1 Headlines & Highlights FALL 2013 NEWSLETTER Edition - 9 BOARD OF GOVERNORS Officers President Marsha Fiske President Designate James Gurland Vice-Presidents Susan Hammer Mimi Heyman Julie Sobel Kaplan Richard Slutzky Vice-Presidents Emeritus Daniel Kram Melvin J. Wallerstein Treasurer David Boyko Assistant Treasurer David Silverstein Secretary Natalie Peck Assistant Secretary Jodi Silbermann Women s League Co-Presidents Judith Feinberg Carole Strassberg Executive Director Susan Grosser, LNHA Assistant Administrator Colleen Thompson, LNHA Medical Director Joshua Schor, M.D. Chief Financial Officer Jay Gold The Fern Forman Memorial Golf Tournament The Fern Forman Memorial Golf Tournament in support of Daughters of Israel was a huge success. Attracting over 250 participants, the tournament was held on June 3, 2013, at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. In addition to the Shot-Gun Golf Tournament, the event included a Card and Game Party, cocktail reception, awards ceremony and raffle auction. A special thank you to our Honorary Event Chair, Michael Forman, and Event Co-Chairs, Gary Beinhaker, and Bart Schneiderman, and to our sponsors, golfers, Card Party participants, and volunteers. NEWSLETTER EDITORIAL STAFF Editor in Chief/Contributing Editor: Susan Grosser Managing Editor/Contributing Editor: Renee Glick Copy Editors: Eve Goldberg, Li Schuman, Joyce Silverman and Colleen Thompson Contributing Writers: Marsha Fiske, Rabbi Zvi Karpel Editorial Info: or
2 2 From the President s Desk What a wonderful year we ve had at Daughters! Our Fern Forman Memorial Golf outing at Canoe Brook was closed out and a huge success raising $157,000! We are so lucky that the weather held up. I received such terrific feedback about the tournament, giving warm vibes of friendship and camaraderie and most importantly about being able to enhance the lives of our residents at Daughters. I thank our Golf Chairs, Gary Beinhaker and Bart Schneiderman, and Honorary Chair, Michael Forman. I don t want to single out a Golf Committee member but I do really have to thank Irwin Dorros, photographer extraordinaire, for all of his photography throughout the Home and all day at the tournament. And, Eve Goldberg, this event would not be possible without your incredible hard work and dedication. Renee, you were always there to help Eve, while doing so many other things that we are all grateful for! Rhoda, you ran after those vendors and all of your hard work paid off, thank you. To give you a little update on Rehab, we are doing fantastic and the unit continues to rapidly grow. We continue to market rehab through advertising and publicity, and are constantly exploring new initiatives. In fact, as many of you already know, we were named a Physical Rehabilitation Center of the Year Finalist by NJ BIZ, at an awards ceremony on June 18. Speaking of awards, Daughters won three awards from Leading Age NJ this year, as well as from JESPY House. Congratulations to resident Ann Vicari and our staff members, Kyle McCray, Eve Goldberg, and Lauren Schwartz. We are extremely proud of our very own Dr. Joshua Schor, who was the recipient of the Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare by the Healthcare Foundation of NJ. In addition, Dr. Muthu Arunachalam was named a Top Doc in the field of Geriatrics in the June 2013 issue of New York Magazine. On another note, I hope you ve noticed all of the renovations throughout the building starting from the lobbies. We also have a beautiful new Dorothy Ross Memorial Garden adjacent to the Reinfeld Holtz Pavilion (RHP), thanks to The Frances Davis Fund. Our RHP Unit is undergoing a major renovation, thanks to a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ. The Hirsch Pavilion auxiliary dining room, lounge, and restroom have also undergone a renovation, thanks to a generous gift from Anita and Marcel Bollag. The final touches are being put on our newly-renovated Beauty Salon, thanks to the generosity of the Berson Family Supporting Foundation and a grant from the Jewish Women s Foundation of NJ of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Please continue to help us make these renovations to beautify the Home for our beloved residents. One of the ways in which you can do this is by purchasing Pavers on the Aaron & Sarah Franzblau Patio. I would like to thank our Board who has become very involved in this initiative by asking their friends, family and colleagues to support our cause. The cost is $180 for a standard paver and $360 for a large paver. Pavers are a great way to honor the memory of a loved one, and also to celebrate a simcha such as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a graduation, anniversary, or milestone birthday. If you have not already, please become part of our garden today. I d like to take this opportunity to say how fortunate I am and we all are to have James Gurland as President Designate! He is a phenomenal person, inspiring and creative, not to mention his great fundraising skills! Working