LIFE Goes On …

And We Spread Happiness from a Distance.

The COVID-19 outbreak has inspired the CJE community to stay positive in tough times. For a guaranteed pick-me-up, read our ongoing collection of uplifting stories from our staff, board, volunteers, and residents and their families … and SMILE!

Poetry Bridges the Coronavirus Divide

Ernest F. and his wife Ursula are residents of Gidwitz Place. A “beshert” and special pairing, they met in 1952 at a Young Adult Dance at Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park. He needed to find something more emotional, more expressive for his bride of 66 years. So, he started sending her poems.

Local Vocalist Jazzes up Our Music Offerings

Petra van Nuis is a talented jazz vocalist. We learned about her when her jazz trio was hired to entertain residents and families during an Ice Cream Social at Lieberman Center. She has a “soft spot” for older adults, for whom she performs on a regular basis. She said that she and her husband chose their careers before the Coronavirus hit and it was up to them to make it work.