Press Releases

  • Margaret Tietz’s Very Own Miriam Frucht Featured in Food & Nutrition Magazine Miriam Frucht, Dietitian at Margaret Tietz was featured in Food and Nutrition Magazine. We are so proud to have this terrific woman on our team! Read more...
  • Margaret Tietz awarded Outstanding Agency Award by Queensboro Council for Social Welfare On Friday October 23, 2015, Yoel Lichstein, Executive Director of Margaret Tietz, Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs, and Margaret Tietz Center were awarded the Outstanding Agency Award by the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare at Terrace on the Park. This was the Queensboro Council’s 93rd Annual Awards Luncheon. Many of our prominent legislators including, Past Borough President Claire Shulman were in attendance to congratulate the honorees for their achievements.
  • Unique Speech Language Pathology Services at Margaret Tietz!
  • A video of the Managing Transitions Late in Life Symposium is airing on QPTV for the first time this Saturday and Sunday February 7th and 8th. It is a one hour show.
  • Margaret Tietz Recognizes Grace Meng’s Contribution to the Orthodox Community “The Protect Cemeteries Act” will add an important tool in the arsenal for the protecting of the Jewish cemeteries. Rep. Meng was personally thanked her for that by Rabbi Niederman today, at an event arranged by the Vaad Harabanim of Queens at the Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to mark the passage of the law. Congresswoman Meng thanked Dr. Bernard Fryshman, leader of the Conference of Academicians for the Protection of Jewish Cemeteries that works very closely with Asra Kadisha on the preservation of cemeteries, who was advocating for such a bill since 2007, and the brothers Rabbi Pinchas Hecht, Executive Director of the Mir Yeshiva, and Rabbi Avrohom Hecht of the Vaad Harabanim of Queens, for bringing it to her attention. - See more at:
  • Providers & Caregivers Gained Valuable Info at Special Dementia Symposium at CenterLight’s Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center There wasn’t an empty seat in Margaret Tietz’s Main Floor Recreation Room and Dining Room this past Wednesday morning, March 19th, as a crowd of providers and caregivers of individuals with dementia gathered for an eye-opening symposium by experts in the field. “Dementia: Research, Treatment and Caregiver Support”, presented by Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in conjunction with Samuel Field YM/YWHA and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, was a vital community event that provided attendees with the latest facts, studies, programs and resources. While the crowd enjoyed a delicious breakfast spread, Yoel Lichstein, Executive Director at Margaret Tietz, opened the program and introduced the first speaker – Jed A. Levine, MA,  Executive Vice President and Director of Programs & Services of the Alzheimer’s Association. The rapt audience attentively took notes as Jed outlined the hard hitting numbers, current research,  and the assistance and support provided by the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. With one American developing Alzheimers’s every 67 seconds, this is one of the largest health crises facing our nation. Also, he encouraged everyone to sign up as an advocate to help make Alzheimer’s research and support a national priority. Jane C. Bardavid, LCSW, Director of the Community Advisory Program for Elderly (CAPE) at Samuel Field YM & YWHA, focused on caregiver stress and the coping skills needed to shoulder this lonely and overwhelming burden. She poignantly described the grieving process one undergoes as one mourns a relationship that once was. To combat the tremendous risk of anxiety, depression and social isolation that caregivers face – she delineated various ways to develop resilience and manage stress. In addition, Jane shared the Y’s expanded programs and resources, noting how important it is to implement routines that are extremely soothing to those with dementia. Executive Director of the Queensboro Council on Social Welfare, Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW, concluded with underlining the importance of caretakers taking care of themselves, and that even though it’s hard, one should never refrain from asking for help. She encouraged everyone to “Keep fighting, keep advocating . . . Coming together as we did today is part of the solution.” The program wrapped up with the panel taking questions from the audience. With more and more baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for dementia every day, the challenges nursing facilities and families face keep growing. To enhance the many programs already in place to support residents with dementia and their loved ones, Margaret Tietz will be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association on future projects and setting up a caregiver support group. This vital symposium spearheads Margaret Tietz's new Health Education Initiative, a program featuring quarterly seminars to educate and inform the community about best health practices. For more information about the Health Education Initiative, or to view the complete symposium online visit  Margaret Tietz is a member of the CenterLight Health System.

