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By Jo Strausz Rosen
As we take in troubling news from around the world, how do we insulate ourselves and avoid getting down on life without losing the hope and desire to stay happy and make things better for others?
One thing we can do is look closely at the people in our lives. Study the contacts in your phone, address book, or database. Ask yourself :how many of these people reinforce my life and lift my spirits? Of course it won’t be all of them. You may find some who are always ready to tell you how depressed they are and how bad the world is and how sad or worried you should feel. Maybe other people you know are judging your lifestyle or gossiping to their friends about you. Sometimes it helps me to say to myself, “Don’t listen to it” or “Who needs this?”
All it takes is one person to change your mood. The key is to avoid people who make you anxious or negative or bring you down. Focus on 
the people who believe in you, who bring the best out in you, who empower you. Look for those who make you feel happy, proud, and dignified. Spend time with others who make you laugh and bring your soul alive.
And don’t forget that YOU can be the person who does that for the people around you. VOLUNTEER to help others less fortunate, or reach out to friends and acquaintances who may need a little lift! We pride ourselves on creating a closely connected community offering Invitations to sing, dance, celebrate and live with joyful purpose among like-minded individuals who understand the meaning of life and share your joy in living. L’Chaim!  
Subscribe to a Wake-Up Call with Katie Couric, katiecouric.com/wake-up-call whose daily video blog offers many informed opinions from world leaders in health and human services.

“A Helping Hand: After the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan and the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week, many are wondering what we can do to help. Here is a list of charities currently accepting donations for work with communities who desperately need support right now. They turned to Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (giwps.georgetown.edu) to recommend groups specifically supporting women at this time:

Women for Women International – collecting donations to help women displaced by the conflict womenforwomen.org

Afghan Institute of Learning – opened schools for girls and women throughout Afghanistan seeking to provide food and shelter to the refugees in the region. afghaninstituteoflearning.org

UNICEF: For aid to Haiti. Providing shelter, medical kits, clean water.

Partners in Health: The largest nongovernmental healthcare provider in the country raising money for supplies and staff treating survivors.

Hope for Haiti: Providing wound care for survivors and collecting supplies for those displaced by the earthquake.”
Interested in leading an in-person or virtual service for the high-holidays? Our residents would love it! Please contact Leslie Katz 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org for more information.

In need of bistro volunteers on Mondays and Wednesdays! Enhance your skills, build new relationships, and have some fun while serving your community. For questions, contact Leslie Katz at 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org. Apply online by visiting:
By Randi Harris

The Yiddish phrase “oy vey” has always given me a way to express my worries and fears more accurately than a swear word ever could. Why? Well, lest we forget, oy vey pairs perfectly with a level of exhaustion that only a people who carry the weight of thousands of years of oppression can so deeply feel.

Oy is the word version of a punch in the stomach. Or, more specifically, the sound you might make if you were on the receiving end of that punch. It connotes pain, disappointment, frustration, worry, fear and, of course, anxiety.

I have uttered or texted some variation of oy every day of the pandemic. Such as: “Oy! I need to stop watching the news!” Or, “Oyyyy! I can’t remember if I washed my hands when I came inside!” Since oy has become the Swiss Army knife in my anxiety-ridden tool belt, my list of examples of using this phrase is endless. 
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Photos by ASK Photography
The JSL Senior Dream Cruise was held this week on our West Bloomfield and Oak Park campuses! Residents, staff, and volunteers enjoyed going back in time with classic music, treats, and cars. Special thank you to Leslie Katz, Marie King, and everyone who made these events such a success!
Photos by ASK Photography
"Ageism is a prejudice against our own aging self." Ashton Applewhite

To learn more about ageism and how it impacts our lives:
Ageism defined and described in this World Health Organization post.
This short article describes “everyday ageism” and how it is experienced.
In this interesting Forbes interview, researcher Michael North describes research that found that workers who openly oppose racism and sexism were still prejudiced against older workers.
Ageism isn’t reserved for older workers. It can be experienced at various ages.
This thoughtful article explores how the Covid 19 pandemic brought to light the impact of ageism on health care.
Let’s end ageism. In this TED talk author and activist Ashton Applewhite challenges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against ageism, the last “socially acceptable” prejudice.
Author and activist Carl Honore dispels the myths of aging and provides some simple solutions and strategies to combat ageism.
Have you ever been the victim of ageism? What was the situation and what happened as a result?

Ageism can exist in places that serve older adults. Are there any ageist practices that you have seen?  What could be done to mitigate these?
By Moira Lawler

You know that exercise keeps you looking and feeling your best. But can extending workouts to your face have similar effects?

Possibly. That’s the idea behind face yoga, a growing trend that claims to deliver skin-lifting effects without surgery, needles, or even expensive skin-care products. While many people have been shelving their usual facials and procedures in favor of staying home and minimizing their risk of contracting COVID-19, some have turned to face yoga as a DIY approach to younger-looking skin.
Back to school is just around the corner, and if you're wondering how you're going to get breakfast on the table during the morning rush, then this sheet pan recipe is for you!

Sheet Pan Vegetarian Sausage, Hash Browns, and Eggs

1 (30-ounce) bag hash browns
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 to 4 vegetarian sausages
7 eggs
Chopped chives (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spread the hash browns on a sheet pan. Pour on the oil and spices. Toss everything together. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over everything.
3. Set aside a little bit of space for the sausages. Place them on the sheet pan. (Alternatively, you can sauté them in a pan for a crispier result).
4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. If you're baking the sausages in the oven, flip halfway through the baking time.
5. Remove the pan from the oven. You can either set aside the sausages to eat whole, or you can cut them up into pieces and toss into the hash browns.
6. Make seven wells inside of the hash browns and gently add in cracked eggs, one at a time.
7. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the eggs are set.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
Savoring Stories of Synagogues and Seniors

On November 12, 2012, I was returning to Michigan from an annual chaplaincy conference in New York. After five hours of waiting to board a plane in New York’s LaGuardia Airport, I finally stood in the line and exchanged friendly words with a woman who was on her way to Ann Arbor to present a lecture.

Our brief encounter proved to be extremely meaningful to both of us. Andrea was an accomplished artist who captured images of lost European synagogues. Her illustrated books are published, and she has a rich website sites.google.com/site/andreafayestrongwater

I felt refreshed as the nature of our work resonated. While she captured the magnificent and ornate architectural structures of the synagogues, I strive to serve the human edifices and precious senior souls who may have once upon a time occupied those dwellings.
Even though the physical bodies and structures of the many pristine synagogues no longer exist, the sacred indestructible souls of those structures, namely our loving seniors, remain our hope into our future.

Shabbat Shalom by Phone - Enjoy some inspiration
Daily sounding of the shofar (beginning August 9th)
And High Holiday recorded services
Dial Toll free: 605-313-4107 Access code: 270368#
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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program Jewish Senior Life
248-592-5039 • dpolter@jslmi.org
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