October 12, 2023

Behind the Scenes on Our Peabody Campus

Residents, families, and staff celebrated Shmini Artzeret (the last day of Sukkot and Simchat Torah) with our congregation joining together with Sons of Israel. Since the holiday fell on Shabbat, everyone joined together for a festive Kiddush lunch. Resident Howard Rosenblatt chanted the Torah portion. He did an amazing job!

All the residents celebrated the retirement of our beloved Activities Assistant Lynne McDonald, who is moving to NH. Music was provided by the Memory Laners, and  the residents, as retirees themselves, gave Lynne some sage advice on how to enjoy retirement! Overall, it was an afternoon filled with laughter and fun. Lynne, we will miss you!

Later in the month Bubbie’s Attic is back by popular demand. This event happens twice a year and enables residents and staff to enjoy a day of free shopping. It’s basically a giant yard sale where you never know what kind of treasure you will find! Staff members clean out their closets and cabinets, donating all goods to Bubbie’s Attic. Some residents also make donations. It’s fun to find things that are useful, whimsical, or one-of-a-kind.

Before Marketing Director Antonio Alvarez’s recent wedding, we hosted a wonderful pre-bridal event to wish the happy couple well. Amidst food, music and gifts, our residents were invited to write down their best advice for a successful marriage. We are looking forward to Antonio and Alyssa reading our list of “do’s and don’ts!”

As for the wedding itself, Antonio provided a glimpse into the magic of the day. “Despite the terrible weather forecast, everything on the day of the event was flawless, ”remarked Antonio. “The rain stopped, the clouds moved aside, and we had sun for the entire ceremony. We shared our self-written vows in front of 65 of our closest family and friends.” Added Antonio, “My favorite part, although there were many, was the reciting of our vows. That moment was unique, profoundly emotional, and sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny. It was actually perfect.”

Take a look at photos of the beautiful newly married husband and wife. Congratulations Antonio and Alyssa!