This Wednesday, February 1, JCHE will host week 2 of “Wednesday for Senior Learners”, a program that brings together local authors, historians, and scholars to...
Read more … Wednesday for Senior Learners
Brighton residents and staff celebrated the Chinese New Year in the festively decorated Ulin dining hall. We watched a Tai Chi dance performance, listened to...
Read more … Happy New Year!
JCHE's Fitness & Wellness Specialist talks to residents about the health effects of sugar and what to look for when reading a nutrition label...
Read more … Sugar 101
Every day we strive to provide impeccable care to our seniors. It warms our hearts to hear from people whose lives we have impacted in such positive ways...
Read more … A Heartwarming Testimonial
Becoming the first governor to visit JCHE, Governor Baker expressed his commitment to our Aging In Community model, and stressed how critical it is for older adults to live a full life of connection and purpose...
Read more … Governor Baker Visits JCHE
We recently published the inaugural issue of JCHE's hardcopy newsletter featuring some of our most captivating stories from 2016...
Read more … A "Moving" Story
In addition to the environmental benefits realized from using a clean energy source, we will also save TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars annually...
Read more … JCHE Goes Solar!
Students from MetroWest Jewish Day School joined residents at Shillman House for a community building mural project...
Read more … Generations Together
Blogger Kimberly Blanton had been writing about some of the unpleasant issues related to nursing home care and seeking positive stories about senior housing options. Then she learned about JCHE.
Read more … Blogger Captures What Makes JCHE Special
Joan Slaby and Jack Kates, both residents of JCHE’s Coleman House, are deeply committed to regular exercise. One class the good friends never miss is the targeted arthritis class taught by Francine Godfrey.
Read more … Exercising the Pain Away
“I’m always happy when there are people around me and I like to be here,” says Esther Krupnik through a translator. Esther is referring to the Joyful Connections! program, a social drop-in club for JCHE residents with memory loss and their care partners.
Read more … Making Joyful Connections!
Who is this man who commands attention and earns friendship from so many important local and national dignitaries? The story of Naakh’s life is one of pain, perseverance, dedication, accomplishment and ultimately much joy, love and respect.
Read more … Naakh Vysoky - What a Life!
JCHE residents tell us one of the things they like best about living at our facilities is that “there’s always something to do.” This was certainly true for Purim, which was celebrated this year at all JCHE sites.
Read more … Celebrating Purim 2016 in Style
On March 3rd, students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University came to JCHE’s Brighton campus to tour the facility and learn about JCHE’s unique philosophy and approach to creating senior communities.
Read more … Wowed by Visit to JCHE
Ethel Sugarberg turned 100 years old on January 29, making her Shillman House’s first centenarian. We asked for her reflections on her life and her thoughts on turning 100.
Read more … What’s It Like to Be 100 Years Old?
This beautiful mural was the collective creation of JCHE guests from LeadingAge, the national trade association for senior services organizations. JCHE was honored to be selected for a site visit as part of their annual national conference.
Read more … Beautiful Art from the LeadingAge Site Visit
Boris Rasin, a resident of Coleman House, wore his medals at the Victory Day celebration. He is pictured with Coleman Staff member Vicki Ofir.
Read more … Celebrating Victory Day
There are great changes taking place inside Ulin House. Renovations are now complete on the tenth floor, where residents are enjoying freshly painted and newly carpeted apartments with sparkling working kitchens and bathrooms with walk-in bathtubs.
Read more … Welcome home!
For over 10 years, residents of JCHE have reached out to those facing major challenges with a hand-sewn Feelie Heart. ...Today, the staff of JCHE threaded needles and sewed Feelie Hearts for those who live in Village Shalom, a retirement community, and a Jewish Community Center in Kansas, which were the site of a senseless shooting that took the lives of three innocent people.
Read more … Sending heartfelt support to Overland Park, Kansas
We are pleased to announce that Helen and Rudy Kass have been selected as the 2014 AJAS Trustees of the Year. This award recognizes trustees from AJAS (Association of Jewish Aging Services) member organizations who have enriched the lives of Jewish elders and have provided outstanding leadership within their organization and the wider community.
Read more … Helen and Rudy Kass: 2014 AJAS Trustees of the Year
Twenty-one members of the event committee for JCHE Spring Celebration 2014 met this morning to discuss the Sunday,June 1 gala. The committee - JCHE's largest event committee ever -- is energized, focused and planning a fabulous event!
Read more … JCHE's Dynamic Event Committee
JCHE is undergoing an extensive renovation of our first building. Ulin House, which opened in 1973, is getting a well-deserved, extensive overhaul and residents are excited about what's ahead.
Read more … Ulin House is under renovation
JCHE buildings welcome people from all over the world. Walk down the corridors of Golda Meir House in Newton and you can hear English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Russian and Korean. It can be very challenging for a newcomer to integrate into an established. Residents at Golda are focusing on this issue in creative ways.
