Los Angeles Jewish Home's Blog

Staff Appreciation Week 2014

From May 15th to May 22nd the Jewish Home staff, residents, and visitors celebrated Staff Appreciation Week. Employees from all of the Home's facilities were encouraged to come and celebrate this week of non-stop food, friends, and fun at the Grancell and Eisenberg Village Campuses. Events included a bagel breakfast, instant recess, an old-fashioned picnic, the Forrest Cup Volleyball Tournament, breakfast burrito fiesta, talent show, carne asada barbecue, and Employee Recognition Ceremony. Among the tried and true events from the past was the brand new Build-a-Leader Show. In this activity, staff members and leaders from various departments were dressed up in silly costumes.

Like in years past, the employee talent show was comprised of acts of all sorts. Fantastic dancers stunned audiences with Mexican-American Quebradita, traditional Indian, belly dancing, Western line dancing, black and white Illusion dancing, modern hip hop, and body isolation dance performances. Phenomenal performers sang and played songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio, "Trouble" by Coldplay, "Smooth" by Santana, "Bailamos" by Enrique Iglesias, and a mash-up of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World." Several staff members chose to showcase their lip-syncing talent. "Do-Re-Mi" from Sound of Music, "You're the One that I Want" from Grease, "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher, "The Fox" by Ylvis, "Yo Ho" from Pirates of the Caribbean, "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO, "Conga" by Gloria Estefan and "Happy" by Pharrell were just a few of the songs our performers lip-synced to.

And finally, the Staff Appreciation week concluded with the Employee Recognition Ceremony. Outstanding employees were showered in applause and appreciation for all of the contributions they've made to the Home over the years. Long standing staff members who have been working with the Home for 5, 10, 13, 15, 20, and 25 years were honored for their diligence within the community.

As the Home's staff members revert to their normal work schedules after a multitude of shared meals, exciting events, and fun festivities, they do so with a sense of joy knowing their hard work really does make a difference within the Jewish Home's community. Vice president of human resources Sharon Ginchansky comments on the importance of this celebratory week, "The Home prides itself on treating staff like family. We appreciate them every day, but this week in particular gives us an incredible chance to show just how much we love our staff. We are very appreciative of all they do for the Home."

Please click here to view photos from Staff Appreciation Week 2014.

Special thanks to the Home's Human Resources Department, Dietary Department, and Housekeeping Department for working so hard to make sure this week of festivities was an incredible success!

Anjelica Rehl is the Digital Marketing Associate at the Jewish Home.