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Ice-cream and music; a magical formula for Jewish Pavilion success


Gloria Newberger with cookies

Seniors respond positively to the use of music in their life. Lively, upbeat music can help the person feel less lonely or isolated, especially when they sing in a group environment. Singing with others is fun! Similarly, calm and soothing music can help to relax the elderly person and ease fear or anxiety.

Through music, assisted living residents with various health conditions are able to live more fully. They are not defined by their conditions or their need for medicines and skilled medical care.

The Jewish Pavilion has found a magical formula for success. By combining ice-cream socials with music, everyone has a delightful experience, the residents, the volunteers and the staff at the facilities.

Zelda King sings

Every Monday, Gloria Newberger leads an Ice Cream Social/Sing-a-long at Savannah Court. She is usually joined by her cohorts, Bonnie Epstein, Joe Davids, Jan Burg, Bernice Davids and Zelda King. Almost every week, she is joined by members of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board who assist with the serving of ice cream. Board members bring their own delicious treats to complement the ice cream.

For a few years, Marge Dreayer, a retired professional singer led the music. These days, Bonnie Epstein carries the tune. When joined with musicians, the weekly Ice Cream Social becomes extra special. On Monday, March 18, Newberger’s son, Craig Newberger, and his wife, Trudy Phillips, entertained on piano.

The Jewish Pavilion runs musicales monthly at Horizon Bay under the leadership of Julie and Jackie Levitt and Emily Glickstein. They too serve ice cream sundaes at every event.


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