closely with James throughout the recent years, he has become a friend as well as our future President. Daughters will be very lucky to have James lead us next year. I look forward to continue working with him. This past spring, I attended a DOI Staff Recognition Luncheon where Joyce Silverman was honored for 40 years of service to DOI. She is so dedicated to this Home and words cannot express my gratitude to her. Joyce is always there when I need her wonderful wisdom. Her fundraising skills are amazing! She is also a great historian for us, and has so much energy! I would also like to thank all of the staff and administration who keep the Home running and who provide the most outstanding level of care to our residents. On July 11, a group from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest s Women s Philanthropy came to tour DOI. The Mini Mission, which included visits to other Federation agencies, was coordinated by Debra Levenstein, Regional Manager and Development Officer, Women s Philanthropy. Jay Gold, I am so grateful for all of the hard work you do to keep us fiscally responsible... I could not have done the finances without you. Ann Berry, what a special woman you are, caring about every single resident and expertly managing our wonderful nursing staff. Colleen Thompson, I just wanted to thank you for coming through for us all the time. Your dedication is much appreciated. Susan Grosser, you are an inspiration to this Home and to me! We are so fortunate to have you as our Executive Director. Your hard work and love for our facility is there the minute you walk through the door. I am so happy we still have another year to share our 24/7 connection, day and night! You have taught me so much...thank you! And, for the staff who does all of the work behind the scenes...you have made my job as President so much easier with your hard work and expertise. I wish I could mention you all! Finally, I would also like to thank our Board of Governors for their continued support. We have so many new projects and we learn so much from each other. Marsha Fiske
3 A Word from the Executive Director It has been a busy and exciting past few months. Golf 2013 was a tremendous success, bringing in more than $155,000 in proceeds. Thank you to our Golf Co-Chairs, Gary Beinhaker and Bart Schneiderman, and Honorary Chair, Michael Forman for pulling this event together. I d also like to thank Eve Goldberg for all of her hard work and dedication. We also had our first event of our Young Leadership Committee, Tapas & Tequilas, on July 11 at Crestmont Country Club and most recently, our Women s League Annual Card Party & Luncheon on October 7, also at Crestmont Country Club. This past December, we completed our full transition to Electronic Medical Records, thanks to a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ. We are already reaping the benefits including reduced costs and enhancements in the order and delivery of medications. We have introduced some innovative new programming over the past few months. Our Music & Memory pilot program, made possible through a grant by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, was written up in the New Jersey Jewish News, as we are the first nursing home in New Jersey to offer the program. The program, geared for those with dementia, provides residents with ipods equipped with highly personalized music playlists. The therapeutic benefits are countless but include restoring a sense of self, awakening long lost memories, providing avenues for communication with loved ones and caregivers, and fostering a more tranquil environment. Another first of its kind program we introduced this year is Caring Conversations funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Daughters is the first long-term care facility in New Jersey to offer this unique program, which has been enthusiastically received by hospitals throughout the State. The program brings together various departments such as nursing, dietary, admissions, housekeeping, and others, to meet monthly in a relaxed and informal environment. The participants view relevant film clips, read and listen to short stories and poems, and view art that facilitate conversations and explore issues that caregivers face on a daily basis. In fact one of the co-facilitators of this program is our very own Board Member, Dr. Helen Blank. The goal of the monthly session is to promote a strong sense of community as the caregivers discuss the challenges and joys of our shared work. This summer, also a first, the Master Gardeners of Essex County came to share tips and other information on summer horticulture with our residents. Our residents worked throughout the summer with the Master Gardeners to plant flowers and herbs in the Frances Davis Garden. We are proud to have hosted our third culminating Intergenerational Program annual event in conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society. During the academic year, students from West Orange High School visit