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By Jo Strausz Rosen
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomie taught, “When we refer to someone as a “senior” this noun points to a static, lifeless condition. It’s as if a state called “senior” has been attained and all further organic growth had ceased. Regarding the word “eldering,” the “ing” of the word refers to a state of growth and evolution, a process with endless possibilities. Eldering implies that we take active responsibility for our destiny in old age, living by conscious choice rather than social expectation. We actively choose to participate in mind, body, and spiritual activities.”
Monroe, Michigan is the birthplace and childhood home to one of our 8 Over 80 honorees, the sparkly and musically gifted, Sylvia Starkman. She and her three sisters grew up in Monroe and they celebrated the Jewish holidays in Toledo where their grandparents lived.

Sylvia played oboe in all the music groups in high school, joined the Monroe Civic Orchestra, played in the Toledo Youth Orchestra, and the Michigan Youth Orchestra and attended Interlochen Center for the Arts continuing to hone her incredible skills, ultimately graduating from the University of Michigan School of Music as a performing oboe major. Her first job post-graduation was at Stephens College as Instructor of oboe and wind instruments in Columbia, Missouri.

With these auspicious beginnings our musician found her way to Detroit, where she met her husband, Henry Starkman, z’l” and began a career teaching in the Detroit Community Music School.

To celebrate Sylvia and all our Tikkun Olam awardees, join us May 22 at 12:00pm NOON at jslmi.org/8over80

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For questions, contact Amanda Martlock at 248-592-5098 amartlock@jslmi.org
Volunteers are an essential part of what makes our JSL community so great. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to see how you can make a difference in the lives of our older adults.

Interested? Contact Leslie Katz at lkatz@jslmi.org or 248-592-5062 to get started.
Spring cleaning is an opportunity to hit refresh on certain aspects of your life. It’s a chance to get rid of things that aren’t serving you and replace them with new things that do. It can be both motivating and energizing.

And it doesn’t just apply to your closets. People can really benefit from spring cleaning their self-care routines, too, says Silvi Saxena, a licensed social worker and a clinical trauma professional based in Philadelphia. Our self-care needs change over time because we change and things around us change — like what responsibilities and obligations we have, our schedules, and the weather.
Get 3,000 steps in with this Motown themed Walking Workout! Specially made for those over 50.
LIVE, With Us!
Contact Jill Bengle
248-661-2999 jbengle@jslmi.org
Pictured: JSL CEO, Nancy Heinrich, Meer Resident Council President, Nancy Kalef, JFMD Philanthropic Advancement Senior Associate, Lauren Rubin, and Meer Administrator, Marcia Mittelman
In response to the crisis in Ukraine, Meer residents contributed $3,080 to the Ukraine Emergency Fund of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Lauren Rubin accepted the gift on behalf of Jewish Federation and thanked the residents. JSL CEO, Nancy Heinrich praised the residents during this month’s resident council meeting.

"This community is incredibly generous and makes it a point to give from their hearts and their pocketbooks. It is beyond special,” said Nancy Heinrich. 

"Everyone involved in the Ukraine fund has been deeply touched by your generosity. We set out to raise $1 million and at this point we've just about doubled that. We are all blown away by the community response," said Lauren Rubin.
If you'd like to support the Ukraine Emergency Fund, click the link below.
Mini Potato Kugels

1/3 cup of neutral oil (sunflower or canola)
3 lb. potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold), peeled
1 medium yellow onion
3 large eggs
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper, or to taste
Cooking spray, as needed
Optional toppings and add-ins:
1 cup sautéed mushrooms
1 cup steamed spinach
6 eggs, or as needed

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
2) For kugel cups, use two 6-cup non-stick jumbo muffin tins (3-inch cups), or cook in batches. For one large kugel use a casserole dish (11×9 inch or 12×6 inch).
3) If you’re using muffin tins, line each tin with two 1 inch-wide strips of parchment crisscrossed over each other, to easily remove the kugel once cooked (do not use muffin tin liners or a crust won’t form). Grease the cups with cooking spray. If you’re using a casserole dish, grease with cooking spray or oil, making sure to hit all the corners and sides. While you prepare the filling, place the empty muffin tin or casserole dish in the oven so it is hot when you fill it; this helps form a crispy crust on the kugel.
4) In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper. Reserve.
5) Before shredding the potatoes, heat the oil in a small pot or microwave until hot. Turn off and reserve.
6) Shred the onion and peeled potatoes using the shredding attachment on a food processor or the medium hole on a box grater. Transfer the potatoes and onion to the bowl with the egg mixture. If using mushrooms and/or spinach, mix the add-ins into the batter. Using your hands or a large spoon, mix the batter together until well combined.
7) Pour the hot oil over the potato mixture and mix together very well. Transfer the kugel mixture into the preheated muffin tins or baking dish, and carefully pat down the mixture to make it even on the top and compact.
8) If serving immediately, bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
9) To make in advance: Bake for 30 minutes until partially done and starting to turn golden brown on top and on the sides. Remove the kugel from the oven and allow it to fully cool. Freeze or refrigerate the kugel until ready to reheat. Kugel will keep for up to one week in the fridge and up to one month in the freezer. Thirty minutes prior to serving, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the kugel for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. If it is browning too much before the insides are hot, loosely cover the kugel with foil.
10) To add an egg to a kugel cup: Partially cook your kugel cups, remove from the oven, and top each cup with an egg. Bake until the egg is set, 15-20 minutes.

This recipe is from myjewishlearning.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
Adopt a Bubby and a Zaide

In 2011 “Shabbat Shalom by Phone” was established as a joint project between The Jewish Community Chaplaincy and Outreach Program of Jewish Senior Life and the high school students of Farber Jewish Day School, also called, Yeshivat Akiva. Each student has a designated older adult whom they call each Friday. They chat, share pleasantries, and close their call with a warm “Good Shabbos” greeting. The program has since expanded into weekly pre-recorded Shabbat messages.

I thought about the kind acts of these Yeshivat Akiva students and how they live up to the teaching of their school’s namesake, Rabbi Akiva.

Rabbi Akiva was the name of a great Talmudic sage. Concerning older adults, he once stated, “Elders serve as our wings to lift us toward higher and greater. They remain our motivation to strive to better ourselves and the world around us.”

I wish to acknowledge the continued efforts of Yeshivat Akiva students and faculty for their decades-plus commitment to deepening relationships with our dear community elders. These students are perpetuating a valuable teaching of the great Rabbi Akiva.  
Enjoy some inspiration - Shabbat Shalom by Phone
Dial Toll free: 605-313-4107 Access code: 270368#
(Reference number not needed)
Dial # to hear the most recent recorded message.
Beginning Wednesday, April 13th call in to
listen to an inspiring 30-minute Passover Seder
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program Jewish Senior Life
248-592-5039 • dpolter@jslmi.org
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Shabbat Shalom
Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Kara Powers, 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
This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

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