needed assistance, the JCHC acted again to meet this community need. This time, the organization responded by getting a different form of HUD assistance to open Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation in South Orange with lower rents in the late 1980s. They also opened a third subsidized apartment building—the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House—to meet the increasing need for affordable housing demonstrated by the growing waiting lists at Plaza and Towers. The next steps the JCHC’s visionary leaders took were even more ambitious. The Lester Senior Housing Community, which opened in 2001-2002 on the Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany, addressed the needs to provide both higher-end housing and more affordable housing (the Heller Independent Living Apartments) and for the first time in the Greater MetroWest Community, The Weston Assisted Living Residence . This process was started in the early 1990s. We at the JCHC are continuing to build on that tradition of thoughtful, long-term planning to meet oncoming community needs. For example, in response to the growing number of seniors in our area who are and will be dealing with memory impairment problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, we have converted the third floor at Weston to memory care in an assisted living setting. The results from both the physical and programming initiatives will become apparent as residents move in. While all of this is going on, the JCHC Board and staff are looking forward to see what future needs there will be for our Greater MetroWest seniors and what steps we can take to meet them. As we do so, I now know that I (and hopefully others) can draw renewed inspiration from the ingenuity and planning of those who preceded us at the Ayalon Institute. Harold Colton-Max Chief Executive Officer
A Special Afternoon of Music with the NJ Symphony Orchestra Everyone at the JCHC is looking forward to a special afternoon of music on June 28, at an exclusive concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra—a private performance at 2:00 p.m. in honor of our seniors. The event will be held at the Jewish Federation Conference Center at the Lautenberg JCC on the Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 East in Whippany (next to the Lester Senior Housing Community). The repertoire will follow the NJSO’s summer theme, “Road Trip Across the USA,” and will feature musical stops across America and across decades. The orchestra will be conducted by Sameer Patel, associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony. Adding to the afternoon’s enjoyment will be the appearance by the winner of the auction being held at our Annual Dinner on June 19; that lucky person will raise the baton to conduct the encore, “Stars and Stripes.” The price for all JCHC residents, family members and seniors over 55 years old, is $5 per person and $36 for JCHC board members. Need some enticement? Here is the program: National Anthems Hatikvah, Star Spangled Banner DVORAK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” IV. Allegro con fuoco GROFE “Mardi Gras” from The Mississippi Suite PRICE “Nimble Feet” from Dances in the Canebrakes MILLER (arr. Holcombe) St. Louis Blues March ANDERSON Summer Skies WILSON (arr. Hayman) The Music Man: Symphonic Impressions RODGERS (arr. Bennett) Selections from Oklahoma! COPLAND “Hoe Down” from Rodeo ~INTERMISSION~ COPLAND Various (arr. Holcombe) KORNGOLD KANDER MENKEN (arr. Holcombe) WILLIAMS WILLIAMS LOWDEN
Fanfare for the Common Man Hooray for Hollywood “Garden Scene” from Much Ado About Nothing Chicago Medley Beauty and the Beast “The People’s House” from Lincoln Liberty Fanfare Armed Forces Salute
We already have several sponsors for the NJSO Concert and are still accepting more. All concert sponsors will receive recognition at the event as well as on the JCHC’s website and the local papers. Higher level sponsors may receive tickets to the event and invitations to attend a special preconcert VIP reception. Furthermore, sponsors of the JCHC’s 2017 Annual Dinner (on June 19) will achieve even greater visibility among a wider audience at special package pricing. For more information about these special sponsorship opportunities for the JCHC’s NJSO concert and/or the 2017 Annual Dinner, please contact Harold Colton-Max, CEO, at 973-5303961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plaza Residents Learn Self-Defense Techniques Don’t mess around with our residents at Jewish Federation Plaza! Now that some of them have attended a “Self-Defense for Seniors” session presented by Dr. Mark Grebenau, a first-degree black belt in Tora Dojo martial arts, they are a force to be reckoned with! Tora Dojo (from the Japanese meaning “tiger” and “school of martial arts”) is a classical martial arts system that was designed by Professor Harvey (Chaim) Sober of Yeshiva University. It emphasizes breathing and meditation in addition to the physical training. Tora Dojo focuses and channels a person’s energy to help him or her achieve the centeredness necessary to handle blows, both internal and external, as they come in. The name is also indicative of the system’s Jewish orientation (as in Torah). Tora Dojo incorporates Jewish philosophical concepts within its system. (You can read more about it at http://www.mardb.com/tora-dojo/) Using props to demonstrate defensive moves to the group, Dr. Grebenau provided practical advice on what to do in case of an attack by an active shooter or a personal attack such as a robbery. For older adults, he talks about R.A.I.D. (Retreat, Avoid, Intend, Defend), which he shared with our residents. Everyone learned some proactive ways to stay safe and to fight off an attacker, including some judo moves.