Read more … Welcoming the stranger
Amy Schectman, along with other CHAPA board members, attended a Legislative Housing Information Day. The event was designed to seek commitments from state legislators to prioritize affordable housing in the FY 2015 state budget.
Read more … CHAPA Legislative Housing Day at the State House
JCHE’s Annual Meeting, Embracing Community, was recently attended by an overflow audience. JCHE supporters, Board members and residents came together to celebrate the organization, thank outgoing board officers and directors while welcoming those who are incoming, and be uplifted by the remarks made by Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III and Newton Mayor Setti Warren. According to Amy Schectman, “Both Mayor Warren and Congressman Kennedy came not only to give greetings, but to listen to our proceedings and to share in our vision of aging in community.
Read more … Rep. Joe Kennedy III acknowledges JCHE’s commitment to Tikkun Olam
JCHE's Director of Generations Together Jessica Hamermesh reflects on the special relationship that spanned several years between her young son and a cherished JCHE resident.
Read more … Goodbye Dear Friend
We are so proud to announce that Irma Schretter has been selected as the recipient of the Industry Excellence Award from the Rental Housing Association. This is a highly notable recognition presented by the leaders of the Massachusetts housing arena.
Read more … JCHE Vice Chair Irma Schretter Wins Prestigious Award
Every year, the creative and prolific knitters from Coleman House, Golda Meir House and Shillman House create the most special gift -- hats and scarves for kindergarten students at the Potter Road School in Framingham. While JCHE residents find the knitting to be fun and relaxing, delivering the items to the Potter School is a most joyous event.
Read more … The wonders of a winter hat
The annual Coleman House Art Show featured a stunning array of visual works from a group of talented residents who attend weekly art classes with teacher Edie Green. While some residents who participate in Edie’s class are experienced artists, some have never picked up a paintbrush before moving to Coleman House.
Read more … Coleman House Hosts Annual Art Show
Sylvia, like so many others, moved to JCHE when she could no longer afford where she was living. She considered moving in with her children, but she did not want to crowd their lives or become dependent. She tried to cut back on her expenses, but keeping her heat off was not practical in New England and skipping medicines was not healthy.
Read more … "How lucky I am! I am part of a community where people truly care!"
JCHE's auditorium was filled with 200 seniors -- residents of JCHE and Rogerson Communities -- to hear each of the Boston mayoral candidates state their prioirties for senior services. The forum was co-sponsored by JCHE and Rogerson Communities, and co- moderated by JCHE's CEO Amy Schectman and Rogerson's James Seagle.
Read more … JCHE hosts both mayoral candidates in the Boston race
An overflow audience of residents and family members gathered at Shillman House on Sunday. The building had recently been awarded the prestigious designation of Community of Quality from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. It seemed only fitting to acknowledge this award with wonderful music -- and the exceptional Sababa delivered!!
Read more … Shillman has a 'quality' celebration!
The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) announced that Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) recently received National Recognition as a Community of Quality® for outstanding management of the Morton and Etta Shillman House on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Framingham MA.
Read more … Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly Receives National Recognition
The celebration was complete with apples and honey, challah, the shofar and an exceptional holiday dinner that began, of course, with matzah ball soup!
Read more … Golda celebrates the New Year!
We join Caren Silverlieb on her walk into work as she greets some of the multitude of great people who make JCHE the extraordinary place it is.
Read more … Indeed it takes a village!
JCHE's Shillman House in Framingham, MA has been in existence for over two years. One great measurement of success is that we have a growing wait list for our apartments.
Read more … JCHE's Secret
Thanks to the Bloomingdales Fund of the Macy’s Foundation, a large number of Coleman House residents are enjoying an engaging series of programs called Art Matters For Art.
Read more … Art Matters at Coleman House!
Our very own "secret garden" is visited and admired by the Golda community. Our gardeners can be found year round working on it. They have a compost container that is producing good organic fertilizer now, and raspberries, tomatoes, dill ,eggplant, peppers and even a pumpkin are growing now. The space is small, so edibles are in small numbers, but just growing them has a way of feeding the soul of a gardener.
Read more … Golda residents clear a little patch of earth and create a magical "Secret Garden"
JCHE is the recipient of the prestigious LeadingAge Innovation Fund grant – one of only four awarded in the country out of over 120 submissions. A group of nine staff members have become the Memory Support Team and have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association of MA and NH in Habilitation Therapy, a model that has been used in nursing homes and assisted living communities. This team will train the rest of the JCHE staff (all departments) in the modules of the training appropriate for their level of interaction with the residents.
Read more … Another Way JCHE is Learning to Support Our Residents
The conversation began flowing the minute the busload of fifth grade students from the Everett School in Dorchester met their yearlong JCHE pen pals. It didn’t matter that these pen pal pairs were decades apart age-wise and often just as un-alike culturally. After all, they had been exchanging letters throughout the year and learning about one another’s interests, families and favorite things to do. The face-to-face meeting was the perfect time to keep the conversation going.
