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248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD, felt waves of joy and pleasure being with people in a recent visit to Chicago to teach a class. “Post pandemic, I find learning together is so satisfying. These moments of joy and happiness are fleeting. They are not pure. Even when we are most filled with joy, a piece of us is observing, perhaps thinking of other things, taking us away from the pure state of joy we most appreciate. We envision happiness as a kind of pure, steady state that we can achieve and remain in… but happiness is a passageway in time. The moments of extraordinary joy also contains elements of doubt, fear, and loss.”
Charles Danto, 91, was born and raised in Detroit, attended McCullough and Central High School.
He and his sister, Florence, were raised by loving parents. He remembers being part of the basketball team from middle school through high school. Members of his team included Sander Levin, Bob Steinberg and George Dean. He also played tennis. After graduating high school, he attended night classes at Wayne for a short time and worked in his father’s furniture store, which he took over. He married Ruth Friedberg and they had four children.

The area surrounding the store in the West Vernor Business Association which Charles began, has a rich ethnic history of immigrants. Hungarians, Polish, Arab, and Lebanese and now 50,000 Latinos. So many of the people who needed furniture had large families and couldn’t get credit, they were discriminated against just like the Jews were when they came to America. Charles figured out a way to help them. He learned this work ethic from his parents who raised him with a proud Jewish heritage.

We look forward to honoring Charles and the rest of our honorees on Sunday, May 22 at noon to celebrate Eight Over Eighty, The Tikkun Olam Awards. 

Become a Sponsor, purchase an ad for our Ad Journal, or send a tribute card to our honorees by clicking the link below.
Read the JN's feature on Eight Over Eighty in this week's issue.
We continue to support the Ukraine Emergency Fund. Click the link below to donate.
Check out this 1950's themed workout, which includes cardio, strength, balance, and stretching exercises.
1st & 4th full month FREE if lease is effective by 5/31/22
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org
Residents at Meer Apartments are serious about creative writing in a group led by Sheri Cohen. This week they gained inspiration from famous authors, William Faulkner, Giorgio Bassani, and Ernest Hemingway.
In honor of the celebration of Israel Independence Day, check out the film - Above and Beyond, a documentary about a group of Jewish American war pilots who smuggled planes out of the US and flew for Israel in the War of Independence. The film can be rented or purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
Volunteer at JSL and learn why giving=getting! Volunteers are an essential part of exciting programs for our residents. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to see how you too can make a difference.

Interested? Contact Leslie Katz at lkatz@jslmi.org or 248-592-5062 to get started.
Strawberry Cheesecake Trifles

1 batch pound cake, cut into cubes
1 pint sliced strawberries
Cheesecake Filling
1 (8-ounce) container whipped cream cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling
1) In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar.
2) In another bowl, beat heavy cream with vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Fold in cream-cheese mixture.

Assemble the Trifle
1) In clear dessert cups, layer cake, piped cheesecake filling, and strawberries. (If you’re using tall cups, you can add an additional layer of each.)

This recipe is from kosher.com
Paul Borman z"l
Jewish Home and Aging Past President (1985-1986)
A Fun Community Volunteer Opportunity:
After Shabbos on Saturday, May 14, at 9:35pm
Join us at Laurel Park Place to help set up
Book Stock for their grand opening

Book Stock needs volunteers all week.
Contact Roz Blanck to help: 248-891-2208
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain

Divine Providence at Providence Hospital
My late father bequeathed to us many wonderful gifts, one of them being the humble trait of showing appreciation to another.
Some thirty years ago, my father was offered a position to serve as a visiting Jewish chaplain at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan.
Being that his rabbi image was rather evident, the Catholic hospital faculty offered my father a Star of David to be placed on his name badge in place of a cross. My father kindly accepted the offer.
Fast forward fourteen years and my father once again found himself in Providence, this time not as a chaplain but as a patient spending the last few weeks of his life on earth. He took his last breath on a Wednesday morning as his soul departed on High with his loving family present at his side.
In the years following his passing, I realized how meaningful it was for my father to take his last breath in the very place that showed him the proper respect and sensitivity by placing a Jewish symbol on his name badge.
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.
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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