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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
Meer resident, 100-year-old, Jean Becker
By Leslie Katz

A pint of shared blessings, a quart of loving kindness and a gallon of personal keepsakes… mix together and bake for a lifetime – recipe results in a perfectly served LIFE WELL LIVED.
Toni Morrison, Carl Reiner and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of blessed memory, GLOBAL CELEBRITIES, fine-tuned their individual recipes to perfection. Each lived their lives fully and celebrated every day’s accomplishments, always looking forward to the next.
It is my honor to spend time with local celebrities living among us at Jewish Senior Life. Older adults who, not unlike Morrison, Reiner and Justice Ginsburg, live their lives to the fullest – seasoning each day to perfection with just the right amount of zest, flavor and spice. While engaging with our campus seniors, I tear up, filling with pride for the matriarchs and patriarchs of our community.
Hechtman resident, Rose Cooper
Despite a global pandemic and isolation, they’ve never before experienced, 80-year-olds, 90 year-olds, 100 year-olds gracefully express gratitude for life’s blessings, their support systems, their passions and their faith. Our JSL residents continue to live fully, willing to share some advice, humor and stories because they feel at home and at peace. They know the ingredients they’ve added throughout their lives have culminated in the perfect recipe that deserves to be enjoyed and celebrated.

Find the Annual Lives Well Lived Event on our website jslmi.org/lwl
Watch with us on November 22 at 11:00 am. For more information, questions and how to contribute to this inspirational FRIENDS of JSL event go here: 
The Detroit Jewish Film Festival is virtual this year and runs from October 4-30. As sponsors, Jewish Senior Life is sharing complimentary tickets to the award winning documentary - Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

To take advantage of this offer for Friends of Jewish Senior Life, click the link below, then click “Proceed to Checkout” and go through the checkout process to access a complimentary ticket for your household. Once you checkout, you will get an email with a link and a code to watch the film. Enjoy!!
By Ralph Mroz

Surveys show that most people would prefer to grow older, and even die, in their own home. This desire isn’t hard to understand.

While you may have already downsized to a more manageable home or condo, you won’t have to move again, which is emotionally straining, physically taxing and can be financially cumbersome. Aging in place also lets you remain in your familiar surroundings, close to friends and possibly family. And there are other advantages.

But there’s a flip side to aging in place that needs to be weighed:

  • You may have to move again if you can’t be adequately cared for in your home, and it’ll be much harder when you are older and in worse health.
  • You can become isolated, especially if you can no longer drive.
  • Caregiving help can get expensive and hard to find if you need it.
  • If you have mobility problems, it’s easy to be mostly confined to your home.
  • Your home may become a burden, with its continual needs for maintenance and upkeep.

It’s easy to think that aging in place will be less costly than moving to a retirement community or assisted living. But this reasoning overlooks that your stay-in-home costs will increase, because you will need more care as you age.
By Bill Shafer

You’d probably assume that famed percussionist and Prince protege Sheila Escovito, better known by her stage name, Sheila E., is referring to music but she isn’t. Instead, she believes we all share a common purpose, to make a difference in the lives of others, and that is her takeaway.

“No matter what we do for a living we all have the same job: to plant the seed of love in someone’s life, to be a blessing to someone else every single day,” she said, “and that’s a message that seems to go hand-in-hand with Growing Bolder.”
It’s hard to feel a sweeping sense of perspective when you’re stuck in traffic, or feeling buried by work, or overwhelmed by family demands. But those are exactly the moments when some words of wisdom from your elders — the people who’ve been there, like the ones in the link below — can come in handy.

Take a few minutes to read these five pieces of essential life advice from older adults.
Assist With Outdoor Visits
Help oversee outdoor social distanced visitations for residents with family and friends. Volunteers will be trained to guide these visits safely.

Visitation hours and days are:
Fleischman 11-3 M-F
Meer 10:30-3:45 M-F
Hechtman 10-3 M-F
Prentis 10-Noon and 1-3 M-F
Teitel 10-Noon and 1-3 M-F

For questions and additional information please contact Leslie Katz at 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org
As the weather cools down, stay cozy and cute with one of our new wraps or scarves. Each purchase helps support JSL! Shop this and other great deals on:

Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas test their knowledge of each other after 40 years of marriage with the Newlywed Game.
Chocolate Pretzel Crust Tart

For Pretzel Crust:
  • 4 cups whole pretzels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted pareve margarine
For Filling:
  • 2 cups pareve semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped salted pretzels
  • Nondairy whipped cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a food processor, crush pretzels into fine crumbs.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix pretzel crumbs, sugar, and margarine. Place a 9-inch nonstick tart pan with a removable bottom on a sturdy cookie sheet so it’s easier to remove from the oven. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan using a small juice glass to press the mixture down and make the crust even.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack, about 20 minutes.
  5. Reduce oven to 325 F.
  6. Combine chocolate chips, sugar, and salt, in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring soy milk to a simmer; do not allow to boil. Pour soy milk over chocolate chips and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth, about 2 minutes.
  7. Gently whisk eggs, one at a time, into chocolate mixture. Pour into tart shell and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until filling is set and the surface is glossy. If you see any bubbles or cracks forming on the surface, take the tart out immediately or the filling will be overcooked. Let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Just before serving, top with 1/4 cup roughly chopped pretzels. Serve with nondairy whipped cream.

This recipe is from jamiegeller.com
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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain

Memories of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah)

Several months back, my son was browsing a Jewish Detroit historical society Facebook page. Someone had posted an old postcard of the High Holidays at the then well attended Lubavitch Mishkan Israel Shul in Oak Park. Another Facebook friend was deeply moved and posted her nostalgic recollections of Simchat Torah there. She shared the following:

“Simchat Torah…what fun, even if you were up with the women. Dancing with the Torahs and taking shots of vodka. I remember the 2 Rabbi Polter’s, one on the other’s shoulders parading with the Torah. My Zaidie went there…”

This quote warmed my heart as the two Rabbi Polter’s being recalled here were my late father and uncle, of blessed memory. 

This holiday season conjures up joyful memories of the past generations – the observances, the recipes, the unity and the purity.

Joy always leaves footprints behind. These footprints are more pronounced when rooted in our rich and beautiful heritage. Celebrate your Simchat Torah by holding on tight to your favorite Torah insight in your mind and heart and dance with it. It has remarkable healing properties.
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 & Happy Simchas Torah
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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