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Gift of Major Art Collection from Schnitzer Family to Cedar Sinai Park

A very significant donation of 37 works of art has been made in the name of the late Manuel, Morris, Gilbert and Leonard Schnitzer, their families and MMGL Corp., announced David H. Fuks, Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Sinai Park, recently. The collection includes a variety of artists and styles; all connected to the Pacific Northwest, including pieces by Louis Bunce, Michael Dailey, Joan Mitchell, Michele Russo.

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Art fills the hallways waiting for installation

“This gift is a remarkable addition to the art on our campus and will enrich the lives of those we serve and their families for generations to come,” stated Mr. Fuks in making the announcement. “In addition to the intrinsic value of the presence of this beautiful artwork, it will be useful to our program staff as a part of the education and art therapy work done on our campus.”

“We hope that the lives of the residents, visitors and the entire community will be enhanced by these special works of art that have been part of our families for many years,” said Gayle Romain of the Schnitzer Family.

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A new piece of art enhances this hallway space at Robison Jewish Health Center.

The Schnitzer Collection will be installed throughout the Cedar Sinai Park campus: displayed at the Rose Schnitzer Manor, Robison Jewish Health Center and Kehillah. This artwork will be part of Cedar Sinai Park’s permanent collection.

“We are deeply grateful to the families of Manuel, Morris, Gilbert and Leonard Schnitzer for their support of the work done on our campus,” said Paul Frisch, Cedar Sinai Park Board Chair. “This beautiful artwork is a concrete manifestation of the commitment of this exemplary family.”

“This wonderful donation of art will not only be visually enjoyable for all residents and visitors but will also greatly enhance and beautify the interior of our home. The artwork will remind us that we reside in a beautiful and wonderful community,” said Arnie Silver, President, Rose Schnitzer Manor Resident Council.

Art is beginning to be installed all over the Cedar Sinai Park campus. More details soon.

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!

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One Resident’s Art

Bill Cohen and Ronnie Schechter standing by Shelia Springer Cohen's artwork

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.

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.

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!

Milt Hasson Voted Volunteer of the Year

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Milt was a model for a recent campaign recruiting seniors and family members for focus groups

We are pleased to announce this year’s Volunteer of the Year from Cedar Sinai Park: Milt Hasson has been an active volunteer on our campus since he and his wife Jean moved here in June of 2007. In fact, Milt used to volunteer in his youth at the original Robison Home when it was in downtown Portland. Milt is a very busy man. To name just a few areas he volunteers in:

  • He leads services on both sides of the campus.
  • He leads sing-alongs with the Jack Rosen Trio.
  • He sings in the Rose Schnitzer Manor and kiddish on Friday evenings in the Newmark Dining Room.
  • He participates in all theatrical events and Purim Spiels.
  • He serves as Resident Council president for Rose Schnitzer Manor, he chairs the Religious & Cultural Committee, sits on the RSM Administrators Advisory Committee.
  • He works in the Rose Schnitzer Manor gift shop.

Milt will be honored at the 2013 Jim Edwards Volunteer of the Year Recognition Lunch on April 24th at Mennonite Village. He will join other volunteers being recognized who are residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities.

We are every so grateful to Milt for the hours of service he has given to Cedar Sinai Park.