Celebrating All Dads & Shavuot!

June is looking like another exciting month for us here at the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, and for its residents.

Kicking off the month on June 1st is “Intergenerational Day”, a day established in 2010 to celebrate and foster the connections between different age groups. Nothing could be more appropriate for Lester residents who recently made mezuzahs with teens at Center Beit Yisrael, and last month enjoyed a visit from 10th and 11th graders from High School Rishon LeZion in Israel.  

Next up is Shavuot on June 11th -13th, so get ready to celebrate, read your Torah, and eat some serious dairy foods! See our blog below on how to make an awesome cheese blintz!

Last, but certainly never least, we shift our focus to all the fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers and wish everyone a very happy and healthy Father’s Day! 

Read on to see how you and your family can continue to support the JCHC, not only in the month of June, but all year round!  

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.

The Verdict is in: The JCHC Annual Gala Was A Success! Thank You to Our Supporters!

Congratulations to this year’s Honoree, Founding President of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation (JCHC), Mr. Arthur Schechner, as over 140 guests celebrated both Arthur, and the mission of the JCHC, with an evening out at The Crystal Plaza on May 15th.  Broadway, Cabaret and Recording Star, Karen Mason, kicked off the event in style, weaving musical selections from various Broadway shows throughout the Live Program, hosted by CBS2 News Anchor, Chris Wragge, back for his second year at the helm.  Arthur’s heartfelt remarks had the room captivated and inspired to continue spreading the mission of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation.

Donations are still welcome and we appreciate any additional support from those who were unable to attend or participate! Visit www.jchcorp.org/galadonate for more information.

Special thanks to Arthur and his family, our Gala Co-Chairs Paula Barber, Robin Leitner and Jamie Ramsfelder, Chris, Karen and, of course, to all of you—our supporters!  The JCHC grows and succeeds thanks to you all and we look forward to welcoming everyone again!

View the Full Photo Gallery Here, Password: 'Crystal Plaza'

Memorial Day Festivities!

Mayor John L. Ferramosca of Hanover Township was in attendance, as seven of our Lester Senior Living veterans rode in style in the Memorial Day Parade.  The weather held up as their beautiful Convertibles and Cadillacs, provided by the 200 Club of Morris County, made their way through the celebrated parade route. Shortly afterwards, our Lester Heroes were honored during the ceremony at the American Legion.

Lester Café Grand Opening

On May 7th, we celebrated the Grand Opening of Lester Senior Living Café. All attendees received red, refillable cups, in addition to the homemade muffins and treats that were baked by Regional Dining Services Director, Mitchell Goldberg.  The treats were delicious and the company was great!

There's Still Time! Donate to Make A Difference!

The JCHC and its incredibly special caregivers, will never stop working for our residents and their families. We won’t stop advocating for them, or showing up with our support, and we continue to count on our community to make it all possible.  

Important Information About Matching Your JCHC Gift:

  • The Jewish Community Housing Corporation is not classified as a religious organization by the IRS.
  • JCHC  is a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 22-2540505. This number is required on certain companies’ matching gift forms.
  • Your company will match your gift only once the JCHC has received your donation. Matching gift programs do not match pledges.
  • Some companies participate in broader workplace giving programs, which may include giving to JCHC through payroll deduction. Please contact your employer or our Matching Gifts department for more information. 

Blintzes: The Perfect Dairy Dish for Shavuot

Along with Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is a harvest holiday – which means it’s all about the food! Particularly, the food with dairy in it. Why is dairy the focal point of Shavuot you might be asking? Well, there have been different explanations given throughout the years, but the one that seems the most plausible is how the Torah is referred to as “milk and honey” in chapter 4 of The Song of Songs. To honor this notion, it has become custom to eat sweet, dairy treats like blintzes. If you’re looking for a delicious blintz recipe to try, look no further! We’ve got you covered here at Lester Senior Living.

 Get The Recipe On Our Blog Here

Caring for Those Who Took Care of Us.

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Beyond Bingo: Activities at Lester Senior Living

While we love a good game of bingo here at Lester Senior Living, it is far from being the only extracurricular activity available to residents at our facility. At Lester, we value our people more than anything else, which means we take the time to understand their individual wants and needs. Variety is the spice of life and our variety of activities is a major part of what keeps our residents happy – all year round. In this article, our team of senior activity coordinators will discuss the varying and perhaps, unconventional activities offered to our seniors in Morris County

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Traditional Shavuot Dinner & Dessert Ideas

It’s time to feast, feast for weeks! For those who need a reminder, we celebrate Shavuot to commemorate the giving of the Torah to the Israelites on Mt. Sinai, as well as the harvest season. One of the best ways we know how to celebrate is through food. It is customary to eat dairy foods in particular for Shavuot to show restraint as the Israelites showed restraint when they received the Torah and followed God’s commandment to eat only kosher foods. Shavuot is also linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, “a country flowing with milk and honey.”


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What’s There To Do Near Lester Senior Living?

Are you visiting your loved ones at Lester Senior Living and wondering what nearby activities you can enjoy together? Look no further! As the weather continues to warm up, the opportunities for fun outings multiply. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or simply to savor a delicious meal, there’s something for everyone near our senior living facility in Morris County. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly there is to do near our community, based on you and your loved one’s interests. 

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Heller Dining Room

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.

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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