2021 Press Releases
The music program at Jewish Senior Life now has two certified neurologic music therapists on staff. The NMTs use an evidence-based treatment model that focuses on the neuroscience of music to treat the brain and brain connectors in those with injury or disease of the human nervous system.
Jewish Senior Life announces the Clare and Jerry Rotenberg Nursing Scholarship Fund. This special program will provide funding to enable qualified Jewish Home employees to attend school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Jewish Senior Life has launched “Life Unmasked”, a new multimedia ad campaign. The campaign which features staff, residents and family members shares the message that the best things about the people at Jewish Senior Life continue to persevere – kindness, compassion, trust, and joy.
Jewish Senior Life’s Music Therapy Program now has two certified Neurologic Music Therapists on staff. NMTs use an evidence-based treatment model to treat the brain and brain connectors in those with injury or disease of the human nervous system.
Jewish Senior Life has been awarded a Gold Aster award for its “100 Years of Life/Centennial” advertising campaign.
Jewish Senior Life and Jewish Senior Life Foundation announce the election of their new Board of Director for 2020-2021.
The Summit at Brighton will unveil a new patio that includes an outdoor space where residents can relax, dine, and enjoy nature. The outdoor space will also feature a large fire pit for socializing, ambient lighting, and outdoor space heaters for cooler weather.
Jewish Senior Life Foundation welcomes W. Thomas McDade Clay as the new Director of Major Gifts.
Jewish Senior Life announces two employees have been honored as Health Care Heroes by the Rochester Business Journal.
Jewish Senior Life Foundation welcomes Tracy Schleyer as new Executive Director.
2020 Press Releases
Jewish Senior Life has achieved CARF Accreditation from CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accrediting body of continuing care retirement communities and similar human services organizations. This accreditation represents the highest level that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.
The Jewish Home plans to hold vaccination clinics for its residents and staff beginning December 21, 2020.
Small greenhouses purchased by Jewish Senior Life make for warmer family visits with residents.
Jewish Senior Life has unveiled a digital Heroes Wall of Fame to honor its employees who continue to serve throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jewish Home of Rochester Recognized as One of The Nation’s Top Nursing Homes 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report
The Jewish Home of Rochester is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top nursing homes for 2020-21.
Rochester, NY — September 21, 2020 — The Rochester affiliate of the National Human Resources Association has honored Jewish Senior Life’s Emy Giacalone, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and Staff & Organizational Development. Emy is one of a very select group...
Jewish Senior Life celebrated the Jewish New Year with a Rosh Hashanah Car Parade at the Jewish Home.
Jane Knickerbocker, Vice President Marketing and Communications, was honored as a Woman of Excellence, presented by the Rochester Business Journal.
Jackie Felker, Nurse Manager, was honored with a Health Care Hero Award, presented by the Rochester Business Journal.
Jewish Senior Life received certification as a Great Place to Work® by the Great Place to Work Institute for the second year in a row.
2019 Press Releases
Jewish Senior Life’s Atkin Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation recently hosted a community event featuring local neurology specialist Dr. Michelle Burack.
Jewish Senior Life announces its new Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Program, one of the first of its kind in Rochester. The program is a specialized program designed for individuals who exhibit challenging behaviors related to brain injuries, neurological impairments such as dementia, or certain behavioral health conditions.
Jewish Senior Life has been awarded certification as a Great Place to Work® by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Jewish Home of Rochester Recognized as One of The Nation’s Top Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report
The Jewish Home of Rochester is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top nursing homes.
Jewish Senior Life’s Adult Day Health Care announces it is providing additional service hours to meet a growing need in the community.
Nationally Recognized Speaker Barbara Waxman to Speak at Jewish Senior Life Foundation Women’s Council “Bloom” Event Oct. 29
Jewish Senior Life Foundation’s Women’s Council announces a special speaking engagement featuring Barbara Waxman, a nationally recognized coach and author. The “Bloom” event, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.
The Jewish Home of Rochester is proud to be recognized by Newsweek’s America’s Best Nursing Homes 2020.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 6, 2019 — Jewish Senior Life is proud to welcome our first artist-in-residence, master cellist, Hannah Schuldt. A native of Sherrill, New York, Hannah received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Cello Performance, with a minor...
