LifeBridge Health Blogs » Courtland Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Levindale, Levindale Auxiliary, Rosh Hashanah » Courtland Garden & Levindale Residents Get Rosh Hashanah Messages Thanks to Auxiliary Members
Jewish people around the world observed the Jewish New Year called Rosh Hashanah last week. As Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson, director of Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Services at LifeBridge Health, reminded employees, “What good is a sweet New Year if not shared?” He challenged everyone to share their good fortunes with others, to better the world in which we live, and, most importantly, to have the self-realization of how sweet life can be when we are helping those in need.
Members of the Levindale Auxiliary are role models, not only when it comes to meeting that kind of challenge, but they also exceed it. They donate their time and energy throughout the year to improve the lives of the residents who live at Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.
One example is their tradition of giving out handmade New Year cards to Jewish residents and patients at both centers for Rosh Hashanah.
This year, they worked with teachers at the Talmudical Academy, at the Krieger Schechter Lower School and at the Beth El Pre-School to have students create cards- using crayons, markers, stickers, and of course, lots of love. The classes made about 175 cards!
Then Auxiliary members collected the cards and took them to residents on September 27, the eve of the holiday. Past Auxiliary Presidents Eve Vogelstein and Sora Greenlinger, Eve’s nephew- Jordan, as well as board member Chaya Lasson and her daughters-Tamar and Shalva- personally delivered cards at Levindale. Rochelle Bohrer and her son- Phillip- distributed the cards at Courtland Gardens.
“Our volunteers do this because we want the residents to know that even though they are not living in the homes they raised their families in, they are living in our homes, and Auxiliary members consider them part of our families,” says Eve. “We are always thinking of them and are happy to send them a sweet wish for a healthy and happy New Year.”
This annual tradition will continue for many, many years to come because members of Levindale Junior Auxiliary are already actively taking part in this “mitzvah.”
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