Memory Care Comes to the Lester Senior Housing Community
JCHC COO Attends Pastoral Care Conference in Israel
The JCHC is pleased to report that the entire third floor of our Weston Assisted Living Residence has been transformed into an intimate setting for older adults with memory loss. The Memory Care Suite at Lester is now taking applications for residents in its 12 apartments, where they will receive person-centered care from health care professionals who have been specially trained through a nationally recognized accreditation process. The suite accepts adults ages 62 and older with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diagnoses.
Our COO, Laurie Loughney represented the JCHC at a fourday conference in Jerusalem, Israel titled, “Compassion and Hope in Cecille Askeoff of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Joint Chaplaincy Illness and at Committee, Laurie Loughney and Dvora Corn, co-founder of Life’s Life’s End” from Door in Israel. May 7-11. The conference, for professionals in health care, spiritual care, and social service, included teachings and subject matter on mindfulness, the neuroscience of hope, quality of life, communication, and the mindbody-spirit relationship in various settings. The educational conference was coordinated through the Creating a Caring Community Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey’s Joint Chaplaincy Committee; it links Diaspora and Israeli communities in offering supportive services, ongoing education, materials and resources, and a forum to share best practices in the care of the ill and elderly. Laurie was immersed in valuable learnings that will inform our approach to senior care in vital ways.
The Memory Care Suite offers care with dignity and compassion, all designed—as is the entire floor—with our residents’ comfort as the primary consideration. There are comfortable and One of the lounge areas in the new Memory Care Suite light-filled living spaces, at Lester Senior Housing Community. including lounges, a dining room with country kitchen, and a landscaped patio with water features and greenery. As safety and security are of paramount importance, there is a centrally located care manager station and an elopement prevention monitoring system.
The initiative’s partner organization in Israel is Life’s Door (Gisha L’Chaim in Hebrew), which has been collaborating with the Joint Chaplaincy Committee and area healthcare institutions for several years to bring this concept to fruition. Among the many experiences packed into four days, participants visited and learned with a sister community in the city of Arad during their time in Israel and took a photographic tour of Jerusalem. You can read a day-by-day itinerary of what Laurie experienced there on our JCHC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Jewish-Community-Housing-Corporation.
JCHC Strong: Keeping Our Seniors Safe
The beautiful outdoor seating area overlooks our wooded surroundings.
The design and approach to the suite is dedicated to providing personcentered care, with each resident’s particular needs and comfort considered at all times. Individualized care planning focuses on lifeenriching experiences that foster independence and happiness for our Memory Care residents. This holistic approach also provides opportunities for family and social connections to enhance our residents’ overall health and well-being … all part of the JCHC’s “community of caring” philosophy. The priority of our dedicated staff will always be to improve quality of care and quality of life for seniors with dementia. For more information about the Memory Care Suite at Lester, contact David Rozen at (973) 929-2725 or email@example.com.
We cannot stress enough the importance of having safety plans in place to protect our seniors when a natural disaster strikes. Our area has known its share of power outages caused by severe storms, and the pressures that these situations put on our buildings and staff to ensure everyone is safe and their needs are handled. To that end, we provide our residents with pandemic safety measures and we work closely with local municipal emergency services departments; on March 23, the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House hosted the JCHC bi-annual professional assessment committee (PAC) meeting. The PAC comprises area professionals that advise JCHC communities of improvements and suggestions to increase coordination between buildings and various community services to keep our seniors safe. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Sullivan and Officer Rich Butler from the South Orange Fire Department and representatives of the South Orange Police Department attended the meeting. As part of our JCHC Strong initiative, we are completing the installation of a new standby generator at B’nai B’rith Federation House to ensure that, in the event of a power outage, the lights stay on, systems run as needed, and our seniors are secure. This is the third JCHC community (after Lester and Village) to have recently added a new emergency generator.
