Featured Member
Jewish Senior Life (Rochester, NY)

We are very proud to announce that our Featured Member for the month of June is Jewish Senior Life.


To read the featured story, visit our website      
Please visit their website: http://www.jewishseniorlife.org/ 

Starting in July, AJAS will be featuring a member innovation each month in our e-update.   


This could be anything from a research project, to a new program or service based initiative. Our members are widely recognized as thought leaders in the senior care industry. As our strength has always come from within, some of the greatest moments are when we can share and learn from each other. Sharing your innovations and best practices here is a great way to do that. 


Please send any articles about your innovations to rachel@ajas.org for consideration.



We have received our Project Avodah backpacks! It is not too late to participate in this project.

The third phase of Project Avodah is an intergenerational global initiative called, "AJAS Cares". This is designed to aid a population of poor Ethiopian Jewish school children in Haifa, Israel. Through the partnership and cooperation of our member community in Haifa, Israel and our Executive Director, Yaron Raz, we hope to be sending backpacks filled with school supplies that these children so desperately need. Through the benevolence of a few parties we were able to secure funding to purchase the 350 backpacks we needed. These will be sent to your communities, if you wish to participate, and in the quantities you request.

If you would like to participate in Project Avodah, please email rachel@ajas.org  



Upcoming Events


2015 AJAS Regional Meeting


Tuesday, June 16th  

at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation  

in New Hyde Park, NY  




AJAS Webinar

Thursday, June 4th at 1pm EDT 
Learn How Abaqis Can Help You Reduce Readmissions

Hosted by: Medline Industries, Inc


Click here to register 

Cedar Village (Mason, OH):

Cedar Village Retirement Community Elects Dan Fagin as New CEO 



Cedar Village Retirement Community has formally elected Daniel R. Fagin, MBA, PMP, as its new CEO.


Fagin, a Cincinnati native who grew up in the Wyoming area, was most recently the COO of The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. During his tenure at the Federation Fagin developed a new strategic planning process, began the Shared Business Service Center, rebuilt the finance department and designed and launched SAFE Cincinnati, a Jewish community security and disaster planning initiative. Under his leadership, the Federation was selected as a finalist in the 2014 "Best Places to Work" contest, has no voluntary staff turnover in 24 months and began implementation of the Talent Management program.



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Chelsea Jewish Foundation (Chelsea, MA):

Swampscott Couple Give Million Dollar Campaign Kickoff to Chelsea Jewish Foundation 

For Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick, the choice to make a $1 million gift to Chelsea Jewish Foundation (CJF) to kick off its capital campaign to benefit its Aviv campus in Peabody came easily. "I've admired Barry Berman's (CJF CEO) work for decades. We're about the same age and we both started our careers in Chelsea at about the same time. When I saw he was adding Aviv to the Chelsea Jewish family, it wasn't a hard decision to support him because I've seen the level of care he brings to Chelsea Jewish and I know he'll bring that level of care to Aviv," Jeffrey Brudnick said. 


Pictured from left are CJF President Adam Berman, Susan and Jeffrey Brudnick of Swampscott, and CJF CEO Barry Berman


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Menorah Park (Beachwood, OH):
U.S Senator Rob Portman and Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Announce Pilot Program

 On Friday, May 15, 2015, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Campus in Beachwood to announce a pilot project regarding his Better Health Rewards legislation. Portman and Menorah Park have teamed up to put into place key aspects of this program, which focuses on preventative wellness for seniors.


The Medicare "Better Health Rewards" program helps seniors set and reach achievable goals designed to help them get and stay healthy.  Unlike the current Medicare system that begins to cost more when a senior actually needs it, the Better Health Rewards program gives seniors who reach their health goals - and help lower overall health costs - a chance to share in the savings.   Seniors participating in the program can receive up to $400 for meeting their goals by the end of year three, according to the plan.



Senator Rob Portman outlines why he chose Menorah Park, as (seated- Ken Bravo-MP chair of govt. relations committee of MP Board, and Janet Rosel, generous donor to the Peter B. Lewis Aquatic & Therapy Center's (LAC) expansion) and LAC staff, clients, community members and press representatives listen on.

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Sarah Neuman Center (Mamaroneck, NY):
Sarah Neuman Center Launches Night Care Program


Some elders who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia experience nighttime wakefulness and agitations, which can be stressful for the elders and their family caregivers.


The Jewish Home Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck has introduced a pilot Night Care Program, designed to engage and comfort elders with dementia related night time behaviors and to provide respite for their caregivers.



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Heritage Manor (Youngstown, OH):

Heritage Manor Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Gary Weiss summed up the philosophy toward residents of Heritage Manor this way: "Once here, they're family."


The executive director of the rehabilitation and retirement community at 517 Gypsy Lane said that feeling is shared by staff and volunteers. Some have had family members there; Weiss is among them. 


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Charles E. Smith Life Communities (Rockville, MD): 

Charles E. Smith Life Communities Hosts 105th Annual Meeting; Hoffman Elected Chair

The 105th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors convened in the Bord Social Hall of the Wasserman Residence at Charles E. Smith Life Communities on Wednesday night (May 6) to install new officers, reflect on the "Moments That Mattered" in the past year, and to outline what's ahead for the organization as it reaffirms its commitment to helping seniors in the community.


Immediate Past Chair Marc F. Solomon (left) congratulates Joseph B. Hoffman, 2015-2017 Chair of Charles E. Smith Life Communities    


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Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre (Montreal, QC)

Barbra Gold Appointed Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors



Barbra Gold has been recently appointed Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors in Donald Berman's newly-formed integrated health network that is affiliated with McGill University. Ms. Gold will be responsible for the care of seniors in over 2,000 nursing home beds spread over 7 facilities including Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Jewish Eldercare Centre and Mount Sinai in Montreal. She is also responsible for home care for a territory which includes 55,000 seniors of which 10,000 needs the service.  


Ms. Gold's new position is a result of Bill 10, which was recently adopted by the provincial government and completely restructures the Quebec health care system. The bill reduces the number of medical establishments from 182 to 33 integrated networks.  


"I am very excited to take on this new challenge," says Ms. Gold. "My goal is to improve the patient experience for seniors across the continuum of care, and I look forward to contributing to the implementation of the integrated healthcare model."


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Several new jobs have been posted recently on the AJAS careers page; visit 

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