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A Conversation with Tu Fu, A Great Chinese Poet – by Murray Kaufman

Today we continue to honor our resident winners in the  LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest.

Enjoy the winning entry by Murray Kaufman.

A Conversation with Tu Fu, A Great Chinese Poet


TU FU, come visit our trail. We will show you

salal’ that sustained red men through the seasons;

the syringa shrub that arches over us,

performing the air with her white blossoms;

orange grape seeds that turn to purple.

See the cedar, maple, fir and hemlock trees

that proudly form our forests.

Tu Fu, do not lament your “withered bits of blown lotus

and chestnut drift”;

dear brother poet, “why so hurt, why these tears

falling like rain?”;

why do you sorrow at “fading riverside blossoms?”

Walk with us, our trail will sooth your aching heart

with elderberries and holly trees,

Come, Tu Fu, be our guest on this beautiful day,

and walk our trail, and experience bliss,

as we share nature’s kiss.

Congrats to CSP’s LeadingAgeOregon Creative Writing Contest Winners!

From left to right: Murray Kaufman, Marion Gans, Sam Berry (& Diane Budner – not pictured)

From left to right: Murray Kaufman, Marion Gans, Sam Berry (& Diane Budner – not pictured)

We were recently thrilled to announce that four Cedar Sinai Park residents were selected as winners in the  LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest. Talented residents of Robison Jewish Health Center and Rose Schnitzer Manor have been participating in the program for many years.

Marion Gans and Sam Berry’s short stories were read yesterday at a recognition luncheon honoring all winners at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. Today we are honored to share “Assisted Living” by Marion Gans. Stay tuned for pieces by Diane Budner, Murray Kaufman and Sam Berry in coming posts!

Assisted Living

By Marion Gans

She seeks the sunshine, shoulders sagging
Two wrinkled smiles say sit with us.
Escape was blocked. She sinks on the bench rim
Energy sapped, sighing self-pity—
Can they read me?

Warm comments, soft questions
Heads tip with sighs of compassion.
The need to connect, to be heard, consumes her—
Do they care? Do I matter?

Risking rejection, in a low monotone
Words tumbling lips trembling
She speaks without breathing—
Should I dare? Can I trust them?

All attentive, truly listening
Jaws relaxed and eyes a-glistening
Avoiding judgment, not correcting
Common themes and thoughts connecting.

Tactful touching, sympathizing
Nodding, knowing, empathizing
Sharing, smiling, weakens woe
Releasing rancor, spirits glow.

A lifeline is forming
With joy to impart
A hand on her hand
Its warmth fills her heart.

No need to hide nor run nor roam
At least, with friends, she knows she’s home.



It’s Cultural Diversity Week at Robison Jewish Health Center!

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Arnie and the ladies

The Life Enrichment staff at the Robison Jewish Health Center kicked off the 2nd Annual Cultural Diversity Week this week in style! There is actually so many great cultural diversity activities to enjoy, that they’ve extended the celebration to last for two weeks (February 17 – 28)!

The tradition began last year when many of our residents wanted to learn more

Zelma Blank and Staff

about our wonderfully diverse staff and the many cultural heritages represented at Cedar Sinai Park. The first annual event included many of our employees sharing their culture through dress, talks, song, dance, and food. So far this year, residents have enjoyed an Ethiopian Coffee ceremony, internationally themed crafts and a wonderful lunch of authentic Mexican food.

Next week’s activities include Chocolates from Around the World, a presentation on Guatemala with Benito, an armchair trip to Nicaragua, Greek Dancing with Kheli and our English as a Second Language class will be talking about the transition to America.

Good Deeds Day is coming to Robison Jewish Health Center — we hope you will too!

Good deeds day logoGood Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. In May 2007 Ruach Tova (Israeli NGO) launched the Good Deeds Day project. On March 9, 2014, Greater Portland will join hundreds of thousands all over the world (50+ countries!) choosing to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.

Portland is excited to be participating in the event for our second time this year. Last year 550 people volunteered at 16 different sites in the greater Portland region. Project descriptions and registration available at  

It’s a great day to volunteer with your family or friends and to meet others in the Jewish community who are interested in volunteering just like you. We hope you will consider signing up for Good Deeds Day and joining our residents at Robison Jewish Health Center (RJHC) to share your talents! Be sure to sign up to bring your voice, dancing, or other talent to our No Talent/Talent Show!

No Talent/Talent Show! 

Robison Jewish Health Center 

Sunday, March 9th at 1:30 pm in the Robison Living Room



The Portland Mitzvah Network, is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. The Network was created to support individuals, groups and organizations around hands-on volunteerism. As a community we can volunteer, connect and make a difference in our own and other’s lives by coming together for events like Good Deeds Day and more ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Log onto to explore project options and to register. PRE-




Life Enrichment Calendars Now Online!

Last week was National Activity Professionals Week. We are so thankful at Cedar Sinai Park for our amazing team who provide so many Life Enrichment activities for our residents to enjoy.


Looking for information on what Life Enrichment events are taking place on campus?  We are excited to share with you our new look and easy access to all kinds of information with just a few clicks of the mouse.

  • Go to the Cedar Sinai Park website (
  • Click on the Community Life Heading (third from the left along the top header row)
  • Pull down the menu and go to Events and Activities
  • Choose your calendar—Robison Jewish Health Center or Rose Schnitzer Manor
  • You can look at the entire month, the entire week, or in agenda format

Also, attached is a link that can be dragged to the desktop so that you have quick and easy access to the calendar without needing to go the website. There are different ways to look at information so please feel free to play around with the calendars. You can even print out a calendar for a hard copy reference. If you are looking at volunteer opportunities look for events that have a number in parenthese () next to it. You can even pull up a description of what is expected and if you have signed up, check for your name.

Now Life Enrichment staff, resident family members, and volunteers can stay updated on all the fun events happening and new information. Changes made by the Life Enrichment staff are seen immediately by the viewer online too. Resident family members who had originally been receiving an email about weekly or monthly events no longer have to wait to find out what’s happening and can even look at several months ahead for special events that are already on the calendar.

Residents Get Creative in LeadingAge Contest


The annual Creative Writing Program of LeadingAge Oregon (formerly the Oregon Alliance of Senior & Health Services, or OASHS) has been going strong since 1993. Talented residents of Robison Jewish Health Center and Rose Schnitzer Manor have been participating in the program for many years.

We are proud to announce the following Cedar Sinai Park residents have been selected as winners in the LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest:

  • Marion Gans – “Assisted Living”
  • Diane Budner -”You Can’t Run with a Piano”
  • Murray Kaufman – “A Conversation with Tu Fu
  • Sam Berry – “The General’s Son”

Marion Gans and Sam Berry’s short stories will be read at a recognition luncheon honoring all winners on Thursday, February 27 at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. All entries were required to be original works, written at the age of 60 or older, previously unpublished, and submitted in electronicForm. The contest was open to all residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities.