Meet Jack Honey. A native Oregonian, Jack Honey’s first home was in Cottage Grove. His interest in working with elders however actually began over 7,000 miles away in New Zealand. As a high school exchange student there, he worked at a small private nursing home for elders with advanced-stage dementia. Jack saw beyond the residents’ cognitive challenges and got to know each one.
Receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon (in Russian and East European Studies), Jack moved to Los Angeles where he volunteered at the Holocaust Foundation and worked as a Case Manager for the Jewish Family Service. Jack earned a Master’s degree in Exegetical Theology – the study of source documents in Hebrew and Greek – before heading to Russia as a member of the United States Peace Corps.
Luckily Jack moved back to Portland eventually and got his Masters of Business Administration degree from Marylhurst University.
He worked for the Home Care Program of Jewish Family and Child Services and as Executive Director of Sinai Family Home Services (now Sinai In-Home Care) before becom-ing Robison Jewish Health Center’s Administrator earlier this year.
Jack explains that “his mission is to ensure that our community’s elders receive the highest quality of care and quality of life possible.” He warmly greets each resident, confers with family and offers support to the staff. He seems to be home.
SAVE THE DATE of Wednesday, November 5th
for FRIENDS of KEHILLAH NIGHT!
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.
On Rosh Hashanah, we greet each other with the words “Shanah Tovah”, “Have a good year” or the more traditional “L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu” “May you be written for a good year”. This latter greeting references the idea that on Rosh Hashanah, God is deciding, and writing down our fate for the coming year. God is deciding, according to our liturgy: who will live, who will die, who will be at peace and who will be troubled, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched.
After Rosh Hashanah, we change our greeting to “G’mar hatimah Tovah”, “May your final sealing be good”. The idea is that we have the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to examine ourselves even more deeply, and if we think we may have been deserving of a “bad fate”, we implore God to change God’s mind before our fate is sealed on Yom Kippur.
The image of a book that God writes in and then seals may not resonate with our modern sensibilities. I’d like to suggest another way of thinking about this “final sealing” (hatimah).
As we take an honest look at ourselves and increase our self-awareness, all too often we may focus on what’s “wrong”; what we want to “fix” or improve. Many of us are very hard on ourselves, harder than others are and perhaps harder than God is or would be.
I would like to propose that on this Yom Kippur, we envision this “sealing” as completion, allowing us a fresh start. After all, Kippur means “atonement”, which is about reconciliation and forgiveness. We can put our mistakes and shortcomings behind us (or at least on the back burner).
Moving into this New Year, let us forgive ourselves. Let’s work at being as kind and caring towards ourselves as we are towards others. It is not always easy work, but it is very worth the effort. The truth is, when we are compassionate with ourselves, we create room for greater love, peace and caring in every part of our lives and with everyone we encounter.
“G’mar Hatimah Tovah.”
PS: Please take a few moments to read Ruth Messinger’s important post “Why Yom Kippur Tells Us to Fight Ebola” here.
Wishing you a New Year filled with sweetness, joy, love and meaning.
David Fuks and the Staff and Board of Directors
at Cedar Sinai Park
For some recommended reading from our own Rabbi Abby Cohen, read “For The Sin of Prejudice: Growing Up Jewish as a Person of Color.”
Bill Stinnett served the Cedar Sinai Park organization for many years as both Robison Jewish Health Center’s Chief Financial Officer for over 21 years and then as Assistant Chief Executive Officer.
Bill retired earlier this year, but you can still sometimes see him in a meeting here or there on the CSP campus.
To commemorate all of his hard work and devotion over the years, Board member Eddy Shuldman made a beautiful glass art piece for his retirement gift. Here is part of her tribute to him published on her blog:
“I was so proud to be asked to make a piece of glass to honor this man. Bill isn’t Jewish but because he served the elders of this Jewish community, the staff and board wanted to honor him with something that was Jewish but also touched on his own Christian faith.
Read the written document Ms. Shudman crafted to accompany the glass piece, here. Check out her beautiful glass art work as well while you are on the blog!
Each year LeadingAge Oregon (the statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed organizations dedicated to advancing quality aging) sponsors the Volunteer of the Year award…allowing member facilities to select a resident who has contributed in a significant way to that facility or campus’s mission and quality of life. We are proud to announce that Rose Schnitzer Manor resident, Annette Gerard is being recognized as Cedar Sinai Park’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
Annette moved to RSM in March of 2010 and immediately began volunteering without delay. Greeting residents in the hallways with a smile and friendly hello, Annette can be seen involved in many different ways of giving back to the Cedar Sinai community and the Portland community at large.
She is instrumental in coordinating Purls of Wisdom, a group of RSM knitters who have created over 1300 items including hats, booties, scarves, and afghans which have been donated to JFCS, Raphael House for Battered Women, St. Vincent Neonatal Unit for premature babies, White Bird Clinic for the Homeless, Breast Friends, and several other local organizations. On a weekday, you can catch Annette in the Stop ‘N Shop greeting customers, arranging displays, makes and donates beads to be sold, and encouraging purchases to those shopping. As a Resident Ambassador, Annette greets new residents, tours potential residents and families, and tries to make moving into a new home as comfortable and welcoming as possible. For the past two years, Annette has chaired the nominating committee as part of the RSM Resident Council.Annette was involved with Seder Plate making, Shaloch Manos gift bag assembly, and is always ready to grab a few friends to help assemble a mass mailing being sent out by various departments. Besides singing in the choir each week, she is also busy tending the greenhouse and its tender seedlings and coordinates the yearly plant sale open to staff and residents.
Congratulations to Annette for her years in volunteering on campus and her devotion to the community she lives in and to her peers. She is our volunteer of the year … all year long and beyond!