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Trio of laughing older adults in leafy green setting

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) is now 2Life Communities.

Why the name change?

Celebrating the Trees

Monday was the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, often known as the "birthday of the trees."

Hands planting tree

Monday was the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, often known as the "birthday of the trees." It was too cold to celebrate outside, but with two newly remodeled courtyards on our campuses, we'll be planting trees this spring.

At Golda Meir House in Newton, the layout of the old courtyard made it hard to socialize. Now it has lots of shade trees and a large pergola in the middle, making it a great place to gather. "Residents are excited about the outdoor exercise equipment that will be made available for use in the spring, and the expansive feel of the area," says Myra Marshall, Golda's Executive Director.

Residents of our Brighton campus were so excited about the exercise equipment installed during renovations of the courtyard there, they unwrapped it early to get in a workout before it got too snowy! Denise Hamilton, Executive Director of the Brighton campus, says, "The residents are excited that they will have green space, a space where they can play games, meet with family, and grow plants." 

Both courtyards feature raised garden beds, improved drainage, and walking paths. We hope you'll join us for a variety of spring and summer events in these beautiful new outdoor spaces, where we can celebrate the trees and more.