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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
We’re finally approaching the big day we have all been anticipating! Sunday, August 16 at noon, JSL presents our 27th Annual Tikkun Olam Awards featuring some of the best menschen in our community, along with the up and comers - the Students of the Frankel Jewish Academy who interviewed each of the honorees and developed a special friendship. I invite all of you to tune in, rain or shine and celebrate the lives we have come to love and admire in David Broner, Charles Domstein, PhD, Ruthe Goldstein, Doreen Hermelin, Drs. Phoebe and Harris Mainster, Irene Miller, Joyce Sherman and Warren Tessler, DDS. The words of our Sages in the Mishnah are clear and concise. Thus, the Mishnah emphasizes, “Who is wise? He who learns something from everyone." Let’s be wise together and learn important life lessons from our amazing 2020 honorees.
Our virtual streaming event found on jslmi.org/online will be a pleasure to view from the comfort of your living rooms, emceed by accomplished siblings, Joshua Goldberg and Ilana Goldberg Block with poignant messages, special video surprises, and glimpses into the lives of our awardees, FJA students, JSL campus celebrations and more. Whenever we can, we must take time to celebrate all the good things we have that provide inspiration from which to learn.
As your sponsorships and donations continue to pour in and truly make a difference for JSL, we are deeply heartened by the many ways you and our community have come together in solidarity, support and compassion for each other while navigating the considerable challenges brought on by COVID-19. We know that together, we will emerge from this difficult time stronger and with a renewed sense of pride and purpose.
Shabbat Shalom.
August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day! Even though we’re NOT a thrift shop, you can still SHOP GREAT SUMMER DEALS with our Friend's of JSL Boutique. Each purchase helps support JSL!

Choose your time slot:
(10 people per shift)
1:00 pm -2:00 pm
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
3:00 pm -4:00 pm
4:00 pm -5:00 pm

Masks are required.

Call Leslie Katz at 248-321-1437 for location details and to schedule your time.
By Harriet Hessenthaler, Hechtman Resident

Ruth is the liveliest ninety-seven-year old woman I ever met. She is like a cat that has lived more than nine lives. Ruth makes every minute of her life an adventure. It seems there hasn’t been anything she has not done. She’s had an extremely fulfilling life and continues to enjoy every minute, blessed with the energy of a very young person.

There were six children in her family. Her brother is still living at eighty-six years old. Ruth married at eighteen, her husband was twenty. It was a great marriage lasting fifty-nine years. They have two sons; Alan is a trial lawyer and Mark is a pilot who works for a private-jet airline flying movie stars and other important business people.

Ruth started working at Colliers International Real Estate as an executive secretary and continued working until the age of seventy-nine. While working, there were many activities she pursued with and without her husband. They went dancing at the Graystone Ballroom, Edgewater Park, The Eastwood, Walled Lake and Woodhall Lake, and especially loved Latin Dancing.  Besides dancing, Ruth enjoyed deep sea diving in Australia, snorkeling in California and Israel, hang gliding, riding a hot air balloon and parasailing in Israel. She loved riding high roller coasters and diving. 

Ruth has always been active in Jewish affairs.  She wanted to live in Israel when she visited there with the American Jewish Congress. She continued visiting Israel and started the Michigan Chapter of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) with Rabbi Schnipper in Michigan.

Ruth is always busy going to lunches, plays and musical entertainment. We're fortunate to have Ruth living at Hechtman. There is only one Ruth Vosko.
By Moira Lawler
Medically Reviewed by Ross Radusky, MD

You reach for vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on, but did you know it also plays a role in delivering a smooth, glowing complexion? It’s become a holy-grail item for the skin-obsessed in recent years.

Vitamin C is a hot topic, and it’s buzzworthy because it has so many preventative and also maintenance benefits,” says Nazanin Saedi, MD, a dermatologist with Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Continue reading for everything you need to know about vitamin C serums, including why to use one, how to apply it, and what to watch out for.
Books are the purest form of escapism. They can take you to any time, place, or culture. In honor of National Book Lovers Day on August 9th, we put away our smartphones, pull out a good book and simply read. (Well, an audiobook will suffice too.) What will you be reading?