Read more … An insight from a 5th grade Generations Together participant: “People who are different ages can be the same”
Thanks to everyone who attended JCHE Spring Celebration 2013. Thanks to you, our vital work continues! Our residents so appreciate your generosity!
Read more … WOW ... and THANK YOU!
It is abundantly clear that housing like JCHE’s can reduce health care use and costs. The primary concerns to the Medicare/Medicaid budgets are the costs associated with hospitalization, rehospitalization, and premature nursing home placement. More than a few health care dollars are wasted when patients (a.k.a. people) transfer from one setting to another, such as hospital to home or rehab, and then get readmitted to the hospital. Rehospitalizations are very common and in many cases can be reduced or avoided by putting systems in place and including all the players in the plan to support someone in the community: physicians, discharge planners, visiting nurses, home health care, social workers…. and yes, housing staff like JCHEs’!
Read more … How Housing like JCHE’s Can Help Reduce Health Care Costs
If my colleagues Gaye Freed and Laura Isenberg hadn’t gone ahead and volunteered me as a presenter at the 15th annual New England Resident Services, Inc. Conference (NERSC) I would never have given this organization a second thought. In my mind it was a conference that our RSC’s attended every year with consistently glowing reports.
Read more … NERSC: A conference that was well worth attending!
As you saw in Amy’s latest “Insights from Onsite” post, JCHE was very lucky to host Dr. Hans Becker, CEO of the Humanitas Foundation in Rotterdam, this last week. Dr. Becker is an inspirational leader and thinker who has transformed a system of un-inspired nursing homes into developments of “apartments for life.” Humanitas buildings are vibrant communities targeted to seniors where anyone can live and flourish as they age.
Read more … “Yes” Opens the Windows to Our Best Ideas
Every year right before Passover I get stressed out. Not because I typically host 25 people each night at my house. Nor because I am charged with changing over my kitchen to my Passover dishes, pots, pans, and utensils. And not even in anticipation of ridding my diet of wheat products for a week. No, I get stressed because of a family tradition that my mother started years ago and continues to this day.
Read more … Bringing Work Home
Over the past year or so, I have been nudging Charlie Raskin, one of our residents, to start a play reading group, similar to the one he coordinates at the BOLLI Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis.
Read more … The Play's the Thing!
The energetic committee for JCHE Spring Celebration 2013 met early this morning to continue planning for Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly's BIG event on Sunday, May 19 at The Westin Waltham at 6 pm.
Read more … Our event committee rocks!
We were delighted last week to host Michael Kuza, Community Relations Officer at Middlesex Savings Bank, at Shillman House. Middlesex is partnering with JCHE to offer the fitness and wellness program, and we wanted to update him on this innovative and far-reaching program.
Read more … Middlesex Bank supports JCHE fitness program
One of my favorite presentations at a recent national conference was on the Politics of Aging. My ‘takeaway” was a new word for all of us to start using and practicing: GERIACTIVIST and GERIACTIVISM. In other words, don’t just complain about how the current political situation is affecting you as an older adult… do something about it.
Read more … The Politics of Aging
Being cut off from friends and family and a support network poses a risk. Interesting article in the BBC reports that social isolation is associated with a higher risk of death in older people regardless of whether they consider themselves lonely, research suggests.
Read more … Social isolation "increases death risk for older people"
At many Seders, participants bring modern day examples of persecution to the table bit they are often someone else's tale. It's different at JCHE. Many residents could stand up and share the story of their own exodus from hatred and humiliation.
Read more … At Passover, Recalling an Exodus from Siberia
Being a fairly patient person, I am not at all patient by the use of the language “my girl,” to describe homemakers working at Coleman House.
Read more … "My Girl"
My previous JCHE seder experiences had included several in Brighton – and last year at Golda. I am pleased to qualify as a JCHE Seder Maven and I recommend the experience.
Read more … The Making of a Seder Maven
Whenever I am asked about attributes of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) that distinguish it from other senior housing sites, I always include the Resident Service Coordinator (RSC) who is at the heart of each of our communities. I recently spoke with Jennifer Miller who has been the RSC at Shillman House, one of six JCHE communities, since it opened in June 2011. It was a good opportunity to check-in and see how she was enjoying her job.
Read more … Resident Service Coordinators are at the heart of each JCHE community
If you have ever toured a senior housing community, you may have thought, or heard from someone "Those people are old! I don't want to live with old people." Here’s the thing - old doesn’t happen overnight. Aging is a natural process that is happening to all of us all the time. If you just see “old”, you are missing out on the real person behind the wrinkles or the glasses or the walker.
Read more … The real question is: how do you want people to see you?
A tough situation: Older adults need home care help that matches their financial resources and Home Care employees need a liveable wage and healthcare benefits. An indisputable fact: Choosing to live at JCHE enables both residents and Home Care providers to purchase and provide services with far greater efficiency than the alternative of living in a standalone house.
