Resident, Family Thank Crane’s Mill Staff for Helping Keep Passover Traditions

We received this letter about the Crane’s Mill staff and are excited to share with our readers:

My name is Margo Adelsberg and my Aunt Elaine Lieb lives at Crane’s Mill. I would like to relay my extreme thanks for helping my twelve year old son (and I) easily keep to our Passover Traditions while dining at Crane’s Mill last night.

I had called earlier in the day and spoke with Meredith at the front desk about Kosher Options available for us in the evening while we visited with my Aunt. She offered that the Chef would go shopping to purchase Kosher Meat and prepare it for us. I declined due to my son being a vegetarian, but was so appreciative of the offer. I then figured we would eat whatever we could while dining at Crane’s Mill and then come home and eat a full meal. I decided to bring a box of Matzoh that we could nibble on throughout dinner.

When we arrived to dine with my aunt, Sapna, came over and greeted us. I asked what options were a possibility to eat during dinner. I inquired about Matzoh Pizza. Sapna was so amazing that she took our box of Matzah to the kitchen and prepared Matzoh pizza for all of us. It was so delicious!

Big thanks to Meredith, Sapna and the chef for helping us feel comfortable and maintain our Passover traditions while at Crane’s Mill.

Margo Adelsberg

Photos from the Crane’s Mill Interfaith Passover Dinner

Crane’s Mill residents, staff, and guests joined together for a special Passover dinner on Wednesday, April 16th.

Last night’s Interfaith Passover Dinner represented much more than a simple holiday meal. The evening was filled with great friends, laughter, and learning. Our Jewish residents played host to people of many different faiths, leading to a true integration of tradition and culture.

Guests learned about Passover traditions not only through stories and anecdotes, but also by engaging in tradition themselves through enjoying traditional Passover fare (click here to see the menu).

Below are just some of the images we were lucky enough to capture. Please enjoy, and check back often for photos, stories, and more from Crane’s Mill.

Crane’s Mill Hosts First Ever Interfaith Passover Dinner

Crane’s Mill residents of Jewish faith, along with their friends and family members, will come together this evening for a very special holiday dinner.

A Traditional Seder Plate

For the first time in the community’s history, Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey, is hosting an Interfaith Passover Dinner.

At Crane’s Mill, we tend to each of our residents’ religious and spiritual needs. In many cases, special meals are a key component to fulfilling said needs.

The planning for this special event has been months in the making. It started with our director of dining services doing what she does best—staying on top of the year’s calendar, and working with our residents to make sure all holidays and special occasions are marked appropriately. For our Jewish residents, the Spring holiday of Passover is of course a landmark event.

This year, our residents decided it would be a great idea to open the dinner up to people of all faiths, so they could enjoy the holiday as a community, and those of different faiths could better understand their traditions. To help further the discussion, each table will have a Jewish resident to help share the Passover traditions.

The event grew larger from there. What started as a small gathering has grown to a group of over 115, and the dinner has moved from its original location in Hinman Hall to its new home in the Candleberry Dining Room.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Gefilte Fish with red horseradish
Matzo Ball Soup
Baked Sweet Potato
Choice of Beef Brisket or Baked Chicken
Dessert Buffet
Matzo Bread
Coffee, tea and Grape juice
Seder Plate at each table

We’re so excited for this special holiday. If you’re interested in learning more about Crane’s Mill, please call 973-276-6700 or click here to send us email.