Sukkah Decorating with the Residents!
Happy New Year from the Junior Auxiliary!
In honor of Rosh Hashana, elementary school children gathered at Levindale to sing songs and deliver holiday cards to the residents. Our 250 New Year’s cards were created by children at local Baltimore camps and delivered to the men and women at Levindale and Courtland Gardens.
Special thanks to Rochel Katz and Shoshanna Krup for organizing the event and with appreciation to Chuck Loskarn for sponsoring the printing of the cards.
Marlee Greenberg, Eve Vogelstein, Harvey
Vogelstein, Betsy Narrow and Linda Roedel
Residents, families and Auxiliary enjoying
music and magic at our Face-to-Face event
Shayna Krupp and Libby Goldfeder
Shayna Kagan and Lillian Narrow
Each year, the Auxiliary sponsors an inter-generational Face-to-Face
event that brings the residents of Levindale and their families
together with the Auxiliary members and their families. Our goal
is to reach as many residents as possible and bring laughter and
camaraderie into what would otherwise be a very quiet Sunday.
This year’s the Face-to-Face event, “Crazy Caps and Costumes Caravan”
was chaired by our incoming President Ellie Kagan and her wonderful
committee which included Melissa Shnidman, Linda Roedel, Iris MIller,
and Eve Vogelstein. The residents and their families joined with
our Auxiliary members in the Town Center for an afternoon of magic,
music and merriment. John the Magician entertained with his bag
of tricks and then treated everyone with balloon animals and
hats. There were cookies and popcorn and pretzels and
drinks. Tzaki Miller (our own Iris Miller’s son) played the
piano and Yehuda Mond accompanied him on the accordion.
Shayna Krupp (Shoshana Krupp’s daughter) and Libby Goldfeder
played the recorders beautifully. There were smiles and clapping
and joy all around.
To “cap” off the afternoon, Yehuda (our Pied Piper) lead a group of
Auxiliary members and their families down the halls of the
Neighborhoods and through the Households to reach those residents not
able to join us in the Town Center. What a thrill to see the
smiles and waves from everyone including the staff!
Year after year, each inter-generational Faceto-Face event reinforces
the reasons why the Auxiliary exists and what an impact we can
have. Thank you all for your continued support!
Volunteer Profile: Philip Bohrer
| Phillip Bohrer and Molly Rosen
|| Phillip Bohrer, Molly Rosen and Al Bohrer
Philip Bohrer, the son of our own Auxiliary Board member Rochelle
Bohrer, has been volunteering at the Courtland Gardens (where is
grandmother has been for many years), as well as at Levindale.
He loves to distribute gifts to the residents, attend holiday events,
and prepare materials for bulk mailings for his shul (M.M.A.E.) and
the Levindale Auxiliary. Although he is a young man who is both
profoundly deaf and learning disabled he has worked for 16 years for
the Ponderosa and Red Robin restaurants. Philip is a member of
two Jewish organizations: the Chaverim Club that meets each week at
the J.C.C. (P.H.) and the Yachad Group that has monthly activities at
Tov's Pizza, Beth Tfiloh, and Beth Israel Synagogues. His many
interests include collecting postcards from around the world, bowling,
doing puzzles, going to Oriole games and being helpful whenever he
Chanukah at Levindale by Esther Jacobson
year, for Chanukah, as it does every year, the Auxiliary distributed
gifts to every resident at Levindale and at Courtland Gardens.
This year’s gift was a warm, fleecy afghan in a variety of rainbow
colors. I was privileged to be among those members of the
Auxiliary to hand out the gifts to the residents. You cannot
imagine the looks of delight on their faces as residents chose their
favorite colored blanket. Even those residents who were unable
to talk, would smile as they felt the softness of the fabric. In
the weeks following, I have been gratified to see the afghans in use,
spread out on a bed, hung over the back of a chair, and tucked cozily
around the lap of someone in a wheelchair. The Auxiliary has
received so many “thank you’s” for these gifts. We’ve
already started to think about next year’s Chanukah gift, but it won’t
be easy to top the popularity of these colorful blankets!