In June Beth Sholom Lifecare Community hosted a celebration to launch its SeniorSAFE Shelter. The SeniorSAFE Shelter is a program that will provide safe, temporary shelter and advocacy for abused and neglected older adults throughout Virginia. “Beth Sholom is very proud to be a part of this program. SeniorSAFE Shelter is a natural extension of Beth Sholom’s mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for the elders we serve.” stated Mark Finkel, CEO of Beth Sholom Lifecare Community.

Beth Sholom will strive to educate the broader community about elder abuse and exploitation in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, financial, and neglect. Beth Sholom is dedicated to helping put physical, psychological and emotional pain in the past by providing a safe haven for elderly victims of abuse. With the dedicated partnership and generous support from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s IMPACT Grant, Beth Sholom has begun to collaborate with some community agencies and organizations and will continue its efforts to develop a community of partnerships on behalf of these elders.

Guest speakers were:
Sam Louis Taylor, Regional Director for Senator Mark Warner
Tyee Mallory, Regional Director for Senator Tim Kaine
Emily Moore,  District Representative for Congressman David Brat
Tracy Johnson, Henrico County Adult Protective Services

L to R: Deirdre Arnowitz, Beth Sholom Lifecare Community (BSLCC), Director of Resident Services; Beth Siegel-Stein, BSLCC Board of Directors, President; Emily Moore, District Representative for Congressman Brat; Sam Louis Taylor, Regional Director for Senator Warner, Tyee Mallory, Regional Director for Senator Kaine; Mark Finkel, BSLCC, CEO; Tracy Johnson, Henrico County Adult Protective Services; (not in picture) Sue Berinato, BSLCC, Administrator, The Woods Independent Living

I am pleased to inform you that the Healthcare Center renovations are moving along nicely. Unit 1, is complete and residents are back in their rooms! The remodeling of Unit 2 is now in progress! Please feel free to visit our community and see the new Beth Sholom Healthcare Center!

As you can see from the photos, our residents are in the holiday spirit. We have many activities planned for the season. I invite you and your families to join us. Please review the calendars.  If you are interested please contact Courtney Burrell, Life Enrichment Director for The Healthcare Center or Judy Dewalt, Life Enrichment Director for Assisted Living at (804) 421-5021.

I wish the you all a healthy and happy New Year!

Beth Sholom Lifecare Community began the implementation
Beth Sholom Renovation Project 2016-2of the renovation of the Health Center in February of 2016. There are 5 phases to the renovation project. It’s expected that the entire project will be finished by the end of 2017. The renovation was carefully planned to cause as little disruption as possible for residents. We are happy to report that Phase 1 and 2 are complete. Phase 1 included new administrative offices, rehabilitation gymnasium and wellness center, a new lobby with a bistro and the renovation of the employee lounge. Phase 2 was a complete renovation of resident rooms, dining area, nurses station, medication room, clean and dirty utility rooms and resident spa.

According to Director of Rehabilitation Services, Betsy Cheney, “with the new gymnasium and wellness center we will better be able to simulate Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) which a person may need to perform when returning

Beth Sholom’s continued commitment to providing care and quality of life programs is emphasized by its LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs which are proven effective treatment programs for those living with Parkinson’s Disease and neurological diseases. Beth Sholom has several LSVT certified therapists, including our director Betsy Cheney, OTR/L therapy.

Unit 1 on the first floor is complete. The next construction phase is Unit 2 on the first floor, which is now in progress. It is anticipated that construction on Unit 2 will be completed within 3 months.

Beth Sholom Renovation Project 2016-3

Beth Sholom Renovation revised with Gayton Rd.


Students Write About Seniors Healthfare photo 1 students

Five area high school students received plaques and checks for submitting winning essays themed “Why Should We Care About the Elderly?” This contest was sponsored by Beth Sholom Lifecare   Community’s Prevent Elder Abuse Program.  Cash awards ranged from $100 to $1000.

The student ceremony was held during Beth Sholom’s Health Fair for elder abuse awareness. Almost 20 health services provided education, informational materials, and screenings.

Held on November 10, the venue was the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. The winning students were the following:

1st place – $1000 – Eric Brenner from Deep Run High School
2nd place – $750 – Allison Kreck of St. Gertrude’s
Heathfair photo 23rd place – $500 – Alec American from Douglas Freeman High School
4th place – $250 – Lauren Golmon of Glen Allen High School
5th place – $100 – Hunter Leonard – Patrick Henry High School.

The first-place student, Eric Brenner, read his essay to the crowd. “I had to wipe my eyes when he read his paper,” said Trish Hart, a resident of the Beth Sholom campus.

“I’m so pleased that a young person could express himself as well as he did about the seniors. And I congratulate all of them,” added Martha Duke, another resident.

Tovah Kasdin, Director of the EldeSAFE Center at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MD, addressed the serious topic. She provided information on the types of abuses, the scope and intervention.  Mrs. Kasdin fielded questions from the audience.

Deirdre Arnowitz, Director of Social Work and Resident Services at Beth Sholom added “we wanted to involve our young people in a meaningful way, and we think this essay contest did that.” Mrs. Arnowitz, a licensed clinical social worker, has been serving seniors at Beth Sholom for over 31 years.

In its 71st year, the Beth Sholom Lifecare Community continues to proHeathfair photo 3vide a range of services.  This includes independent low-income housing, private assisted living facilities, short-term and long-term rehabilitation services, and long-term skilled and nursing care.

Beth Sholom’s Prevent Elder Abuse Program provides education about the nature of abuse and the potential for caregiver burden. Also the Program makes available direct counseling services to the abused and/or caregivers.  When necessary, the Program offers temporary shelter to the abused individual. The directors of the Program are Mrs. Arnowitz and Sue Berinato, Administrator of Beth Sholom Woods, the senior apartments.  The Program is supported by an Impact Grant from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Arnowitz or Mrs. Berinato at [email protected] or visit

The residents of the Gardens and Parkside enjoyed Desserts and Entertainment Thursday night, December 8th at our Frosty and Friends Holiday Party.  Gardens enjoyed the jazzy sound of Jennifer Scott on the piano and Parkside was treated to a trio featuring James Bjork on the Saxophone.  The chefs prepared some lovely desserts.  Families and residents were definitely put in the holiday spirit.

The merriment continued on December 11th with a Hanukkah Party sponsored by the Parkside Jewish Ladies Volunteers.  We were treated to the sights and sounds of Susan Greenbaum and Jackie Jones.  The dining staff contributed with a lovely table of appetizers.  Residents and families filled the room.

Resident Holiday Poem 4

frosty & friends

December 11 H. Party revised