Sisterhood Fall Faire
It may have been raining non-stop the weekend of September 29 but that didn’t stop Sisterhood members to gather and participate in the Second Sisterhood Fall Faire, The event co-chaired by Christi Goodman and Michelle Gradow encouraged people to browse the latest fall trends and inspirations. The faire was held in Zidell Hall at Rose Schnitzer Manor. Some of the wonderful vendors that showcased their goods were Mother Peach Caramels, Ruby Jewel, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Chico’s, Buddies Floral, Salon 13, and Posh Lingerie.
Co-Chair, Michelle Gradow, was happy to introduce Consigning Woman, a designer consignment shop in Lake Oswego. She was excited to bring the boutique to the event so that other women could see the treasures that can be purchased at the store, as well as, provide tips of what they could bring in to be co-signed. The faire was a great venue for members of the Sisterhood to explore local businesses. For additional information on Sisterhood, visit rjhcsisterhood.org.
Bill Cohen and Ronnie Schechter standing by Sheila Springer Cohen’s artwork Winter Solstice.
Sheila Cohen Springer joined Cedar Sinai Park’s community in April of 2008 where she lived at Rose Schnitzer Manor for ten months. For the next four years, she was a resident of Robison’s Miriam Suite. Professional printmaker and teacher, beloved wife, mother, sister, and aunt, Sheila Ruth Cohen Springer passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013, from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Grace Rubin, Sheila’s sister shared, “It was obvious to everyone that besides being surrounded by pretty things, Sheila loved the musical activities in Miriam Suite and Robison’s Day Care Center. She often spoke about the gentle and caring attention of all the Wing’s aides and nurses, both men and women.” Ronnie Schechter RN RCM memory care community recalls that, “Sheila was a beautiful lady who loved art, music, dance and even when she couldn’t express herself verbally due to the progression of her Alzheimer’s disease, she always had a smile and clapped along to the music. We thank her family for the gift of her art work. We will remember her always.”
Sheila attended Pratt Institute, was a widely recognized artist and respected teacher. Sheila was the owner and operator of the Imprimery Graphics Workshop, Biloxi, MS, and was a Master Printmaker specializing in the intaglio technique. She exhibited nationally since 1960, winning numerous major awards in painting and graphics. Her works were purchased for many public and private collections. In 1970, Springer was one of the founders and resident artists of the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT and, in 1986, was instrumental in founding ArtWave, an alliance of professional artists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 destroyed her house and studio. It also took a major toll on her health. Joining Cedar Sinai Park’s Adult Day Program offered her opportunities to continue creating artwork. She especially enjoyed collage making. Grace Rubin says this about her sister’s artistic talent and vision: “Sheila had a strong philosophy of art. She wanted to put beauty in daily life and we were all the recipients of that passion.” We are grateful to Bill Cohen, Sheila’s son, for donating a piece of her artwork. The majority of Sheila’s intaglio prints express her love of natural wonders and, appropriately, the title of the print given to Robison Health Center by Sheila’s family is: Winter Solstice. It resides in the hall close to Miriam Suite where Sheila resided for over four years. It is a stunning piece of art that our staff and residents are enjoying daily.
This 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.
We 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 grandchildren. 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.
Twice a week participants at Cedar Sinai Park’s chess club meets for an afternoon of gaming. Playing chess encourages focus, concentration and mental strategy retrieval. Daniel, an activities assistant says that, “the group members ask me everyday if they can play and that they clearly enjoy themselves.” Daniel’s chess game has improved tremendously with the help of the participants explaining their secret strategies.
The players often help each other and discuss their options out-loud. The tournament style chess boards are world recognized with high contrasted colors. Many of the players learned to play before or during their participation in the war and have found memories of their competitors. The club is open to anyone interested in stopping by the Adult Day Services on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 1pm.
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!
On July 3rd residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor enjoyed participating in the American tradition of BBQs. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the company the best!
A choice of hot dogs or hamburgers with potato salad, cole slaw, and baked beans left no one hungry. Both residents and staff dressed in American colors and fun flare. Even Rojo the Llama joined us for the fun afternoon.
We look forward to Robison Jewish Health Center’s barbeque next week. We hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July!