Jewish Home Family welcomes new board members

Jewish Home Family welcomes new board members

The Jewish Home Family held its annual meeting on June 17, bringing together board members from all of its entities: Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living, Jewish Home Foundation, and Jewish Home at Home — as well as staff, volunteers, and community members.

From left, Eli Ungar, Gayle Gerstein, Carol Silver Elliott, Jonathan Furer, and Peter Martin.
From left, Eli Ungar, Gayle Gerstein, Carol Silver Elliott, Jonathan Furer, and Peter Martin.

“We were thrilled to have a large attendance and the room was filled with great energy as we described some of our new and ongoing projects,” said President/ CEO Carol Silver Elliott. Some of the those ventures include @HomeCare, a private duty agency that opened a week ago, and Bonim Builders, an organization developed under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and, as of July 1, becoming a part of Jewish Home@Home. Bonim volunteers help the elderly, disabled and chronically ill with home repairs and modifications that allow them to remain safely in their homes.

The meeting saw several board leadership position transitions. Eli Ungar is maintaining his role as chair of the Jewish Home Family board, but all of the other board chairs are changing.

Myrna Block completed four years as president of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and is being succeeded by Gayle Gerstein. Wilson Aboudi has been the president of Jewish Home Assisted Living for four years as well, and is being succeeded by Peter Martin. As president of the Jewish Home Foundation, Jonathan Furer will succeed David Sharp.

Mr. Aboudi announced plans to expand Jewish Home Assisted Living to more than double the size of the dining and event space.

Ms. Block summed up her accomplishments at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh: “We now have programs with almost every Jewish day school in Bergen County, keeping our residents in touch with young people. Seniors learned to Skype and shop online and there have been Shabbatons with students sleeping over and filling the halls with music and Yiddishkeit. There is a new oven allowing the residents to bake challah and there is a minyan every Shabbat, a goal I had announced during my first annual meeting.”

The evening concluded with a music video made by staff and residents of the Jewish Home, followed by a champagne toast in honor of the organization’s centennial year.

The Jewish Home Family runs the Jewish Home at Rockleigh — Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Living, the Jewish Home Assisted Living — Kaplen Family Senior Residence, the Jewish Home at Home, and the Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey. The Jewish Home Family strives to provide care, service, and guidance for our elderly and their families, at home and at our facilities, regardless of race, religion, or financial ability, consistent with Jewish traditions and values.

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