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Posted: June 2, 2014

The holiday of Shavuot is a good time to notice how closely connected the mission of JCHE is to Jewish observance and values. 


  • Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day G-d gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel—from that moment forward, the Israelites became a nation united in a belief system.  JCHE has always been about taking those basic values/beliefs and using them to guide our work.  A central value of the Torah is lovingkindness—that is the best possible way to explain our essence.
  • We read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot.  This story is so much about loyalty between the generations—particularly about caring for our elders.  Ruth, even after the death of her husband and famine in the land, refuses to leave her mother-in-law Naomi even though it would be easier for her to do so.  In a famous passage, Ruth says “where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay.”  JCHE is also about always being present for the seniors in our lives.
  • Another part of The Book of Ruth describes how Boaz allows the women to glean the corners of his fields since they have no food.  The kindness shown is consistent with the commandment to always leave some of the fields for the poor amongst us.  Because of JCHE housing, seniors who would otherwise be poor can live a good life.
  • On Shavuot, it’s customary to study and learn.  All JCHE communities are placing of life-long learning and growth.  A group of us from JCHE, including board members and strategic partners, will be studying together as we attend Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour along with our dear friends from Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.


There are many other connections, as we are deeply rooted in Jewish values, while opening our doors and hearts to everyone—welcoming the “stranger” as we were once strangers ourselves.   Happy holiday!





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