May 8, 2023

What’s Happening on the Peabody Campus in May

A resident of Chelsea Jewish happily modeling her Kentucky Derby Hat

Spring is in the air, with residents and staff enjoying the many activities scheduled for May. Residents are busy decorating elaborate hats to wear to the Kentucky Derby Parties throughout the campus. Refreshments, which include our very own version of Mint Juleps, are on the menu, along with our special adaptation of this annual horse race. There are many prizes to be won!

Talented caricaturist John Doherty created personal caricatures of our residents while they enjoyed ice cream sundaes and a lively sing-along. The pictures are keepsakes for the residents and also make great Mother’s Day gifts. It’s uncanny how he captured the facial characteristics.

Both Kaplan and Brudnick residents and staff are busy working on their chorus productions. Brudnick residents will be performing at a special event on campus this summer while the Kaplan chorus will visit at our assisted living residences in Chelsea.

Our talented knitting group has made another beautiful batch of hats to donate to all of the NSJCC preschool children. The hats are a thank you gift to the children. They made thoughtful Sh’lach Manot gift bags for our residents.

This month, the International Festivals focus on residents and staff members whose ancestry is from Spain (Kaplan) residents and Greece (BCL) residents. We will be learning about the colors of the country, listening to the traditional music and sampling delicious foods. Videos and booklets containing “fun facts” about the countries will also be available. For our Natalie Kaplan Speaker Series, the May speaker will be Michael Goldman, Political Consultant, who will address today’s current events. Michael never fails to lead lively and interesting discussions.

We are strengthening our collaboration with Congregation Sons of Israel through combined Shavuot services for residents and temple congregants. Seth Landau, Sons of Israel’s religious leader, will conduct the services.

Recently, residents at BCL were thrilled to receive received gorgeous blankets made by six students from the seventh grade at Masconomett Regional. The blankets were part of “The Power of One,” a special project geared to teaching the students how important it is to spread kindness. What a wonderful initiative!