Update: May 6, 2022

Update Friday, May 6, 2022: A resident on our 2nd floor has tested positive and moved to the Covid unit on the 1st floor.  All other residents have tested negative. Menorah Park urges all visitors to get their Covid-19 vaccinations, including the most recent booster shots.  We do not consider visitors to be fully vaccinated […]

Menorah Park Awarded Grant to Protect Against Hate Crimes

Menorah Park of CNY was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from NYS’s New York State’s “Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes” program, a project of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The funds from the state will be used to protect the Menorah Park campus against hate crimes. Protective measures include installing new safety […]

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 […]

MATAN B’SETER – GIVING IN SECRET

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jewish Home of CNY and Syracuse Jewish Family Service Awarded Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Grant of $130,000

Grant to support Dementia Friendly CNY and Pilot Emergency Elder Shelter The Jewish Home of Central New York (JHCNY), at Menorah Park, and Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) have been awarded a grant of $130,000 to work towards creating a  Dementia Friendly CNY which includes  piloting an emergency elder shelter for victims of abuse, many […]

WCNY, the JCC of Syracuse, the Jewish Federation of CNY and Menorah Park to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz Liberation March 29

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, the Jewish Federation of Central New York, and Menorah Park, invites the community to a free screening event in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz Liberation. WCNY will screen, “Secrets of the Dead—Bombing Auschwitz” and “FRONTLINE’S” […]

Syracuse Jewish Family Service offers CNY’s first Parkinson’s-specific activities programming

Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) of Menorah Park is now enrolling participants in a new program unique to Central New York : M-Power U (MPU): A Learning Community for Parkinson’s Disease is being offered as an ongoing, weekly four-hour social and learning program. According to SJFS Director, Judith Huober, M-Power U/Parkinson’s will allow SJFS to […]

The Terrace Earns National ‘Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction’

The Terrace, Menorah Park’s dementia care unit,  has earned the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) “Excellence in Care (EIC) Dementia Care Program of Distinction.”  Dementia care settings are eligible to achieve this national recognition after successfully undergoing an extensive evaluation of staff, procedures, and environment, ensuring best practices in dementia care. “The Jewish Home of […]

Francine Berg Named Cantor at Menorah Park

After full careers as a Syracuse School District educator and cantor at Temple Concord, Francine Berg was recently named  cantor for Menorah Park. Cantor Berg will officiate Friday Shabbat services as well has all holiday religious services at Menorah Park’s main building that is home to a skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation services  and an assisted […]

Art Show Features Artists with Memory Loss

Syracuse Jewish Family Services Art Show to Feature Work by Artists with Memory Loss and Dementia Artwork on display created by participants in the M-Power U: Arts and Minds Program For its inaugural art show, Syracuse Jewish Family Services (SJFS) will feature artwork created by Jewish Home residents who have participated in the Arts and […]