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Wedding in Jerusalem Streamed to Residents and Family

Wedding in Jerusalem Streamed to Residents and Family

Benchmark associates are known for caring so much for residents and their families that they’ll do almost anything to make them happy. So, when resident Art Rubinstein couldn’t travel to Jerusalem for his granddaughter’s wedding, the Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossings staff stepped into action and selected Facebook Live to bring the wedding to Art.

Art Rubinstein and fellow residents at Ridgefield Crossings in Ridgefield, Conn., watch live video of his granddaughter’s wedding ceremony in Jerusalem last summer

Art Rubinstein and fellow residents at Ridgefield Crossings in Ridgefield, Conn., watch live video of his granddaughter’s wedding ceremony in Jerusalem last summer

Art along with family members and fellow residents watched the bride’s sister, Sarah, walk down the aisle with the family hound. The groom’s parents then escorted him to the chuppah while the bride waited with her escorts.

At the end of the ceremony, the groom crushed a glass with his foot, and the room erupted in a roar. The residents then enjoyed lunch and champagne while the celebrants danced in Jerusalem.

From left, Art Rubinstein, his daughter, Joanne Kushner, and her children, Jonathan and Stephanie.

From left, Art Rubinstein, his daughter, Joanne Kushner, and her children, Jonathan and Stephanie.

“We’re so glad we could share this beautiful ceremony with Arthur and our residents,” says Program Director Kerry Cardinal. Benchmark Connections Coordinator Linda Thomas adds, “We’re one big family at Ridgefield Crossings, so it’s only natural that we’d invite our whole family.”

Lisa Richman, Art’s daughter and mother-of-the-bride, expressed her gratitude in these touching words:

“It's hard to imagine my parents not participating in one of the most momentous occasions of my life and the life of one of their grandchildren. They’ve been an integral part of Rebecca's life, present for every event and every day in between. They have been at my side as spectators and cheerleaders at all of Rebecca's lifecycle events. Albeit bittersweet, I am grateful for the technology that allowed my father to witness this special occasion. I am also grateful to you, Linda Thomas, and to Ridgefield Crossings for making my family part of the festivities. My dad and my mom were both there for my wedding last year at Ridgefield Crossings, and now you made it possible for him to 'be' at Rebecca's.”

In 2016, Lisa Richman held her own wedding ceremony at Ridgefield Crossings so her father and mother could attend along with the community’s residents.

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Benchmark ‘commits’ 1,205th act of kindness with donation to Waltham Council on Aging

Benchmark ‘commits’ 1,205th act of kindness with donation to Waltham Council on Aging