Jewish Senior Life Announces Mark Zeger Appointed As Director of Major Gifts for Jewish Senior Life Foundation
Jewish Senior Life Foundation announces that Mark Zeger has been appointed as the Director of Major Gifts.
Jacque Cross-Hancock, Certified Nursing Assistant at Jewish Senior Life was presented with the 2019 Employee of Distinction Award from LeadingAge New York.
Interns from the Project SEARCH program at Jewish Senior Life have successfully graduated and are now ready to enter into the workforce.
Jewish Senior Life recently held its 5th Annual Myron S. Silver Awards presenting honors for lifetime achievement to the organization.
Jewish Senior Life Launches mySuccess Short-Term Rehabilitation Program to Meet Growing Need for Post-Acute Care
Jewish Senior Life announces the opening of its mySuccess® Short-Term Rehabilitation program—an evolution of its previous transitional care program. With 33 percent more capacity, additional state-of-the-art therapy equipment, all private rooms and hotel-like amenities, the expanded program will meet a growing need for specialized post-acute care and provide patients with an unmatched recovery experience following a hospital stay.
Michael Haymes, immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Jewish Senior Life Foundation, was recently awarded the LeadingAge NY (LANY) Trustee of the Year award.
Jewish Senior Life and the Jewish Senior Life Foundation announce their Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term.
Jewish Senior Life honored 93 employees for milestone work anniversaries at its annual service awards luncheon.
Jewish Senior Life Announces Kelli Maisel Appointed as Community Relations Coordinator for Living Well Companion Care
Kelli Maisel has joined Jewish Senior Life as Community Relations Coordinator for Living Well Companion Care.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Names Jewish Senior Life a Winner of the Rochester 2019 Top Workplaces Award
Jewish Senior Life has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Democrat and Chronicle. This is the third year in a row the organization has been recognized. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools.
Jewish Senior Life is proud to announce that two of its board members were selected to join Rochester’s inaugural class of The Wexler Heritage Program.
Jewish Senior Life Announces David Pasternack Appointed as Jewish Senior Life Foundation’s Executive Director
ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 5, 2019 — Jewish Senior Life announces that David Pasternack has joined the organization as the Executive Director for the Jewish Senior Life Foundation. In his position, David will be working on the transition from our successfully completed...
2018 Press Releases
Jewish Senior Life Physician House Calls Program Grows to Meet Increased Demand for Home-Based Medical Care
Jewish Senior Life is growing its Physician House Calls program by adding a second physician and a Nurse Practitioner to its care team.
Jewish Senior Life Appoints Kathy Murray-McGhan as Director of Wolk Manor and The Lodge at Wolk Manor
Kathy Murray-McGhan has joined Jewish Senior Life where she will oversee operations and resident care as the Director of Wolk Manor and The Lodge at Wolk Manor.
For a third consecutive time, Jewish Senior Life has earned a three-year CARF accreditation for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Jewish Senior Life recognizes the benefit to building a complete patient record. The partnership with Rochester RHIO ensures that our residents will receive the best possible care no matter where they are being treated in our continuum.
Jewish Senior Life is pleased to announce that Rabbi Steven Rubenstein has joined the organization as the Director of Chaplaincy Services. He will serve the spiritual needs of the residents, families and staff through one-on-one and group programs.
Jewish Senior Life has launched a new mobile application, JSL Connect, to make it easier for residents and family members to be connected to important information, enhancing care and quality of life. Through the app, they can review residents’ daily schedules and activities, and communicate directly with the care team.
Jewish Senior Life and Heritage Christian Services Partner to Offer Internships for People With Disabilities
Thanks to a partnership between Jewish Senior Life and Heritage Christian Services, young adults with disabilities now have a new internship opportunity. Beginning on Oct. 2, the two organizations will offer Project SEARCH®, a nationally recognized work preparation program for people age 18 to 35 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
While older adults may not be digital natives, things like smart speakers and computer programs can help them cope and adapt to cognitive and physical challenges. At Jewish Senior Life, technology is one way we push the status quo to enrich the lives of those we serve, helping them stay connected and engaged.