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Lester Residents Enjoy International Art Project Thanks to a grant procured by Paul Rabinowitz at ARTS By the People, the non-profit organization that facilitates many of the JCHC’s wonderful creative arts programs, memoir writers at the Lester Senior Housing Community have embarked on a transcontinental collaborative art project. Called “Revolving Doors,” the program brings together seniors with university students/animation artists in Israel’s Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), as well as Israeli and American voice actors. The artists will bring our residents’ memoirs to life using film, stop motion and animation.
Village Apartments is in Bloom May flowers were blooming at the Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation as our residents got busy planting flowers and greenery in our window sill planters and standing gardens that beautify our backyard space. Our greenthumb team worked under the guidance of Megan Fainsinger, horticultural therapist from ARTS By the People; Megan talked about the different flowers and greens that were used and helped arrange the colorful plantings.
The green thumbs, hard at work on our colorful windowsill planters that now enhance our backyard landscape.
35 Years and Counting – Thank You, Monel! Paul Rabinowitz of ARTS By the People with our seniors who are participating in Revolving Doors.
Lester residents participating in this program are collaborating with Israeli film students through Skype sessions and phone calls, which enable the students to get to know their senior counterparts. The HIT students are being guided by teaching artist, Yael Oszinay as they select pieces they will animate. For the initial taping for the animators, the voice actors will be Israeli but American actors will perform for the U.S. presentation. The Israeli screening will take place at the Cinemateque in Tel Aviv on August 11 as part of the annual International Animex Festival. Paul will be there to represent our senior memoir writers. Revolving Doors will be presented locally in the fall in West Orange; we’ll be sure to let you know about that date when it’s confirmed. As they say in Hebrew, “yofi!” (Beautiful!)
Harold’s letter also pointed out how Laurie has helped us provide so many seniors with a home, services, and a sense of community that means so much to our residents and their loved ones. Alan, speaking for the Board of Trustees, extolled Laurie’s dedication, leadership, and the enthusiasm she brings to our communities.
Laurie Loughney with her husband, Patrick Loughney and Harold Colton-Max at our annual employee party.
Laurie received a beautiful engraved silver photo album in which staff members wrote notes, a big bouquet, plus a special surprise … her husband Patrick, who came to celebrate with everyone.
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• Instituting our employee leadership development program (LITE). • Streamlining the budget process for greater accuracy and with excellent financial results. • Developing new resident quality of life initiatives such as JCHC University. • Increasing the level and quality of resident services. • Making substantial physical improvements at all our buildings. • Expanding our offerings to include memory care for those who need it.
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Our annual employee party in late March at the Funplex in East Hanover held more than laser tag and bumper cars; we surprised Laurie Loughney, COO with a celebration of her 10 years with the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey. CEO Harold Colton-Max presented Laurie with a touching message on behalf of the organization plus a letter from Board President, Alan Cohen, in appreciation for all she has accomplished for the JCHC. Among the accomplishments noted by Harold in his letter to Laurie are:
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Celebrating a Special Anniversary with the JCHC
Monel Delva was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a watch, in recognition of his 35 years with JCHC.
Monel Delva, our Superintendent at Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, was honored at our annual JCHC employee party in March for … wait for it … his 35 years of employment with the JCHC! He was presented with a watch and a certificate by our CEO, Harold Colton-Max. Thank you, Monel, for all your years of hard work and service on behalf of our residents, and for keeping Village Apartments in such great shape.
