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A Thanksgivukkah Bounty!


Dr. Milt Hasson and Frances Wolfe help kick off the Cedar Sinai Park food drive for Thanksgivukkah food baskets

Cedar Sinai Park is proud to be partnering with Jewish Family and Child Service and 12 other Jewish agencies in Portland to gather items for families who would not be able to celebrate the upcoming holidays without assistance. Families will receive baskets that include traditional Thanksgiving items such as cranberry sauce, green beans, and herb stuffing.

We are seeking donations of 10.75 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup, and 6 oz. cans French’s Fried Onions for the food baskets for Thanksgivukkah.

Be be a part of the mitzvah to take care of our community! Please bring these items to either lobby at Rose Schnitzer Manor or Robison Jewish Health Center before November 15.  If you would like to make a donation for JFCS to purchase the items on your behalf please contact JFCS staff at


Questions? Contact Kathy Tipsord, CSP Community Life Director, at 503.535.4394 or        

Affordable Housing November Newsletters Out

Cedar Sinai Park is the general partner for four affordable housing buildings in downtown Portland. The buildings are accessible to all the resources of downtown and are designated for people over the age of 62, or people with disabilities. Currently, all four buildings have a waiting list and we encourage those who may need this resource to plan ahead by putting your name on the waiting list.

Each of the four buildings have their own coffee meet ups and available activities. You can see a sample newsletter for each building by clicking on the following names: Rose Schnitzer Tower, The 1200 Building, The Park Tower Apartments, and Lexington Apartments.

The Purls of Wisdom & Knitzvah projects need your help!

All you knit is love

Cedar Sinai Park has two knitting programs that our residents thoroughly enjoy. Both of the groups donate their work to good causes and are in need of yarn, cash or gift certificates to continue with their mitzvot. Do you or someone in your community have yarn that needs a new home?

Purls of Wisdom gathers every Monday afternoon in the arts and crafts room in Rose Schnitzer Manor. Group members knit items for themselves or for local charities in need. Knitted projects have  supported organizations such as Jewish Family & Child Service, domestic violence survivors at Raphael House, prematurely-born babies at Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center, clients at the White Bird Crisis Center, as well as residents at our very own Robison Jewish Health Center. Group leader Annette Gerard mentioned, “It’s a nice way to keep busy and accomplish something at the same time.” The Purls of Wisdom members are looking for any color sport weight yarn.

The Knitzvah project is a group of ladies that make Shalom Shawls for residents at Robison Jewish Health Center. This project started in 2006 and have provided many of our residents with beautiful prayer shawls to be used on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The shawls are made out of multi-color homespun yarn that can be purchased at Fred Meyer or Ann Fabrics for $6.49 a skein. Each prayer shawl requires three and a half skeins that must be purchased together so the dyelot so the yarn intensity matches. Members of the Kntzvah group are happy to purchase the yarn with the generous contributions from our larger community. Providing prayer shawls for our cherished residents at Robison Jewish Health Center keeps them engaged in their Judaism and supported by Portland’s Jewish community during the last stages of their lives.

Thank you in advance for helping us get the materials needed to accomplish these mitzvot and sharing with your friends and family. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Tipsord at 503.535.4394 or “It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old,” George Elliott.

Knitting Hands

Preparing for Oregon’s Shake Out Fire Drill Thursday 11/17

ShakeOut_Oregon_2013_Poster_DCH_ProtectThe Great Oregon Shake Out earthquake drill is on October 17th at 10:17 am. During the drill you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On for about 60 seconds.  Each site will determine how they will initiate the drill and signal that it is over.  Options include a PA announcement or a loud whistle.

Federal, State, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Great Shake Out earthquake drills are opportunities to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.  You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

• DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

• Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

• HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.  Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking.

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.

In a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

If you have clients or visitors at this time encourage them to participate.

For more information, go to ShakeOut_Oregon_2013_Poster_DCH_Protect


Back-to-school BBQ

IMG_6302This years “Backpack to School” barbecue brought families of both residents and staff out to enjoy the Portland summer sunshine. Cedar Sinai Park partnered with Vital Life to distribute over 60 backpacks to our employee’s children. The backpacks contain over $100 worth of school supplies, preparing the youngins for the upcoming school year. Throughout the afternoon the children played carnival games, got their faces painted, and jumped in the bouncy houses.

Residents were thoroughly delighted to meet Cedar Sinai Park staff member’s children. The fresh smells and tastes of BBQ filled the warm afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the popcorn, cotton candy, and snow-cones in celebration of returning to school. Live music was provided by ACMA (Arts & Community Magnet Academy) jazz band that provided a lively version of Hava Negilia.

IMG_6357We are thankful that for USY (United Synagogue Youth) teens that helped run are carnival games. We are also appreciative to the Moishe House, a community of young Jewish adults who participate in monthly repair the world opportunities, for volunteering. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with both of these groups again.

The magic of the afternoon happened when our residents handed the backpacks to the children. They were intrigued to know about the grades they were attending, what they were looking forward to in the upcoming school year and sharing about their grandchildrenIMG_6164. The pride and joy they felt was palpable. We are excited to partner with Vital Life to make this an annual tradition loved by both staff and the residents.

Welcome Rabbi Abby Cohen!

IMG_5595  Cedar Sinai Park is thrilled to have Rabbi Abby Cohen join our team. She proclaimed that “this is my dream job in my dream city!” Rabbi Abby heard of the opportunity from a knitting colleague and looks forward to doing crafts with our residents.

Rabbi Abby grew up in New Jersey, studied art and music at Bennington College and attended Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theology Seminary of America in New York City. Prior to moving to Portland, she completed Chaplaincy training in Berkeley California. Her experience e doing hospice work and serving in a hospital will be a great asset to our mission.

She is passionate and committed to social justice. Abby mentioned that our society is stratified by age and is primarily a youth culture while noting that age and health is fluid. She is excited to work with this population by providing a listening ear and sharing what she has learned. Cedar Sinai Park is honored to have Rabbi Abby Cohen as Director of Spiritual Life!