    Pictured left to right at Dementia Symposium: Joan Serrano Laufer, Linda Spiegel, Jane C. Bardavid, Jed A. Levine and Yoel Lichstein

  • CenterLight Steps Up to the Plate with Charitable Donation to Project Chaim The borough of Queens is home to the second largest population of Jewish elderly – many of whom are frail, homebound and live alone. Project Chaim was established in 2011 by the QJCC to fulfill our community’s moral obligation to these seniors who sacrificed so much to keep Kosher but who now in their twilight years are impoverished, living hand to mouth and are cared for by non-Jewish home attendants. By providing Kosher Meals on Wheels to currently 140 seniors, these individuals are assured a substantial nutritious meal that is truly life-sustaining. CenterLight Health System, formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, is committed to improving the quality of Life for all New Yorkers in need. Upon hearing that Project Chaim’s vital work was threatened by lack of funds – Michael Fassler, CEO of CenterLight, took the initiative and bestowed the organization with a significant donation of $5000. Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of CenterLight, served as the backdrop for CenterLight's beneficence as Mr. Fassler presented the check to Cynthia Zalisky of Project Chaim. Hopefully many others will follow Mr. Fassler’s lead as Project Chaim is in desperate straits and requires substantial funds to continue their operations. To help raise money for Project Chaim, the National Council of Young Israel, in conjunction with the QJCC, held a Pre-Purim Concert at Queens College this past Sunday. The event featuring Avrohom Fried, Michoel Pruzanzky and the New York Boys Choir was a smashing success. Photo Caption:Yoel Lichstein, Executive Director of Margaret Tietz, looks on as Cynthia Zalisky, Executive Director of QJCC, receives check from Michael Fassler, CEO of CenterLight Photo credit: Yaakov Katz Studios
  • EVENT POSTPONED: Special Dementia Symposium for Providers & Caregivers on January 22nd Due to inclement weather, the event has been postponed. Please contact Linda Spiegel at 718-298-7838 for further information. Margaret Tietz Center in conjunction with Samuel Field Y and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare is pleased to present "Dementia: Research, Treatment and Caregiver Support" – a vital symposium for providers and caregivers of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This event will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 164-11 Chapin Parkway, Jamaica Hills, NY. Doors open at 9:30 am with Registration and Breakfast. Keynote Speakers are scheduled from 10 am to 11:30. With a growing population of seniors dealing with the onset of dementia and all the ensuing challenges, it is crucial for caregivers to be as educated as possible in order to provide their loved ones with the support and care they desperately need. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease, and  80% of their care is provided by unpaid caregivers, usually family members. The emotional and physical toll of  caregiving  is very high, and caregivers need to learn what resources are available to them so that they receive the necessary stress relief and time out. The symposium will feature a distinguished roster of presenters including Jed A. Levine, MA – Executive Vice President and Director of Programs & Services of the  Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter; Jane C. Bardavid, LCSW – Director of the Community Advisory Program for Elderly (CAPE) at Samuel Field YM & YWHA; and Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW –Executive Director of the Queensboro Council on Social Welfare. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Linda Spiegel at 718-298-7838. For your convenience, valet parking will be available.
  • Keeping Our Seniors Safe Linda Spiegel, Director of Public Affairs at Margaret Tietz, was one of the many community leaders and Rabbis invited to attend a recent Jewish Advisory Council meeting on Oct. 8 at the Queens’ District Attorney office to discuss “Elder Abuse in the Jewish Community”. Speakers from various social services organizations such as Ohel and JASA, addressed different angles of this issue and provided crucial resources and information as to what to do if someone is aware of an abusive situation.  
  • A Letter of Commendation Dear Mr. Seminaro, With the beginning of 2013, I realized I have not adequately thanked you for all you are doing for Joel Thaler. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. The staff are remarkable in how they understood his brain injury and the patience and compassion they show when interacting with my husband. From the kitchen staff who have to deal with his new dietary quirks, the physio department, recreation department, housekeeping, maintenance, medical staff, and the 5th floor staff who all go beyond the call of duty in their care and diligence. Everyone who is not even involved in his care is friendly and helpful. I commend you for leading such a fabulous group of people. Although I don't like to mention one particular person, I must mention Rabbi Pearlman. He is the glue that has held everything together for us. Besides the fact that he seems to know all the staff and residents so well, his caring, thoughtful, devoted manner has connected everything for us. His enthusiasm for his work is infectious. I happened to sit in on several of his classes. I watched as he went to each person at Succoth to make sure they all held the lulav and etrog. He never discriminated between those who were completely unaware and those who understood. All were treated with the same respect. At Chanukah time, he gave a small lecture each night before the candles were lit. He made sure he mentioned each person and included everyone. He even had his son bring a keyboard one night as he knew one resident is very musical and he was trying to stimulate her. He didn't speak down to anyone, but treated each person as an intelligent, functioning person. I also sat in on one of his weekly classes. I would have given up had I been teaching. He actually drew out a lot of people which shocked me as to how they responded to him. The most amazing thing is that my husband, who gets so confused and mixed up, looks forward to his weekly classes. In the class I attended, he asked my husband a question to which my husband correctly responded. I was shocked! It seems that this was a continuation from the previous week, and my husband had actually retained what Rabbi Pearlman had taught. When I have had questions about staff, procedures and general things, I find I can go to the Rabbi and he seems to know all the staff and can answer my questions. It is a great comfort to know there is one person to connect everything for me. Again, I would like to that you for all you are doing for my husband. Happy New Year!