Read more … Senior Housing and Home Care
I grew up in in a culture where tea was an important part of family life. Most of us have seen various British TV series, where a “nice cuppa tea” is a vehicle for friends getting together or neighbors supporting each other in time of joy or sorrow. With South Africa having been part of the British Commonwealth, some of the tea drinking traditions stuck, even though the Commonwealth relationship ended in 1961. My Mom and I would often share a quiet, half hour at the kitchen table with tea and biscuits. It was a time to connect after work or school.
Read more … A “Nice Cuppa Tea”
On Wednesday, the 20th, my husband, Al, and I had the great joy of helping to serve at the Golda Meir House seder. As a member of the JCHE board, these opportunities come up for me from time to time.
Read more … Volunteering at the Golda Meir House Seder
There is an overpowering sense of gratitude expressed at JCHE's Seders that goes well beyond appreciation for a delicious holiday meal. The 'thank yous' that are offered are for the peace of mind that residents feel now that they are on the other side of a journey that has brought them to a community that is welcoming and caring.
Read more … The Story of Freedom is Retold at JCHE Seders
Shillman House will soon be celebrating its second birthday. In my job as Marketing Director I receive lots of incoming calls from prospective families interested in housing. The other day my phone rang and the caller was a local government official who most people in Framingham know. His mom now lives in Florida, she’s 81 years old and she’s thinking it’s time to move back home - she only wants to live in one place: The Shillman House.
Read more … Shillman House: Senior Housing Community earns a Wow!
The early hour (an 8 am workshop!) did not deter a roomful of conference attendees to learn about managing at-risk tenants in senior housing from experts Laura Isenberg and Richard Lally from Golda Meir House.
Read more … JCHE presents at ASA Conference in Chicago
For a few hours this past Saturday night, JCHE's Ulin House dining room was transported back in time to the 1950s. There was a wall-size depiction of a juke box, LPs on the table, young men in black leather jackets with their hair slicked back, and young women in poodle skirts.
Read more … CJP's Young Leaders Host the 14th Senior Prom at JCHE!
We are so pleased to announce that this past weekend, at the national conference for the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), Francine was awarded the prestigious 2013 AJAS Humanitarian Award. Amy Schectman presented the award to her.
Read more … Francine Godfrey is AJAS's Humanitarian of the Year!
Richard Lally, Maintenance Supervisor at Golda Meir House,reports that he and his cat Missy share a common interest: checking out the birds that visit Golda. "One of my favorite things about watching the birds of Golda is; sit, and they will come".
Read more … The Birds of Golda
The Washington Post ran a very thoughtful piece earlier this week by opinion writer Ruth Marcus: A real Yahoo move. Marcus opines about the CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer who has hit a nerve that deserves real thought and debate
Read more … What Do Yahoo! And Senior Housing Have In Common?
When giving a tour of Coleman House, I always like to mention that we are a community comprised of four generations. We have residents who are in their sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties – and sometimes even a bit beyond! This age diversity makes for a very interesting and often very CARING community.
Read more … JCHE's Coleman House is senior housing with a very caring community
In April 2012, JCHE began operating a Aegis, 75kW co-generation unit in our Ulin House property. A co-gen unit takes natural gas and, using a diesel engine, produces electricity. As a result of running the engine to produce electricity, heat is generated by the engine. This heat is captured and used to heat domestic hot water in the summer and hot water for our hydronic baseboard heating system in the winter.
Read more … Co-generation unit produces hot water and great savings in JCHE senior housing
One of the many benefits of working in a multicultural senior housing community like JCHE is that you can walk down any hallway and take in the exotic scents of freshly-prepared recipes from around the world. Someone is always cooking something that smells delicious whether from China, Greece, the Former Soviet Union, or one of the other 27 countries represented in our resident population
Read more … Bringing residents together in multi-cultural senior housing
A recent Wall Street Journal article called Paying them Back caught our attention. When many older adults were planning for retirement they had a goal in mind that may not have factored in today’s life expectancy. When it comes to looking out for ourselves and our loved ones as older adults, in our opinion, the most important key success factor is quality, safe and loving housing.
Read more … What should you do when mom and dad run out of money?
Today was our kick-off meeting for the JCHE Spring Celebration 2013 event committee and we are energized! The committee is a wonderful group, and it includes many who are new to JCHE as well as those who have been hard-working supporters for years.
(Photo: left to right) Ellen Mittman, Merle Grandberg, Lynne Elfland
Read more … Kick-off meeting for Celebration 2013 Event Committee!
Although JCHE was officially closed last Friday in anticipation of the snowstorm, Maxine and I came in to be sure everyone was ready for the storm. After tackling a project that could only be done when the offices were closed, we decided to check on the dining staff to see how they were faring. They had decided to serve lunch a little early so they could duck out before the storm hit. They had come in at 4:00 a.m. to be sure that lunch would be ready on time.
