We hope you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving around a table full of family, friends, and delicious food! While most of the country awoke the next morning to Black Friday, we welcomed the holiday season with the area's first snowfall!
As always, December's calendar is filling up quickly. Menorahs throughout Noble are marking Hanukkah while red-ribboned wreaths are signaling Christmas. The Auxiliary's Mini Festival of Trees may be viewed here and you can bid on the exhibits as well as donate to the Giving Tree by calling 518-929-8692 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Regrettably, local Covid rates are rising to levels not seen since January 2020. Torrington's Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is currently treating 25 Covid patients but thankfully, Noble residents remain Covid-free. Using this link, you can hear Noble Administrator Bill Pond on our local NPR station discuss Noble's Covid-free status, its upcoming 50th, and other topics.
We wish you a joyous and healthy holiday season!
Exclusively For Noble Horizons
On Monday, December 6 at 1 pm on Zoom, Noble Horizons is honored to host Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko. Following Dr. Hirko's program, he will open the meeting to questions. We are grateful for Dr. Hirko's offer to speak to Noble residents, family, and friends (this meeting is not open to the public). Please email Caroline Burchfield if you would like to attend.
Yoga Saved My Life
When Eleanor Miller's husband's health began to fail in 1997, Eleanor had just become a certified yoga instructor. Overwhelmed with fear, she leaned into yoga, savoring its power to sync the mind, body, and spirit. "Yoga saved my life," she reflects.
Eleanor has been teaching Noble's free weekly Zoom yoga class throughout the pandemic, offering the well-being and peace that has sustained her since 1996. A nurse for 20 years, Eleanor discovered yoga at 57. She trained rigorously at the Kripalu Center to become a certified yoga teacher at Lakeville's highly regarded Yoga at Space.
You can sign up for her class or read more about Eleanor's journey here. You can also explore Noble's free balance class (on break 12/15-1/5) here and Suzanne Mazzarelli's free Therapeutic Movement and Breathing class here. The days are cold and short, holiday demands keep us busy, and carving out time for self-care is especially challenging, so treat yourself to the gift of health!
Special Access to A Favorite Holiday Tradition
For many years, Noble residents have joined community members at The Hotchkiss School's annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, performed by the school's chorus and guest musicians. While Covid has preempted this cherished tradition, The Hotchkiss School's Musical Director wants to be sure that Noble residents and friends don't miss out so he has provided a link to a live stream of the concert on Tuesday, December 7, at 7 p.m. We hope you enjoy the music!
Be sure to attend the first event of our 2022 50th Anniversary Speaker Series when author, renowned journalist, Yale professor and podcaster Mark Oppenheimer, Ph.D. discusses his critically acclaimed new book Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood” on January 6 at 7 pm.
Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley, and Yale, where since 2006 he has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. He is a widely published journalist who wrote The New York Times weekly Beliefs column, is the author of several books, and is the founder of the world’s leading Jewish podcast, “Unorthodox.” In his new book, Oppenheimer uncovers the human side of Pittsburgh’s October 18, 2018 Squirrel Hill tragedy in which 11 Jews were massacred while worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue. The attack was one of the deadliest anti-Semitic attacks in American history and Squirrel Hill is not only one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, but Oppenheimer’s hometown. More info and registration.