Honor Our Fathers and Mothers: Menorah Park’s Centennial Anniversary Gala

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Menorah Park in Syracuse New York is celebrating its centennial with a Gala on Saturday evening, October 27. One hundred years after its founding, Menorah Park offers the highest quality health, residential and community services for older adults.

How do we as a community honor our fathers and mothers? That’s a question Menorah Park in Syracuse, NY has spent the past 100 years answering. A yearlong celebration of their accomplishments culminates in a gala “Honoring our Fathers and Mothers” October 27 at Temple Adath Yeshurun.

The community is invited to join the celebration starting at 7 pm with dinner and dancing to the swinging sounds of the Stan Colella Orchestra. The fun includes entertaining highlights of the amazing history and contributions of Menorah Park, with emcee Doug Logan on board guiding the evening’s festivities.

“We’re excited to share our history as well as our vision for the future,” said Mary Ellen Bloodgood, Menorah Park CEO. “At Menorah Park we work every day to light the way for families and the community as a whole. The Gala is our chance to kick up our heels and celebrate the good work we have done and the work ahead.”

The evening will feature a commemorative video, comments by local news anchor Carrie Lazarus and a keynote address by Dr. Irving H. Goldman, grandson of one of the co-founders of the original Syracuse Jewish Home. The theme of the evening is central to the commitment Menorah Park has made to Central New York’s aging community, deeply rooted in the religious tenet of Judaism expressed in the Fifth Commandment …”Honor your father and mother so that your days be lengthened on the land…” Since 1912 with the founding of the Jewish Home for the Aged, Menorah Park has honored our parents with shelter and care.

Today, Menorah Park offers a continuum of care in their facilities throughout the campus on East Genesee Street in Syracuse including The Oaks, where active, independent adults take advantage of spacious apartments amidst beautiful grounds, activities and services; the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center for those in need of skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation in a beautiful modern environment; The Inn, where those with personal care needs benefit from 24-hour staffing and individualized care plans; Rothschild Adult Day Services where adults with health care needs who still live in their own homes are offered nursing, therapy, and social programs geared to their special needs; The Beit Tikvah Group Residence that provides four young women with developmental disabilities a place to live independently with 24/7 supervision.

Menorah Park also is lighting the way to the future of issues related to aging through its two-year old Institute at Menorah Park for Applied Research and Aging (IMPARA). Syracuse Jewish Family Service, a community based program serving the needs of the general public with human services including counseling, mental health services, care management and advocacy is also part of the Menorah Park family of services.

CEO Bloodgood looks forward to the Gala: “We want to celebrate with all of our friends, old and new, as we continue the work we love, all in honor of our mothers and fathers.”

The celebration is open to the whole community and there are lots of ways to participate. For information, ticket and sponsorship opportunities call Sarah Roberts at 315–446-9111, extension 166. Menorah Park is located at 4101 East Genesee, St., Syracuse, NY 13214.

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