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Thankful to be of service

Cedar Sinai Park is thankful that we were able to be of service as part of this year’s Jewish Family & Child Service Holiday Campaigns!

JFCS reports that “On Sunday, the holidays were brightened for 62 disadvantaged families who received gift bundles through the JFCS Mitzvah Menorah/Adopt-a-Family Campaign. With the help of our community partners, the many caring individuals and families who “adopted” families in need, our donors, and the amazing volunteers who wrapped and delivered gift bundles, the holiday wishes of these families and individuals came true.”

Cedar Sinai Park was thrilled to help out as a Thanksgiving Food Box Partner, along with Beit Havarim, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Congregation Shir Tikvah, Havurah Shalom Religious School, Maayan Torah Day School, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland Jewish Academy and Albertsons Safeway.

We are also thankful for all of the participants in the Adopt-a-Family campaign, including:  Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Jewish Boy Scouts Troop 739, Jewish Cub Scout Pack 739, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Kol Shalom, Maayan Torah Day School, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland Jewish Academy and the many families and individuals who also “adopted.”

JFCS volunteers

It’s a wrap! Volunteers wrapped hundreds of gifts, readying them for delivery to families.

When the community comes together, great things happen! So true.

For more information about JFCS’s Holiday Campaigns, contact Carrie Kaufman, Volunteer & Development Coordinator, by email here or call 503-226-7079 x118.

JFCS is a subsidiary of Cedar Sinai Park.



ALIVE INSIDE fundraiser a huge success!!!


thank youSam for blogWe want to send a BIG THANK YOU to Sam Ellenby! His 8th grade Capstone Project at Portland Jewish Academy (PJA) brought in over $1,300 and equipment for Cedar Sinai Park’s Music & Memory program!

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.”

Sam’s event was a huge success!

Thank you so much! Great job, Sam! Thanks also to everyone who took the time to come and support Sam and this program. We thank you for your time, financial and equipment donations.

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 individuals 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.

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Sunshine & Classic Cars

IMG_9744Robison Jewish Health Center held its Annual Classic Car show on July 30th.

It was a beautifully sunny day to show off

these gorgeous cars, all shiny and polished!

Residents enjoyed checking out each of the vehicles, escorted by local youth volunteers, and many voted for their personal favorite.









Tidbits gleaned from residents and classic car owners at this year’s event include: 

  • Rumble seats aren’t as fun as they may look,
  • At least one model of car was built with a special compartment just for golf clubs,
  • and if you win a car as a child, your parents get VERY excited!

We can’t wait to see the selection of classic cars again next year! Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event.




Good Deeds Day is coming to Robison Jewish Health Center — we hope you will too!

Good deeds day logoGood Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. In May 2007 Ruach Tova (Israeli NGO) launched the Good Deeds Day project. On March 9, 2014, Greater Portland will join hundreds of thousands all over the world (50+ countries!) choosing to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.

Portland is excited to be participating in the event for our second time this year. Last year 550 people volunteered at 16 different sites in the greater Portland region. Project descriptions and registration available at  

It’s a great day to volunteer with your family or friends and to meet others in the Jewish community who are interested in volunteering just like you. We hope you will consider signing up for Good Deeds Day and joining our residents at Robison Jewish Health Center (RJHC) to share your talents! Be sure to sign up to bring your voice, dancing, or other talent to our No Talent/Talent Show!

No Talent/Talent Show! 

Robison Jewish Health Center 

Sunday, March 9th at 1:30 pm in the Robison Living Room



The Portland Mitzvah Network, is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. The Network was created to support individuals, groups and organizations around hands-on volunteerism. As a community we can volunteer, connect and make a difference in our own and other’s lives by coming together for events like Good Deeds Day and more ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Log onto to explore project options and to register. PRE-




Bingo Brings People Together

Bingo can be traced back to a game called Lotto, played in Italy in 1530, and reinvented into its modern form in the United States in 1929. Still played today, it is certainly popular at Cedar Sinai Park.

Residents at both our Rose Schnitzer Manor and Robison Jewish Health Center enjoy weekly games and some get quite competitive!

Ladies playing bingo

Not only do residents get to spend some fun and competitive time together but they get personal attention from volunteers who come in just for the games.

You can join in the fun by joining the ranks of our long-term “professional” volunteer Bingo callers such as Bob Ginsberg and Charles Jagger.

Being a Bingo caller takes talent — if you have a strong voice and ability to repeat letters and  numbers in the same manner and review the winning numbers as the person calls them out…this volunteer position might just be right for you!

Barbie Enkelis - ___ bingo

If you are interested in volunteering as a  Bingo caller at Cedar Sinai Park, please contact Kathy Tipsord, Community Life Director.

Bingo games are Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings at Robison and Sunday afternoon, Monday evenings, and Tuesday evenings at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

If you or your group would like to volunteer on a regular basis to call Bingo and assist residents with locating numbers, we would love to hear from you.


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!

Please consider supporting our efforts to create a home-like environment for our residents. Donate online now. Thank you for your generosity!