Shalom Park at 100: A Century of Compassion and Caring
It takes tremendous devotion and commitment for any organization to reach a 100-year milestone. It’s an honor to be able to celebrate accomplishments and remind supporters, donors, volunteers, employees, families, and residents of our history and future.
Our name may have changed over the past 10 decades, but our mission remains focused on serving our Elders, regardless of their ability to pay.
As we begin the next hundred years, we continue to make this a place to create new memories, build relationships, and prosper. The vision is endless.
Together, we can continue to build a community that Elders call home; a place where they are empowered, have loving companionship, and enjoy meaningful activities that grow the human spirit.
This Year’s Featured Entertainment: The incomparable Y-studs!
The Y-Studs, or the “Yeshiva Students,” is the elite all-male jewish acapella group from Yeshiva University in New York. Known for their bright harmonies, youthful energy, and ability to connect with their audience, the Y-Studs will deliver an unforgettable performance.
The musical singing group was founded in 2010 by visionary college students who realized there was too much musical talent left untapped on campus. Now, years later, they have performed at all sorts of functions, before a diverse array of audiences and communities in the United States and Europe. The ‘Studs’ are among the most recognized names in Jewish a cappella.
“You don’t have to be Jewish to love the Y-studs! You will be genuinely moved by the creativity, artistry, harmonies and humor of the Y-studs (Yeshiva Students) acapella group. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be singing the lyrics all the way home!”
Samples of the Y-studs acapella for you to enjoy:
WHAT: SHALOM PARK, CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF COMPASSION AND CARING
WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019, 6:30–9:30 PM
WHERE: LONE TREE ARTS CENTER, 10075 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO
HONORING: SUSY GRAZI AND JAY MOSKOWITZ
FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT: THE Y-STUDS ACAPELLA
Susy Grazi, Board of Trustee since 1988
Jay Moskowitz, Board of Trustee since 1991
Shalom Park is honored to have Susy Grazi, a former employee of the Beth Israel Hospital, as its longest serving board member. She worked at the hospital from 1977 to 1979 as its patient representative and for its Education Department creating monthly seminars for seniors in the Denver community. When it was announced that Beth Israel Hospital and Old Folks Home would be closing, Susy became part of a group dedicated to finding a home for our Elders. She recalls traveling to Cleveland and Tucson looking at nursing homes that practiced a medical social model of operation.
In 1988, Susy became an official member of the Board of Trustees. After Beth Israel closed and Beth Israel at Shalom Park opened in 1992, Susy and Essie Perlmutter created its first fundraising event: Overture at Shalom Park at Beottcher Concert Hall with conductor, Gilbert Levine. Susy has devoted over 40 years to the Beth Israel and Shalom Park organizations.
When asked why she is so dedicated to Elder care she shared that she has always had an affection for children and Elders. Born in Vienna Austria, she did not know her grandparents. They were amongst the thousands who died in the concentration camps. At the age of two Susy and her parents were brought to Denver through the assistance and support of Jewish Family Service. Later, Susy served as both a board member for 15 years and as its president.
Susy strongly believes that “our Elders should never be put aside.” She quotes, Psalm 71:9, “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.” Susy is passionate that our community care for all Elders in a dignified and respectable Jewish home.
This past year Susy celebrated her birthday at Shalom Park. When asked why she wanted to have her celebration at Shalom Park, she stated, “It is a place that I am honored to be part of, and it is an important part of my life.” Susy has seven wonderful children and seventeen grandchildren: Shauna Jacobson, Lisa Morency, Robyn Tsesarsky, Alex Brown, Sol Grazi, Aleva Tuohy, Marjie Harbrecht. She is grateful to be honored with Jay Moskowitz, an old friend for whom she has much respect and admiration.
Jay is CEO of Vivage, which provides quality health care to seniors. He is the recipient of the Vesta Bowden Award for outstanding service in long-term care, and a Lifetime Service award from the Department of Health. Jay strongly believes in the importance of the perpetuation of Judaism. He has served on the boards of many organizations including Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Beth Jacob, EDOS, the Eruv, and the Holocaust Awareness Institute.
Jay’s commitment to his career and community,is only surpassed by his devotion to his family. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jay and his wife have been longtime supporters of Shalom Park.
The Shalom Park family proudly honors Leonard Strear and Michael Strear and sincerely thanks them for their leadership, dedication, financial support, and commitment to the elders in our community.
Jay grew up in Brooklyn, and after meeting his wife, a Denver native, they moved to Denver in 1981where he began his career in healthcare. Jay currently serves as President and CEO of Vivage Senior Living. Jay’s facilities have achieved industry-wide recognition and awards. 23 of Jay’s facilities have been recognized by CMS as 4 and 5-star rated communities. Jay is also a managing partner of many ancillary companies, including Wellage Communities, Bridges Home Health, Bridges Hospice, and Continued Care Pharmacy. These companies have been formed to meet the needs of the growing senior communities in Colorado.
Jay is actively involved in the legislative process statewide and nationally. He is past president of the Colorado Health Care Association and serves on numerous state advisory committees. He is the recipient of the Vesta Bowden Award for outstanding service in long-term care and the Lifetime of Service award from the U.S. Department of Health.
All who know Jay recognize his commitment to the community, and appreciate his belief in importance of the perpetuation of Judaism. He has served on boards of many organizations including Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Beth Jacob, EDOS, the Eruv, and the Holocaust Awareness Institute. His greatest commitment is to supporting Orthodox Jewish education. Jay’s commitment to his career and to the Jewish community is only surpassed by his devotion to his family. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jay and his wife have been longtime supporters of Shalom Park. “My support for Shalom Park stems my lifetime professional commitment to Seniors. Shalom Park is there to take care of the needs of Jewish elders of our community by providing a home where all Jews can live and feel at home.”