PLANO, Texas, September 22, 2017 – Residents, their families and team members at The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, recently gathered together in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In addition, The Legacy at Home delivered traditional honey cakes to all of its clients to wish them a sweet new year. The Legacy Senior Communities is the not-for-profit parent company of both organizations. As one of the holiest days in Judaism, Rosh Hashanah begins the Days of Awe, a 10-day period when Jewish people reflect on the previous year and repent for any sins they committed.
“Rosh Hashanah is a special occasion where we contemplate the past year and celebrate the endless possibilities that a new year brings to our community,” said Laura Levy, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “As we take time to focus on self-improvement in the coming days, we are thankful for the opportunity to share experiences in our community with friends and family in honor of Rosh Hashanah.”
As part of the holiday festivities, The Legacy Willow Bend hosted morning services for residents and their families led by Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor in independent living and Eli Davidson in assisted living and memory care. Residents and guests enjoyed apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet year ahead. The following morning, residents participated in Taslich services, which included the sounding of the shofar – the ram’s horn – as the call to repentance. Participants tossed breadcrumbs into the outdoor water fountain, symbolizing a release from their sins of the past.
In addition to hosting services at The Legacy Willow Bend, volunteers helped The Legacy at Home bring sweet treats to its clients. Volunteers hand-delivered honey cakes to the not-for-profit home health agency’s clients. For The Legacy at Home and its volunteers, it was incredibly meaningful to share the spirit of a new year with seniors in their homes.
“We find it personally rewarding to deliver something special to our clients,” said Charlene Bishop, administrator of The Legacy at Home. “We are thankful for the volunteers who helped show our clients who are recovering, going through rehabilitation or dealing with another health condition that we remember them at The Legacy at Home. I hope that they feel connected to us and the community over the holidays.”
“Our organization has a long tradition of commemorating Jewish holidays alongside seniors and their families,” said Melissa Orth, CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “It is an honor to provide religious services and home visits to commemorate Rosh Hashanah, and we are committed to providing emotional, spiritual and physical care to the seniors we serve each day.”