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Staff Profiles


Tracey Messina

Tracey Messina

Executive Director

Hoffman SummerWood

"Working with seniors is rewarding and I enjoy every moment."

With over ten years in the senior living industry, Tracey has a wealth of experience having worked in home care, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and independent living.

Tracey currently resides in Longmeadow, Massachusetts with her four children and two fur babies. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and attend her children's sporting events, especially her favorite, ice hockey. Tracey also loves spending time outdoors.

Tracey grew up in Williamstown, which is located in Berkshire County, but has spent much of her life in Boston.

Life Engagement

Rabbi Aaron Jaffee

Rabbi Aaron Jaffee

Community Rabbi

Hoffman SummerWood

Rabbi Aaron Jaffee has taught in the U.S., Australia and Israel. He earned Smicha while living in Israel and holds a BA in Education. Rabbi Jaffee has taught and served Jewish communities on many continents for almost three decades, including acting as the full-time Rabbi for Young Israel, and today acts as the Community Rabbi for Hoffman SummerWood.

Rabbi Jaffee has been the Principal of Beth Sholom B’nai Israel’s Hebrew school for 10 years and Jewish Education Director at Temple Sinai. As an effective supervising teacher elected by Monash University. he has taught many subjects including: Talmud, Navi, Dinim, Jewish History, and   Jewish Philosophy and brings this education to the residents of Hoffman SummerWood. Rabbi Jaffee offers weekly Torah and Parsha classes and a multitude of religious services, activities, programs and events. Rabbi Jaffee has led and prepared Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for children in addition to now fulfilling senior residents dreams of having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. 

“Pastoral care” is also a significant part of Rabbi Jaffee’s role in the SummerWood community, including having an open-door policy for residents to stop by and kibbitz, kvell, discuss topics and schmooze. Rabbi provides death and bereavement counseling; spiritual guidance and support to residents and their families of the SummerWood community.  He brings 20 years Kashrut experiences as Rabbinical supervisor for the Star-K and RCW- Rabbinical Council of Washington, HKC- Hartford Kashrut Council.

Rabbi Jaffee is happily married for 32 years to Shaindy Jaffee, a University of Connecticut graduate and is currently working on her Master’s in Special Ed. They have 3 beautiful girls and 2 even more beautiful grandchildren and 2 beloved dogs.

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