Jewish Senior Life, together with its agency partner Partners + Napier, was awarded a PRism Award of Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Events/Observances Conferences for the second year in a row. PRSA PRisms celebrate outstanding public relations that drive results.
Jewish Senior Life has been awarded a Gold Aster Award for its brand awareness campaign and two Silver awards for additional advertising tactics. Aster Awards recognize outstanding advertising, marketing and communications.
Jewish Senior Life and Jewish Senior Life Foundation have elected new members to their Boards of Directors.
Susan Bussey, Senior Vice President of Senior Housing was honored with the 2018 Professional of the Year Award from LeadingAge New York. Maria Fitzpatrick, Director of Inpatient Therapy, was honored for the Employee of Distinction Award.
A total of 104 employees were honored for milestone work anniversaries at Jewish Senior Life’s annual service luncheon.
Debbie McIlveen, Senior Vice President and CFO, is being honored with a Financial Executive of the Year Award, presented by the Rochester Chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal.
Jewish Senior Life has established the Diabetes Center of Excellence to enhance care for their Transitional Care patients.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Names Jewish Senior Life a Winner of the Rochester 2018 Top Workplaces Award
Jewish Senior Life has been named a 2018 Top Workplace by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of a confidential employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
Three of Jewish Senior Life leaders were honored as 2018 Health Care Achievement Award recipients.
Jewish Senior Life has donated more than 300 pieces of furniture to date since beginning construction within the Jewish Home Farash Tower.
Jewish Senior Life Announces Dr. Azanaw Tassew Appointed as Associate Medical Director of Transitional Care
Dr. Azanaw Tassew has joined the organization as Associate Medical Director of Transitional Care at the Jewish Home of Rochester
Jewish Senior Life now offers education opportunities for employees through the Roberts Wesleyan College Corporate Partnership Program.
2017 Press Releases
The Jewish Home of Rochester has been recognized for excellence in care and named a U. S. News Best Nursing Home and earned the Excellence in Action award for resident satisfaction from NRC Health.
Jewish Senior Life is expanding its stroke patient rehabilitation program, responding to an increasing need for specialized care following a hospital stay.
Jewish Senior Life held a “Food Truck Rodeo” for staff to show its appreciation for the hard work and dedication involved with making the opening of its new Green House Cottages a success.
Jewish Senior Life announced that one of its residents and long-time volunteers, Sydney Cohen, was honored with the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer in Community Services Award by Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc. Cohen was honored for over 20 years of community service, serving a total of 1,643 hours since 1996.
Jewish Senior Life today announced the opening of nine new long-term care homes on its campus, a key milestone in its ongoing $83 million campus transformation project. The organization has invited residents, their families, community leaders and the media to attend the opening celebration of these new homes, which represent a model of care unmatched by any other senior care provider in the area.
Jewish Senior Life was recognized with a PRism and an Award of Excellence for its campus transformation project at the 2017 Rochester Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) PRism Awards ceremony.
Marie Aydelotte, M.D., Medical Director at Jewish Senior Life, has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester.
Jewish Senior Life announces the following individuals were newly elected to their Board of Directors
Jewish Senior Life Foundation announces the following individuals were newly elected to their Board of Directors: Joy Ryen Plotnik, Esq., President and CEO, Genesee Valley Trust; Dr. David Chazan, D.P.M., Rochester Foot Care Associates; and Attorney David Ross, Ross & Gould-Ross.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Names Jewish Senior Life a Winner of the Rochester Metro Area 2017 Top Workplaces Award
Jewish Senior Life has been named a 2017 Top Workplace by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of a confidential employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
Jewish Senior Life invites visitors to experience its newly redesigned website, designed to reflect Jewish Senior Life’s warm and vibrant community.
Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation Provides Generous Gift to Jewish Senior Life Capital Campaign
Jewish Senior Life is very pleased to announce a transformational gift from the the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. This generous gift of $2,000,000 combined with the Farash Foundation’s initial campaign pledge of $5,000,000, will be the largest single gift to the Jewish Senior Life Power of One capital campaign.
