The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living Opens Education and Resource Center

Education and Resource Center Grand Opening & Ribbon CuttingApproximately 80 health care professionals, representatives of the Somerset County Business Partnership, dignitaries, and board members and senior staff of The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living gathered on Friday, May 17th to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Campus’ Education and Resource Center. The 12,000-square-foot, two-story building was built on the Wilf Campus property on DeMott Lane in Somerset, NJ.

The Education and Resource Center is a great addition to the two existing buildings and the full spectrum of services already offered on the Wilf Campus. It enables the Wilf Campus to expand its services and programs across the Campus and the greater community.

During the event, Michael Kaufman, Wilf Campus’ Board of Trustees immediate past president who was instrumental in the planning of the building, said the Education and Resource Center is a “realization of a dream.” He added, “With this building, Franklin Township is allowing us to grow.”

According to Franklin Township Mayor Phillip Kramer, “Taking care of our seniors…is vitally important.” He added that the Wilf Campus is “a jewel in Franklin and it adds to the Franklin community, the Jewish community and the community at large.”

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living has been a leader in elder care and senior services in Central New Jersey for nearly 50 years. The Campus consists of:

  • Stein Assisted Living, which provides housing and high-quality care and daily support for seniors.
  • Wilentz Senior Residence, which provides spacious, private apartments for income restricted seniors.
  • Wilf Transport, which provides assisted non-medical, social and quality of life transportation for seniors and individuals with special needs who are over the age of 18.
  • Stein Hospice, which provides end of life care to patients and support to their families.
  • The Foundation at The Wilf Campus – the fundraising arm of the Campus, which enables the Campus to offer programs and services that benefit seniors at the Wilf Campus and the greater community.

Additionally, Regency Jewish Heritage operates a rehabilitation and nursing home on the Wilf Campus. This enables The Wilf Campus to provide a continuum of care for seniors.

Due to lack of space, Stein Hospice was located off-campus, in Somerset. The Wilf Campus Corporate offices were located at the Stein Assisted Living building. With the addition of The Education and Resource Center, Stein Hospice, Wilf Transport, The Foundation and the Campus’ Corporate and Marketing offices all relocated to the new building, centralizing all of the resources at The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living. This also frees up the rooms that the offices occupied at the Stein Assisted Living building, allowing Stein Assisted Living to expand its offerings to the residents who live there.

Most importantly, The Education and Resource Center includes meeting space as well as a multi-purpose room, which will allow the Campus to expand its health, wellness and educational programs for the community, as well as continuing education programs for professionals. Social and creative arts programs, such as holiday celebrations, movie and theatre programs, and other programs, are also planned. The Wilf Campus also plans to expand the support groups that are already offered and offer various resources for the senior community. A Resource Room for seniors to find information and resources available to them through a small library area, computer work station, and an information area, will be added in the coming months.

During the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration, Wilf Campus Board of Trustees President John Wolf urged attendees to “support organizations and institutions such as this.” He said, “The people who live here don’t have the most robust voices, but (we do), so talk in your community about this wonderful organization…. That’s the mitzvah, the good deed, you could do for us, and for them.”

To be notified about future programs on the Wilf Campus, or for more information about The Education and Resource Center or any of the services offered by The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, please contact Donna Oshri at doshri@wilfcampus.org or call 732-568-1155.

Robert Barry Appointed President of The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living is happy to announce that Robert Barry has been appointed President of the Wilf Campus.

Bob is a highly accomplished executive with more than 30 years experience in finance, HR administration, operations, strategic planning and performance measurement. Bob has served as Chief Financial Officer for nonprofit organizations for more than 23 years, including 12 years for The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living. During his time at The Wilf Campus, Bob has been greatly involved with the expansion of the programs which are offered to seniors and their families.

In his new role as President of The Wilf Campus, it is Bob’s goal to increase the continuum of care provided by The Wilf Campus, by introducing additional services for seniors while expanding current program service area.

“Having been a part of The Wilf Campus for the past 12 years, I have witnessed and been part of the growth in our services. One of the most rewarding aspects of this has been to see the recognition of the quality and compassionate care we provide,” Bob said. “In my new role, I am committed to ensuring that The Wilf Campus continues to provide the highest level of care to all who are served by us.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Bob moved to Edison with his wife Luann in the mid 1980’s. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling.

