Jewish Health & Rehabilitation Center

Jewish Health & Rehabilitation Center

Syracuse Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center

Professional Care You or Your Loved One Needs

Residents of Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center will be overseen by industry leaders in senior health management. Our team of professionals-from our clinical staff to our care managers are dedicated to providing you and your loved one with the highest quality of care, enriching the body and mind.

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Care Services

Restoring independence and promoting well-being

At  Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center, our dedicated team of professionals and support staff are focused on helping you restore your independence. Whether recovering from routine hip or knee surgery or gaining your strength following an unexpected hospital stay, we offer the following services make Menorah Park a first choice for many after a hip or knee reconstruction or hospital stay. The following therapies supplement your rehabilitation:

Physical Therapy (PT)

Each new resident will be given an evaluation at which time a care plan will be developed with a list of desired rehabilitation goals. At that time, we will also establish a therapy schedule that will normally include one to two sessions of therapy daily. Most patients will be receiving therapy five to six days per week.

Throughout your therapy, you will be given “in room” exercise assignments to coincide with the work you are doing in the gym. Verbal progress reports will be given to rehabilitation patients regularly so they can note their progress and track their therapy goals. Your physical therapist will also play a key role in the coordination of your discharge.

We want your transition from the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center to home to be successful and safe! The recommendations of the therapist will include any adaptive equipment necessary to facilitate you with your mobility and independent lifestyle.

The Physical Therapy department can be reached by calling 315-446-9111 x194.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

This therapy is important to optimize your functional status, maximizing your ability to successfully manage everyday activities, including bed mobility, toileting, bathing, and proper usage of appropriate adaptive equipment. You will work regularly in the gym with your therapist and be given in-room therapy assignments to practice the skills learned in the gym.

Speech & Language Therapy and Audiology

Upon request from a physician or our medical team, residents may qualify for speech therapy to assist with speech or swallowing issues. Special diets to accommodate swallowing needs are also available.

Upon request from a physician or our medical team, residents may qualify for an audiology evaluation. We can assist with consultation or hearing aids.

Care Coordination Team

Throughout your stay you will be meeting with several members of our team to oversee you medically and to help you reach your goals.

Dr. Mark Erlebacher

Medical Director and Attending Physician, 1st floor & Terrace

Dr. Jeffrey Sneider

Attending Physician, 2nd floor

Joanne Speicher, RN, NP

Nurse Practitioner

315-446-9111 x220


Courtney Stevenson, RN

Assistant Director of Nursing
Admissions & Rehabilitation

315-446-9111 x163

Cathy Reeves, RN

Director of Nursing

315-446-9111 x224

Suzzy King

Director of Social Services

315-446-9111 x124


Christine Hansen

Registered Dietitian

315-446-9111 x148


Irena Pastorello

Director of Activities

315-446-9111 x214

Skilled Nursing

In addition to our rehabilitation, Menorah Park is home to many residents who need ongoing nursing supervision. Depending on their needs, our building has different areas to reflect the needs of our residents. Each section trains staff according to the needs of the residents served. We also schedule activities and social events to meet the needs of our residents.

The First Floor unit of the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center focuses more on the needs of residents that are alert, oriented and socially active. This floor accommodates the needs of both long-term care and rehabilitation residents.

The Second Floor unit of the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center focuses more on the needs of long term care residents that have higher clinical needs.

The Terrace unit is specially designed to meet the needs of residents with more advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our professional team has received the Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC) certification by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, which follows the GEMS™ model of brain and brain change ability recognition. This certification allows for the best care for our memory care residents as well as providing our team the support they need to provide personalized care.

The Terrace provides the same comprehensive nursing home care and services in a safe setting, with specialized memory care from trained professionals.

In 1990, our skilled nurses established the Chai Unit. This was the beginning of our dedication to memory care in Syracuse, NY. Our memory care facility, The Terrace, was dedicated in 2002. Memory care at Menorah Park has focused on our residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Our nursing home enhances the sense of self

Recreation therapy and activity programs include fitness and cognitive programs that help decrease anxiety/depression, and increase socialization, self-expression, self-esteem/self-worth, body-mind awareness, emotional expression, and mobility.


Nursing home activities are not just about playing bingo or watching television.  Programs at our nursing home in Syracuse, NY can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind.  Identification of each nursing home resident’s interests and needs involves the residents in an ongoing program of activities that is designed to appeal to his/her interest and enhance the resident’s highest practical level of wellbeing.

Hobbies and Activities at Our Nursing Home in Syracuse, NY

Hobbies and activities are productive and engaging ways for loved ones to spend their time. and enhance their sense of dignity and self-esteem by engaging in meaningful social interactions throughout the day, every day.


Every Friday a weekly newsletter is distributed to keep you updated on Menorah Park news. We want you to enjoy the daily delivery of the Post Standard to your suite and invite you to bring your own laptop as we offer free wifi.

A Nursing Home in Syracuse, NY That Keeps Families Connected

Please let us know if you would like to set up web cam services to connect with family and friends. Contact our Director of Activities with any questions or special requests at
315-446-9111 x214.


Delicious meals daily

Menorah Park is a kosher facility. The food that we serve meets with strict kosher guidelines. However, your private suite is non-kosher. Through your rehabilitation stay you will enjoy three delicious meals on your floor each day.

We are happy to individualize diets as needed to accommodate food allergies, intolerances and preferences. We are able to provide the following therapeutic diets:

• No added salt
• Consistent carbohydrate (diabetic diet)
• Low cholesterol
• Renal

If you have any questions or concerns regarding special dietary needs please contact our registered dietician, Christine Hansen, at 315-446-9111 x148. For your convenience and enjoyment, you are welcome to visit The Bistro, Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 3:00. The Bistro offers a variety of deli sandwiches, soups, regular specials, beverages and desserts. Rehabilitation guests are welcome to visit the Bistro in place of their lunch time meal. Guests are welcome! Meal tickets may be purchased for $3.50 from The Bistro or front desk.


Features / Amenities

Campus offerings

The Gift Shop is located just off of the front lobby. It carries an assortment of cards, toiletries, unique gift items, snacks and jewelry. Hours of operation are Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM, Thursday 2:00 to 5:00 PM and Friday 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Proceeds from the Gift Shop support the Auxiliary at Menorah Park.

At the Reception Desk, anyone is able to set up a personal cash account for the beauty / barber shop. You can also purchase stamps or send outgoing mail. The staff is happy to assist you at 315-446-9111 x111.

The Beauty & Barber Shop is available from Monday through Wednesday every week. Walk-ins are welcome at our salon! Appointments can be made by calling Jeanne at
315-446-9111 x167.

Admissions / Application

Want to be part of our community?

We admit people from their home or the hospital. One of our admissions professionals will meet with you personally to do any necessary pre-admission screening and review your completed application. We accept Medicare and most primary health insurance plans. At the time of your admission, one of our Admissions Coordinators will walk you to your suite and assist you in completing your admissions paperwork. They will also be available to answer any questions you may have regarding costs and insurance submissions.

For more information contact:

Courtney Stevenson, RN

Assistant Director of  Nursing,
Admissions & Rehab

315-446-9111 x163

Toni Cole

Director of Admissions

315-446-9111 x112