The Daughters of Miriam Center/Gallen Institute unveiled a plaque in recognition of the contributions of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic to the center and in commemoration of almost a half century of partnership.
Jeff Silvershein, DOMC’s president, and Fred Feinstein, its executive director, welcomed federation board members Gordon Braverman, Joan Gottlieb, Jane Gurtman Grubin, Herb Klein, Mark Levenson, and Morris Yamner to the center for the tribute ceremony.
With a combined history of almost 200 years, the Daughters of Miriam Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic have worked with generations of residents and families in the Jewish communities in northern New Jersey, providing services and programs that care for everyone from infants to the elderly.
Often these clients and their family members, who have benefited from such federation agencies and programs as Jewish Family Services and the Holocaust Resource Center, find a home at the Daughters of Miriam Center’s skilled nursing facility or its independent living senior apartments, or they are clients of the center’s sub-acute and rehabilitation services.
Jewish children in the area also participate in cross-generational programs at the Daughters of Miriam Center, joining in holiday celebrations and activities alongside senior residents. “The federation’s partnership with the center has helped Daughters of Miriam integrate families and children into our programs so that our residents and tenants continue to feel connected to the larger Jewish community,” Fred Feinstein said.
As part of one of the largest and most enduring networks of social services in North America, the Jewish federation’s mission of building and strengthening Jewish communities ties in with the Daughters of Miriam Center’s efforts to provide a caring, dignified, kosher community for seniors who no longer are able to live independently. Both the center and the federation help to connect people of all ages to Jewish experiences.
Additionally, philanthropic support from the federation has played an integral role in the renovation of the physical spaces within the center, including the expanded state-of-the-art rehabilitation department. Occupational therapy workstations also help patients who need the help to regain some dexterity and flexibility.