The decorations are starting to up at the Robison Jewish Health Center in preparation for Chanukah!
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
Thanksgiving Food Boxes – CSP Food Drive for Jewish Family & Child Services
Every year staff and residents here at Cedar Sinai Park come together and make donations to help feed 150 families in the Portland area for Thanksgiving.
While we don’t supply all the items, we do supply the following:
150 – Cans cream of mushroom soup (10.75 oz) & 150 – Cans French Fried Onions (6 oz)
We hope you will join us in our effort to help feed local families in need this Thanksgiving! If you want to participate, please bring your donations to Cedar Sinai Park (Rose Schnitzer Manor) and place your food items in the barrel in the lobby.
Please only donate the preferred size indicated above (it helps to keep all families food boxes a similar size)**
Don’t be late! Wednesday November 18th is the final day to donate! (** soup and French Fried Onions can be a store brand such as Albertsons, Walmart, Safeway, etc.)
Beginning last night, Israel and Jews around the world began observing Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Last evening and again at 11:00 am today, all over Israel a siren sounded for two minutes. The entire population stops what they are doing. Business dealings cease. Cars stop in the middle of the street and the drivers stand beside their cars. Everyone observes two minutes of silence, remembering the many lives that have been lost protecting and defending the Land and the State of Israel as well as victims of terrorism. You can see a busy marketplace in Jerusalem come to a standstill in this video.
When the sun sets tonight, Yom HaZikaron is transformed to Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. Israeli flags are hung from virtually every building and balcony, and joyous celebrations abound.
This rapid switch from mourning to celebration may seem strange to us, but in Israel, the mood, and the reality, can change in a heartbeat. What is it like to live where danger, or the threat of danger and violence are always present? Where everyone has lost a friend or family member to war or senseless violence? This sense of uncertainty and danger is not unique to Israel. Citizens of Ukraine, South Sudan, Syria and countless inner cities are living this reality as well.
Let us each take some time to appreciate the peace and security we enjoy, while we remember those who have sacrificed for freedom and peace, and those who continue this struggle today, in Israel, and around the world.
~ Rabbi Abby
Passover this year begins at sundown on Friday, April 6th, and ends at sundown on Saturday, April 14th. The observance of Passover at Cedar Sinai Park is traditional and focuse on families celebrating this holiday of freedom together.
Both Robison Jewish Health Center (RJHC) and Rose Schnitzer Manor (RSM) will hold large community Seders on the first and second nights of Passover:
- Friday, April 6th, and
- Saturday, April 7th.
All Seders at both locations seat at 5:30 pm and begin at 6 pm. The RJHC Seders will take place in the dining room, the RSM Seders in Zidell Hall.
Leading the Seders will be:
- Friday, April 6th at RJHC: Barbara Slader, Susie Gouz, and friends
- Friday, April 6th, at RSM: Amy Shapiro and Jeff Olenick
- Saturday, April 7th, at RJHC: Uri Kushner and family
- Saturday, April 7th, at RSM: Bob Horenstein and family
Reservations for Seder dinners were due on March 30th, but you can still make a late reservation by completing a form at the RJHC front desk.
The Passover holiday involves religious observance similar to Shabbat on the first two and last two days of the holiday (4/6, 4/7, 4/13, and 4/14). On those days, shuttles, trips, or activities involving the exchange of money will not be planned.
Yizkor Service will take place on Saturday, April 14, at 10 am in the Robison Synagogue.
May your Seder table be surrounded by joy!
—CEO David Fuks, Board of Trustees, and Staff