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CSP presents “The Lady in Number 6”

We hope you will join us for a showing of the 2014 Academy Award winning Best Documentary Short:

The Lady in Number 6 – Music Saved My Life  

Sunday, September 21st at 3:00 p.m. 

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Concert pianist Alice Herz Sommer was a 109-year old Holocaust survivor, the oldest in the world, when the documentary was made about her.

As an organization that supports elders in our community as they age, the message of life-long optimism in the face of tragedy resonates strongly. We hope you will consider joining us for a showing of the film, light refreshments, a visit to the museum after the presentation and some information on our Capital Campaign and the Life and Legacy project in collaboration with the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.

The event is free but RSVP’s are required no later than Thursday, September 18th at Noon to or 503.535.4360.

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

Senior Couple At HomeNational Senior Citizens Day is an observance on August 21 to honor the contributions of senior citizens in the United States.

Some people celebrate on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.

This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

Various events and activities are organized on this day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. Some people raise awareness through social media and news stories, while others organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers. Some businesses give special discounts or deals to senior citizens on or around August 21.

We celebrate and honor the senior citizens we serve here at CSP every day of every year but we give a special shout out to them all today.

Please welcome Sandra C. Simon!

sandra head shotWe are thrilled to share that Sandra C. Simon has joined Cedar Sinai Park as Chief Operating Officer, having moved into her new office on Monday, July14th.

“Sandra comes to us with such an amazing background and skills in elder care services and as a leader in the Jewish community,” said David Fuks, CSP Chief Executive Officer. “We are so very excited to have her on board with us now.”

Most recently, Ms. Simon was Chief Administrative Officer of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, where she oversaw a 478-bed skilled nursing hospital and a 13-bed geriatric acute psychiatric hospital.

Ms. Simon was born in Portland, but spent much of her life in California. She has previously managed adult day centers and other programs serving elders. As CSP’s COO, she will have management responsibilities for all programs and services.

Resident Artist: Olive Eng

Olive EngBorn in San Antonio, Texas, Olive Eng’s parents were originally from the Guangzhou province of China. Olive grew up with a unique blend of both eastern and western influences. The family moved to California when she was a teenager. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and her Master’s Degree from USC, Olive worked for the LA City Schools for 20 years. When it came time to retire, Olive moved north to Portland and moved into the Rose Schnitzer Manor. She began dabbling in painting, taking collage and water color classes at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC). Over time, Olive really began to develop her distinctive style of art using a blend of paint — both acrylic and water color — colored papers, print material and other mixed media.


Peter Blanchard helps out with Olive Eng’s Art installation at Cedar Sinai Park, with her daughter Caryl Hoffman.

IMG_9233 Olive has shown her work at the Pacific Art Guild in Los Angeles, the Festival for the Arts in Lake Oswego, the Oregon Society of Artists, the Ageless Art Exhibit, part of the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health services (now LeadingAge Oregon), and in 2011 had her first solo exhibit at Stonehenge Studio in John’s Landing. CSP is excited to have Olive’s Asian Collage Series “East Meets West” currently showing at the Rose Schnitzer Manor.

Deeply Saddened

We are deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of the three kidnapped Israeli teenage students. Our hearts go out to the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yiftach. We mourn along with them, and we pray for a world in which children are never again used to further anyone’s political or religious agenda.


May God comfort us together with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Cedar Sinai Park Celebration Honors Veteran’s Sacrifice

Another moving Memorial Day celebration was held at Cedar Sinai Park to honor our country’s veterans.  

Robison Jewish Health Center‘s front parking lot area was packed as CEO David Fuks shared words of personal appreciation for the veterans’ sacrifices.

The Memorial Day celebration on Cedar Sinai Park campus started over 10 years ago.

As every year, the audience heard the names of Cedar Sinai Park residents who had served as veterans and of Oregonians who died in uniform in the past year. The ceremony included our very own Adult Day Services Choir, The Four Leaf Clovers” performing “God Bless America,” “Over Hill, Over Dale” and “America the Beautiful.” Rabbi Abby Cohen read the “Prayer for the Fallen”:

We Remember Them

IMG_9159 smallby Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

At the rising sun and at its going down; We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn; We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends; We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength; We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart; We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make; We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as, We remember them.

The ceremony concluded with the Call Out of Honor Guard and Flag Raising while one of the residents led the “Pledge of Allegiance.” May we remember our veteran’s every day of the year.