Daughters and interview residents as part of an oral history project, which is then presented at an end of year ceremony. Some of the students adopt their resident and continue to visit and stay in touch. It is really a heartwarming program. This year, Mayor Robert Parisi of West Orange attended, and the event was written up all over the newspapers including the Star-Ledger. Family Council has also been very busy with lots of programming these past few months including the June 27 POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) workshop in which both Dr. Joshua Schor and Dr. Helen Blank presented. Renovations continue and new projects are constantly in the works. We are working on plans to construct a corridor connecting the Rehab Gym to the sub-acute recovery suites on the Slobodien Pavilion, making the trip for our rehab clients to therapy more comfortable, convenient, and private. We are also working on plans for the renovation of the front reception area. A renovation of the Reinfeld Holtz Pavilion (RHP) is in the works, made possible through a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Adjacent to the RHP unit, the new Dorothy Ross Memorial Garden was built, thanks to the generosity of the Frances Davis Fund. Also, renovations have been completed in the Hirsch Pavilion auxiliary dining room and sitting area, thanks to a generous gift from Anita and Marcel Bollag. Our Beauty Salon renovation, funded by the generosity of the Berson Family Supporting Foundation and a grant from the Jewish Women s Foundation of NJ of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, is nearing completion as I am writing this article. Our Rehab Center continues to grow with future plans to include outpatient therapy. We are very proud that our Rehab Center was named a finalist in the Rehab Center of the Year category in NJ BIZ s Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards. We attended the breakfast awards ceremony in Somerset on June 18. All of the wonderful initiatives and projects designed to enhance the lives of our beloved residents would not be possible without the help of our supporters, our Board, family members and the greater community, now more than ever, particularly with the decrease in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, and Federation allocations. Please remember to try and support the home in any way possible. 3 Some of our fundraising programs such as ShopRite Scrip, which can be purchased in the Business Office and Front Desk in increments of $25 and up, will not cost you a penny extra, and the Home receives 5% back on all of your purchases. Our Women s League Tribute Cards, which can be purchased at the Gift Shop, Women s League office, or online, help support the home and are available at many different levels ranging from $2 to $100. Our Aaron & Sarah Franzblau Paver Patio, Tree of Life, and Builders of Tzedakah Donor Wall offer additional giving opportunities. We also have a wide array of larger underwriting opportunities available so please contact Joyce Silverman, our Fundraising Coordinator, if you are interested, at org or I often like to quote Walt Disney, whose wisdom and wit I admire... Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group a tribute to our combined effort. Thank you to our wonderful staff who make everything here possible... I don t want to start naming names as it s really us as a group that makes things happen, but I would like us all to acknowledge our staff who deserve our deep gratitude. I do want to specifically mention some of our staff who have won various awards -- Lauren Schwartz, Director of the Bierman Home, was recognized by JESPY. Eve Goldberg, in her capacity as Director of Volunteers, Kyle McCray, Dietary Supervisor, and even our resident Ann Vicari were recognized by Leading Age NJ. And our very own Dr. Joshua Schor who received the very prestigious Lester Z Lieberman Award for Humanism in Healthcare by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey at their July 22 annual awards ceremony. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish a farewell to Angie Anderson, Assistant Director of Nursing, who has retired after 22 years of service to Daughters. We thank Angie for her utmost dedication and will miss her! And, we welcome Melanie Alzamora as our new Assistant Director of Nursing. Last but not least, I would like to thank Marsha, whose endless passion, enthusiasm, genuine dedication, and upbeat demeanor, make working with her truly a pleasure. The Home has never looked so good -- thank you Marsha! It s never a dull moment, day or night! Finally, I would like to officially welcome President Designate James Gurland on board. I have enjoyed working with James on many different levels at the Home and have been very impressed by his skillset and knowledge. I recently took James on a full tour of the Home, including boiler rooms, generator rooms, and fire panels careful what you ask for! I look forward to working with him in a greater capacity and am sure that he will be a terrific asset to our Home. SusanGrosser