Read more … During a snowstorm, the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly community comes together
Phyllis Chomiuk lived at Golda Meir House for many years. She was a creative, engaging and inspirational woman who radiated warmth wherever she went. Unfortunately, in her late 90s, she was no longer able to manage physically at Golda and moved to a nursing home. She lived to age 102.
Read more … Recalling the spirit -- and poetry -- of a JCHE resident
On two consecutive Tuesdays in January, local artisan Ilana Klarman came to Brighton to lead crafts workshops with our tenants. These events were well attended and resulted in happy people, proud of their beautiful handmade books and tile trivets, all made from recycled materials.
Read more … At JCHE, making crafts ... and connections!
Just about a year ago, JCHE launched the results of our reorganization and culture change process, a participatory exercise that engaged all of our staff in defining what we needed to do to make JCHE the best workplace possible and lay a strong foundation for growth. The reorganization itself made a few strategic and key changes in our organizational chart, but mostly the process resulted in a series of principles and initiatives about how to work better.
Read more … The CORE of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
According to research, more than half of adults over 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis and approximately half of these individuals have limitations because of it. Shirley Lederman, a Shillman House resident, however, has a secret weapon to combat the debilitating symptoms that are caused by arthritis: the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program run by Francine Godfrey, JCHE’s fitness and wellness director.
Read more … Better than Physical Therapy!
Today's post is by Laura Efron, a member of JCHE's Board of Directors and the chair of the Resident Services Committee.
My volunteer and work experience dovetail so nicely with the JCHE experience. For over 30 years I have volunteered in various Jewish (mostly) and secular nonprofits whose missions are to help seniors in some way.
Read more … Why I became a volunteer at JCHE and how I am making a difference
Today's post is by Scott Brightman, JCHE's Director of Shillman House Marketing, who emphasizes the need to develop a solid plan for housing for the retirement years.
Read more … Big Retirement Mistakes
Natalia Shapirovsky, who wrote her Ph.D. in Astrophysics and earned a diploma in theater directing, began to paint seriously less than ten years ago. Describing her interest in science and art on her website, Natalia says "Intuition, imagination and creativity had significant impact in both lives. Twenty of her works are on exhibit at the Needham Public Library through January 30, 2013.
Read more … Coleman House resident Natalia Shapirovsky's art on display at Needham Library
Today's post describes the arduous and emotion-laded task of cleaning out one's parents' house was written by Maxine Bookless, Executive Director of Golda Meir House. It appeared in the Golda tenant newsletter.
Read more … Where Did the Time Go?
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem.
Read more … Cranky Old Man
David Seltzer describes the dining program that he directs at JCHE: "I encourage residents to make suggestions as to what they would like to see on the menu. I explain that this is YOUR meals program and I just manage it for you. I enjoy telling residents that I am in the “yes” business."
Read more … There are very few things in life that we ALL do….
In support of our work providing services to our residents and enhancing their quality of life, JCHE is also the manager and developer of physical assets – the buildings that house our communities. In this role, as with our services, we are constantly striving to stay on the leading edge of design and innovation.
Read more … Advancing Design Innovation for Senior Supportive Housing
For those seeking exercise, relaxation and fun, the Zumba classes at the Brighton campus and Golda Meir House are the place to be. Zumba is a dance fitness program designed to get people moving while having fun. And, judging from the enthusiasm in the room, the classes at JCHE are on target!
Read more … JCHE residents catch the Zumba beat!
Today's guest post is by Scott Brightman, JCHE's Marketing Director of Shillman House, who urges older people and their adult children to think about financial wellbeing and sustainability -- and seek professional financial advice before considering reverse mortgage as a solution.
Read more … Risky Reverse Mortgages
Today's guest blog post is by Carl Zack, JCHE's Chief of Operations:
Whenever I tour a prospective resident around Shillman House, one of the six independent living properties owned by JCHE, I always make a point that they are in a community, not an apartment building. That opens the door for them to ask, “what’s the difference?”
Read more … What makes an apartment building a “community?”
A festive gathering of over 150 JCHE supporters spent Sunday morning eating a delicious brunch hosted by Bloomingdale's and provided by Baker's Best Catering, enjoying private shopping throughout the store and contributing to needed services for seniors who live at JCHE. Over $8,000 was raised for essential programs that enhance the quality of life for JCHE residents.
Read more … Bloomingdale's Brunch is HUGE Success!
Senator Spilka took a full tour of Shillman House yesterday. As Amy Schectman showed her the building, the Senator was elated to meet residents and see the beautiful amenities of a building she had advocated for during its development.
Read more … Senator Karen Spilka visits Shillman House
Today, JCHE sponsored an exceptional forum on mental health issues. Representatives from many senior housing providers throughout Boston were in attendance to have the opportunity to wrestle with this complex arena. A very knowledgeable and well-represented panel provided an overview.