Resident Association Leaders Meet
Brian Saltzman, incoming JCHC Board of Trustees President, with JCHC Site Managers (l. to r.) Bryna Stone from the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, Cheryl Kasye from Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation and Ann Marie Bass from Jewish Federation Plaza. The JCHC held its second annual Tenant Association Officers Conference on May 3 to share and learn about “Resident Association Leadership: Exceeding Expectations.” The meeting was held at the Jewish Community Center in West Orange. Thirty-six residents from the JCHC communities and several from the JCC Senior Enrichment Program attended; they are the officers and residents who play key roles in their respective association committees. The conference focused on ways to highlight and enhance leadership strategies in the Tenant Association as well as among JCHC management and Board of Trustees, with the goal of enhancing and enriching the experiences for everyone at the JCHC. We know that a stronger association means better communication between our residents and management teams, which improves quality of life in our communities. In the workshops, attendees learned strategies for providing excellent tenant association leadership and creating more engaged and active boards in their buildings, how to enhance and engage residents in community programs, cultural diversity issues, and communicating effectively with management. Brian Saltzman, President-Elect of the JCHC Board of Trustees, met with the four tenant association presidents at a pre-conference breakfast to learn more about our senior communities and how the Board can support them. He offered opening remarks to kick off the day, reminding all of us to focus on listening and hearing from the residents. “We want to make sure the Board is listening to the residents and that we (JCHC) continue to exceed expectations of the current resident services. The quality of life must keep up with societal changes.” CEO Harold Colton-Max shared legislative updates from the LeadingAge conference in Washington, D.C. that he had recently attended and how they may affect the older adults we serve. Harold had the opportunity to advocate for seniors on Capitol Hill and remind legislators about our residents’ evolving needs. He encouraged everyone to write to their political representatives regarding the importance of HUD financing for senior housing. COO Laurie Loughney posed the question of what it really means to exceed expectations for all stakeholders in the JCHC. For our tenant associations, she said it’s about going the extra mile to include the isolated resident living alone in the community; for the management team, it’s about being more than a landlord. This means always adding resident services and community life experiences, and learning about best practices to enhance and enrich the lives of all residents and staff. For the JCHC Board of Trustees, it’s about creating value-enriched committees such as Quality of Life, Communication, and New Development Alba Abbate, President of Village Apartments Resident Council, delivered the keynote speech in which she talked about ways to exceed expectations by bringing new leadership and energy into the Board and Tenant Associations. She complimented the JCHC for addressing residents’ concerns and for allowing our residents to be fully engaged in the planning and implementation of new endeavors. Alba also stressed that respect of the chain of command is essential when dealing with building management, and the importance of being a clear, concise communicator regarding issues brought to the management team before going to the CEO.
Alba Abbate, President, Village Apartments Resident Council.
Key takeaways from Alba are: • It is important for residents to be part of the process and vote in the officers rather than have them simply appointed. • Create term limits. • Emphasize active participation to get more engaged members. • Eliminate some committees and give smaller tasks to residents-at-large to get more people involved. • Add some fun to tenant association meetings such as karaoke or a spelling bee to liven things up. Everyone walked away with new insights and enthusiasm for exceeding expectations in their communities!
The JCHC’s Circle of Life Legacy Program – Touching Future Lives with Your Gift Today The JCHC’s Circle of Life Legacy Program, which was introduced in the fall, provides the opportunity to plant the financial seeds today for a sustainable future for our organization and those we serve. This philanthropic opportunity enables anyone of any means to make an after-lifetime, or even during lifetime, gift of any amount to the JCHC. Funds from the Legacy Program will help us ensure that our seniors can afford to live comfortably in an environment they know and enjoy, and that they can thrive in our communities for as long as they want to. Everyone receives the same immediate recognition for performing this mitzvah when they arrange a legacy gift (gifts can be made anonymously as well). We invite our residents, their family members, board members and anyone whose life has been touched by our communities to consider pledging a gift now and make a continuing difference for other seniors in the future. There are several ways in which you can arrange these after-lifetime gifts as outlined in our program brochure, which is available in our community offices. You can also read more about the program and participating non-profit organizations at www.jchcorp. org/legacyprogram. If you have any questions or would like to discuss making a legacy commitment, please contact JCHC CEO Harold Colton-Max at 973-530-3961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planting the seeds for future generations
JCHC Endowment Funds These endowment funds were set up by generous individuals and organizations with specific missions that ensure our seniors have the services and programs they need to live life to the fullest in our four communities. For more information, you can read about these funds on our website at http://jchcorp.org/endowment-funds/ The Weinberg Endowment Fund – provides financial assistance for low-income seniors living in our unsubsidized apartment buildings. It was established in 2001 by a $1 million gift from the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation out of Maryland and matched by $2 million raised by the local MetroWest Jewish Community. The Harold Colton-Max Endowment – established in 2015 in honor of CEO Harold Colton-Max’s 10th year with the JCHC. Provides financial assistance for low-income seniors living in our unsubsidized apartment buildings. 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). The Dorothy Lazarus Endowment for the Hearing-Impaired – to purchase audiology equipment, hearing aids and pay for hearing examinations of JCHC residents. Philanthropists Eugene W. and Joan Kalkin established the endowment in 2002 with a $25,000 gift which was subsequently enhanced with an additional $5,000 contribution from the Kalkins. The Pearl and Max Randall Endowment – provides financial support for residents of our buildings to experience movies. This was started with a contribution of $10,000 from the Randalls over 20 years ago. If you wish to contribute to support any of these particular initiatives, please contact Harold Colton-Max, JCHC CEO at (973) 530-3961. You can also 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.
