BSV has purchased a new bus for its transportation fleet. AJAS, the Association of Jewish Aging Services, arranged a $25,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. Beth Sholom was able to make the match through $25,000 of fundraising led by contributions from the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and a number of individual donors who responded to a targeted appeal for the bus.
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Paint Night is all the rage!
We have all seen advertisements for Paint Night with friends at restaurants or local bars. Our activity team thought, “why not here?” The Terrace living room was set up with a dozen easels and lots of paints! Emily Basto, who regularly instructs residents in various art mediums, walked the class through painting beautiful landscapes. The wine was enjoyed, and great art was made!
The opening of the new patio on Sholom in September was a blast!
The Sholom unit received a makeover on the outdoor patio. The Patio has been under construction for a few months to give it a fresh makeover that included a flat and even concrete flooring that offers stability for residents and easy access for wheelchairs. The landscaping was upgraded, and a new fence was installed. The cookout celebration included entertainment and good food. We are grateful for the beautiful benches donated by Theresa Poore in memory of her husband, Martin Poore who was a resident on Sholom.
Joe Harowitz- 70 Years a Mason!
Joe Harowitz, a resident on The Terrace was honored by the Norfolk chapter of the United Royal Arch Chapter of Masons in July Joe is not just a long-standing member of the Mason’s, he has been a member for 70 years. This is an amazing accomplishment and commitment to this organization that is philanthropic in nature. The United Royal Arch Chapter arrived at The Terrace in red jackets, a cake and lots of camaraderie. Congratulations Joe!
Frank Wagner Visits Beth Sholom Village
Senator Frank Wagner made a visit to Beth Sholom Village during an open forum in the Pincus Paul Hall. About 20 residents sat around in a circle and asked Senator Wagner questions about their community, politics and policies. We appreciated him visiting with us.
In August, we celebrated the relationships of our residents and family members. A lovely lunch was set up in Pincus Paul Hall with a meal prepared in front of many couples by Chef Dan Hahn. Each table had white tablecloths and flowers. Our staff delivered plated meals. Romantic music was piped in as everyone dined. A few residents have been married for many years, and some are newer couples. Either way, we brought a regular romantic outing inside.
Volunteer of the Year!
Ingrid Silverman has been named the 2015 Adult Volunteer of the Year by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA). Over the past 33 years, Ingrid Silverman has spent nearly 10,000 hours volunteering at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach. She began volunteering there in 1982 by routinely volunteering three days a week with her beloved husband, David. Although Ingrid’s volunteer regimen slowed down a bit 20 years ago when she suffered a stroke, which impaired her speech, eyesight, and balance, she didn’t stop volunteering. When asked how she does it, Ingrid has always replied, “How can you not do what you love?”
Ingrid, at 87 years old, is known for her cheery smile and warm greetings and has always been drawn to residents with cognitive difficulties. She spends a great deal of time on the specialized memory care unit taking residents for strolls, helping them with feeding and providing loving, compassionate companionship.
“She has made Beth Sholom Village her home and cared for our residents like family,” remarked Allison Whiteman, Beth Sholom’s activities director. Staff and residents alike look forward to having Ingrid in the building.
“I am humbled by Ingrid’s dedication to volunteering over all these years. She is truly an example to each of us about how to care for the most vulnerable among us,” said Keith Hare, President and CEO of VHCA. Mrs. Silverman was recognized at the annual VHCA/VCAL Awards Banquet, held this year in Hampton on September 30.
As some of our loyal and long-term employees say goodbye to Beth Sholom Village (farewell celebrations will be announced), we welcome in the new.
Mikell Rappaport – Administrator of the Terrace
Mikelle comes to us from Commonwealth Assisted Living, Churchland House as the Executive Director. Mikelle is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry. She began her career in Long Term Care after graduating college as a social worker in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. In 2003, she became interested in taking her career to the next level and studied for her Administrator License. Since that time, she has earned accolades for her operational success.
Steven Suskin, Director of Philanthropy
Steve comes to Beth Sholom Village with over 30 years of professional financial and development and fundraising experience. Steven has been in Virginia for over three years with Harris Connect and most recently with the Virginia Stage Company. Previous to moving to Virginia, the majority of Steven’s experience was in Cincinnati, Ohio with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Children Inc., and the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation.
Holly Green, Nurse Practitioner
As Lara Nance sets off to sail the open seas, Holly Green joined our team as the Clinic Nurse Practitioner. Holly comes to us from Utah as a Nurse Practitioner at Integrated Wellness. Holly has been in the medical field since 1993, first as an LPN and then she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, followed by her Masters of Science in Nursing. She has worked in Emergency Departments and Family Medicine. We welcome Holly to the team!
Chef Dan Hahn, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator
Dan Hahn has been promoted to Director of Food Services for the Beth Sholom Village Campus. Dan is no stranger to Beth Sholom as he has been a part of the family here as an Executive Chef for several years. Dan will be incorporating his culinary expertise into both the Home and The Terrace as well as catering.
