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Live With Purpose
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
I looked left just in time to see Bus #3959 whiz by as I felt the hot air rise from the tires. The wind just about knocked me over or was it the heat from my own body as I quickly stepped back. It was then that I said aloud to my husband, “what if I got hit by a bus?" He looked at me and said, he wouldn’t let that happen. But sometimes the unthinkable happens.

There’s a book entitled, In Case You Get Hit by a Bus, How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later. Abby Schneiderman, Adam Seifer and Gene Newman thought enough of their families to compose this important guidebook. Thank you to my cousins Matt and Donna for the recommendation. The idea is to pull together some basic information to make things easier in the event of an emergency if someone else needs to assist or take over. It’s a sobering prospect. Let’s do it for our loved ones. Once done, you can relax and get back to living! 
Nancy Handelman, Farmington Hills local and Volunteer of the Year winner enjoyed celebrating her Hometown Hero award at this year’s LeadingAge Michigan Gala.  
By Wendy Zierler

I cannot remember exactly when my family began singing Eshet Hayil at the Friday night table. I do know that it was we, the kids, who brought this custom into the house. When I was 5 years old, my family moved to Toronto from Sarnia, a small town in Western Ontario where my father had owned a furniture store that was founded by his father, an immigrant from Galicia.

“Who had time in Sarnia,” recalls my father, “for a leisurely Friday night dinner? You had to rush home, eat quickly, and get back to the store.”

When my family moved to Toronto, however, all this changed. My father ceased working on Shabbat . We began attending Jewish schools and camps where we learned tefillot (prayers) and Hebrew songs.
Looking for a fun and rewarding place to work…. Look no further!

Jewish Senior Life is hiring servers for the Dining Rooms on the West Bloomfield Campus!

Flexible schedules and great hours!

Great opportunities for teens after school!

If interested, please call or email
Jodi Panter 248-592-1104 or jpanter@jslmi.org
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating health conditions in the United States, making millions of people unable to work or enjoy everyday activities.

Back pain is also the third most common reason people visit their doctor, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and in many cases, that’s a wise move. 

If you’re not sure about the severity of your back pain, you’ve had pain for more than a month, your pain is worsening over time, or you’re developing new neurologic symptoms such as numbness or weakness in any part of your body, it is best to see your healthcare professional.

A doctor or physical therapist can sometimes detect certain patterns that are causing or contributing to the pain, says Ian Stephens, a physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “Sometimes we can identify a theme in certain tasks, postures, or positions that consistently flare up a person’s symptoms. If we find that, we can help them to modify it to reduce the likelihood of experiencing back pain,” he says.

The good news is that “even though it can be very painful, back pain isn’t usually cause for alarm — most people will experience it at some point in their lifetime,” says Stephens. Most of the time, the pain resolves, and the person returns to normal pursuits, he notes. “If back pain happens, try not to fear it and continue to try to function despite it,” he says.

Whether you choose to seek out a healthcare professional, there are things you can do at home to relieve back pain and help reduce the chance of it happening again. Here are some tips on dealing with lower back pain.
LIVE, With Us
Contact Janet Antin
248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen

Set Priorities
This year, I set three large goals for myself. To go to bed earlier. To spend quality time with my children and grandchildren and to have more fun with my much younger new husband (his idea and I embrace it). In addition to my work, these are part of my vision for myself. I didn’t go overboard with all the things, but I stuck with my big three before going any further. There are so many things I want to do, but I think it’s important to remember the big things that get me closer to my goals. Other things fall into place without even realizing it. I start small and go from there. 
Do you have the time, talent, and energy to share some expertise with our residents? JSL invites you to film yourself and upload it to YouTube. Let’s entertain, inform and delight each other with your special knowledge and experience.
Consider the following list of ideas to create your own 3 minute videos.
Make and Bake a Favorite Recipe, film yourself setting your table for dinner. Describe the flavors, aromas and textures.

Play a Musical Instrument or perform a concert

Read some favorite poetry

Read excerpts from a classic book.

What did you learn from it?

Get dressed up and Sing a song or two

Explain anything in a “How to” Video – from Stain removal to child rearing… what do you know that we can learn from?

Share some of your Best Quotes and why they are meaningful to you.

Read some News from Israel’s Technion

Share your interests in Science for the benefit of humanity

Share some Psychology Today


Share Best Meditations for Stress reduction

Perform some Yoga Poses for relaxation

Guide us in Chair Exercise or Stretches for Well Being

What are you Making? Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting, Embroidery, etc.

Putting your look together - Model your Closet - A Fashion Show

Tell us the Movies and Series you love watching and give us a review.

Share some Funny Home Movies.

Do you have tips on Aging?
**If you don’t see your favorite topic here, let us know what you have in mind.


For more information, contact
Leslie Katz, FRIENDS Director
248-592-5062 lkatz@jslmi.org
Sheet-Pan Capon Dinner

 3–4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
 2 tablespoons olive oil
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/4 teaspoon Pereg Black Pepper
 16 ounces (450 grams) Beleaf Frozen Cauliflower, defrosted and chopped into bite-size pieces
 4 chicken capons

 1/4 cup olive oil
 juice and zest of 1 lemon
 6 cloves garlic, minced or 6 cubes Gefen Frozen Garlic
 1/2 cup packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
 2 tablespoons Gefen Maple Syrup
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 2 teaspoons Gefen Onion Powder

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with Gefen Parchment Paper.
2) Place sliced sweet potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes.
3) Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
4) Toss cauliflower with about two tablespoons of the marinade and set aside. Pour remaining marinade into a bowl or bag with the chicken.
5) Once sweet potatoes have baked for 30 minutes, they should have reduced in size. Rearrange the slices to form four large “wells.” Fill each well with cauliflower. Top each pile of cauliflower with one of the chicken capons, doing your best to cover it completely.
6) Bake for about 45 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are starting to caramelize.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Try this strength training workout for seniors and beginners, featuring seated and standing exercises!
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
Game of Hide and Seek – Young Children’s Favorite

A story is told of a great spiritual sage known as the Maggid. Once, his son came running to him in tears. The sage comforted him and asked him why he was crying. The child explained that he had been playing a game of hide-and-seek with his friends.

He and all his friends were hiding. They remained in their hiding places for a long time, thinking that they had hid well, and that the person whose turn it was, was unable to find them. But they got tired of waiting and came out of their hiding places and discovered that the one whose turn it was, was not even there. He had played a trick on them! After they went into their hiding places, he went home instead of searching for them. That is why the Sage’s son was crying.

When the sage heard this story, he also began to cry. His son asked him why he was crying and the sage told him that G‑d has the same complaint.

What did the sage mean? G‑d says, “I deliberately hide Myself from you, the people, but the purpose of My hiding is that you should come and search for Me. But instead of searching for Me, you go away and busy yourselves with other things.”
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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program Jewish Senior Life
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Jennie Klepinger, Chief Financial Officer
Barbra Giles, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
Dianne Azzopardi, Executive Director, Human Resources
Ron Colasanti, Executive Director, Dining Services
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