A joyous afternoon of music and celebration was enjoyed by more than 160 guests on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Montefiore’s Maltz Auditorium to honor Rabbi Joel Chazin for his 20 years of service as Montefiore’s chaplain and his 80th birthday.
Beautiful accolades were given by Seth Vilensky, president and CEO, Rabbi Matt Eisenberg, Temple Israel Ner Tamid and Marty Weisblatt, long-time friend of Rabbi Chazin’s and Montefiore, along with a lovely tribute presentation highlighting Rabbi Chazin’s years of dedication and devotion to Montefiore and the community. He has touched countless lives by inspiring hope, healing and spirituality.
Soloist Cheryl Eitman performed some of Rabbi Chazin’s favorite songs with the Mary Beth Ions Trio on violin, piano and cello.
You can still pay tribute to him and his many contributions by donating to Montefiore Rabbi’s Fund to support life-enriching resident programming now and for the future. Click here to make a donation!
MESSAGE FROM JEFF DAVIS, CHAIR, MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: HELP MAKE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR OUR RESIDENTS
All too often, we take for granted the life this country affords us. I am aware of this having heard stories from my father and grandparents about life in Europe. Last month, my wife Marti and I spent three days in Berlin as part of our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Our first day was spent at the Topography of Terror Museum and Holocaust Memorial, with a guide on our second day.
Our guide took us to Wannsee, a beautiful area just outside Berlin where wealthy Berliners have summer homes beside a large lake – think Bratenahl and Lake Erie. The Wannsee Conference was held there in 1942…(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )
A TRIBUTE TO RABBI JOEL CHAZIN
With accolades galore – let’s celebrate together at Montefiore!
Please join us for a joyful afternoon of music and celebration as we honor Rabbi Joel Chazin on his 20
years of service as Montefiore chaplain and his 80th birthday.
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Montefiore’s Maltz Auditorium
Rabbi Chazin has given his heart and soul to Montefiore and the community having touched
countless lives by inspiring hope, healing and spirituality. Now is our time to pay tribute to him and his
many contributions as we celebrate these milestones.
Montefiore Rabbi’s Fund was established to support life-enriching resident programming now and for the future. Your donation in Rabbi Chazin’s honor will mean the world to him and to us.
Click here for more information on this tribute or to make a gift.
RABBI’S MESSAGE: A MARXIST INTERPRETATION OF HANUKAH – OUTRAGEOUS… OR IS IT?
Karl Marx, Russian philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist, did not come into existence until 2,000 years after Judah the Maccabee. However, scholars have pointed out that the division of social
classes had, in fact, just developed prior to the Maccabean uprising*. It was this group of
farmers, scribes (the new interpreters of the Torah) and the lower and middle classes in
Jerusalem that were, during this period, the backbone of the Maccabean revolt and formed
the fighting force that joined Judah and his brothers.
The Hellenizers, as the upper class was called, were attracted to the wealth and fashions of Greek culture and were content to make peace with the pagan ways that accompanied it. To the horror of many …(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )
THE HOME RUN HITS A GRAND SLAM!
We are grateful for the more than 300 runners and walkers that came out despite the drizzle of rain to support The Montefiore Foundation! Together as a community, The Home Run raised more than $55,000 that will enable Montefiore to distinguish ourselves by providing the exemplary care residents, patients and families have come to depend on every day, regardless of ability to pay.
Congratulations to our top overall winners Brian Frantz and Yocheved Wylen! (Click on the newsletter link above for more and click here to view the photo gallery from the Home Run… )
MESSAGE FROM SETH VILENSKY, PRESIDENT & CEO: OUR CARING COMMUNITY
I recently attended Montefiore’s new customer service training. The program, called Communicate with C.A.R.E, is aimed at providing all employees in the organization — from front-line caregivers to senior management — with the essential skills for providing excellent customer experience and resolving service issues. This model has been used successfully at the Cleveland Clinic and other healthcare systems that are focused on improving customer service. During the session, we were asked to describe our role in the organization. After pondering this question I wrote down that my role is…(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )
RABBI’S MESSAGE: THE POWER OF CELEBRATION
Of course, we living in an age of science, can hardly believe in occurrences that go against nature or reason.
That would be foolish…or would it?
Our High Holidays states that human beings like Abraham and Sara could living to a then phenomenal age of 99 or 100. Today, maybe there’s something to that belief?
Many of us are now living into our 80s or even early 90s and yet we are still active. Perhaps our longer life is another miracle?
I remember being told as a child that a relative in our family died in 1919 due to the then diphtheria epidemic. Today, the efforts of scientists are not only lengthening our lives,but terribly feared diseases…(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE DAVID AND FREDA ROBINSON RESIDENCE
This past June, more than 100 guests gathered to celebrate and tour our beautiful new David and Freda Robinson Residence, an assisted living memory care community at The Weils in Chagrin Falls, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. As donors and guests walked through this stunning 18,000-square-foot pavilion, there were many accolades to its homelike and comforting ambiance. Three distinct neighborhoods, each with six spacious suites…(Click on the newsletter link above for more and click here to view the photo gallery from the ribbon-cutting… )
NORTHEAST OHIO AREA-WIDE COORDINATING AGENCY (NOACA) GRANT
In July 2015, the NOACA board of directors approved Montefiore’s grant request of $40,000 for one “Light Transit Narrow Body Vehicle.” This request was submitted this past spring as part of the FY 2016 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program. This vehicle will be used by The Willensky Residence residents and the In Home Memory Support Program to help with appointments and outings. This will be a great new resource for our memory care community.