4 4 Around the Home Resident Ruth Miller is joined by her daughter on one of DOI s summer outings to the Jersey Shore. Residents enjoyed a fashion show coordinated by Rachel Katz, pictured below, a volunteer who is a student at Livingston High School. Inset on right: Model Melanie Smith escorting fellow model and DOI resident Tessie Kelner down the runway. Above L to R: models Johnna Petrullo and Stephanie Katz. (L to R) Sandye Garrison, a resident of Federation Plaza, pictured with her friend, Helen Labowitch, a resident of Daughters of Israel. WLP resident Robert Roth enjoys Casino Day! Lee and Gloria Kahn, both residents at Daughters of Israel, reaffirmed their wedding vows, celebrating 64 years together. The elaborate and festive ceremony, which took place at Daughters, included a Chuppah with prayers recited by Rabbi Zvi Karpel, Chaplain, a champagne fountain serving punch, delectable hors d oeuvres, and a breathtaking wedding cake. Pictured: Lee Kahn following the tradition of breaking the glass after the Chuppah, a reminder of the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, as his wife Gloria looks on.
5 5 Tapas & Tequilas Young Leadership Event On July 11, Young Leadership sponsored an enjoyable evening, Tapas and Tequilas at Crestmont Country Club in support of Daughters. Chaired by Julie Sobel Kaplan and Julie Schwartz, the event attracted more than 120 participants. DOI Annual Meeting The 106th Annual Meeting of Daughters of Israel took place on Wednesday evening, June 12, in the Home s Alta & Janet Cohen Auditorium/Levin-Ball Family Hall. The evening, chaired by David Silverstein, included an installation of officers and governors, and dessert reception.. (L to R) New incoming Board Member, Peter Pogany, President Designate, James Gurland, President, Marsha Fiske, and new incoming Board Member, Daniel Kaplan. Mitzvah Corner JKHA student Molly Nelson with resident Eunice Phillips, baking cupcakes with the residents in honor of her Bat Mitzvah. Logan Ferdinand of Millburn donated two ipods, $30 in itunes gift cards, and $500 to Daughters of Israel s Music & Memory program in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. Daughters is the first skilled long-term nursing facility in N.J. to offer Music & Memory, an innovative program designed for residents with dementia. Pictured, Logan presenting the itunes cards to Janet Been, Director of the Special Care Unit.
6 6 Dorothy Ross Memorial Garden On July 22, Daughters of Israel held a dedication ceremony to mark the official opening of the Dorothy Ross Memorial Garden, located adjacent to the Home s Reinfeld-Holtz Pavilion (RHP). The new garden, underwritten by the Frances Davis Fund, features a fountain, a shaded canopy, and an eye-catching assortment of shrubs, plants, flowers and rocks. The residents on RHP were joined by staff in an elaborate dessert reception. The event concluded with the Shehecheyanu blessing, a prayer of gratitude, led by Rabbi Zvi Karpel, Chaplain of Daughters of Israel. (L to R) Susan Grosser, Executive Director, Richard Ross, Board Member, and Marsha Fiske, President of the Board. Family Council Happenings The Family Council of Daughters of Israel provides orientation and resources for families of new residents, special programming, educational seminars for residents families, and ongoing support to both residents and their families. Family Council has scheduled a Health Fair/Flu Clinic for November 10 and will soon be announcing the date of its Annual Pet Parade. Most recently, Family Council held a forum called Enhancing Communication Between Nursing Staff and Family on October 6. For more information about Family Council, to receive a dues form, or to request to join the Family Council Committee, please contact Li Schuman at or Metro Transport Metro Transport, operated out of Daughters of Israel, offers two programs, a non-profit community transportation program and a group trip services program, both serving senior citizens and adults with special needs. The non-profit service offers individuals local transportation to medical appointments, the JCC and affiliated senior centers, as well as to nursing home and hospital visits. Metro Transport s group trip program provides senior care facilities and organizations serving the special needs population with transportation throughout N.J. at competitive rates. Metro Transport s most recent addition to its fleet is a Random Access Bus, with a special ramp designed for those with mobility issues. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Metro Transport at or
