By Jo Strausz Rosen

As we approach the close of 2022, our thoughts turn to our parents, our children, our families, and our friends. And especially, all the heartwarming and indelible memories of those who have passed away that are etched in our hearts and minds. We are stronger and better for having them in our lives. We cultivate our memories and relish with joy all the people we have known and the places we have been. They create the moments and stories that have made us who we are. In recalling and retelling these stories, we reach for and connect with each other. From generation to generation, we build closer ties with one another, linking our pasts and our presents to the future. Our memories are treasures that should be shared. They are our legacy, our mark on the future and they are full of lessons for future generations. So, make sure you share them. Tell your stories to your families, write them down, videotape them, share them however works best for you.

And don’t just stick to the facts. Recall the feelings. Remember the moments that brought you to tears or unleashed gales of laughter. Relive the joy. Resolve the anger. Record your feelings and thoughts about people and events that meant the most to you. This is one way we can make a positive mark on the world and inspire others to do the same.

Thank you to our inspiring residents, our supportive families, our hardworking and caring staff and community of volunteers and generous donors. Wishing all of you a safe, happy, and healthy New Year.  To LIFE! L’Chaim!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy 2023!

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