Welcome Tammy (Tzippy) Russ-Fishbane, LCSW

Stein Hospice is pleased to welcome Tammy (Tzippy) Russ-Fishbane, LCSW, who joined the team at Stein Hospice in October, 2016. In her role as Clinical Liaison and with her background as a clinical social worker, Tammy educates and informs healthcare professionals about the mission and values of Stein Hospice and counsels hospice patients and their families.

Tammy began her social work career in 2002, working in the ICU at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Since then she has served in various healthcare settings, helping patients and families navigate the practical and emotional complexities of aging and caregiving. Most recently, Tammy was the Director of Social Services at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT.

Tammy has a BA in Jewish History from Stern College, Yeshiva University, NY, and an MSW from Hunter College, NY.  She is an active member of the Jewish community in Highland Park, NJ, where she lives with her husband and three children.


Rabbi Kinzbrunner – Our Board Certified Chaplain

In December, Rabbi Kinzbrunner completed his Board Certification in Chaplaincy through, Neshama, the Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). Rabbi with certificateThe NAJC defines a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain as “A Jew who has demonstrated professional excellence as a chaplain and commitment to Torat Yisrael and Klal Yisreal, has completed eligibility requirements, is approved by the Commission on Certification, and confirmed  by the Board of Directors of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.”  Grounded in a faith commitment to Judaism, to Klal Yisrael and Torat Yisrael, the Board Certified Jewish Chaplain responds pastorally to religious, spiritual and psychosocial needs.  As a pastoral professional, the certified chaplain ministers holistically as witness, prophet, advocate, clinician, educator and spiritual companion in the healing process.  The chaplain accepts responsibility and certification, for continuing education and peer review, and for active participation in the discernment of the vision, direction and activities of NAJC.  Active participation in NAJC’s organizational life is expected for the ongoing development of professional identity as a Board Certified Chaplain.

Collage Art Brings Residents Together

Collage Art Brings Residents Together

Vicki Newman is a resident at Wilentz Senior Residence. She is very friendly and has shown a creative and artistic flair. She enjoys doing puzzles and even displays them in her room along the walls. One of her favorite hobbies is taking photos, and she has recently created a beautiful collage called “The Faces of Wilentz.” This collage represents every member of Wilentz Residence including staff, residents and many family members, as well as the lovely pets that live in the building. “The Faces of Wilentz” is now on display in the Wilentz Lobby.

What made you think of doing a photo collage?

I have always loved taking pictures. I love people, especially the ones who live at Wilentz with me, along with the great staff. I enjoy doing puzzles and the idea of doing a photo collage brought all of that together in a beautiful and fun way.

Vickie Newman and Marnie Kean

What do you like about making collages?

I’ve always enjoyed being creative and artistic so making collages is a fun hobby for me. It was exciting to talk to all of the other residents and, as a result I got to know almost everyone by name in the building and enjoyed meeting new friends that I did not know before. I enjoyed hearing all of their stories and what they had to say about themselves, their families and friends. I tried to incorporate a lot of their stories in the collage, for example how some people like to dance and others sing.

What are the other residents saying about the collage?

Everyone was more than happy to be included! The residents were so thankful to be a part of this collage project and are very excited to see their pictures displayed next to their spouses and friends. I have noticed a lot of the residents coming by to look at themselves and others in the collage, and I take great pride in showing it to people.

How often did you work on the collage and how much time did it take?

I worked on the collage for several months. I would cut and trim the photos at night and work on placement and pasting during the day. Every time I went by it I worked on it! Working on it has really come from the heart!

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living is comprised of Stein Assisted Living Residence, the Jaffa Gate Memory Care Neighborhood, Stein Hospice, Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport, and The Foundation at the Wilf Campus. For more information, contact us at (732) 568-1155, info@wilfcampus.org or visit us at www.wilfcampus.org. To learn more about the Wilentz Senior Residence call 732-873-3888.

Wireless Hearing Devices

Living Life at Full Volume

Stein Assisted Living has purchased new state-of-the-art hearing devices that are changing the way residents are listening to and enjoying day-to-day activities. The wireless headphone system, made by the company Eversound, is designed for senior living to improve engagement during group events.

No More Reading Lips

The Eversound hearing devices have already had a positive effect on Stein residents. “They are fantastic!” says Bobby Rosenstrauss, who has found the new hearing devices to be easy to use and great at filtering out external noise. “Now when I’m at a group activity, I no longer have to rely on someone looking right at me when they speak. I love them!” For Evelyn Schoenholtz, a pianist and classical music lover, she can close her eyes and the headphones connect her to the world of Chopin or a favorite sing-a-long tune. “The music brings me so much joy and helps bring back wonderful memories,” she says.

Listening to MusicSimple to Set Up. Easy to Use.

The wireless headphones include easy-to-use personal controls that allow residents to set the volume that works best for them and can be used with or without hearing aids. The hearing devices help to bridge the gap for residents who want to engage in group activities but find it difficult because they struggle with hearing loss. There is a lot of enthusiasm about this new technology as the wireless headphones have already made an impact and are adding to the quality of life at Stein Assisted Living.

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living is comprised of Stein Assisted Living, Jaffa Gate Memory Care Neighborhood, Stein Hospice, Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport, and The Foundation at the Wilf Campus. For more information, contact us at (732) 568-1155, or email info@wilfcampus.org.

Introducing Our New Director of Human Resources

Vicente (Vinnie) Torres was named the Director of Human Resources at the Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living in the fall of 2016. A certified Human Resources Practitioner, his knowledge and skills stem from over 12 years of experience and excellence in human resource activities, most recently at Lewis Direct, Baltimore, MD, and Catholic Family and Community Services, Paterson, NJ. He has a proven track record in the areas of talent management, benefits and compensation, and team and leadership development, with the ability to quickly manage complex issues in a fair and efficient manner.

With his service-oriented personality and his creative approach to his position, Vinnie strives to build a dynamic environment where people take pride in their work, embrace the core values of the organization and share a commitment to the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Vinnie is thrilled to have joined the Wilf Campus for Senior Living and considers himself fortunate to be working for such an outstanding organization. He prides himself on ensuring that all employees feel respected, treated fairly, listened to and involved. “I feel strongly about building strong cultures, particularly when the end product is passionate employees,” he said.

Vinnie resides in Little Falls, NJ, and is a sports enthusiast, enjoying baseball, football and soccer. He served in the U.S. Navy where he was honored with numerous medals including the Navy Achievement Medal & Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Chiefs of Staff Achievement Medal & Joint Chiefs of Staff Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.