The Strollers, the community theatre company at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, performed a show on December 21, 2016 featuring songs by Cole Porter for our residents at Jewish Federation Plaza. Other numbers in their repertoire included Broadway melodies and holiday songs, which everyone enjoyed very much. The Strollers have been entertaining audiences for 85 years with musicals, comedies, dramas, and children’s shows.
“Friends of JCHC” Tributes From
Ellen and Irv Barocas Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Saul and Suzanne Berkowitz Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Sharon and Andrew Chavkin Alan and Joni Cohen Alan and Joni Cohen Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Harold Colton-Max Allison and Michael Diamond Dan and Matty Goldberg Dan and Matty Goldberg John Halperin John Halperin John Halperin Thelma and Jay Jennis Jewish Community Housing Corp. Jewish Community Housing Corp. John and Janet Levy Laurie and Pat Loughney Laurie Loughney, Marlene Glass & Cheryl Kasye Laurie Loughney Laurie Loughney Laurie Loughney Abby and Larry Nagel Abby and Larry Nagel Steven Nappen and Andrew Chavkin Barbara and Steve Nappen Diane and Woody Saland Brian Saltzman and Alma Schneider Brian Saltzman and Alma Schneider Karen Sandler Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Cookie Schneiderman Stephen and Bunny Schwartz Pat and Burt Sebold Pat and Burt Sebold Pat and Burt Sebold Pat and Burt Sebold Gella Seiden Judy Shulman Judy Shulman Judy Shulman Drs. April and Robert Sussman Roberta and Walter Zweifler Roberta and Walter Zweifler Roberta and Walter Zweifler Roberta and Walter Zweifler Roberta and Walter Zweifler
mazel tov, get well and in memoriam
Alan and Joni Cohen Mrs. Carol Ross Lynn Dunetz Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Michelle Turner and Family Sandra Rosenblatt Alan and Joni Cohen Mark and Barbara Gersten Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rosen Mr. and Mrs. David Sidman Mr. and Mrs. Jon Gurkoff Mr. and Mrs. Gary Squires Jonathan Perelman and Evelyn Eckert Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lazarus Mr. and Mrs. Norman Feinstein Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Feinstein Mr. and Mrs. Aido Zairi Alan and Joni Cohen Dr. and Mrs. Allan David Mr. and Mrs. Michael Soudry Mr. and Mrs. Neil Ehrenkrantz Mr. Michael Rose Mrs. Terry Arons Mrs. Ellen Hyman Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Punia Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Baumgarten Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Jay Brichke Mr. Scott Maier Mr. Stevan Goldman Mr. David Sidman Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Eric and Frann Francis Alan and Joni Cohen Jay and Jodi Murnick and Family Maxine Murnick Alan and Joni Cohen Stanley and Ellen Stone Ronald Witt, Jr. Paula Barber and Howard Buxbaum Stanley and Ellen Stone Stanley and Ellen Stone Peggy Heller Mark and Barbara Gersten Larry Rein Lawrence and Jaime Gibbs & family Eric and Frann Francis Jay and Jodi Murnick Alan and Joni Cohen Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Alan and Joni Cohen Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Stuart Raynor Mitchell Leff Mrs. Robin Kaufman Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Caryn Starr-Gates Eta and Stephen Cohen Caryn Starr-Gates John and Susan Harris Alan and Joni Cohen Paula Barber and Howard Buxbaum Mr. Alan Sobel and Family Jonathan Perelman and Evelyn Eckert Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Alan and Joni Cohen Eric and Frann Francis Julie Gelb Alan and Joni Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Kramer Mrs. Barbara Kotel Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adelson Mrs. Iris Palesnick Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Norma Corwick Mrs. N. Pokras Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Alan and Joni Cohen Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Jay and Jodi Murnick Alan and Joni Cohen Alan and Joni Cohen Alan and Joni Cohen Irving and Ellen Barocas Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Abby and Larry Nagel Dot and Victor Libman Harold and Nomi Colton-Max Julie Rosenberg and Family Thelma and Jay Jennis
