CEO Updates May 2023

Updated May 29, 2023

We are here for all your senior care needs. Currently, we have openings at our various properties. Please contact us at for assistance.

Variants of Omicron have taken hold in the United States, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  A COVID-19 variant named XBB.1.5 accounts for about 80% of the US COVID cases.  A new variant of interest is known as Arcturus or XBB.1.16 and is responsible for approximately 10% of the US cases.  It is a close relative of XBB.1.5, is more transmissible but not more dangerous.     

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. Some variants emerge and disappear while others persist. They also have different abilities to spread or evade immunity from vaccination or infection.  New variants will continue to emerge.  CDC and other public health organizations monitor all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States and globally.

At our Shaller Sholom Home East campus in St. Paul,  there is one resident who has tested positive at the Chapman building.  

Currently, on our Ackerberg campus in St. Louis Park, we do NOT have have any staff or tenants/residents that have tested positive for  COVID-19.

With the continued threat of COVID-19 Omicron and the latest sub variants, Sholom remains vigilant.  The fight against COVID-19 is not over yet, and we need to be watchful and mindful that COVID and COVID variants still pose a threat to our communities.

 Please note the following regarding visitation, which is open for all Sholom locations:

  • In St. Louis Park, on our Ackerberg campus:
    •  At Knollwood Place Apartments, Roitenberg Assisted Living and Hodroff Memory Care, Menorah       Plaza and Menorah West – visitors do not need to wear any personal protective equipment unless otherwise indicated on the residents/tenant’s apartment door. 
    • At Sholom Home West, visitors are required to sign in at the front desk, wear surgical masks and no longer need to wear eye protection unless otherwise indicated on the resident’s room door.  


In St. Paul, on our Shaller campus:

    • At Shirley Chapman Sholom Home East, Bentson Assisted Living and Phillips Memory Care and Weinberg Apartments, it is a requirement that visitors sign in at the front desk, wear a face covering and safety goggles or a face shield at all times, regardless of vaccination status, maintain six feet of physical distance with others and wash your hands frequently. 


  • If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive viral test for COVID-19 or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, you should not enter Sholom. 
  • Visitor testing and vaccinations are not required; however, we encourage visitors to be tested on their own before coming to a Sholom location.
  • If you are visiting a resident who is on quarantine or transmission based precautions, you will be made aware of the potential risk to yourself and asked to adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.

Senior care organizations like Sholom need to continue to follow these guidelines for everyone’s safety.

For the most up to date information, please refer to and click on the COVID link at the top of the page.

Our main priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we are making Sholom a safe place to live, work and visit.

We are here to take your referrals for short or long-term care, assisted living, memory care, home care or hospice. We would be honored to assist you and your loved ones.

Barbara Klick, RN, MBA, Sholom CEO