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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen
JANUARY 1. We made it! But some of us did not. We are here to tell their stories and write our own! The courageous baby wearing a New Year’s sash bearing 2021 is all of us! Let’s relish the thought that we will be seeing each other again and in person in 2021. (I pray!) I miss your hugs but feel them virtually every time an email, a phone call or a contribution arrives at JSL.

Giving strategically to make real change has been a bonus for our residents. Thank you, dear community, for your caring support and energetic volunteerism and for thinking of us in so many ways. Perhaps some of you read Danny Siegel’s guide, “Giving Your Money Away: How Much, How To, Why, Where and To Whom.” Many of you have followed his lead and take ultimate satisfaction in giving to JSL and other worthy causes.

2021 has arrived and I’m thrilled to look at a full calendar of projects, activities, committee meetings, reports, foundation grants, thank you notes, virtual and in-person events with thoughtful time allotted to providing our residents with life affirming activities they can enjoy. Here is one example: You have the power to help combat social isolation with technology at Jewish Senior Life. We know that social isolation makes it harder to maintain good health and a positive outlook. That’s why we work to bring our residents in-house programming through their TVs, including group activities, exercise classes, lectures, musical programs, and movies. We are working on developing and funding other ways to help our residents stay connected. Some can afford these technologies but many cannot.


Thank you for your steadfast support of these efforts to maintain social connections that will promote continued good health and quality of life for all of our residents.  

Donate today: 
Coville Apartment residents, Lenore Salomon and Janice Berkower, wish everyone a Happy New Year!
By Tara Bahrampour

This past spring, a few weeks into the pandemic, Monique Starks’s work supervisor asked how her kids were doing.

Starks didn’t sugarcoat it. “This socially distant learning is not the best,” she said. It was particularly hard on her older son, Cameron Chance Jr., who was in 10th grade when the virus struck.

“Cameron has always been very quiet, and he’s very shy. He’s not an outgoing person,” she said, adding that the Zoom classes and meetings with teachers online were out of his comfort zone. Even worse, the basketball court, where the teenager felt most at ease and where he had hoped a college recruiter might spot him, had fallen silent.
By Becky Upham

Wondering how you’re going to keep your spirits up when the sun sets in the middle of the afternoon, the temperatures are bitter, and the COVID-19 health crisis is worsening — and increasingly limiting leisure and social activities?

It’s been a tough year. And on top of whatever hardships you've been dealt, you may now be facing the reality that some of the usual wintertime activities you do (holiday gatherings, winter getaways, dinners with friends, indoor sports, and just about anything indoors) are going to be much more difficult or canceled, thanks to the pandemic.
By Maddy Albert

The Jewish diaspora encompasses so many languages, from Ladino to Hebrew to Yiddish, to lesser known tongues such as Yevanic (Judeo-Greek) and Aramaic. For many Ashkenazi Jews, in particular, using Yiddish words can be a fun and humorous way to celebrate our heritage and our ancestors, while also helping to keep the language alive.
We are working hard to protect our residents and staff as we continue to fight this pandemic – and soon, we’ll take a huge step forward. We are excited to announce that January 4, 2021 through the 3rd week in January, our JSL residents and staff will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our residents and staff agree: #GetVaccinated. Let’s continue the fight together.
This year JSL experienced an unprecedented amount of challenges, but our beautiful community came together to help JSL thrive. See a few of the many special people and touching moments from this year.
Are you a JSL volunteer who wants to reconnect? Our virtual meetings are back January 4th! Please join us Mondays at 11:00 AM where we will discuss the latest JSL news, recipes, creative home exercise, and Netflix suggestions. If you have some topics or ideas for the group to discuss, send them to us. Until we can invite you back to do what you do best at JSL, let’s spend some time together and heal our loneliness. See you on Zoom or call in so we can hear your voice!
Meeting ID: 949 2936 8991
Passcode: 257970

Or call in: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 949 2936 8991
Passcode: 257970

Looking forward to reconnecting!

In friendship, 
Leslie Katz
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Start the new year off right with this yummy Feta-and-Spinach Scramble in Sweet Potatoes.

  • 1 sweet potato (preferably short and fat)
  • Butter or healthy oil of choice, for frying
  • 2–3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 ounce (30 grams) Ta'amti Feta Cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Hollandaise Sauce
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup Tuscanini Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Tuscanini Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1–2 tablespoons water

  1. Wash and dry the sweet potato. Poke it with a fork in several spots.
  2. Wrap in foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) for one hour, or until a knife glides easily into the center.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add butter or oil. Whisk eggs and add to the pan. Add the spinach and scramble. The spinach will wilt into the eggs.
  4. While the eggs are still undercooked, add the feta cheese and scramble just until it begins to melt. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the Hollandaise Sauce
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade, beat eggs at medium speed for three minutes, until they’re pale and creamy. Add oil in a steady stream and continue to beat until thick.
  2. With the processor on low-medium speed, drizzle in vinegar and pulse until mixed.
  3. Add garlic, salt, and pepper, then add water a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.

To Assemble
  1. Slice open the sweet potato, keeping the two halves attached. Fill the cavity with the feta-spinach scramble.
  2. Top with Hollandaise Sauce.

Recipe is from kosher.com
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Rolland Walt
2014 Eight Over Eighty Honoree

Rolland Walt was born in Iron Ore Range, Minnesota. In 1946, Rolland moved to Detroit to be with his sisters and to search for a nice Jewish girl. His search was successful and he found the love of his life, Ada Koblin, to whom he was married to for 62 years. Rolland spent 30 successful years in the furniture business before starting a career in real estate, where he spent another 30 years. Believing true happiness comes from helping others, Rolland was heavily involved in organizations like March of Dimes, SCORE, Meals on Wheels, and many others. May his memory be a blessing.
Footprints In The Sand
Author: Carolyn Joyce Carty

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
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Jennie Klepinger, Chief Financial Officer
Barbra Giles, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Dianne Azzopardi, Executive Director, Human Resources
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Gregg Leshman, Executive Director, Residential Operations
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
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