Beth Shalom Outreach Program: Issy Geshen Lamont Home
Cliffie Benn giving gifts to Issy Geshen Home with Siphiso the Manager and Residents as part of Beth Shalom's Outreach Programme. This made such a special morning for the residents of the Home who received there parcels for Christmas.
Dr Issy Fisher a resident from Beth Shalom assisted with planting a tree for TU B’SHVAT. This was a wonderful celebration, with beautiful weather for this very special day. All the residents enjoyed the talk and had lovely fruit and eats for the joyous celebration.
Picture of Gary Plen and Anne Woolf who were having fun when the children from Izinga School came and sang songs for our residents. This turned out to be a wonderful morning. All the residents and the children had a lovely morning.
So much excitement.
Residents from Issy Fisher Home in Lamontville were blessed this December with a parcel given to each resident as a part of Beth Shalom's Outreach Programme. It was a joyous celebration and the residents enjoyed their goody bags.
Beth Shalom has had a very busy time – lots of activities and fun outings for our residents and staff.
Trained nursing staff and Bongi, our receptionist, attended a workshop to support Cancer prevention. This proved to be a wonderful programme run by Dr Thandeka Mazibuko, an Oncologist, who is passionate and driven to help the needy.
On 30 October some of our residents participated in a walk for Stroke Prevention on the Durban beachfront, together with residents from other homes and many of them won prizes.
Matron held an Alzheimer’s talk in the shul when the guest speaker Mrs Elaina Hattingh from the Society explained about the illness. This assisted nursing staff and family members of our residents, as well as the UJW, to understand how to care for people affected by this condition. Matron has been busy with our Beth Shalom Health Awareness Campaign, which is targeting the community and the Issy Geshen Home. This is all about sharing knowledge and building good relations.
Thank you to Arthur Zimmerman for the music appreciation afternoons he presents for the residents. A big thank you to the community for assisting with clothing for the Thrift shop and to the wonderful helpers who give up their time to help. We require donations of old greetings cards for recycling by our arts and crafts group to sell in our shop.
The Beth Shalom fundraiser was able to raise enough money to purchase a bed for our frail car section. Thank you to all who bought tickets. Congratulations to the winners who were Aubrey Nathan – Samsung 40”LED TV; Jam Clothing - iPad Mini; Johnny Walker Blue Label – Kathy Sher; Mountain Bike – Stan Liansky; Bed and Base set – Rael Greenspan.
Finally a big thank you to the committee who gave a wonderful tea party for staff who received Long Service Awards as well as those who were retiring. President Stan Liansky presented awards to the staff for 10 years of service as well as 25 and 30 years. This was a great achievement and well deserved. Hearty congratulations to all who made it a wonderful afternoon of singing and dancing which the residents loved.
Beth Shalom is Proud of their Centenarians
There must be something special about living at Beth Shalom when it comes to longevity.
Recently the fourth centenarian Jean Gold celebrated her 100th birthday at Beth Shalom and joined other residents Abe Baitz (100), Trudy Zulman (102) and Rose Simpson, the sprightliest of them all (104) in reaching this wonderful milestone. Seen with them in the beautiful gardens of the home are Stan Liansky, President and Sylvia Collins, General Manager.
We wonder how many other retirement homes can boast of achievements like this – surely some record that Beth Shalom is extremely proud of.
We wish them all Kol Hakavod and may they be blessed to enjoy every day at Beth Shalom in good health.
Beth Shalom Spring Braai
Beth Shalom had a wonderful Spring Braai sponsored by the UJW on the 11th September 2013. This was a wonderful day full of anticipation as all the residents and guests were waiting eagerly for their lovely lamb chops. The food was cooked on our braais by Reagan and Claude our two chefs. Masada attended the braai along with Bev and her lovely ladies who made this a very joyous day.
Beth Shalom had a prize for the best hat. First prize went to Bryna Joffe z’l, prettiest lady went to Leah Maserow and the best gent went to Dr Jack Alberts. This created great excitement on the day. Unfortunately the weather was rather cold but this did not dampen the spirits of everyone who attended. So a big thank you to the UJW who are passionate about the residents at Beth Shalom.
Some of our residents attended a concert held at the Umhlanga Jewish Day School – Jack and the Magic Beans on the 12th September. I would like to thank Karen who arranged for transport.
Beth Shalom AGM
Our AGM held on the 1st September was a great success. Our raffle was won by Evelyn Cohen, well done Evelyn.
On behalf of our President, Stan Liansky and our committee members, we would like to thank the community for their support and commitment in ensuring that Beth Shalom is a great Home for the Aged.
Situated on the Berea and surrounded by beautiful gardens, Beth Shalom is the home for those who wish to enjoy a more leisurely life-style in their twilight years. We encourage our residents to keep fit and healthy and therefore have daily activities to ensure optimal health and well-being. We have a wonderful Shul and services are held every Friday evening and on Jewish Holidays.
