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Sullivan County Nursing Home to Be First with Kosher Facilities

February 21, 1968
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A $3 million, 100-bed county nursing home will have a special 25-bed wing to serve Jewish patients kosher food, the Sullivan County Social Service Commissioner, Robert Travis, said today. He said the separate wing, with its separate kitchens for kosher food preparation, would be the first of its kind in any such non-urban public nursing home in the nation.

He said that assistance in planning the special facility had been provided by Mrs. Jennie Grossinger, owner of Grossingers Hotel, and Abe Friedman, hotel dining room manager, who both will be consultants for the facility. Until now, such dietary needs of existing nursing home facilities in Sullivan County have been provided mainly through donations from the kosher kitchens of the Grossinger Hotel.

Mr. Travis, who also is national chairman of the Council of Welfare Directors, said he intended to approach other social service district officials throughout the country to recommend similar facilities for Jewish patients.

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