Update: November 17

All visitation is open, outdoor *and* indoor, and there is no need to pre-schedule online.  Visitation hours are between 10am to 7:30pm.  For more information, please review our visitation policy here.

SJFS Names Colleen Cicotta New Director

Colleen Cicotta is the new director of Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) effective September 20.  Judith Huober, recently retired director, remains active with SJFS as a clinician and consultant. Cicotta will lead the 130-year-old human service agency that is an affiliate of Menorah Park of Central New York.  As the agency’s chief executive, she’ll be […]

SJFS welcomes director Judith S. Huober, LP-MHC, to clinical staff

SJFS Director Judith Huober has joined the therapy staff of the agency, in addition to her other duties, having completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019 and recently receiving her limited permit to practice in New York State. Judith is accepting referrals for individual, couples, and family counseling. Emerging from her […]

Syracuse Agencies Win $197,000 from Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Grant to sponsor a 2-year Onondaga-Erie County for elder caregiver support demonstration project    The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York has awarded a $197,000 demonstration project grant to a coalition of agencies in Onondaga and Erie Counties to devise and test innovative approaches to assist family caregivers of older adults. Project SECURE […]

Facilities Manager, Jim Valenson, receives LeadingAge New York’s “Employee of Distinction” Award

On December 2, Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park, on behalf of LeadingAge New York,  presented the esteemed Employee of Distinction Award (Northern/Central Region) to Jim Valenson, facilities manager, in recognition of his decades-long commitment and dedication to the residents of Menorah Park. Valenson is one of 16 individuals from across New York State […]

Helping Our Residents Vote

Voting is very important for many of our residents. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 situation,  our activity staff, with the support of Syracuse Jewish Family Service staff and interns, will assist residents with this process. We have reached out to the Board of Elections to ensure that this assistance is provided in […]

Remembering Suzanne “Suzzy” King

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of  Suzanne “Suzzy”  King, Director of Social Services at Menorah Park. For over  20 years Suzzy was a beloved leader, mentor, advocate, and friend to both staff and more importantly, to the residents and their families.  Dedicated and hardworking, Suzzy kept long hours, ensuring […]

September 10: Open House at The Oaks

Here at The Oaks,  our affordable, all-inclusive residential options feature fine dining, 24-hour security, strict COVID prevention, and a variety of activities to stimulate your mind and body. Join us on our patio for light refreshments and soul-stirring music by 9-time SAMMY award winner and Hall of Famer, Isreal Hagan. Tours of our retirement community will […]

Menorah Park Postpones 38th Golf Open to 2021

Every summer we look forward to spending a great day golfing, socializing, and celebrating our community’s generosity that helps Menorah Park provide quality programs, excellent care, and resident scholarships. Unfortunately, due to the many unknowns regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the 38th Menorah Park Open until Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Menorah […]


“One who gives charity in secret is greater than Moshe Rabbeinu.” As our community continues to battle the current crisis, we cannot forget the continued sacrifice, strength and courage of frontline healthcare workers.  We are especially grateful to the staff of Menorah Park, who are caring for our seniors and other vulnerable persons. They are […]

Shining Stars 2020 Is Staying at Home!

Each year, Menorah Park of CNY gathers together to honor those who shine brightly on our campus at Shining Stars. This year, to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing, Shining Stars 2020 is staying at home! Do  NOT join us at Menorah Park! DO relax, stay at home, wash your hands AND Be Safe!   Your […]

Tips For Having a Successful Remote Visit With Your Loved One

For many of you, this has undoubtedly been a profoundly challenging time. While phone and video chats have helped ease some of the pain and allowed you and your loved ones to maintain contact, we recognize that there is no substitute for face-to-face time. Throughout this time, the Syracuse Jewish Family Service staff have had […]

Donate Today

  In the face of the COVID-19 crisis,  we are adapting daily to the changing needs.  As we move into what health experts anticipate will be some of the worst days of this crisis and the demand for medical supplies increases , we want to be absolutely sure that we replenish our adequate but limited […]

Thank You To Our Supporters

To the following businesses and individuals for YOUR generosity during this difficult time – the Menorah Park family thanks you for keeping our residents, staff, and community safe and connected – in both body and spirit! If we have overlooked anyone, we sincerely apologize. Please check back for regular updates.    ARTWORK & CARDS Hebrew […]

Catering by the Oaks offers Passover Kosher Meals To Go

  Passover is spent with family and friends in celebration of the Divine gift of Jewish survival and community.  With COVID-19 grounding most travel plans and curtailing social interactions, it is now more important than ever to have options available to ensure that you and yours can have the Passover celebration that nurtures your spirit […]

Give the gift of lovingkindness with the SJFS Third Seder

For years, at this time of Passover, you have helped us improve health and reduce food insecurity among our oldest generation. This year, the year of COVID-19, sees a skyrocketing need for in-home meals and human service delivery. These increasing numbers of hungry, home bound and socially distanced elders can’t come to us: won’t you […]

A Menorah Park Minute E-newsletter

A Menorah Park Minute is our bi-weekly e-newsletter designed to offer timely, information regarding our campus, our policies, and our dedication to keeping our residents and staff healthy and safe. March 31, 2020 April 8, 2020 April 21, 2020 May 2, 2020 May 8, 2020  May 15, 2020  May 29, 2020 June 5, 2020 June […]

A Coronavirus Shabbat

A Special Message from Donald J. Shulman President & CEO, Association of Jewish Aging Services Colleagues, as we enter into another Shabbat during this unprecedented health crisis, I wanted to share some thoughts and a Shabbat prayer of strength and peace. Dear G-d, As we enter Shabbat please comfort our residents who are infirmed, ill […]

The Oaks at Menorah Park closes diningroom

As we continue to stay abreast of the coronavirus crisis, we are constantly taking the extra measures necessary to keep our Oaks residents and staff safe. Effective immediately, our dining room is closed until further notice. This is in compliance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s closure of restaurants as well as restrictions on gatherings of more […]

A Message to our Community: SJFS and the COVID-19 response

  We may have woken up this week to a “new normal” in terms of how we operate, but we at Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) are moving forward with the same mission: strengthening lives in our community. And we know our work today is more critical than ever. How we will serve our community […]