If cookbooks are more your speed, check out our selection on jslfriendshop.com!
Oak Park Campus Administrator, Judy Rosner, hired by JSL as a temporary employee in 2000, retires Friday after twenty years of incredible service to this agency. While working in West Bloomfield in the marketing dept, Judy went back to school to acquire her MSW. For ten years she worked as Resident Service Coordinator - Social Worker at Prentis Apartments in Oak Park. She took on the role of temporary Administrator and in 2011 became the permanent Administrator of Prentis. Last year, Judy became Oak Park Campus Administrator.

As a teenager, she remembers watching Prentis II being built. JSL is a family affair for Judy. Her mother resided at Hechtman I, her grandparents lived at Prentis and her aunt lived at Hechtman II.

Judy will be missed by all the staff and residents who knew her for her legacy of kindness and creativity with a dynamic work ethic that has made her well respected by all. She will long be remembered for her enthusiastic dancing at the campus parties! In her free time, Judy will be spending more time with her eleven grandchildren!!! We bid a fond farewell to a devoted colleague and all-around good person. Judy, enjoy your retirement and please come visit!
JSL welcomes Gregg Leshman to the team as our new Executive Director of Residential Operations. Gregg brings to JSL a wealth of real estate experience and great energy, curiosity and enthusiasm for our mission. He will begin with us in Oak Park helping to transition newly retired, Judy Rosner’s position and to gain a deep understanding of our two largest HUD-subsidized communities, Prentis and Teitel, Coville and the Oak Park Campus overall. Welcome Gregg!!
Homemade Card Art Project
Make a resident's Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur special with a handmade card. This is a fun project for the whole family! Once completed, label it "Attn: Activities" and drop off (or mail to) Hechtman Apartments, 6690 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, 48322.

Shop For Our Oak Park Residents
While you're out grocery shopping for yourself, help our residents in Oak Park by doing their shopping too. Volunteers will be given a resident’s shopping list and will be reimbursed for these purchases. Once completed, drop the bags off at the front desk and our onsite staff will deliver them to the resident. Contact Leslie Katz at 248-321-1437.

Calling All Entertainers!
Do you or someone you know have a talent to share with our residents? Outside performances can be wonderful entertainment for our isolated older adults. Contact Leslie Katz at 248-321-1437 and learn how your talent can become our entertainment!
Hechtman residents are keeping busy playing bingo and trivia games over the loudspeaker with many winning prizes! Some residents have also taken to creative writing projects such as “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Memories of Growing Up”.

Read these stories and more by visiting "Keeping Our Community Connected: Stories From Residents, Staff and Volunteers" on our website.
Grilled Sea Bass with Ginger Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Grated peel or zest

  • 2 6- to 8-ounce sea bass fillets with skin or other mild fish such as salmon
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, garnish
  • Minced scallions, white and green parts, garnish
  • Sesame seeds, any kind, garnish

Make the sauce:
Combine all sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat and keep warm until ready to serve. 

Cooking fish:
Heat grill to medium-high. Brush fish with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the fish, skin side down on the prepared grill. Grill the fish for about 5-minutes. Carefully place a spatula or turner between the fish and the skin and gently turn the fish over and grill on the other side for 5 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK. Place the fish on a large serving platter individual dinner plates. Stir the cilantro into the sauce and spoon this sauce over the fish. Sprinkle the fish with the scallions and sesame seeds and serve. Makes 2 servings. 

This recipe is by Annabel Cohen and is from Gracefully Greying's newsletter.
Maintaining muscle strength is important as we age. Enjoy this 15 minute class to ward off atrophy and osteoporosis.
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Shabbat Shalom from Tablet Magazine's new show, "Joan Knows Best"! A delightful cooking show that stars famous Jewish chef Joan Nathan and her son David. Click below to view the full episode!
This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

We’re human, prone to mistakes, so if we erred in our newsletter, please forgive us!
Shabbat Shalom
Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Klepinger, Chief Financial Officer
Barbra Giles, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Dianne Azzopardi, Executive Director, Human Resources
Ron Colasanti, Executive Director, Dining Services
Gregg Leshman, Executive Director, Residential Operations
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
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