New Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing Services of the Jewish Home of CNY

Jacinta Vondell, RN, BSN, has joined Menorah Park as Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing Services at The Jewish Home of CNY, effective January 2024.  As someone who has cared for senior relatives with Alzheimer’s and with strokes, her focus on seniors has emphasized safety, respect, dignity, and the building of relationships with residents […]

CNY nursing home leaders: Medicaid cuts would devastate our facilities, patients

CNY nursing home leaders: Medicaid cuts would devastate our facilities, patients (Guest Opinion) Published: Feb. 01, 2024, 8:30 a.m. By Kimberly Townsend, Michael Schafer & Russell D’Amico Kimberly Townsend, Ed.D., is president & CEO of Loretto. Michael Schafer is president & CEO of St. Camillus Nursing & Rehabilitation. Russell D’Amico is CEO of Menorah Park of CNY.   We […]

Family Council to Hold Meeting December 7 at 4pm

Menorah Park Family Council Meeting Thursday, December 7, 2023 4pm – Veranda   Come hear Sarah Grigorita, our new Administrator at Menorah Park, give a brief update.   Our featured guest speaker will be Abigail Hotchkiss, Director of Social Services.   We hope family members and caregivers will join us for an informative and interesting session.  We are looking […]

Syracuse Jewish Family Service to Hold Arts-in-Aging/Arts in Dementia Program, November 12

Syracuse Jewish Family Service at Menorah Park is inviting the community to attend “OMA-thon” on November 12 from 2-4pm and experience Opening Minds Through Art, or OMA, the agency’s signature arts-in-aging/arts-in-dementia program. “Come see for yourself how saying “yes!” to aging works,” SJFS Interim Director Judith Huober urges, “by playing the role of an ‘elder […]

New Executive Director at The Oaks/New Case Manager at The Inn

Two new appointments were just announced at Menorah Park: Lisa Christine Merrill was named as executive director of The Oaks at Menorah Park on March 20. Her responsibilities will include ensuring a safe and welcoming place for independent seniors, as well as managing her team there.  She was most recently case manager at The Inn […]

Russell D’Amico Named New CEO of Menorah Park of CNY

Russell M. D’Amico, MHA, LNHA, became the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Menorah Park of Central New York on December 15, replacing longtime CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood.  Bloodgood transitioned to a new role as Chief Development Officer of the Menorah Park Foundation. For more than 16 years, D’Amico has worked in Central New York’s […]

New York State Dept of Health Regulatory Information

Section 2803 of New York State Public Health Law requires us to inform our residents and our families regarding the availability of compliance information, and our website is one way to do this.  In addition, Public Health Law 2829 has additional requirements: Maximum Rates Charged for Residency at The Jewish Home Our Contracted Vendors Our […]

SJFS Receives Funds to Support Holocaust Survivors

Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) at Menorah Park has received a $20,000 grant from the New York State Office of Aging to support Holocaust survivors.  Funds will be used to provide care management and mental health services from SJFS staff. Funds are available through January 2023. Holocaust survivors includes both individuals who were impacted by […]

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 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 […]


“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” […]