Keeping us Clean: Manny Entrambasaguas

A man wearing a black and yellow cap, glasses, and a green shirt stands in front of a commercial laundry machine, holding a pile of clean, folded white linens. He is smiling slightly and standing in what appears to be a laundry facility.

If you hear joyous singing or whistling when you’re in the Home, it’s probably Manuel “Manny” Entrambasaguas.

The longtime laundry aide loves to sing while he works; so much, in fact, his mother asked him as a little boy to sing professionally. Instead, Manny now sings informally while supervising the washing, drying, and folding of the Robison Jewish Health Center/Harold Schnitzer Center for Living laundry—what is about 500 sheets, towels, and blankets a day.

Comfort Objects Help Calm Long-Term Care Residents

An elderly person with short, white hair sits in a chair, wearing a red sweater and black gloves. They gently hug a baby doll dressed in a pink outfit, their eyes closed and a serene expression on their face, finding calm through the comfort object within the setting of long-term care.

Everyone needs a little comfort now and then.

That’s why many elements of our robust Life Enrichment program for residents in long-term care involve activities that evoke strong memories. Activities that residents in long-term care enjoyed in their lives previously—arranging flowers, painting, planting, cooking—all are strategically incorporated into our model program. Such activities are especially important for residents with dementia, or in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s.

To help elders who have a strong need to nurture,

Our Torahs are Home!

A wooden cabinet with ornate floral doors is open, revealing two Torah scrolls adorned with intricate embroidered covers. The left cover features a gold star, and the right has colorful floral designs. Soft lighting enhances the sacred items, making the Torahs feel like home.

They’re back! Yes, after 2.5 years in Florida, the two Cedar Sinai Park Torahs out for repair are back on campus and ready to ring in 5784.

“The Torahs have had a wonderful vacation in Miami, and now they’re back!” said Eddy Shuldman, board trustee and spiritual life committee chairperson. “We are the people of the book. Our story as a people, and the guidelines for how we should live our lives, is contained within those scrolls.

Rabbi Barry Cohen Offers Connection, Support

Two older men are sitting at a table having a friendly conversation. One man with white hair and glasses is wearing a dark shirt, while the other, in a checkered shirt, is gesturing with his hands. They share a deep connection as their discussion flows in the well-lit room with neutral off-white walls.

The Jewish community chaplain, Rabbi Barry Cohen, is going to be spending more time at Cedar Sinai Park!

“Before Covid, Rabbi Barry used to come to breakfast once a week to spend time with the residents and have conversations,” said Spiritual Life Coordinator Cathy Zheutlin. “Now that Covid is on the wane, he will be here for one-to-one visits throughout the campus every Monday. In addition to occasionally leading Shabbat and other holiday services,

Margaret Leontyev: A Working Interview

Margaret Leontyev, with her wavy dark hair, smiles at the camera in a navy blue dress and long silver necklace. Behind her, abstract wall art with geometric shapes and muted colors sets a sophisticated tone—perfect for her working interview.

It’s not always easy to chase down Margaret Leontyev. She not only moves fast, but the longtime catering manager has many different projects that she is working on, all at the same time. We ended up chatting while Margaret multi-tasked.

“Events are a big part of my job,” said Margaret, as she moves toward her computer.  “We organize and prepare everything, set up, and then clean up afterwards.  For some events we will also help serve as well.”

Margaret opens her spreadsheets to share the hundreds of invoices she codes,

Volunteer Brings Joy to Residents Through Music

A person wearing glasses and a hat is joyfully playing an accordion while seated. The accordion is black with white and red detailing. The person, who seems to be singing or speaking as they play the music, exudes a sense of volunteer spirit in their performance.

Watching our slender volunteer Alan Moses lug his 21-pound accordion through the halls of Cedar Sinai Park to then set it on his knee for a playing and singing session with the residents is truly a lesson in dedication.

“It still feels like I’m wrestling an octopus every time I strap this thing on,” said the self-deprecating Alan, with a chuckle, as he nibbled an apple between gigs at our Home. “I found some great videos on accordion ergonomics,

Server Appreciates Cedar Sinai Park Love

A woman and a man stand together indoors, smiling at the camera. The woman, who appreciates the festive atmosphere, has short blonde hair and wears yellow glasses with a gray sweater. The man in a black cap and hoodie holds a drink. They are in a warmly lit room with candles and holiday decorations at Cedar Sinai Park.

Trevor Richen grew up in Portland in the food world. His great grandfather owned Griffin’s, a 1970s “cafeteria” in downtown Portland, where his parents and extended family worked before Trevor was born. The Rose Schnitzer Manor Assisted Living server considers himself a foodie.

“I like everything,” said Trevor, wearing one of his stylin’ baseball hats and duds after a shift. “I’m a sucker for pizza, but I also love branching out. I love Mexican food,

Caregiver’s Family Woven into Cedar Sinai Park Tapestry

A woman wearing green scrubs with a name badge smiles while standing in a hallway of Cedar Sinai Park. The background includes a painting on the wall and multiple doorways, reflecting her role as a dedicated caregiver in this welcoming environment.

Jasmine Lohn, L.P.N., C.N.A., is a prime example of the interconnectedness and tradition that is Cedar Sinai Park. Her parents worked at Robison Jewish Home when Jasmine was a young girl! So did her grandmother and aunt!

“She looked just the same,” said Harold Schnitzer Center for Living Resident Joeen Rodinsky (z”l), whose mother lived at Robison in the mid-1990s and was cared for by Jasmine’s mother, Aura. “When I came her to live,

Going Above and Beyond in Maintenance

A man in a black long-sleeve shirt and a lanyard is going above and beyond in his maintenance task on a wall-mounted Purell dispenser. He is holding red wires and standing in front of a wooden door with various tools on a cart beside him. The room appears to be well-lit and professional.

There isn’t much Aaron Farrar hasn’t taught himself about fixing stuff.

“I wasn’t really much of a handyman until I took an opportunity at another facility several years ago as the director of maintenance,” said Aaron, who became Cedar Sinai Park’s lead maintenance technician almost two years ago. “The former director quit and walked off the job, so there wasn’t anyone I could turn to for advice. I had no training whatsoever. They just threw me in and told me to figure it out.

Manager Loves to Cook and Care for Cedar Sinai Park’s Kehillah Residents

A person wearing glasses and a colorful striped hoodie stands smiling in front of a sign that reads "KEHILLAH," with the address "6000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy" and the Cedar Sinai Park logo, embodying the spirit of Kehillah residents.

Nathan Burgess was a care provider at Jewish Family & Child Services in 2014, when he was asked by a parent there to apply for the role of in-house manager at Kehillah.

“I used to come here to take folks out in the community to do fun things,” said Nathan. “I met a parent here and she said they were looking for an on-site manager.”

That was eight years ago, and Nathan has been managing the apartments of Kehillah’s 14 residents and tending to their needs ever since.