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Second Oldest Resident Turns 104

Libia Moliner, a resident of The New Jewish Home, turned 104 this year. She is the second oldest resident to have ever stayed in our facilities. Born in 1918 she has been through it all; numerous wars, global epidemics and technological advances. In 1950 Libia moved to New York City from Cuba. She has been a New Yorker for over 70 years.

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PIX 11 Visits Manhattan Campus to Learn About SkillSpring

PIX 11 reporter Greg Mocker visited our Manhattan campus earlier this week to learn about SkillSpring, our hands-on healthcare workforce training program. The program provides career development opportunities for underserved young people and offers an immediate solution to the acute workforce shortage at aging services organizations.

Greg heard from all who benefit from SkillSpring—our program participants, a resident, The New Jewish Home leadership, and an outstanding program alumna who has moved up the ranks to become our clinical care manager.

Watch the PIX 11 news clip here

SkillSpring emerged from our successful Geriatrics Career Development Program (GCD). For the past 16 years, GCD has successfully trained 1,000+ young people from under-resourced communities to become certified in allied health professions, pursue health care careers and higher education.   

Our SkillSpring Young Adult Program creates pathways for young adults (ages 18-24) disconnected from school and work to achieve certification for in-demand healthcare jobs. Our immersive training results in participants becoming certified nursing assistant in just three months, leading to job offers in aging services organizations and career ladder opportunities in health care. In 2022, SkillSpring expanded to The Hebrew Home at Riverdale at RiverSpring Living, with the generous support of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, and is now poised to scale across New York City.  

To learn more about SkillSpring, please contact Alyssa Herman, Chief Development Officer, at

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The New Jewish Home to Create the First Green House Community for Post-Acute Care

Given our positive experience delivering the Green House model’s person-directed care at our small houses on our Westchester campus, we reached out to the Green House Project to advocate for the expansion of its care model. We are excited to share that The New Jewish Home, Manhattan, recently obtained trademark use approval from the Green House Project to create the first purpose-built Green House community for post-acute care.

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Welcoming New Leaders

We are pleased to welcome two remarkable new leaders to our Board. 

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A Physician Assistant Gives Her Rehabilitation Therapists a Rave Review

When Damaris Rodriguez needed therapy after a bout with pneumonia, she turned to The New Jewish Home and found talented therapists who provided effective care and treated her with respect.

As a physician assistant by profession, rehab patient Damaris Rodriguez knows good therapy when she sees it. And after a recent month-long stay at The New Jewish Home, Damaris gave her therapists rave reviews. “It was a great experience. They did an awesome job,” she said. “Patience, empathy, respect—it was beautiful.”

Damaris, 54, has lupus and pulmonary disease, which has damaged her lungs and made her susceptible to pneumonia. A recent bout was so severe that she couldn’t walk and spent nine days in bed before she managed to get to the ER. With two pockets of fluid in her lungs that the doctors couldn’t aspirate, they sent her directly from the hospital to The New Jewish Home for in-patient rehabilitation therapy.

“My therapists, Sara and Anafe, understood my pain,” she said. “They gave me exercises within my range, and they were respectful of issues I have with my hip. They helped me a lot; they diminished the pain.”

“Damaris came to us with generalized pain and weakness, but she had this incredible drive to work really hard to gain back her independence,” said Anafe Casas, Damaris’s occupational therapist. ”Her goal was to get better and go home, and she was a strong advocate for herself. Because she is a physician assistant and has a clinical background, she had a deep understanding of her body, and she taught us as well. It was a pleasure to work with her.”

In close partnership with her therapists, Damaris persevered and reached her goal. She’s now grateful to be back home. “When it comes to therapy at a skilled nursing facility, you’re number one,” she said. “The therapists are amazing. I would 100% recommend The New Jewish Home for therapy to all my family and friends.”

Remembering Joan Wachtler 1931 – 2022

The New Jewish Home mourns the passing of longstanding board member and social work leader Joan Wachtler. Her dedication to improving the lives of older adults was an inspiration to all. We were grateful to have honored Joan at our 2014 Eight over Eighty Gala. Please watch this wonderful short video from the 2014 gala.

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