Residents, their families and team members at The Legacy Willow Bend 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. While this is a special time of celebration, the purpose is to begin reflecting on the previous year and pray for self-improvement in the year ahead. This holiday occurs on the first and second days of Tishri as the period of introspection, which continues for the 10 days commonly known as the Days of Awe.
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 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 assembled honey cake baskets and then hand-delivered them to clients right in their own homes. For The Legacy at Home and its volunteers, it was incredibly meaningful to share the spirit of a new year with those who may not have the chance to leave their homes to commemorate the High Holidays.
“We find it personally rewarding to deliver something special to our clients in honor of the new year,” 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 they aren’t forgotten by the Jewish community. I hope that they feel connected to us and the community over the holidays.”
“I enjoyed participating in the service during Rosh Hashanah with our organization,” said Melissa Orth, CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “By joining together as a Legacy family, everyone had the chance to express their appreciation for the blessings they have now and look together collectively toward the coming year.”