You are all heroes, fighting the good fight

—Rabbi Sandy Bogin
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

April 3, 2020

It’s been a really rough week. As some of us scatter to our homes for the weekend, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the difficult and extremely important work you have done this week.

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It will be a new day, we are in this together

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Evening Jewish Home.

Today is Thursday, April 2.

Because the coronavirus has changed so much about the way we are living and working day-to-day, it is easy to feel lost and disoriented, to imagine that this new way of living is going to be with us forever. That may be understandable, BUT it isn’t true. What IS true is that for however long we have to make our way through this, we are now one day closer to the end of this ordeal than we were this morning. Each day, with all its challenges, is a victory in itself.

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Even when I’m not in the room with you

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Text from today’s First Good Day Jewish Home Manhattan.

Today is Thursday, April 2

A few times each day we come over the PA system to offer words of encouragement and some music to raise our spirits.

One of the greatest challenges of this crisis is that is strikes at one of our greatest strengths — our sense of community. Often when we are together we feel safer. So in this moment we are pained because we actually keep one another safer by keeping further apart. It has been called Social Distancing. But, really, it’s only Physical Distancing.  We want to stay connected: socially, emotionally, and spiritually with one another.

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Some words of encouragement and some music to raise our spirits

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home.

Today is Wednesday, April 1.

A few times each day we offer some words of encouragement and some music to raise our spirits.

First, we wish a happy birthday to all those who celebrate during this month, a month of springtime and new beginnings.

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Medicaid Cuts on the Line

Earlier this year, the New York State Health Department announced it would pursue a change in Medicaid reimbursements that would effectively cut nearly a quarter billion dollars in funding to hundreds of nonprofit nursing homes. As a mission-focused provider that has been proudly serving the community since 1848, we faced a choice: stand up to these cuts and fight for thousands of nursing home residents in New York State, or do nothing and jeopardize the quality of care they depend on. We chose to fight.

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Training Chaplains to “Be Present”

By Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Spiritual Care and Religious Life

“Are you ready to die?”

It was a simple but jarring question and one that the seminarian was really not prepared for. As he sat with a terminal patient near the koi pond on our Manhattan campus, he knew he needed to answer. But how? The student quickly replied that in his religious tradition, he was taught to live every day as if it were his last.

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