Jan 6, 2012
Joseph Weissmann, resident of Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, gave a special Chanukkah concert at the Esplanade senior residence for about 75-100 residents, staff, administration, and outside community members on December 23. Weissmann, who has a history as a professional actor, singer and cantor, is also a Holocaust survivor who gave personal accounts of his home town in Lithuania and sang a song about that town in Yiddish. Marlon Sobol, Manager of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) at Schnurmacher, accompanied him on piano. The performance was the latest outreach effort by Schnurmacher, which seeks partnerships with local organizations. Last year, Sobol and IMNF Executive Director/Co-Founder Dr. Concetta Tomaino gave a presentation about the power of music and its therapeutic benefits to residents of both facilities.