Rabbi Hershel Schechter was honoured on December 18 by friends, families and admirers of the Manoir Montefiore family. He has been the spiritual leader of the beautiful retirement residence, located at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Mackle Road, since it first opened for business 23 years ago.
Manoire Montefiore is part of Revera Living, which operates retirement residences across Canada and the United States. Le Waldorf on Côte Saint-Luc Road is among them.
Was this a retirement party? “Absolutely not,” Rabbi Schechter smiled, when I asked the question. “Let’s say I am semi-retired. But I still plan to be here most days.”
There was a full house in the main dining room. A singer belted out tunes from the past and staff were busy preparing a delicious looking dessert buffet. Many members of the rabbinical corps were on hand.
Newly arrived executive director Len Goose was please to tell one and hall how Rabbi Schechter (pictured with me below) has been and continues to be an integral part of this seniors’ residence. Lifestyles Consultant Louise Salhany also could not say enough about the impact Rabbi Schechter has with residents.
Manoir Montefiore, which is situated in Electoral District 2, has a lovely synagogue and Rabbi Schechter is always there to lead services. Two former longtime staff members of the residence, Howard Modlin and Ellen Tissenbaum, were among those on hand for the celebration.