Beth Shalom is synonymous in observing all Jewish Festivals and Traditions including hosting an Oneg Shabbat Community Dinner once a year.
For those who are interested we have various types of accommodation available.
Kindly contact our Social Worker, Mrs Gert Levin or Mrs Sylvia Collins, General Manager for more information on 031-201 3151.
Our staff and residents had a wonderful day celebrating Madiba's 95th birthday. All residents in frail care and semi-frail were pampered and spoilt with a lovely foot massage and given treats. The staff had a casual day and some dressed in traditional dress which was awesome. The residents were treated to a birthday party in honour of Nelson Mandela, with tea and cake which was so enjoyed. The staff sang and residents danced. It truly was a joyous occasion.
Abie Baitz turns 100
Beth Shalom has also been very blessed that one of our residents, Abie Baitz, turned 100 on 11th July. Beth Shalom held his birthday party which was enjoyed by his immediate family, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as our residents. This party was such fun, with beautiful eats and a wonderful magician Adrian who kept the children and residents entertained. It was truly a joyous occasion.
Annual Shabbat Dinner
Our annual Shabbat Dinner was held at Beth Shalom on the 12th July 2013. The tables were decorated by ladies of the community who came to the dinner, the theme was pastel colours. All the tables were beautiful and different which was so enjoyed by our distinguished guests, committee members and our residents. It created such fun and warmth and made the whole evening so special. Without the assistance of all the ladies it would have never been such a wonderful, joyous occasion and a big thank you to our wonderful dedicated staff who made this night truly memorable.
Beth Shalom have been very honoured and blessed to have had the Durban United Hebrew Congregation Choir coming to our Shul Services. This has been such enjoyment for our Residents.
I would also like to thank the children from Izinga School coming on Shabbat to spoil our residents. It really does make their day as the residents love seeing children and their enthusiasm is contagious.
The staff at Beth Shalom were treated to an intensive workshop updating skills in basic CPR. This was a wonderful day for the staff who enjoyed and had fun in an learning experience. The staff who attended will be given certificates by the Training Academy. Lots of information was obtained at this workshop and lots of practical experience was demonstrated.
The Union of Jewish Women sponsored a braai for Beth Shalom residents on the 6th March which was a lovely treat. Food was in abundance and they so enjoyed their lamb chops, and the glorious weather.
A big thank you to the UJW for their support and commitment to the residents of Beth Shalom.
Are you perhaps decluttering your cupboards?
Do you perhaps have good second hand clothes, male or female? The Thrift Shop staff would love to take them off your hands!! Good second hand clothing is used to stock the shop at Beth Shalom enabling the residents to purchase a "new" outfit or item of clothing. If you can help we will gladly collect. Please contact Gerselle at Beth Shalom on 031 201 3151or Frances on 083 500 8285
Danielle Burne recently addressed the residents of Beth Shalom on her trip to Israel with her mother Jackie. What so impressed her was her visit to "then" secret ammunition factory near Tel Aviv. Jeannette Landy, one of the residents, shared with the audience her experiences at the factory when she was living in Israel some years ago.
PanovkaBeth Shalom celebrates the Annual New Year of the Trees with our President, Mr Solly Berchowitz and guests. This was a wonderful afternoon and all who came had a lovely day.
Beth Shalom held its Long Service Awards on the 20 November last year to honour our faithful staff. This was a wonderful afternoon of entertainment with much singing and dancing. The Residents so enjoyed themselves. The awards were for 10 years, 25 years and also 30 years, which is truly amazing that staff are happy to work at Beth Shalom for their entire working career. Our President Solly Berchowitz and our Vice-President Stan Liansky were present at the ceremony to give out the gifts to the deserving staff.
Due to the frailty of many of the residents in Beth Shalom, we have decided to purchase some evac+chairs to assist in the evacuation of some of the residents in the event of it being necessary to do so. Every effort is made to see that the Home is secure and hopefully a major evacuation will never be called for, however contingency plans need to be made.
The Evac+chair is a means of transporting the effected residents from their rooms along the corridors and down the emergency stairs. It is an expensive piece of equipment but one which we feel is essential to our needs. In response to a previous appeal to the community we received a donation and were able to purchase one. However one is not enough and it is our intention to purchase more of these items. The cost of each evac+chair is a little over R10 000.00 and we would be most grateful if members of the Community could make donations so we are able to afford the chairs that we need.Any queries in this regard should be made to the General Manager, Sylvia Collins or Myron Panovka on 031-201 3151.
A RARE PRIVELEGE
Annual General Meeting
A most successful Annual General Meeting was held at Beth Shalom on the 26th August 2012 which was attended by many members, visitors, and residents. Rabbi Avidan delivered a short message and the meeting commenced. A précis of the minutes of the previous AGM was read and adopted. In his report the President Solly Berchowitz paid tribute to the staff and volunteers who give so generously of themselves and who ensure that the residents are treated with the highest degree of care. He also thanked the various Trusts, Foundations, and individuals as well as the United Communal Fund who supported the work of Beth Shalom.
