If your loved one has recently moved into an assisted living community, you can still celebrate Hanukkah together – especially if they moved into one of the facilities under the Jewish Community Housing Corporation. One of the greatest benefits of moving into senior living in the Jewish tradition, is keeping all the traditions you know and love going. Here are some ways we are going to celebrate Hanukkah this year with our residents at Lester Senior Living.
Annual Hanukkah Party. Hosted in the Weston Lobby, our annual Hanukkah party is always a big hit amongst the residents – and staff as well! We’re still finalizing the details, but every Hanukkah party always has live entertainment by the TKlez Band, dancing, and delicious, traditional staple foods like Sufganiyot doughnuts – yum.
Hanukkah Crafts. Our wonderful Community Life Coordinator, Keisha, hosts an annual Hanukkah crafts class where residents can create a signature piece of decor or symbol that is traditional to this holiday, like Menorahs or dreidels. Speaking of dreidels…
Dreidel Tournament. “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with dreidel WE shall play!” A good, old fashioned competition is always welcome here at Lester Senior Living, especially a festive one like this. The winner may just have a special prize in store!
Cooking Club: Making Latkes. Hanukkah just isn’t complete without some warm, crispy latkes! For those who may not know, Lester Senior Living has many activity clubs, some even started by the residents themselves. Cooking club is one of our more popular clubs at our assisted living facility, so of course it’s a no-brainer to have a seasonal class to make latkes for Hanukkah. Give our signature latke recipe a test run, you won’t regret it!
Shabbat, Maariv, Torah and More. Did you know that we have a chapel on site? Residents are welcome to join us for Shabbat every Friday in the chapel. We also host weekly Torah and Maariv services with our rabbi over Zoom. As we mentioned earlier, Hanukkah plans are still in the works, but there will always be a special service held in the chapel for this joyous holiday. If residents have family coming to visit, they are more than welcome to join us for Shabbat.
Celebrating Hanukkah at our Assisted Living Facility in Morris County
Hanukkah Sameach from all of us at the JCHC communities! If you’d like to know more about senior care in the Jewish tradition, or about how we are celebrating Hanukkah in assisted living, please call the team at Lester today. At our senior community in Morris County, we read the Torah, hold traditional services in the chapel and have Shabbat together every week. Although our traditions are deeply rooted in Judaism, all of our communities’ welcome seniors of all faiths and backgrounds.
To learn more about Jewish holidays at our assisted living community in Morris County, NJ, please visit our website at: https://jchcorp.org/
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