Nicholle Holt is now the Manager of the Rehabilitation Department for The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village. Nicholle has been a COTA/L for 16 years and has been with BSV for two years. Nicholle brings hard work and fun to The Terrace. When you walk past the gym on The Terrace, you see Nicholle and her team working with residents to build strength and mobility through fun exercise and encouragement. Also, Nicholle keeps us mentally challenged by posting a riddle on the whiteboard outside her office. See if you can solve the next one!
Brith Sholom Calendar of Events
The Independent Order Brith Sholom (Hebrew: “Covenant of Peace”) is a Jewish fraternal organization. Brith Sholom has been hosting most of its events at Beth Sholom Village for the past couple of years. Here is a lineup of upcoming events.
Nov. 1st – Meeting/brunch–11:00 A.M. at Beth Sholom Pincus Paul Room including lox, bagels, and blintzes. Only $2 per member.
Nov. 15th – Dinner with brisket, chicken, kugel, salad, vegetables, challah, desserts and drinks and entertainment featuring a three piece Klezmer band at Beth Sholom Pincus Paul Room. All of this for only $10 per member.
Dec. 6th – Meeting/brunch–11:00 A.M. at Beth Sholom Pincus Paul Room including lox, bagels, and blintzes. Only $2 per member.
Dec. 27th – Pre-New Year’s Eve Dinner, Dance, and Show–5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Entertainment by the Von Johns Family Singers and Musicians. Dinner includes braised short ribs, chicken marsala, potato latkes, baby glazed carrots, salad, rolls, pineapple upside down cake, sugar-free peach pie, and drinks. All of this for only $10 per member!
For reservations and membership information, contact Gail Cogan at 757-461-1150.
Switch Day is coming!
In the long time tradition of Beth Sholom Village, Switch Day held on December 25, is back. We will have lots of volunteer activities and opportunities to engage with many of our residence. Please call Sara Incheck at 757-282-2384 ext 412 and or e-mail Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave her a message with your name and best phone number or e-mail to contact you. We will get back to you well before December 25th!
Violation Free Inspection for The Terrace
Department of Social services recently conducted an unannounced inspection of The Terrace, Assisted living at Beth Sholom Village and found no violations, which lead to a renewal of our license to operate for three more years. This is the second time Beth Sholom Village has attained the highest possible distinction of a violation-free inspection, which only two other facilities in the region have achieved.
Once a quarter, The Home at Beth Sholom Village will host a Remembrance Service in honor of our residents who passed away during recent months. We will post notices throughout the building indicating date, time, and location of the service. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact Laura Gadsby at 757-420- 2512 or e-mail her at email@example.com
An update about wonderful acts of philanthropy at Beth Sholom Village.
On August 24th, Beth Sholom Village hosted “Golf’s Longest Day” at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach. This annual event raised $52,161 for operating support.
Unlike other golf events, “Golf’s Longest Day” is not a tournament in the traditional sense. This year’s diehard golfers—David Abraham, Byan Mesh, Stewart Kahn, Bob Salter, and Steve Suskin—obtained 261 pledges from individuals, businesses and charitable foundations, and played golf all day. Asking for people to pledge a minimum of $50 per hole, they played 143 holes throughout the day. Additional extraordinary support from several sponsors aided the effort. Golfers took home souvenir golf balls labeled “Beth Sholom Village” (a few of which— surprise!–Were left in the Bayville rough), some wonderful memories, and a few sore backs. Special thanks to Ellie Porter who provided funding for the golf ball souvenirs. “Golf’s Longest Day” is held in honor of her late husband, Richard Porter (of blessed memory).
A GREAT FIRST QUARTER—The first three months of our fiscal year at Beth Sholom ended with $97,625 raised from 400 generous donors— nearly a 5% increase over last year’s first quarter. THANK YOU!
For more information on ways to give to Beth Sholom Village, please contact Steve Suskin, Director of Philanthropy, at ssuskin@ bethsholomvillage.com or (757) 420-2512 ext. 402.
Challah is back!!!!!!
The Auxiliary of Beth Sholom Village is proud to offer fresh baked Challah from Yorgo’s every week. The cost of each Challah is $5.50 + tax. The Auxiliary is now offering plain, raisin, and chocolate chip. Challahs are available Thursday and Friday of every week.
To place your order, please call our receptionist at (757) 420-2512.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Beth Sholom Village offers a monthly support group for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The Public is welcome. The second Thursday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Beth Sholom Village in the Volunteer Lounge.
For more information please call Laura Gadsby at 757-420-2512
We are grateful to have received a Kettler Ping Pong table from the Table Tennis Charity Foundation. The foundation believes that anyone can play and it helps to “Cross Train Your Brian”. That statement was proven true Thursday, October 29 when our new table was delivered and the fun began right away! We had residents play who had not played in thirty years and one who never played. In just a few short minutes, one could see improvements in ability.