Mitzvah Project

Montefiore New Rochelle and Schaffer Extended Care Center welcome the generosity of youth volunteers to create meaningful and sustainable experiences for the elder residents in our care.  The Torah tells us that we have an obligation, a responsibility, to not stand idly by while others are threatened / lo ta’amod al dam re’echa (Lev. 19:16). Interestingly, the word re’echa means neighbor, not Jewish neighbor, but any neighbor. We have a responsibility to take care of any person we see in trouble.

You can volunteer in a variety of ways:


·          Individual students or groups can participate in one-on-one activities with residents including reading, singing, playing musical instruments, playing games/ cards/ bingo, teaching technology skills and arts & crafts.

·         Student groups may participate in weekly or quarterly activities including board games, holiday themed celebrations, craft projects, “create your own projects.”

·         Individuals or groups may organize weekly or quarterly afternoon coffee/ tea and snacks with residents and spend time together visiting. 


 We offer flexible weekday after school and weekend hours, an opportunity for families to volunteer together and an opportunity to improve the quality of life for elder residents and create a meaningful intergenerational experience.

For more information, please contact the Office of Development at 718.920.6656.

Schaffer Extended Care Center 

The Schaffer Extended Care Center at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital is a 150-bed, comprehensive facility offering short-term rehabilitation/sub-acute care and skilled long-term care, as well as an adult day services program that provides a wide range of healthcare and social services for medically frail seniors and those with chronic conditions or disabilities.

For more than 30 years, Schaffer’s rehabilitation program has been helping cardiopulmonary, orthopaedic and surgery patients return to their homes and families. Our short-term program specializes in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, postsurgery and stroke recovery, as well as fracture, fall and frail patient care. Schaffer Extended Care Center is part of Montefiore Health System, a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital system for Albert Einstein College of Medicine.