JAA should reconsider closing Charles Morris
As the former first vice president of the Jewish Association on Aging, I was directly involved in the planning of the Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as planning for additional services in the community, like Weinberg Terrace and Weinberg Village. We had already established the Allderdice unit for dementia residents and were looking at other services for the residents.
One of our guiding principles was to always keep the integrity of providing care to the Jewish poor in our community.
I found it very disheartening that the decision was made to close Charles Morris. I continue to be an active licensed nursing home administrator and am well aware of Medicaid reimbursement, which I agree needs to be increased. However, this is a poor excuse for eliminating a value needed service for the Jewish community, especially when the agency also receives funds from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the United Way.
I hope that the JAA board and its president and CEO reconsider their decision, even if it means reducing its census, so that the JAA can continue to fulfill the mission of providing needed services to our Jewish poor.
Remembering Cantor Taube in Moscow
In 1990, I had the privilege of representing Pittsburgh’s Federation on a multi-country mission to several Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. While in Moscow, I went to the Choral Synagogue for Shabbos services. At that time the synagogue was in disrepair and filthy. There were several old men in the main sanctuary and three of us in the women’s gallery. We had the rare zchus to hear Cantor Moshe Taube daven in that setting. His voice filled the entire structure and illuminated the Shabbos service magnificently. It was unforgettable.
The Choral Synagogue since been restored to its former glory. But I believe that I witnessed its most memorable service.