The Jewish Home at Rockleigh was awarded the Jewish Programming award by the Association of Jewish Aging Services for its “Linking the Generations” program, which brings young people together with seniors to learn about leadership.
The Jewish Home, which runs several programs uniting young and old with technology and shared knowledge, partnered with the Frisch School for “Linking the Generations: Training the Next Generation of Jewish Communal Leaders.” The program grew out of a meeting between six student council representatives from Frisch and three Jewish Home residents, the late George Hantgan, founder of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Englewood JCC (now the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly); Lillian Marion, a long-time member of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, and Allen Nydick, former director of major gifts at the Jewish Federation.
Mr. Nydick recalled how the Bergen County community raised $1.6 million in the 1980s to help bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Ms. Marion talked about her father’s role in the Jewish Legion, which fought with the British in 1915 to liberate Palestine from the Ottoman Empire. Mr. Hantgan said that when he was president of the student council at Brooklyn College, he wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt about the lack of jobs for students, and thereby had a hand in the passage of the National Youth Act.
Jessica Adler of Teaneck, then a 12th-grader and one of the heads of the Frisch Chesed (Kindness) Society, said that Mr. Hantgan, who was 98, added that he played an indirect role in the founding of the Frisch School in 1972 by encouraging philanthropist Alfred Frisch to build a school. The school was built on land donated by Mr. Frisch.