Americans aged 85 and older are the fastest growing age group in the U.S., with 10,000 boomers retiring every day and half of them planning to downsize when they do retire.
The Jewish Home of Rochester announced that it has been ranked among the top ten percent of nursing homes nationwide by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating.
On Thursday, February 9, more than 40 leaders in senior services organizations came together for an inspirational seminar about how the mindset of a person has a significant impact on life expectancy and quality of life. Marc Middleton, winner of multiple Emmys and a...
2016 Press Releases
Rochester, NY, November 17, 2016—Jewish Senior Life has raised $20 million in support of its capital campaign and is now launching the public phase of the campaign to fund the remainder of the project. Edward Bloom, Esq., and Michael Haymes, Chairman of the Jewish...
Jewish Senior Life announces that it is expanding its cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, responding to an increasing need for specialized patient care following a hospital stay.
Rochester, NY, June 14, 2016—Jewish Senior Life announces the implementation of an $83 million project to redefine home and revolutionize care by transforming its long-term care housing into a home setting for residents, and expanding its transitional care to meet a...
2015 Press Releases
Rochester, N.Y. – What do you get when you cross a donut with a croissant? A “Cronut” ... and an award-winning Cronut at that. Brenda Allen, pastry chef at Jewish Senior Life’s independent living affiliate, The Summit at Brighton, participated in “Dish It Out – Savor...
Rochester, N.Y. November 18, 2015—It is not every day that a lunch conversation between family and friends turns into a discussion about the secrets to living to be 100. On November 18 at The Summit at Brighton, Jewish Senior Life invited residents who are 100 years...
Jewish Senior Life has secured funding for an initiative that will enrich the palliative and end-of-life care services provided to its residents.
Rochester, N.Y. August 19, 2015- Jewish Senior Life (JSL) has earned its second consecutive five-year CARF-CCAC accreditation from CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accrediting body of continuing care retirement communities and similar human services...
Jewish Senior Life (JSL) is the 2015 recipient of the Community Service Award, presented by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce.
Jewish Senior Life (JSL) is pleased to announce that Mike King has been named President and CEO effective immediately. King has served in a senior leadership role with JSL for 10 years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.
Rochester, N.Y. January 21, 2015‐ Jewish Senior Life (JSL) has launched an exciting new evidence‐based program called Music & Memory. As the first certified care community in the Rochester area, Jewish Senior Life’s team of professional caregivers will utilize...
2014 Press Releases
Susan Wettenstein, a Jewish Home of Rochester resident will turn 30 on June 19, 2014. To celebrate her special day, she will be attending the Backstreet Boys concert on June 18th at Darien Lake. Susan is a longtime fan of the popular boy band and this trip will fulfill her wish to see them perform.
Rochester, N.Y. July XX, 2014- Wolk Manor, an assisted living community located in Brighton on the Jewish Senior Life campus, has been approved by the Department of Health as an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR). This certification will allow Wolk Manor to...
Jewish Senior Life announces the election of the following Officers and Directors of the Board of Jewish Senior Life 2014-2015
Jewish Senior Life Foundation announces the election of the following Officers and Directors of the Board of Jewish Senior Life Foundation for 2014-2015:
Jewish Senior Life announces the election of the following Officers and Directors of the Board of Jewish Senior Life 2014-2015
ROCHESTER, NY — The Jewish Home of Rochester announces a celebration honoring seven centenarians living on our campus. They will be honored with a luncheon and musical entertainment provided by Joe Naples. A highlight of the event is a photo montage of the...
Jewish Senior Life (JSL) announced today that Board Chairman, Mark Kolko, has received the Trustee of the Year Award from LeadingAge New York (LANY).
Jewish Senior Life will host the LeadingAge’s 2014 Art Competition and Exhibit, featuring works created by seniors, the disabled, and the people who take care of them from all across the state.
Jewish Senior Life is pleased to announce the graduation of Maria Fitzpatrick from the first class of the LeadingAge New York IGNITE Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership program providing tomorrow’s leaders with the tools they will need to be outstanding in their organizations.
Jewish Senior Life (JSL) is proud to announce the opening of the Lodge at Wolk Manor, an assisted living center for memory care, serving residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.