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Kehillah Turns One!

A lot of lives have changed over the last year at Kehillah. This was the message that supporters heard at the One Year Anniversary Celebration  on Wednesday, November 12th.

Left to Right: Sandy Harrison-Brown, Parent of a Kehillah Resident R: Corrinne Spiegel, Jewish Family & Child Service.

Supporters of this independent home for adults with special needs gathered for birthday cake and residents’ stories, and got a real sense of just how special Kehillah is in their lives. Greg Brown, parent of one of the residents, praised the family members of Kehillah residents for their dedication and teamwork. He also told a story of how he and his wife were able to take a vacation out of the country for the first time.

“We knew that if something happened to our son, there would be someone there who could help”.

After poignant remarks from Brown, Kehillah Board Member Dr. Bruce Schafer, and Cedar Sinai Park CEO David Fuks, speaker and Kehillah resident Molly Bauermiller invited guests to come visit her apartment, made warm with Hello Kitty decals and personal decorations. She was eager to show off her cat, Whimsy, but Whimsy was feeling anti-social and hid under the couch.

Other residents welcomed visitors inside their homes, where supporters of this unique housing model saw first-hand the lives of this special group of people. The residents shared stories of their new jobs, adventures on the bus routes, the cooking lessons that the group has been taking, and the special friendships that have formed between them.

Said Frank Hudson, manager of the building,  “We have a lot of fun down at Kehillah!”




In this season of giving:

At Cedar Sinai Park’s Robison Jewish Health Center, we are honored to provide a home and healthcare for so many wonderful residents — residents like Sarah and Abraham. Sarah* came to Robison after she fell and broke her hip while in her mid-80s, and Abraham* lived independently until he suffered a debilitating stroke just after his 86th birthday. Unfortunately the resources available, including Medicaid, do not meet the costs of Sarah or Abraham’s care.


Over half of all residents at Robison are supported by Medicaid, but this program covers only a fraction of the total costs of health care. Once these medical costs are met, CSP must seek the resources needed to provide an environment that engages and fulfills the lives of the people that call Robison “Home”. We need your help in honoring this commitment to provide life care, regardless of their ability to pay.

For over 90 years, the Jewish community has looked to Robison Jewish Health Center as a leader in elder care. We provide the highest quality of health care, but strive to do much more – we provide life care. The commitment of our supporters has helped us continue our tradition of high-quality care in a home-like environment for our residents, based on the belief that care involves more that covering basic medical needs.

During this time of Thanksgiving in our country, we are grateful for you and for the support of our community. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday**, we hope you will consider making a gift online today to support any charitable cause you deeply care about whether it is our residents in need or another organization.  Online giving to Cedar Sinai Park is quick and easy. Click here to give now.

*Not their real names

**#GivingTuesday is “a global day dedicated to giving back,” and a day when people “around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

Sharing at Thanksgiving!

Holiday MealIt is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away!

Every year staff and residents here at Cedar Sinai Park come together with donations to help feed 150 families for Thanksgiving. This year we had a great response and as a campus brought in 96 cans of cream of mushroom soup and 52 cans of French Fried Onion Rings! These items are all bagged up and ready for drop off tomorrow afternoon so Jewish Family and Child Services can put the boxes together and get them out to those 150 families.

It was a close race in terms of both sides of our campus bringing in the goods:

Robison Jewish Health Center brought in 44 cans of soup and 26 cans of fried onion rings while Rose Schnitzer Manor brought in 52 cans of soup and 26 cans of fried onion rings

Thank to everyone who donated and know that you have made Thanksgiving dinner a special time for these families who will receive these food boxes!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

You are invited: Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for a parent or an older adult friend or loved one?

Are you feeling overwhelmed or have questions?

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the well-being of your loved one.

 Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai Family Home Services,

invite you to a family caregiver support group:

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders”

We are here to tell you that you are not alone.

“It Takes a Village” meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Rose Holding Hands with Elderly PatientSchnitzer Manor. The group is facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service, and Sarah Wheeler, Social Services Director at Robison Jewish Health Center.  Participants have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.

Monday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Rose Schnitzer Manor  – 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland.  Please contact Irit Mandelsberg at 503.535.4212 or to reserve your place today.

Kehillah Night at Raleigh Hills Pub Nov. 5th!

Tomorrow’s the night! Wednesday, November 5th from 5 pm to close… come to enjoy McMenamin’s Raleigh Hills Pub at their KehillahHousing_RenderingSMALL


It is the perfect night to visit McMenamin’s Raleigh Hills Pub at 4495 SW Schools Ferry Road — for a snack, a drink or a full meal.

From 5 pm to close — 50% of the evening’s sales will be donated to Kehillah.

Kehillah partners with local social service agencies and tenant employed providers to offer adults with developmental disabilities affordable housing and access to an array of social services that support their ability to live independently in the community.

Funds generated go toward supporting tenant social activities, training/education programs and needed equipment upgrades for Kehillah and the special needs population it serves.

Hope to see you there!