The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra The passing of your husband Bob Shaw The Bat Mitzvah of your granddaughters, Sara and Shayna Klepesch Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The passing of your mother Sylvia Schwartz On the occasion of your 80th birthday The birth of your grandson Dexter Jennings The birth of your first grandchild Max Dillon Gersten The engagement of Adam and Mallory In honor of your new granddaughter In honor of your new grandson In honor of your new grandson In honor of your marriage The loving memory of Joan Mesnick In honor of the arrival of Gemma Libby In honor of the arrival of Gemma Libby In honor of Eitan’s Bat Mitzvah The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra In honor of the engagement of Jeff to Carly The passing of Leslie Bash In honor of your new granddaughter Avery Juel The passing of your sister Cheryl The passing of your mother Beatrice Wishing you a speedy recovery In honor of your new grandson Mazel Tov on the marriage of Alison and Stephen Mazel Tov on your new granddaughter Mazel Tov on your new grandson Mazel Tov on Laura’s engagement Wishing you a speedy recovery Wishing you a speedy recovery A special birthday Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The birth of your grandaughter Briella Enora Mackler The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra Being honored by the Friendship Circle at its Annual Banquet Being honored by the Friendship Circle at its Annual Banquet The birth of your grandson Dexter Jennings The engagement of Gabi Stone to Talia Gottesman The passing of Ronald C. Witt Sr., CEO of Sweetwater Construction The engagement of your son Joe to Lindsay Puchalsky The birth of your granddaughter The birth of your grandson On a speedy recovery The birth ofyour first grandchild Max Dillon Gersten The passing of your father In memory of Andy Gibbs The birth of your grandaughter Briella Enora Mackler Being honored by the Friendship Circle at its Annual Banquet The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The birth of your grandson Dexter Jennings Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The passing of your mother Wishing you a speedy recovery The passing of David Kaufman Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The passing of your husband Larry Marriage of your son Micah and Noy Your daughter’s graduation from William Paterson University The loss of your nephew Alexander James Lynch The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra The engagement of your son Joe to Lindsay Puchalsky The passing of Harold Sobel In honor of your wedding Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra The birth of your grandaughter Briella Enora Mackler Passing of your sister Florence The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra The passing of your father The passing of your sister-in-law Lita In honor of your new home In honor of your new apartment Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The passing of your husband Corky The passing of your husband Dr. Norman Pokras Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah Being honored by the Friendship Cirlce at its Annual Banquet The birth of your grandson Dexter Jennings The birth of your grandson Dexter Jennings The engagement of your son Adam to Sumit Galhotra On Irving’s speedy recovery Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah The Bat Mitzvah of your daughter Gabrielle The passing of your brother Harold Sobel Rafi Colton-Max becoming a Bar Mitzvah On the passing of your father Your granddaughters becoming Bnot Mitzvah
To Clara Beckerman in celebration of your 100th birthday from: Rosaline Tornow, Joel and Bernice Lerner, Maria-Luisa and Lester Koransky, Claire and Charles Eisenstein, Marlene Hyatt, Marion Brod, Ed and Mady Koransky, Alyssa and Ethan Shacknow, Neal, Cory and Jacob Koransky, Harold and Ann Dershowitz, Carol and Howard Koransky, Rebecca and Zach Friess, Mark Koransky and Alison Koransky, Joan Bender, Gert Freeman, Carole Golden, Rhoda Morris, Norman Tooter, Brenda McNeil, Lucienne Rappaport, Daniel and Christine Rappaport, Lucy, Tony, Grace and Jim Purriarelli, Michael and Kimberly Beckerman, Phyllis and Barry Rodin, Louis and Ann Beckerman
*To send a Tribute, contact Marcia Feldman at 973-530-3966 or email MarciaF@JCHCorp.org.
JCHC to Present our LITE Program at LeadingAge Meeting in June As we wrote about on the first page of these Chronicles, the JCHC has instituted a leadership training program called LITE (Leadership in Training Experience) in which a select group of frontline employees, representing different areas of our operation, participated last winter/ spring. This proprietary, transformative program has been selected for presentation at LeadingAge New Jersey’s annual meeting and expo from June 14-16 in Atlantic City. The meeting’s theme this year is “Power of Purpose” and COO Laurie Loughney and some of the JCHC LITE team will share how LITE has helped our employees fuel their purpose through empowerment and better leadership skills.
LeadingAge New Jersey brings together providers from not-for-profit and mission-based organizations throughout the state who represent assisted living, continuum of care retirement communities, home and community-based services, hospice, senior housing, and skilled nursing communities. We are honored and excited to share how we are developing a more empowered team within our communities, and to show others how to “fuel their purpose” in their workplaces. Congratulations to Laurie on this honor and recognition of this wonderful program!
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Published on Jun 21, 2017
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