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(Left to Right): Brandon Harris, Marilyn Israel, Greta Beckerman and Minnie Cohen

Residents and their families joined together with staff members and seniors from the Jewish community as The Legacy Senior Communities held celebrations to observe Hanukkah. Special Hanukkah parties were hosted at both The Legacy Preston Hollow in Dallas and The Legacy Willow Bend life care community in Plano. The communities observed the Festival of Lights with music, food, decorations and a menorah lighting.

The holiday commemorates a miracle that occurred after the Jewish people defeated oppressors and reclaimed the Holy Temple. When they tried to light the menorah in the temple, they only had enough oil to last one day, but miraculously it burned for eight days. The menorah is lit for eight nights during Hanukkah as a symbol of this miracle.

Marilyn Israel and Lifestyle & Member Coordinator Lisa Harris fried and served latkes

During the celebration at The Legacy Willow Bend, all attendees lit the menorah and indulged in homemade latkes, which are potato pancakes fried in oil. Eli Davidsohn performed Hanukkah melodies and the men’s A capella singing group from congregation Anshai Torah, Kol Rina, impressed the crowd.

“I loved seeing all of the smiling faces, and I especially had fun frying the latkes,” said Executive Director Marilyn Israel. “It is an honor to celebrate Hanukkah with the residents and their families, and I look forward to this holiday every year.”

The Legacy Preston Hollow hosted a Hanukkah Party co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, and 40 seniors from the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas (JCC) joined in the festivities. Guests and residents were treated to traditional latkes and jelly donuts fried in oils that symbolize the oil that miraculously provided light for eight days. In addition, they were entertained by students from Mesorah High School, who performed Hanukkah melodies on the piano and took part in a Hanukkah play.

“Hanukkah is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, while giving thanks for the religious freedom we have today,” said Andrea Statman, director of development at The Legacy Senior Communities. “We were thrilled to have seniors from the JCC participate in our Hanukkah party. They brought a lot of joy to the residents, and they were able to rekindle friendships during the celebration.”

The Legacy Senior Communities

The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend, The Legacy Preston Hollow and The Legacy at Home.

The Legacy Preston Hollow, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, faith-based senior living residence that offers a continuum of care allowing residents to stay in place with assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care. Built in 2001, the community features 41 assisted living apartments, 113 skilled nursing beds and a state-of-the-art Medicare unit. The Legacy Preston Hollow is the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged and a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. The community is family service-oriented and open to people of all faiths.

The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, is situated on a 28-acre site at Spring Creek Parkway between Preston Road and Ohio Drive. The Legacy Willow Bend offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site. The community features 103 independent living apartment homes, 12 custom independent living villas, 40 assisted living apartment homes, 18 memory support suites, and 60 private skilled healthcare suites.

The Legacy Willow Bend is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit retirement community owned by parent company, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. The Legacy Willow Bend, the only Jewish-sponsored life care retirement community in Texas, is open to people of all faiths.

The Legacy at Home is a home health care option for seniors in the Greater Dallas area that brings an experienced team of professionals to the home to continue recovery from an illness, injury or surgery. The skilled team of nurses, therapists, dieticians, and medical social workers offers coordinated services to ensure each person’s transition is seamless.

The Medicare certified, Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) accredited, comprehensive home health agency that began serving families in July of 2011, recently received accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH) as the only Jewish-sponsored home health care agency in the United States.

The Legacy at Home provides Private Duty Services and Personal Care Services. The Private Duty Services include private duty nurses who provide wound care, medication management, and diabetic care IV therapy. Physical, occupational, speech therapy and respiratory therapy is also available. The Personal Care Services offer certified nurses’ aides and personal assistants for assistance with activities of daily living, respite care, and companion services.

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...