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Getting ready for Chanukah

The decorations are starting to up at the Robison Jewish Health Center in preparation for Chanukah!collage

Residents of Robison and participants in Adult Day Services are looking forward to some of the things they love most about the holiday, including:

  • Latkes (with or without apple sauce),
  • The chance to light the candles on the Menorah and saying the appropriate blessings each night,
  • Fancy cakes,
  • The joy of seeing wonderful children,
  • The game of Dreidl,
  • Gelt coins filled with chocolate

Construction Update: 10/30/2015

Construction on the new Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center continues here on campus today, Friday, October 30th.

Walls are continuing to go up and more concrete is being poured (even in the rain). The excavation for the lower parking lot is complete. Come for a visit or to volunteer and check it out!


Staff training on the Green House Model.

To volunteer, contact to apply. Recently administration staff got together for Green House Model® training.

More construction information soon. Stay tuned.


Building strong foundations for healthy aging.

You are invited: Caregiver Support Group

Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai In-Home Care, invite you to a family support group:

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders”

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of your loved one.

We are here to tell you that you are not alone.

“It Takes a Village” meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Rose Schnitzer Manor.  The group is facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service.  Participants have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.

Monday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m.

May Living Room at Rose Schnitzer Manor

6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland

Please contact Irit Mandelsberg at 503.535.4212 or at to reserve your place today.

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Today we break ground!

Today we are breaking ground on The Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center. We are also looking forward to a full renovation of the Robison Jewish Health Center once the new facility is complete! We could not have come this far toward our goal of creating a state-of-the-art 21st century rehabilitation and long-term care center – without our community.invite_front-01

We have been so encouraged by the responses from our Jewish community and beyond. We are very close to raising all the funds needed for our new GREEN HOUSE MODEL® for a long-term care household and rehabilitation facility – both with all private rooms and bathrooms!

We have raised nearly 19 million dollars and now we need help from YOU and your community to make our dream a reality. This project is just too important for you not to be involved. Participating is quick and easy. You can make a Mitzvah with an online donation right now at Dignity By Design Webpage.

We are kicking off this final effort today and hoping to complete this by Rosh Hashanah. You can help us to make this happen. Feel free to check out the site and/or call us with any questions you may still have at 503.535.4422.

Thank you.

Lance Steinberg
Board President

We bid RCF Farewell

The needs of the aging population are changing and Cedar Sinai Park is changing with them. CSP is committed to helping elders age in place whenever possible and to this end, we are committed to new models of care. We will break ground in July on construction of households where we will provide long-term care and memory care; a three-story one for acute care and a one-story memory care facility. Robison will later be fully renovated to provide state-of-the-art rehabilitative care.

As part of our process going forward with building the new Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center and renovating our current building, the two halls which comprised the Residential Care Unit have been closed. All of the residents of the Residential Care Unit were able to either move to Rose Schnitzer Manor or a room in the nursing home at Robison. A small number of residents relocated to other facilities.

To honor all of the wonderful residents and staff, as well as the journey of the Residential Care Unit, an “Honoring the Journey Tea” was held in late May. The farewell event was attended by RCF residents (then current and former), family, friends and staff of the unit. Speakers at the event included Jack Honey, Robison Jewish Health Center Administrator and Dorcas Kish, RCF Health Services Coordinator.

Here are Dorcas’s comments from the day:“

Honoring the Journey” 

…I attended a conference several years ago in Washington, D.C.  The conference began with the question: “Are you ready to answer the call for Culture Change?”

After the conference, I was excited to share my new knowledge! My administrator was excited too and she challenged us to start the journey of Cultural Change on the RCF.

We accepted her challenge and started with simple changes, such as setting up breakfast in the Solarium for residents that wanted to sleep late (as they should in their Golden Years).

This led us to patient-centered care. We began to learn more about our current residents, as well as new ones, by simply saying: “Tell me about yourself.”

Quickly we learned about their families, how they met their spouse, their children, their previous occupations, and much more.  Then we would ask for details about their typical day, what time they liked to wake up, when and how often they wanted to shower, when they liked to go to bed, and what they might want a little help with in their daily lives.

We began to include residents in more decision-making, including things such as the creation of our unit’s mission statement, new staff hires, and service plans. We ended our journey this June with resident-directed care.

We had fun while we worked — it was caring with love and respect — for residents we were honored to serve.  Some fun times included “Mother Tea Parties” where our creative and wonderful nurse Judy brought in some of her antique doll collection and china set. It was like having friends and family over for tea. So as not to leave out the men, we held “Father Breakfast Time” with our staff coming in to set up and cook. “Sports Night” was fun as well with a trophy awarded and special dinner served in Levi Dining room.

I want to personally thank all of the staff of RCF for accepting the challenge of Resident directed care and for providing amazing care … with love. It has been a wonderful journey!

You are invited to a showing of the film, “Alive Inside”

A showing of the film


A benefit for the Music and Memory Program at the Robison Jewish Health Center

 Sunday, June 7, 2015

4 – 6 pm

Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Boulevard

Admission: Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5 (Tickets available here)

This fundraiser is part of Sam Ellenby’s 8th grade Capstone Project. A student at Portland Jewish Academy (PJA), Sam has always had an immense passion for music and a strong belief in the effects it can have on a person’s life. “After seeing this movie, Alive Inside, I was instantly moved by the idea of the massive potential for this form of therapy and wanted to take action in my community,” Ellenby stated. “I am putting on this benefit in hopes of spreading the word to the community, as well as being able to gather donations for the Music & Memory program at Robison. I hope to help show the world how transformative a pair of headphones and an iPod can be for people living with dementia.”

Donations of new or used iPods or shuffles will be used in the Robison Music and Memory program.  MM logo

*This is a fundraiser for the Music & Memory Program at the Robison Jewish Health Center. Please bring any new or used iPods, iPhones, or headphones. Other donations accepted in the form of cash, check, or iTunes gift cards.   All donations are tax-deductible.      

About the film   ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of Sam for blogindividuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.   An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

Thank you Sam!!!