7 7 State&Local Article reprinted with permission of the NEW JERSEY JEWISH NEWS (www.njjewishnews.com) Foundation honors a medical role model For Dr. Joshua Schor, recognition of service to a living village E RobeRt WieneR NJJN Staff Writer ven before Joshua Schor became medical director at the Daughters of Israel nursing home in West Orange, he found special meaning in being in the company of senior citizens. His affection for them began during his childhood summers at a Catskill bungalow colony called Greenwood Lodge. Being in that environment around elderly folks, many of them Holocaust survivors, I felt very honored, he told NJ Jewish News. Schor will be honored literally on Monday, July 22, when the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey presents him with its Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Health Care. The annual ceremony will be held at the Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park. The award is presented each year to a community member who is really a role model, said foundation executive director Marsha Atkind. It has preponderantly been given to doctors, but not only to doctors. They are people who are looked up to by their peers for the compassionate way they deliver care and the empathy they treat patients with. We Semi-Independent living and THE Spirit of Community The Charles Bierman Home is a unique semi-independent housing facility featuring: - Studio apartments with assistance available. - Warm, social setting with daily on-site recreational activities. - Walking distance to houses of worship, shopping, library and other community services. - 3 meals daily offered in kosher dining room. - Housekeeping and laundry services. Call or visit 110 Vose Avenue, South Orange, NJ decided that Josh should get this award. It is long overdue. For nearly 15 years, Schor has supervised medical care for Daughters residents and patients in its short-term sub-acute care unit. What I love about this place is living in a village among the people I take care of, he said. That is such a rare opportunity and privilege to see them in all of their activities. Josh is a lot more than the doctor here, said Daughters executive director Susan Grosser. He is a true mensch who cares about every single person he comes across and gives them all the time they need. I have been honored to work with him. Schor grew up in Rockland County, NY, and Long Island, attended Yale University and its medical school, followed by a fellowship in geriatrics at Harvard University. I had a lot of great role models to show me the way, he said. One of them told me that in long-term care, when you get to know the residents, some of them will actually become good friends of yours. No matter where I ve been there have always been older people looking for friendship, he said during a recent interview at Daughters. Anna Vicari, who will be 95 in August and has lived at Daughters of Israel for nearly three years, agreed. Dr. Schor is great, she said. For him to do what he is doing and you have to have a lot of patience to take care of patients here he has got to be great. Schor, who lives in Millburn with his wife, Lori, said he gives his Honoree Dr. Joshua Schor examines Anna Vicari, a resident of Daughters of Israel. Photos by Robert Wiener patients his personal address so they can stay in touch during his off-hours, and has braved blizzards to welcome and comfort incoming residents and their families. He calls the Daughters community an ecosystem. To get up every day and know we can make changes and be a positive influence in our seniors lives is a wonderful thing, he said. You just can t do it any other way. He really walks the walk of treating every patient as an individual, of looking at people as people not as rheumatoid arthritics or cancer patients or whatever, Atkind said. In this day, when things are so complicated, it is difficult to keep that perspective. His model of relating to people is really commendable and important. I would hope every doctor would look at it and say, I can do that. n Dr. Joshua Schor is flanked by Daughters of Israel executive director Susan Grosser, left, and Healthcare Foundation of NJ executive director Marsha Atkind. 8 July 18, 2013 J NJJN
8 8 In the Spotlight: Award Winning Staff (& Resident Too!) Dr. Joshua Schor, our Medical Director, was presented with the Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare by Donald Rosenthal, Co-Chair of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey awards dinner ceremony, on July 22. Kyle McCray, Dietary Supervisor, was awarded Leading Age NJ 2013 Frontline Professional of the Year. Ann Vicari (center) was named Resident of the Year by Leading Age NJ at the May 30 annual awards ceremony in Atlantic City. She is pictured with (L to R) Susan Grosser, Executive Director and Colleen Thompson, Assistant Administrator. Dr. Muthu Arunachalam was named a Top Physician in the field of geriatrics by New York Magazine in its 2013 Best Doctors list published in June. Eve Goldberg, Director of Volunteers (center), JESPY Program winner of Leading Age NJ s Amos Willcox Award for Professional Services in Field of Aging with (L to R) Susan Grosser, Executive Director and Colleen Thompson, Assistant Administrator. Lauren Kushnir, Director of The Charles Bierman Home, was recipient of the Community Appreciation Award from JESPY House in May.
