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Engaging Senior Citizens

August 16, 2017

Rabbi Rayna Grossman, '17, is the new director of religious services at Lion's Gate, a Southern New Jersey senior residence operated by Jewish Senior Housing and Healthcare Services. The Jewish Community Voice has the story.

Here's an excerpt: 
 

Rabbi Rayna Grossman, the new director of religious services at Lions Gate, didn’t need a tour to get to know Lions Gate, Dubin, Gesher and Saltzman Houses, the residences that make up Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service (JSHHS), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. She also did not need to introduce herself to the residents and staff. That’s because she has spent the past two years building relationships.

“I’ve been here the past two years as a rabbinic intern,” said Grossman, who was ordained this past spring at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA. Earlier this summer, Grossman took over from Rabbi Lewis Eron, who retired after 24 years as Lions Gate’s director of religious services and community chaplain.

As Lions Gate’s religious services director, Grossman provides all the ritual services for Shabbat and holidays, does educational programming, and offers pastoral and chaplaincy care for the Jewish Senior Housing community. She said that the Lions Gate position offers her an opportunity to use both her pastoral and her rabbinic pulpit skills. Grossman said that she has spent her initial time as director getting her feet under her and preparing for the upcoming Jewish holidays.

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