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Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

The Mitzvah Program connects volunteers of all ages with seniors in need

September 24, 2015

Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

Deuteronomy 15:7-10 teaches us, "If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren...you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be."

This past Sunday, Hebrew SeniorLife opened its hand to 500 Jewish residents in the Greater Boston community with a holiday meal to support celebration of Rosh Hashana. Roughly 75 volunteers of all ages helped pack and deliver meals to homebound seniors and others needing food support.

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Rabbi Sara reflects on the changes in LGBT care

September 9, 2015

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Yom Kippur is referred to in the book of Leviticus as sabbath of sabbaths, and the double use of the word communicates a completely restful Shabbat, the Shabbat of all Shabbats. Rosh Hashana, the 7 days in between, and Yom Kippur are a time of reflecting on our lives. We literally pause, stop in our tracks, to assess, and recalibrate. The prayers, songs, and time in community are all ways to support our process of deep reflection — and in that time of suspension, we experience what the Torah understands to be a Shabbat shabbaton, a time of complete rest.

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community in Dedham Reduces Fear of Falls

A Matter of Balance at NewBridge on the Charles

July 29, 2015

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community

Did you know that falls are NOT a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented? Hebrew SeniorLife works throughout Massachusetts and in our own senior living communities to educate seniors about this fact through our evidenced-based programs department. Our work supporting evidence-based programs helps empower older adults to become more active partners in managing their own health care.

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

Donors H.E.L.P. Build a Lifeline for Employees

July 23, 2015

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

First in a series of occasional blog posts highlighting Hebrew SeniorLife donors who are redefining the experience of aging through their generosity.

Four years ago, Hebrew SeniorLife Board Member Harold Kotler found himself at Hebrew Rehabilitation

Center in Boston—but this time, as a patient.

Harold chose HRC Boston for his rehab from back surgery partly because he wanted first-hand experience with the care that he had heard so much about. “The care was wonderful,” Harold recalls. “It’s amazing the work and effort that goes into every person’s job—they do it out of love.”

In the Garden with Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue of NewBridge on the Charles Dedham

HSL community chef gives a tour of the culinary team’s garden

July 16, 2015

In the Garden with Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue of NewBridge on the Charles Dedham

Residents aren’t the only ones with green thumbs at NewBridge on the Charles. In addition to the raised communal garden beds situated around our campus, one large plot is set aside each spring just for our culinary team. There, fresh produce is grown to supplement our kitchen’s “farm to fork” offerings with vegetables, lettuces and herbs. Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue recently spent a few moments with a member of the HSL blog team to chat about what’s new this year.  

Families Appreciate CNAs at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston

Highlighting the great work of one of HRC’s Certified Nursing Assistants

July 9, 2015

Families appreciate CNAs at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston

I saw Pat a few months ago on one of her many visits to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. It was a beautiful spring day and she was visiting her mother so they could take in the sunshine together. I sought her out because I wanted to ask her to elaborate on feedback she sent in about Nomfundo Woods Mzamo, a certified nursing assistant at HRC, who she nominated for the “Hebrew SeniorLife ROCKS*” award.

Pat was happy to speak with me at length about the care Nomfundo has provided her mother throughout her time living at HRC. The first thing Pat told me is that Nomfundo has empathy, which she believes is very important.

Advanced Style comes to NewBridge on the Charles

Community members gather to celebrate senior women

July 8, 2015

Advanced Style comes to NewBridge on the Charles

Ari Seth Cohen shoots Orchard Cove resident Sylvia CarlWe were so fortunate a few weeks ago to have Ari Seth Cohen present his documentary, Advanced Style at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham as a part of our “Remarkable People, Remarkable Performances” program series. What makes Ari remarkable is his attitude and appreciation of older women.

Celebrating the 4th of July with Immigration Stories from HRC Patients

America is a melting pot and so is Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July holiday heralds the height of summer — the time to hit the beach and fire up the grill. But it also provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what is means to be an American—who we really are. The United States is in large part a country of immigrants and the patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston reflect the rich diversity of the immigrant experience.

A NewBridge on the Charles Resident Reflects on a Father’s Journey

June 18, 2015

The Bussgang family, Julian and Fay Bussgang, Jeff and Lynda Bussgang and their three children.

As children we may look up to our fathers as superheroes. As we age, we realize our fathers are not invincible, but human with their own personal stories of how they overcame the most difficult challenges in their own lives. The Bussgang men, including NewBridge on the Charles resident Julian, and his father, Jozef (now deceased), survived many challenges in their lives. Julian’s own son, Jeff, applied that same determination to succeed and achieve many accomplishments in his life as well. Through it all, all three men have been strong and inspiring role models to their children.

Hebrew SeniorLife Facilitates Historic Meeting Between Holocaust Survivors and Young Israeli Soldiers

A multigenerational visit with Brothers for Life

June 17, 2015

A multigenerational visit with Brothers for Life

Professor Anna Ornstein stood at the front of the room to help frame an extraordinary day at Hebrew SeniorLife. In her presence were eleven wounded Israeli soldiers who had been on the front lines of battleserving their country.

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