9 PHYSICAL THERAPY REHABILITATION CENTER OF THE YEAR FINALIST Photo Courtesy of NJ BIZ A well-deserved congratulations to our therapists and the entire team at Daughters of Israel for being named a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year finalist in NJ BIZ s Healthcare Heroes awards program. Thank you for providing the highest quality of care and outstanding dedication to our clients. It is the extra mile you go, beyond the clinical aspect of rehabilitation -- the personal attention, the warmth and compassion, the encouragement, and the friendship, that you provide to each individual -- which makes all the difference. The Charles Bierman Home The Charles Bierman Home, a Daughters of Israel residence, and Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, both under the Jewish Community Housing Corp. umbrella and located at 110 Vose Avenue in South Orange, just celebrated its 25th anniversary. The special milestone was marked with a joint Jubilee Celebration on October 3. The Bierman Home is a semiindependent living facility, which features newly-renovated studio apartments. Residents benefit from three delicious kosher meals on a daily basis in a communal dining room, laundry and housekeeping services, medication reminders, and a full plate of recreational activities ranging from lectures and concerts, to chair yoga and trips. To schedule a tour or for more information, please contact Lauren Kushnir, Director of The Charles Bierman Home, at or daughtersofisrael.org. On July 23, social workers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, gathered at The Charles Bierman Home for a CEU seminar presented by Care Alternatives on Complementary Therapies.
10 From the Rabbi s Study... Lighting Chanukah candles and giving Chanukah gelt and presents are two of the most observed Jewish practices in America today. How do we understand the background of this holiday and its meaning for us today? Chanukah can only be understood within its historical context during the Second Temple period. Around the year 330 BCE, Alexander the Great, the Greek military genius, conquered the civilized world as it was known up until that time. When he came to the Holy Land and approached the city of Jerusalem, he actually bowed down to the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). He had a high regard and respect for the Jews, their culture and their religion. When Alexander died a few years later, no one was strong enough to hold his vast empire together. Consequently, it was sub-divided into four separate kingdoms. Two of those kingdoms, the Syrian Greeks (Seleucid dynasty) and the Egyptian Greeks (Ptolemy dynasty) fought for control over the land of Judea where the Jews resided over the next century and a half. The goal of the Greeks was to Hellenize those peoples who came under their rule. In other words, the Greeks sought to infuse their culture into these societies. This meant that they expected the conquered peoples to dress like the Greeks, to teach their children within the Greek educational system, to speak the Greek language, adopt Greek names, and worship the Greek gods. Over the course of many years, they succeeded in meeting their goals with a vast number of Jews in Judea. These Jews forsook Jewish practices and assimilated into the Greek culture. They became known as Hellenists. Another tragedy occurred within the ranks of Jewish leadership. In the days that the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, the High Priest served not only as the religious leader but also as the political leader. The Greek rulers were interested in collecting taxes from those peoples whom they conquered, including the Jews of Judea. The Kohen Gadol was put in charge of doing their bidding. As a result, greedy individuals vied for this coveted position. They conveyed the requested amount to the Greek government; they lined their own pockets with what they were able to collect, over and above. Antiochus IV ascended the throne in the year 175 BCE. Erroneously thinking that the Jews were mounting a revolt against him, he ordered his soldiers to indiscriminately murder men, women, and children. About 40,000 were killed and an equal number taken into captivity. Antiochus entered the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple), stole the holy vessels, and converted it into a place of