At JCHE, there is much to be thankful for!
On Tuesday, the dining hall at Ulin House was ready to talk turkey. Paper turkeys, that is, which hung from the walls along with autumn leaves and pumpkins to mark the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The meal was classic: turkey, stuffing, cranberries and all. Musician Ray Cavicchio and vocalist Sharon Lee performed for a full house of over 130 guests. Their musical selections included songs in Russian, Yiddish, and even one in Chinese!
Although many of the residents in attendance were not born in the US and had not grown up celebrating this holiday, Thanksgiving represents a poignant cause for celebration. “America is their home now,” explained Vera Shakhray, a Brighton Resident Services Coordinator who was in charge of Tuesday’s celebration. “They’re thankful to be living here, and we’re thankful to have them here.”
No matter where they were born, residents celebrated and gave thanks on Tuesday in honor of the holiday. This week, JCHE extends its warmest wishes to tenants, family members and friends.