In-house dietitians plan menus, develop modified diets, and counsel residents on their nutritional needs. Kosher food is prepared under the supervision of the Home’s rabbi.
As an alternative to dining on their unit, residents can lunch at the garden café, which offers a variety of dairy items for light meals or snacks. Located by a tranquil garden patio and fountain, the café is a central gathering spot for residents, families, volunteers, staff, and visitors.
Special menus commemorate holidays, theme days, and other festive occasions. Throughout the year, residents’ birthdays are celebrated at an elegant monthly luncheon.
The wide-ranging program of events and activities includes discussion groups, intergenerational gatherings, a regular resident newsletter, exercises, trivia games, the Council of Residents, and musical performances. Wheelchair-accessible outings to museums, the theater, films, and restaurants occur regularly.
A songwriting program, drawing on inspiration as diverse as the Book of Psalms to residents' daily lives, resulted in the release of a compact disc of original songs entitled “Island on a Hill,” co-produced with top local musicians and sound engineers.
Our acclaimed creative arts program enables residents to express their creativity in painting, drawing, crafts, and ceramics. Resident artwork is displayed throughout the Home, and is exhibited at different Bay Area venues.
The Jewish Home features an annual Summer Arts Festival. Focusing on aspects of Jewish life and culture, the series – which typically runs from June through September – includes lectures, films, concerts, and special outings.
Residents at the Jewish Home have many opportunities to lead active, vibrant lives.
In recognition of the Home’s Jewish heritage, a full-time rabbi officiates at Friday, Sabbath, and holiday services. Rabbi Sheldon Marder brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing homes, hospitals, colleges, temples, and social services agencies, including director of the Rabbinic School at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.
Through an extensive program of services, classes, and one-on-one counseling, the Home seeks to expand the residents’ opportunities for spiritual reflection and inner healing.