harlotry and idolatry. He forbade the observance of Shabbos and the festivals, kashruth, and the practice of ritual circumcision. He had Torah scrolls and sacred writings confiscated and burned. It is within this scenario that Mattisyahu, the Hasmonean and a Kohen, lead a rebellion against the Romans, gathering a force of 6,000 loyal Jews to strike back at the Syrian- Greeks. These zealous Jews began to mount nocturnal raids and to demolish idolatrous altars. After his death a year later, Mattisyahu s five sons continued the struggle. His son Yehudah became the general of the small Jewish army. Yehuda and his men met a vastly superior army, more than six times the size of the Jewish army, and was able to 10 kill about 5,000 soldiers. Lysias, the Syrian-Greek general, saw how determined the Jews were to die rather than surrender. He decided to return home to Antioch. At that point, Yehudah decided to cleanse and rededicate the Temple. Yehuda, his brothers, and the Sanhedrin (religious court), decreed the festival of Chanukah as a yearly celebration for eight days, to commemorate the miracle of the lights of the Menorah. But is that all Chanukah is about? Is it just to remind us of a nice victory over the Syrian-Greeks and of the miracle of one day s cruse of oil lasting for eight days? Certainly not! The lesson that Chanukah teaches us is that if we are passionate and determined enough to practice our religion and preserve our heritage, we can. We can do so regardless of living in a society where we represent a tiny minority, both in terms of the general population and within a Jewish community that is largely assimilated. The Maccabees were not large in numbers, but they were passionate about G-d and their religion. This enabled them to re-dedicate the Holy Temple, to restore integrity into the position of Kohen Gadol, and to preserve a stable and meaningful religious life in the Holy Land for another two centuries. Rabbi Zvi Karpel serves as full-time chaplain at Daughters of Israel. Does Your Treatment Plan Include Rehabilitation? DEDICATE A PAVER TODAY! Pavers, available for purchase on the Aaron & Sarah Franzblau Patio, are a wonderful way to mark a Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Daughters of Israel offers a relaxing, safe environment with trained medical professionals. Our private rehabilitation campus features: A Spacious, State-of-the-Art Gym, Recovery Suites and Lounge with Luxury Amenities Fine Kosher Cuisine Expert On-Site Medical Care For more information or to schedule a private tour call or visit Daughters of Israel is a non-sectarian community. milestone such as a birthday, graduation, or anniversary, and also a special way to commemorate a loved one. Standard pavers are available for a cost of $180 and large pavers for a cost of $360. For more information, please contact Joyce Silverman at or 12_ISRL_0050_SubEssesMag_v2.indd 1 6/15/12 2:20 PM
11 11 HELPING OUT From DOI s Mission and Vision Statement on the Jewish Concept of Tikkun Olam: Being Active Participants in the Process of Making a More Perfect World Underwriting Opportunities at DOI Construction of New Corridor Connecting the Sub-Acute Gym to the Recovery Suites Refurbishment of Laurie Pavilion Dining Rooms Renovation of the Work Activity Center Buy ShopRite Scrip Support the Home at the same time that you re doing your supermarket shopping without spending a penny more! ShopRite scrip is available for purchase in increments of $25 and up at the front reception desk and in the business office. DOI receives five percent back on all of your purchases! For further information about these underwriting opportunities, please contact Joyce Silverman, Fundraising Coordinator, at or DONATE TODAY!! Your support will directly benefit our non-profit nursing facility and enhance the lives of our residents! Donations of all amounts are appreciated! Make your donation to Daughters of Israel today! Name Street Address City State Zip Phone Enclosed is my donation for $ A check is enclosed (made payable to Daughter of Israel) Please charge my American Express MasterCard Visa Credit Card Number Donate Online at Exp. Date Signature x Please return this portion with payment to: Att: Joyce Silverman, Daughters of Israel, 1155 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
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