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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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A Thanksgivukkah Bounty!


Dr. Milt Hasson and Frances Wolfe help kick off the Cedar Sinai Park food drive for Thanksgivukkah food baskets

Cedar Sinai Park is proud to be partnering with Jewish Family and Child Service and 12 other Jewish agencies in Portland to gather items for families who would not be able to celebrate the upcoming holidays without assistance. Families will receive baskets that include traditional Thanksgiving items such as cranberry sauce, green beans, and herb stuffing.

We are seeking donations of 10.75 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup, and 6 oz. cans French’s Fried Onions for the food baskets for Thanksgivukkah.

Be be a part of the mitzvah to take care of our community! Please bring these items to either lobby at Rose Schnitzer Manor or Robison Jewish Health Center before November 15.  If you would like to make a donation for JFCS to purchase the items on your behalf please contact JFCS staff at


Questions? Contact Kathy Tipsord, CSP Community Life Director, at 503.535.4394 or        

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

Model Railroads Visit Adult Day Programming

A visitor from Portland Area N-trak, a group of N scale model railroaders came to visit attendees of Cedar Sinai Park’s Adult Day Program. A traveling layout with multiple modules was a fun attraction for all. We learned about the history of the railroad and model trains. The Alpenrose Dairy Museum has an open house Sundays from 1- 4pm to showcase the model railroads. The ice cream parlor is also found at this location.

IMG_6562 IMG_6545Adult Day Program participants enjoyed learning about the railroad system and sharing their stories. We heard people discuss friends they knew who worked on the trains and memories about personal travels. The sounds of the models going around the track brought smiles to individuals’ faces. We highly enjoyed having Portland Area N-track’s visit and we hope they will come again.

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.

Lake Oswego teens volunteering for the week

Everyone enjoys Bingo Time!The group of 15 teens, ages 12- 17, hanging out on Cedar Sinai Park’s campus this week have brought great joy to our residents. They have shared stories, played bingo, and enjoyed a BBQ. Lake Oswego Teen Service is a camp that teaches teenagers the importance of volunteering. It is a great exposure to different sectors of society and the needs of our community.

Today, they shared in a BBQ lunch with residents from Rose Schnitzer Manor. Yesterday, they lead the seniors at Robison Jewish Health Center in a lively game of bingo. The youth have been exposed to how elderly care organizations work and the needs of the residents. They have heard fun stories about the residents’ high school experiences and where they took their classic cars. The annual classic car show was a big success drawing attention from all over campus.

Our residents love having young faces around and talking about their grandchildren. We look forward to having the Teen Service back again next year.

Hanging out at the old car show.

Hanging out at the old car show.