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living offers a full spectrum of services for seniors. The Campus is comprised of Stein Assisted Living, Stein Hospice, Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport and The Foundation. For more information about any of the services available at The Wilf Campus, contact us at (732) 568-1155, info@wilfcampus.org or visit us at www.wilfcampus.org.          

New Executive Director for Wilentz Senior Residence

The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living is thrilled to announce that David Lee has been hired as the Executive Director for Wilentz Senior Residence, a HUD-subsidized independent living residence on the Campus.

David has over 12 years experience in property management. He is a Certified Apartment Manager through the National Apartment Association and is certified in both HUD Section 8 and Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs. David recently moved to New Jersey from St. Louis where he was part of a team that managed senior housing for 355 total households that had multiple subsidized and government funded programming.

In his new position, David hopes to “carry on the values of Wilentz Senior Residence in providing the residents a clean, safe environment for them to have an active and positive lifestyle.”

Wilentz Senior Residence is open to anyone who is 62 years or older or individuals with disabilities. Income restrictions apply and rent is based on 30% of adjusted income.

For more information about senior housing options on the Wilf Campus, Jewish senior living services, or to schedule a tour of Wilentz Senior Residence, please call 732-873-3888 or email info@wilfcampus.org. Feel free to reach out to David at dlee@wilfcampus.org or by phone.

The Passover Haggadah: Reflecting on the Journey

By Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner

Passover is the celebration of the Israelite freedom from slavery 3,500 years ago. The holiday pays homage to the idea of achieving human freedom from oppression, a message that is to be remembered and relived year after year and from generation to generation. Yet, when we examine the story as told on the night of Passover, it is not a complete retelling of the Bible’s version of redemption.

During the recitation of the Haggadah, which contains the special liturgy and study for Passover night, there is a glaring absence. Moses, the one appointed by G-d to redeem the Israelites from Egypt, is mentioned only one time in the entire night’s service. Further, the one time when Moses’ name appears is not a substantial description; rather it is quoting from a verse that happens to mention Moses by name. In direct contrast to the story the Torah describes, the Haggadah emphasizes G-d’s role as redeemer, even to the extent of saying, “Not by the hands of an angel, not by the hands of a seraph, not by the hands of a messenger, but the Holy One, Blessed is He Himself in His own Glory,” redeemed the Israelites.

Why would Moses be de-emphasized on the night of Passover, when his role in Israelite history is prominent? After all, Moses is the prophet of prophets, the one whom G-d spoke to face-to-face. While it is true that Passover night is about G-d’s protection and guardianship, as emphasized by the Angel of Death passing over the houses of the Israelites, the story cannot be told without Moses.

Or can it? To be free is to have the capacity to know one’s place in the grand structure of life. Each person becomes a somebody; able to determine how to help or harm others. In recounting aspects of the Exodus story, the goal is a not a historical retelling, for that could have been mandated by reading and reciting the first 15 chapters of Exodus. Rather, the purpose of Passover night is to reflect on what the journey of slavery to freedom means, and how we recognize that freedom is G-d-given, not human-given.

By deemphasizing the role of Moses, the Haggadah’s authors are teaching us the lesson that we were freed, not that someone freed us. We, each generation and each society that experiences freedom were freed. While it is the physical freedom, the end of enslavement that causes the celebration of Passover, it is more about the focus on being free, mind, body and soul, which is the theme of celebration. Freedom is less about Moses being the human representative of G-d, than the divine process of going from horrific to wondrous.

As we celebrate the Passover holiday, and by extension the renewal that is spring time, may we continue to find in ourselves a sense of freedom. And in remembering the harshness of enslavement, the lack of self, may we continue to call for the end of oppression for those who are not even physically free, let alone free of spirit and mind.

Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner is campus chaplain of The Oscar an Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, which is comprised of Stein Assisted Living, Stein Hospice, Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport and The Foundation at the Wilf Campus. For more information, call 732-568-1155, email info@wilfcampus.org or visit www.wilfcampus.org.

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