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Stan the Piano Man Visits Adult Day Services

A perennial favorite of Cedar Sinai Park’s Adult Day Services participants is Stan Lasley, the Piano Man. 

Stan the Piano Man

Committed to providing entertainment through piano songs to seniors throughout our area, Stan regularly plays as many as 50 concerts a month at nursing homes and adult residences.

Playing piano for almost as long as he has been alive, Stan started playing with his grandfather, when he was just three years old.

He continued his passion for music while growing up, attending University of Portland and then Julliard where he studied under Nadia Boulanger.

Before moving to the Portland, Oregon area, Stan worked in Hollywood, playing for many movie stars. He recently took a little time out of his busy schedule to play for some stars here at Cedar SInai Park’s Adult Day Services. 

 “Music has an ability to transport the listener or performer to another time and place.  This close association of music with memory is one of the reasons that music can be so powerful and is included every day in Adult Day Services.”

~Nancy Heckler, Adult Day Services Director

Bingo Brings People Together

Bingo can be traced back to a game called Lotto, played in Italy in 1530, and reinvented into its modern form in the United States in 1929. Still played today, it is certainly popular at Cedar Sinai Park.

Residents at both our Rose Schnitzer Manor and Robison Jewish Health Center enjoy weekly games and some get quite competitive!

Ladies playing bingo

Not only do residents get to spend some fun and competitive time together but they get personal attention from volunteers who come in just for the games.

You can join in the fun by joining the ranks of our long-term “professional” volunteer Bingo callers such as Bob Ginsberg and Charles Jagger.

Being a Bingo caller takes talent — if you have a strong voice and ability to repeat letters and  numbers in the same manner and review the winning numbers as the person calls them out…this volunteer position might just be right for you!

Barbie Enkelis - ___ bingo

If you are interested in volunteering as a  Bingo caller at Cedar Sinai Park, please contact Kathy Tipsord, Community Life Director.

Bingo games are Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings at Robison and Sunday afternoon, Monday evenings, and Tuesday evenings at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

If you or your group would like to volunteer on a regular basis to call Bingo and assist residents with locating numbers, we would love to hear from you.


Residents Celebrate the New Year

Cedar Sinai Park celebrates the arrival of the new year early! Who can wait?!

new year 1Robison Jewish Health Center residents greeted 2014 with a cocktail party at 3:00 p.m. on the 31st and Rose Schnitzer Manor residents followed suit at 4:00 p.m. and with New Year’s Eve Trivia at 6:45 p.m.

Robison residents enjoyed a jazz band. Both parties included cocktails and sparkling wine. There was dancing and good company. Everyone joined in for the countdown and the Auld Lang Syne…wishing you and yours a Happy New Year too!

Hopefully more party pics from both sides of Boundary street soon!

Please consider supporting our efforts to create a home-like environment for our residents. Donate online now. Thank you for your generosity!

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B'ShevatOn the full moon or fifteenth of the month of Shevat, we celebrate the New Year of the trees. Fifteen in Hebrew letters is tu and so we call the day Tu B’Shevat.  While Tu B’Shevat has always been considered a minor festival, it has gained new significance in recent years as an environmental celebration of the natural world. If we ask the right questions, Tu B’Shevat can lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of Creation.

In the time of the rabbis of the Mishnah and the Talmud, Tu B’Shevat was not a holiday, but a legal date to regulate tithing and other agricultural obligations mentioned in the Torah. It began a kind of “fiscal” year for trees.

With the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, Tu B’Shevat no longer had legal meaning, and was not observed. By the sixteenth century, however, Kabbalists (Jewish mystics) living in the northern Israeli town of Safed created a Tu B’Shevat Seder.

The Seder includes a series of blessings over various fruits, nuts, and combinations of white and red wine or grape juice, which symbolize the seasons and God’s presence in the natural world. The Kabbalists noted that humans had been cast out of the Garden of Eden because they ate a forbidden fruit. They believed that by eating fruit on Tu B’Shevat with profound kavannah (intention), we can make a tikkun (repair) for all our eating, elevating it to a spiritual activity.

~ Abby

by Rabbi Abby Cohen, Director of Spiritual Life

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