River Garden celebrates 70th anniversary


River Garden Hebrew Home celebrated its 70th anniversary recently with a special Anniversary Day festival. More than 500 members of the community, ranging in age from infants to seniors, gathered on the River Garden campus to join in the celebration. The day’s festivities included a barbeque, pony rides, face painting, clowns, balloon artistry, games and a bounce house. Many also attended the annual meeting of River Garden Senior Services, held in the Cohen Auditorium.

Chairman of the event committee was board member Michael Paul, who noted that he is a third generation board member. “When I was a child, I was introduced to River Garden by my parents, both of whom are current board members,” Paul said. “In the words of my grandmother, Rubye Safer, offered during her installation to the board many years ago, ‘You must continue to plant seeds and nurture our special Garden with loving hands so it will bloom and grow into greater beauty.’ My grandmother’s words remain just as true today.”

River Garden Senior Services is a nonprofit community agency that offers a variety of elder care programs and services. Sponsored by the local organized Jewish community, River Garden serves clients from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds while maintaining an identity that is supportive of Jewish identity and values.

River Garden’s 40-acre campus includes a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an 80-unit independent living community and a licensed home health care agency. The facility also offers short-stay rehabilitation, outpatient therapies and adult day care.

Photo courtesy of River Garden

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