Read more … JCHE holds Mental Health Forum
At Thanksgiving celebrations throughout JCHE, residents are offering their thanks. Here are some of the thoughts that have been shared: "I am thankful for my children and my beautiful apartment that they get to visit me in.
Read more … Many expressions of gratitude this Thanksgiving
For the past eight weeks, Tufts students have spent their Thursday afternoons out of the classroom and into the apartments at Golda Meir House, Coleman House and JCHE's Brighton campus. While students hone their doctor/patient communication skills, residents have the opportunity to shape the perspective of future medical providers. And all experience heartfelt and meaningful relationships.
Read more … JCHE Residents and Tufts Medical Students Learn from One Another
A distinguished group of veterans, most of who had served in World War II and all of who now live at Shillman House, gathered today for a Veterans' Day tribute. These were the individuals who flew the planes, sailed the seas and marched through the forests to bring the war to an end.
Read more … Veterans Honored at Shillman House
Board meetings at JCHE begin with a D’var Torah. These opening remarks are often offered by a resident. For the October meeting, David Shonfield told members of JCHE’s Board about his life at Genesis House on the Brighton campus.
Read more … Feeling secure at JCHE
Congratulations to JCHE resident Marvin Wilkenfeld who was nominated by Robin Nasson, Executive Director of Coleman House. An active volunteer in the building and out in the community, most notably Marvin serves as volunteer manager of the Coleman House convenience store. In the past few years, he has transformed a chronically understocked and understaffed store into a bustling hub where residents can find essentials as well as prepared foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Marvin's labor of love is a highly valued contribution to the entire Coleman community.
Read more … JCHE resident Marvin Wilkenfeld wins LeadingAge 2012 Volunteer Service Award!!
This week, JCHE's Brighton campus honored its 140 volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of JCHE's housing. They are essential to our ability to run smoothly day after day.
Read more … Honoring our amazing volunteers
An enthusiastic group from the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) toured JCHE to learn about our model for affordable, supportive senior housing. One stop on the tour was our art studio where guests enjoyed meeting residents and viewing their artwork.
Read more … JCHE welcomes IAHSA for an affordable housing study tour
We are so proud that at last night's CJP Annual Meeting, the prestigious Young Leadership Award went to our own Jessica Hamermesh. Here's what CJP said about their awardee "Few people have the same dedication and leadership as Jessica. No matter what role she plays in the Jewish community or at CJP, she delivers the same thoughtful, strategic and enthusiastic approach every time...In her job at JCHE, she merges her passion for the community with intergenerational programming." Jess' community involvement includes serving on the National Young Leadership Cabinet and CJP's Jaffa Society.
Read more … Jess Hamermesh receives CJP's 2012 Young Leadership Award
JCHE's Director of Food Services, David Seltzer, focused his monthly cooking class on ideas for summer. The Brighton residents who attended the class were mesmerized by David's ability to transform vegetables into beautiful salads that are perfect for Boston's summer weather.
Read more … Cooking class explores salads for summers
Every year around Independence Day, our Brighton campus celebrates residents who have become new US citizens. This year, six residents took the classes and studied diligently so that they could officially call America their home. The Klezmer Conservatory Band has been on hand each year to fill the room with the joyous sounds of Klezmer music.
Read more … JCHE honors 6 new citizens in style!
For the past year, fifth graders from the Edward Everett School in Dorchester have been exchanging letters with their JCHE pen-pals. Today, at a special goodbye lunch, they had the chance to meet one another with open arms.
Read more … Yearlong pen-pals enjoy meeting face to face
Do you remember the excitement of attending Senior Prom? This past Saturday, residents from JCHE's Brighton community experienced this joy thanks to the generosity and creativity of members of the Young Leaders Division (YLD) of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Read more … Senior Prom is "A Knight to Remember"
This year's Seder was wonderfully participatory with residents leading portions and prayers in English, Russian and Mandarin. The meal was traditional (and vey delicious!) and the themes of freedom were timely and universal!
Read more … Brighton Seder 2012
In celebration of Passover, Golda Meir House had a wonderful Seder. It was well attended, well organized and the traditional meal was delicious! Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted.
Barbara Fields visited JCHE's Brighton campus and described JCHE as 'a great partner' in her Tweet. She is shown here with JCHE CEO and President Amy Schectman and Leventhal House resident Xiu Yun Liu.
Read more … HUD NE Regional Administrator tours JCHE
Every Monday morning, Don Shulman, Executive Director of Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) sends an email out to its membership throughout the country, highlighting the work of one member organization. This week, JCHE was selected with a reference to Amy's post on Insights from Onsite that featured the impressive work of our resident services coordinators.
Read more … Amy Schectman's blog post is shared nationally
JCHE has a strong commitment to create and sustain communities that are caring and supportive. We highly value staff training so that our staff has the skills they need to best assist our residents. When our primary direct service staff – our resident service coordinators (RSC) -- expressed a need for more skill development to assist residents dealing with mental illness, JCHE developed a strategy.
