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A Letter From
Our CEO

Harold Colton-Max, CEO

On behalf of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC), its staff and Board of Trustees, I hope this message finds you well and having an enjoyable holiday season so far, one filled with good health and much happiness. As you know, the JCHC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1983, with the mission of providing seniors with affordable homes in nurturing and enriching communities here in Greater MetroWest NJ…

Building On Our Success at the JCHC

Thanks to the generous support from donors like you, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) has been meeting the dynamic needs of seniors in our community for over 40 years. 

We would like to take a moment and share some of the things we have been up to recently.

We Heart iHeart!

iHeart Media recently partnered with the Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC) to produce its first Public Service Announcement, highlighting the services JCHC provides to the community.  The PSA ran for one month, on four of its featured radio and streaming stations:   106.7 Lite FM, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and 710 WOR

Who knew that 30 seconds could go so fast!?  We have so much more to say and we are grateful to iHeart for giving us this platform to say it!  Stay tuned, as we look forward to their involvement with the JCHC for years to come!

On a Mission

The JCHC recently held its inaugural “Mini-Mission”, where a group of special guests toured its two buildings in South Orange, The B’nai B’rith Residences and Village Apartments, visited with residents and capped off the afternoon with a tour and lunch at Lester Senior Living in Whippany. 

 We send our appreciation to Board Member, Robin Leitner, for working on this with us and look forward to the next one, which will be scheduled in the early months of 2024. 

 If you, or anyone you know, would like to be added to our notification list for future missions or to set-up individual or group tours, separate of joining a formal mission, please reach out to Amy Epstein, Director of Development, at AmyE@JCHCorp.org . 

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Don’t Turn Into A Pumpkin!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don’t forget to make your year-end, fully tax-deductible donation to the JCHC before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st

This is our final push before the year ends and we would love your generous support in making a difference in our residents’ lives!  Whether it be supporting our programs, or continuing to assist with our renovations, whatever you can give at year-end will go a very long way in our communities. 

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Spotlight on our Properties

Both Jewish Federation Plaza and B’nai B’rith Residences hosted guest speakers during October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Residents and staff enjoyed a healthy lunch, followed by entertainment, while wearing their best and brightest shades of pink!

The JCHC: Your Home. Your Life. Your Journey.

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Caring for Those Who Took Care of Us.

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Lester Senior Living Updates

We are pleased to report that the first phase of the Lester renovation project, with the focus being on the first and second floors of the Heller Independent Living Apartments and the Weston Assisted Living Residence, has successfully been completed.  Some of the highlights of the completed work include:

  • An upgraded and expanded Medical Suite, enhancing the waiting room and adding more examination rooms, meeting the growing needs among residents for such services and providing better patient privacy and confidentiality for meetings between residents, family members and medical professionals;  Special thanks to the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for their major financial support with this initiative.

  • A reconfigured  Heller community dining room, moving away from the more institutional dining setting to one that is now facilitating resident choice; when and with whom they can eat, as well as proper storage for walkers and wheelchairs while residents are dining;

  • New seating, tables and other furniture that address the mobility limitations faced by a growing number of our senior residents;
  •  Additional fitness opportunities such as a second area in Heller area with work-out equipment and a clear path  on the second floor around the atrium for walking;

  • A new, state-of-the-art cinema experience and improvements to audio and visual systems in other locations throughout the building, making the shared experience accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight issues; and,

  • Other aesthetic, lighting and improvements in community rooms and common areas enhancing socialization, while making the building more visually appealing.

We are now moving on to the second phase of the Lester renovation project, which will focus on improvements to the grounds around the building; reinventing our backyard to incorporate outdoor events with dining, raised gardening beds and a new layout and furniture for more and better outdoor activities and social gatherings. 

Even after the back courtyard upgrades have been completed (hopefully by the end of this coming summer), there will still be much more work to be done at Lester Senior Housing.  There is additional outdoor work that we have planned for the front of the building.  After that, we plan to upgrade both the independent living apartments and the assisted living units, introducing new safety and other accessibility features in our apartments, such as walk-in showers, new kitchen appliances and additional lower shelving.

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The “Never Stop Playing” Challenge for Seniors

When we think of playing, our minds often drift to carefree childhood days filled with laughter and imagination. Where after meeting up with all the neighborhood kids at the “watering hole,” the biggest problem was deciding what game to play…
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Growing Older and
Feeling Great

Growing older doesn’t have to be hard, in fact growing older can come with the best years of your life! There are small changes you can make now that could really benefit your health in the future. These healthy lifestyle habits will also ensure you…
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How Does Music Affect Seniors with Dementia?

We all can agree that music is good for the soul. But how good is it for those with dementia? As seniors face the challenges of memory loss and cognitive decline, music has proven to be a therapeutic tool that can evoke memories…
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A look inside Lester's Renovations

We are asking the Greater MetroWest Jewish Community to consider adding your support to these important initiatives. With our work together, resident families have greater peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe, happy, and living with high quality of life.

For questions or information, please contact Amy Epstein, JCHC Director of Development:  
AmyE@jchcorp.org – 973-530-3966

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