School Is In Session

As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, many families are gearing up for back-to-school season. Although the classroom doors open for kids in September, the window to learning and personal growth is a year-round experience for our residents, patients and members.

Throughout the year, RiverWalk University features robust discussions and debates in university-level courses ranging from international politics to art history and classic films. Our students' average age may be 90, but their love of learning is ageless.

At the Hebrew Home, learning can be found throughout the organization on each of our neighborhoods through poetry groups, mixed media classes and specialized sessions including Hispanic culture and Sports Talk. School is always in session for many of our residents who attend Hebrew Home University classes led by Baruch and Sarah Lawrence professors.

The Derfner Judaica Museum is also an opportunity for learning, with virtual visits to New York's treasured cultural institutions. Making use of the wealth of information and images available on their museum websites, exhibitions at MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are brought to life at the Hebrew Home's Biederman Library via the power of the Internet.

While we take great pride in developing thoughtful and creative classes, discussions and programs that encourage learning throughout the year, we also see this passion for learning in our residents, members and patients each day. I recently had the good fortune to watch Hebrew Home resident Marty Pomerantz perform original songs while playing guitar. Marty is 86 and still excited to learn and grow.

Here's Marty on our YouTube channel performing his original song "Go Yankees!" on You Tube.

While students will be returning to school this September, learning doesn't only take place in a classroom. It can be found at any age and any month of the year. Let's celebrate students of life of all ages and the passion for discovery that helps each one of us to live forward.

Live Forward,

Dan Reingold

President and CEO