Celebrating Togetherness & The Festival of Lights
DECEMBER 18, 2020
Hanukkah, a holiday celebrating the resiliency and faith of the Jewish community, is a time beloved by both residents and staff at Paul’s Run. After a difficult year, when it would be easy to retreat, Paul’s Run instead came together to create a wonderful eight days of Hanukkah.
“Our entire community had a great time decorating for our eight day celebration of light. It was an awesome team effort aimed at providing a meaningful holiday celebration for our residents,” says Julie Stumpf, director of Spiritual Care at Paul’s Run. “Dining provided traditional holiday treats like jelly donuts and potato latkes that were delivered door to door. Each evening a resident led our community candle lighting from the chapel which was able to be viewed by residents in each area of the community.”
Due to safety guidelines from the CDC, Paul’s Run has postponed group activities in order to maintain safety. To make sure that residents feel engaged and cared for, staff at Paul’s Run make daily visits to deliver meals, conversation, and festivities. To make sure that resident’s spiritual needs are met, Pastor Julie has been on the forefront of this effort.
“Each day, I’ve been able to visit with residents and reminisce about their holiday traditions. They’ve taught me some Yiddish, shared some recipes and helped me brush up on my Hebrew prayers,” says Julie, fondly.
Spiritual Care for Older Adults
Pastor Julie and the team at Paul’s Run celebrate the faith of each resident in the community. Staff recognize that everyone who comes is making Paul’s Run their new home and neighborhood, and seek to make them feel as welcome as possible by celebrating their culture and religion.
Pastor Julie adds, “Residents have enjoyed seeing each other lead our community candle lighting in the chapel each night. The spirit of the holidays has been most evident to me in the way they assisted with decorations and the stories that they’ve shared.”