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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!

Living in Downtown Portland

1200 Building Renovated Rooftop Garden

1200 Building Renovated Rooftop Garden

Cedar Sinai Park has four affordable housing buildings in downtown Portland. The Rose Schnitzer Tower, Lexington Apartments, Park Tower Apartments and the 1200 building are within 6 blocks of each other between Pioneer Square and Portland State University. The buildings create viable communities by housing culturally diverse adults with disabilities and the elderly. Residents enjoy being close to public transportation, access to grocery stores & hospitals, as well as the infamous Saturday Market.

Library run by tenets

Library run by tenets

Each building has a unique sense of community with movie clubs, coffee committees and tenant ran libraries. There is an activity coordinator that plans outings to the coast, help tenets organize potlucks, and in the fall there will be a health and wellness fair. Each property has a very strong reputation and a wait list. We encourage people to plan ahead by adding their name to the list. Cedar Sinai Park looks forward to expanding our reach in downtown Portland by providing affordable housing.

Putting on the Schnitz

Hyman Freedman playing the fiddle.

Hyman Freedman playing the fiddle.

Tonight residents of the Rose Schnitzer Manor will be putting on a variety show, “Putting on the Schnitz.” There will be 6 performers dressed in Red White and Blue to kick off the holiday celebration. These individuals are part of an ongoing troop that puts on a couple of shows annually.

The show will consist of short stories, poetry, singing and a fiddle performance. The sonnets and poems are originals, and the musical pieces will include a couple of songs from the Carpenters. Each entertainer had to try out and participate in weekly rehearsals. Elizabeth Moore, Life Enrichment Director, “loves that our community has people who are so vivacious and creative that we as the Life Enrichment professionals only help to support their ideas come to fruition. ”

Hyman Freedman, our prized fiddle player will play three songs. He began learning to play the fiddle when he retired in 1982. He enjoys having the opportunity to perform,

It is going to be a wonderful event. We hope you can join us at 6:45 tonight in the Zidell Hall!

Staff sharing their talent and cheer!

Staff sharing their talent and cheer!

15 Great Years – Thank You Edna!

We all  love the excuse to eat cake!

We all love the excuse to eat cake!

Yesterday, residents and staff at Rose Schnitzer Manor said goodbye to our dear friend, Edna. She is adored and respected by all who had the opportunity to work with her. Edna Woods was joined by over 35 residents and staff in the Rosenfeld Lobby to share stories and eat cake.

David Kohnstromm, spoke about Edna’s infectious smile, love, and dedication for the residents. A few people shared memories, and one individual proclaimed “no one mentioned her beauty and grace yet!” Others clapped and smiled demonstrating they feel the same way. A gift of a beautiful necklace was presented as a token of Rose Schnitzer Manor’s dwellers appreciation. The room was filled with love, heartfelt goodbyes, tears, and well wishes.

Edna started her career 15 years ago as a receptionist, and her passion lead her to working with health services having more direct connections with the occupants. The skills she learned at Cedar Sinai Park will continue to serve her as she moves back to Connecticut to be a care giver for her mother. She is excited to join her siblings for family dinners and excursions to the movies. We are going to miss her and wish her the best of luck for her future!

Edna and Dorris laughing about their shared time together.

Edna and Dorris laughing about their shared time together.

Edna showing her new necklace and saying her goodbyes.

Edna showing her new necklace and saying her goodbyes.

Are Those Goats I See!?

Doing his job to maintain the forest.

Doing his job to maintain the forest.

This week at Cedar Sinai Park, one may find some special guests. Thanks to West Side Goat Girl, our trails and bushes are getting cleaned by animal friends. Just like the residents, staff, and visitors at Cedar Sinai Park these goats will not be leaving hungry! The seven goats and a single sheep are busy maintaining our grounds.

Cedar Sinai Park, has a .8 acre piece of land that CEO, David Fuks, refers to as “the largest Jewish owned urban forest in Portland.” This beautiful forested area has a half mile paved trail for residents and community members to use. The Al Lewin Legacy trail has a .7 grade path that is friendly to all mobilities with plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the surroundings. We have a slice of North West’s natural beauty in our back yard!

This year, we had quiet the spectacle with our animal friends. The invisible fence malfunctioned, and a group of them walked into Rose Schnitzer Manor. They were lead to the closest living room until they could be escorted back outside. The residents received great joy in seeing this activity occur and reliving the story with their friends and family. The visit from the goats remained the topic of conversation for a couple of days.

The annual tradition of putting the goats to work brings countless smiles to the residents, staff, and our neighbors. We hope community members and neighbors bring their families to visit these precious animals!

One of our gorgeous goat friends!

One of our gorgeous goat friends!

The only happy sheep.

The only happy sheep.

Kehillah House Next Chapter, Applications Now Available

Cedar Sinai Park is excited that applications are now available for our Kehillah House! This venture started as a concept ten years ago and now the building is coming to life in front of our eyes. We anticipate the completion of the building this summer and residents moving into the facility during the fall.

Applications are available here. They must be hand delivered to Cedar Sinai Park staff on July 9, 2013 between the hours of 11:00am to 7:00pm.  They will be accepted at the Courtyard Portland Beaverton, which is located at 8500 SW Nimbus Avenue in Beaverton, Oregon. Please help us spread the word to those who might be interested in the community.

Kehillah House 6/12/2013

Kehillah House 6/12/2013

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Pending application approval, the residents will be chosen on a first come first served basis. David Kohnstamm, Rose Schnitzer Manor Administrator and point person for Kehillah House, is excited to welcome the first group of residents and help meet the need in our community. The team has a resident service plan backbone, but David points out that “it is hard to put a system in place for a group of people we do not know. We look forward to working with them to establish activities, needs, and ways we can be supportive.”

An important component of the Kehillah Housing is the focus on supporting residents’ inclusion into the community through social activities and supported employment. In addition, life skills training will be available to assist residents with their successful transition. Cedar Sinai Park hopes to partner with Kehillah House by providing transportation for residents to visit the grocery store and Jewish Community Center. Hopefully, a partnership with Rose Schnitzer Manor will provide volunteer and job opportunities for the residents of Kehillah House.

We are proud to expand our reach by providing affordable housing for adults with disabilities!