Tu B’Shevat celebrated at Parker Jewish

Volunteers of the Parker League, the volunteer auxiliary of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, prepared and distributed baskets of assorted fruits to the residents of Parker on Thursday, January 20, in recognition of Tu B’Shevat, the day in Jewish culture and history that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.”
Tu B’Shevat is also considered by many to be similar to Arbor Day, and some ecological organizations have adopted it to further environmental awareness programs.
“It’s a wonderful activity,” said Charlotte Levine of the Parker League, who began packing fruit for the residents for nearly 30 years. “It’s very satisfying for the league. We love to do it and [the residents] love to get it.”
It took 15 volunteers, who braved snowy weather, to assemble the baskets of pastries and fruit for each resident of Parker Jewish. Levine sees no signs of the Parker League slowing down for years to come.
“We hope to continue to do this each year. It’s a very important day,” said Levine, of Roslyn.
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is a 527-bed facility geared toward caring for the needs of the growing number of older adults. Recently, Heathgrades, Inc. – one the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organizations – gave Parker Jewish a five star rating for nursing homes on Long Island.
The Parker League is an auxiliary that engages in a wide range of exciting activities aimed at enhancing the quality of life for Parker’s diverse population of patients and residents. New members are always welcome to assist in fundraising, education, social activities and advocacy.
Those interested in joining the Parker League are invited to call 718-289-2292.

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