Read more … JCHE partners with Jewish Family &Children’s Service on a multi-year mental health initiative
We have just finished celebrating the holiday of Purim. It's a good time to remember the people we serve at JCHE and the ones who wish we could serve them, but remain on our waiting list—sometimes for 5 or 6 years.
Read more … Purim
Jean Cohen is feeling really good these days. While she has long loved her beautiful Coleman House apartment, it is looking particularly warm and inviting right now. Jean was recently hospitalized for a heart condition. She has only recently returned from four months in the hospital and rehab. These were tough months. It wasn’t clear that Jean would return to Coleman.
Read more … There is no place like home!
Shillman House recently kicked off innovative program with MetroWest Jewish Day School with funding by Framingham Cooperative Bank Foundation. The bank presented a ceremonial check as part of the kick off.
Read more … Generations come together at Shillman House
Yesterday Shillman House held its first Latke Throw Down, which will no doubt become an annual holiday highlight. Dining Services Director Dave Seltzer and Resident Service Coordinator Jennifer Miller went head to head (more like spud to spud) in a fun-filled competition.
Read more … Latke Throw Down
A special Hanukkah celebration in the Genesis Program Center brings friends together who met when they emigrated from the former Soviet Union in the early '90s.
Read more … A community within a community
Art is an exceptional vehicle for bridging generations and cultures. The group of young professionals from CJP’s Young Leadership Division who have been gathering monthly with JCHE residents in Brighton know this to be true.
Read more … Art bridges generations and cultures
We are working with Tufts School of Occupational Therapy, offering special exercise classes for those with arthritis, and planning to begin Zumba soon!
Read more … Great new fitness programs
Through a grant from Ernie Boch Jr.’s Music Drives Us Foundation, JCHE has created a new and stimulating music program. This unique class is held weekly at Golda, Coleman and Shillman over two 14-week periods.
Read more … “Music keeps me going”
Golda Meir House celebrated Veterans Day with its annual event honoring the veterans of WWII. Each veteran was given a rose, and the wives of deceased veterans were also given a rose in honor of their husband's service.
Read more … War Veterans Remembered at Golda Meir House
When the art teacher for Golda Meir House left to take a full time job, Betty Rosenzweig, a resident, took it upon herself to be the catalyst for the group so that they could continue meeting. Sally Lakin, pictured here drawing on her sketchpad, is s 102!
Read more … Art
Last night, Gaye Freed, JCHE's Director of Resident Services and Associate Property Manager of Brighton Buildings, was honored as LeadingAge Massachusetts' Outstanding Mentor of the Year. This is a well -deserved tribute to Gaye who has worked at JCHE for 31 years. In addition to her staff of Brighton Resident Services Coordinators, Gaye has supervised dozens of students throughout the years in the process of earning their Masters in Social Work degree.
Read more … JCHE's Gaye Freed is LeadingAge's Outstanding Mentor of the Year
Hear how the community at JCHE rallied when Betty faced a serious medical situation. Presented by Barbara Friedman, JCHE's Director of Generations Together.
Read more … Resident Services - Community
Hear how the staff and environment at JCHE helped Audrey re-engage in life following a serious medical diagnosis.
(Presented by Jessica Hamermesh, JCHE's Director of Intergenerational Programs.)
Read more … Resident Stories - Engagement
Hear how JCHE's fitness program gave Selma the encouragement she needed to regain her confidence following a fall. (Presented by JCHE Resident Services Coordinator Sarah Green Vaswani)
Read more … Resident Stories: Encouragement
Over 70 tenants enjoyed the annual summer barbecue at Coleman House tonight. Under a cloudless sky, tenants began with wine and snacks on our beautiful flower filled patio. Golda cook Arsen Pogosyian with help from his daughter, Guyana, cooked up hot dogs and veggie burgers accompanied by potato salad, cole slaw and pickles prepared by Kristina and her crew from the Golda kitchen.
Read more … JCHE Coleman House Celebrates Summer With Annual BBQ
Like so many buildings throughout Massachusetts, the power has been off at Shillman House since mid-day Sunday. Inconvenient for sure, but the quick and thorough response from JCHE staff has kept the generator -- and spirits -- going strong.
Read more … Community building in response to Irene
Recently, an enthusiastic group of members from CJP’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) joined an equally enthusiastic group of JCHE residents to create art together. With guidance from art therapist Tova Speter, they are designing and painting a tile mural.
Read more … JCHE and CJP Young Leaders come together to create art
Growing up in Russia, Galina Ivanova had a garden in the country that she could visit only on weekends. It gave her tremendous satisfaction, but she was often wishing she had more time. Once she moved to Golda Meir House, Galina's hands "were itching to start a garden."