Solly paid tribute to Margaret Spector who has given many years of service to the Home, and thanked her for all she had done. He also awarded Honorary Life Membership to Marcel Nathan who was the immediate Past President.
In his report, the Hon Treasurer too made mention of the various benefactors who contributed so generously to the Home. Beth Shalom runs at a large operating loss every month, and it is thanks to those benefactors that the Home is able to continue to operate.
The two reports were seconded by Marcel Nathan who complimented Solly Berchowitz and Robin Levisohn on their outstanding contributions to the Home. Linda Nathan, the President of the Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry brought greetings from the Council and its affiliates. The reports were then adopted.
Stan Liansky introduced the guest speaker Ian McIntosh who gave a most entertaining and amusing talk on his life in Rugby. He was received with great acclaim and was thanked by Cecil Sher. The meeting closed and was followed by a scrumptious tea in the garden.
This year the Beth Shalom Gala Concert sponsored by Friends of Music was held in the Minor Hall at the Durban Jewish Centre. Almost 300 guests and residents attended the concert which as in the past was arranged by Vera Dubin. There was a vast array of talent, and the concert was enjoyed by all who attended. At interval a lavish tea prepared by Beth Shalom was served.
Our thanks go to Vera for her sterling effort, and to all those members of the community who supported this function.
BETH SHALOM SPRING BRAAI
On Wednesday 5th September the Union of Jewish Women kindly sponsored a braai lunch for the residents of Beth Shalom and workers from Masada. Despite the rainy weather all who attended had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the chops, boerewors and chicken which was served with lovely salads. We were privileged to have Rabbi and Mrs Zekry with us as well as Rabbi Avidan and a contingent from the Union of Jewish Women.
These braais, held twice a year are greatly appreciated by the residents and we thank the Union of Jewish Women for their continued support.
A Rare Privilege
Beth Shalom residents were privileged to host a short concert by the talented musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick which was attended by almost all the residents as well as some visitors who were thrilled to hear the amazing piano techniques and singing of this young man. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful music that was played which moved them deeply.
We are grateful to Shlomo Wainer and Chabad for ensuring that the residents were given a special treat as this was a morning to remember.
BETH SHALOM GALA CONCERT
Beth Shalom is pleased to announce that Vera Dubin has once again arranged a fantastic Gala Concert to be held at the Durban Jewish Centre on Sunday 19th August 2012 at 2.00pm in the Minor Hall in aid of Beth Shalom funds. Tickets at a cost of only R50.00 each are available from Gerselle or Bongi at Beth Shalom (Telephone 031-201 3151). Buy you ticket early to avoid disappointment.
The concert includes;
Durban Girls College Orchestra
Youth Brass Band – School of Music
3 Opera singers
The Kearsney School Boys’ choir
Boris Kerimov and his wife Elena
Last year this concert, which is sponsored by Friends of Music in association with Beth Shalom, was a sellout and an outstanding success and we look forward to providing a fun-filled afternoon with some of Durban’s most talented musicians and performers.
A lavish tea is included in the price of admission.
Don’t delay buy your tickets today!!!
The biggest concern at
Beth Shalom is safety for our residents, particularly in the event that there
is a fire. Due to the ages and frailty of the residents an evacuation of the
Home presents many difficulties.
We have sourced
“evacuation chairs” which would greatly assist in the evacuation of the Home.
They are expensive and have not been provided for in our budget. These chairs
cost R10 000.00 each.
In addition, due to the
frailty of many of the residents we are in urgent need of hospital beds with
cot-sides for them. We need these beds for our semi-frail clinic and any
assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated. The cost of such bed is
R9 000 and we require eight of them.
We are seeking sponsors
for such chairs and beds and more information on these can be obtained from
Myron Panovka on 031-2013151.
Our thrift shop is a
very successful innovation and we are constantly in need of new and good
quality second hand clothing. Any contribution in this regard would be greatly
appreciated. We are also very proud of our extensive library and encourage members
of the Community to donate books to it.
In an effort to make the
Home more comfortable and to maintain it, we are constantly refurbishing
particularly the older part of the building. Thanks to a generous donation we
have now refurbished all our Residents’ communal bathrooms and are attending to
the facilities on the ground floor.
Beth Shalom thanks the
members of the community for their unstinting support and care. Beth Shalom is
dependent on the assistance that we get from the various members of the community
and we are grateful to those who assist us in so many ways.
Our residents enjoying occupational therapy with our care-givers. Recently two of our care-givers have gone on a course to help stimulate our residents. It is proving lots of fun, for residents, visitors and the staff. We now have a daily activities programme in place.