Regency Jewish Heritage Hosts Local Events in Somerset NJ

From the Desk of Marie Barnes, Director of Marketing for Regency Nursing and Post-Acute Rehabilitation Centers:

Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing Center, 380 DeMott Lane, Somerset, hosted a meeting of local adult communities and their Chai Lights Hadassah Chapter.  The group meets to discuss a variety of cultural and diverse topics on a regular basis.  They gather to plan their fundraising efforts as well as new and interesting topics and bring in different speakers.

On Monday evening, November 10, 2014, Cantor Aviva Marer started the presentation with her beautiful voice singing a few songs, both in English and Hebrew.  Aviva’s topic was the Malida ceremony.  The Malida rite “is a ceremony born out of hope and faith, done during a simha,” Marer said.  It was performed at her bat mitzvah, after her marriage to her husband, James, and after the birth of her son, Benjamin, six months ago.  The Malida “is steeped in tradition and food like any good Jewish ceremony.”  Program participants join in parts of the ceremony after plates of poha and fruit were distributed.  Aviva Marer is of Indian descent, Jewish religion and raised in Canada.  There is a large community of Indian-Jewish community in Boston, Toronto and Queens, NY.

The group of approximately 60 ladies truly enjoyed the evening, and appreciated the speaker, music and dessert.

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Pictured is Aviva Marer preparing for the start of her presentation in front of the facility’s auditorium.  For further information on Regency Jewish Heritage Post-Acute, Rehab and Nursing, call 732-873-2000, or visit 

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