Read more … It started with a rose plant found in the trash
It's a tradition on our Brighton campus to take time on or around the Fourth of July to acknowledge our tenants who have become U.S. citizens over the past 12 months. (YOU CAN ALSO READ ABOUT THIS EVENT IN AMY'S "INSIGHTS FROM ONSITE" BLOG!)
Read more … Honoring our newest Americans
Recently a group of kindergartners from the Edison School in Brighton walked over to spend a morning with residents from Ulin House, Leventhal House and Genesis House. They were greeted by older adults with wide smiles who were eager to meet their young guests. The interactions were magical. Within a few minutes, the seniors and children were in small clusters getting to know one another. There were some language barriers for sure: some of the residents only speak Cantonese, Mandarin or Russian. Yet the feeling of happiness that radiated around the room transcended these hurdles.Recently a group of kindergartners from the Edison School in Brighton walked over to spend a morning with residents from Ulin House, Leventhal House and Genesis House. They were greeted by older adults with wide smiles who were eager to meet their young guests. The interactions were magical. Within a few minutes, the seniors and children were in small clusters getting to know one another. There were some language barriers for sure: some of the residents only speak Cantonese, Mandarin or Russian. Yet the feeling of happiness that radiated around the room transcended these hurdles.
Read more … A bit of magic in our new program center!
As part of tje 11th annual Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development competition sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, a team of ten graduate students from Harvard and MIT worked with our staff to develop plans that could someday be new JCHE affordable senior housing. The site for the proposed project is a parcel of land owned by Boston Redevelopment Authority adjacent to Leventhal House on our Brighton campus.
Read more … JCHE's project places third in the Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition
As Barbara Friedman prepares for her retirement from JCHE after 11 years as the Director of Generations Together, her colleagues from the community and the organization gathered to express appreciation. Pictured here are Nicole Mack (principal) and Alyce Collins (reading specialist) from the Edward Everett Elementary School in Dorchester. They presented Barbara with a beautiful collection of photos of the intergenerational tutoring program.
Read more … JCHE's Barbara Friedman honored by community partners
Each of JCHE's sites held model Passover Seders this week. Using a multi-lingual Haggadah to tell the story of Passover, it was attended by residents of all backgrounds. At Coleman House, resident Sylvia Jaffee led the Seder while her neighbor Ida Paysnick lit the holiday candles.
Read more … Passover at JCHE
Natalie Lichtenstein, who runs a weekly conversational class for her Coleman House neighbors who are learning English, calls it "the best thing I have ever done in my life!"
Read more … Neighbors helping neighbors
We recently held the first concert in our new and beautiful auditorium in the Genesis House program center. Three students from the Perkins School for the Blind gave an unforgettable performance, which included folk, jazz, and classical music. Three young men, Andy, John and Anton, showed their talents playing different instruments and singing Yiddish and Russian songs.
Read more … A Forgotten Tune
With the opening of JCHE Brighton Campus’s new Program Center, we chose a variety of ways to celebrate. Two events of our grand opening celebration took advantage of the excitement our tenants felt at the beautiful new space.
Read more … Innovative Fitness in an Innovative Space
A spirited group of residents enjoyed the sounds and tastes of Purim.
Read more … Purim Joy
Once a month, Rabbi Beth Naditch joins residents from Coleman House to lead a discussion about living in a caring community.
Read more … Brunch with Rabbi Beth
A few times each year, we hold a memorial gathering at Golda Meir House. It’s a chance for both staff and tenants to remember tenants who have recently passed away. It’s a way to bring closure to our collective loss.
Read more … Closure
On Saturday night, the dining room of Ulin House was transformed into a retro-style candy store for the nearly 150 attendees of the 12th annual YLD Senior Prom. The ‘Kid in a Candy Shop’ theme took residents and volunteers alike on a trip down memory lane, with the help of sticky sweet treats, a photo booth, and a dance floor that brought back the forties in full swing.
Read more … Dancing-- and chatting --the night away!
Computer proficiency is a growing trend around JCHE as residents seek to stay in touch with family and friends via the World Wide Web. With loved ones and contacts in countries all over the world, residents use the computers to send and receive photos, exchange emails, and stay up-to-date with current events.
Read more … Genesis House's new computer lab will open soon
The Jewish Holiday Celebration program is the product of a CJP grant aiming to build a sense of Jewish community through song, reminiscing, sharing and rejoicing among those reconnecting with their Jewish origins.
Read more … Rekindling a Jewish Connection
Everyone measures success and adversity differently. For Selman Showstack, who lives at Coleman House, adversity was any stair or curb.
Read more … Rising to the challenge
Coleman House resident Natalie Lichtenstein often uses poetry to express her thoughts. At a recent meeting of JCHE's Board of Directors, Natalie shared this poem, which she began soon after she moved into Coleman House and recently completed.
Read more … Natalie Lichtenstein
Betty Rosenzweig moved to Golda from New York in search of good housing near her Newton-based family. She found the security she was seeking along with a limitless number of interesting people to meet and activities to explore.
Read more … Betty Rosenzweig