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Contact Jill Bengle
248-661-2999 jbengle@jslmi.org
From our JSL family to yours, wishing you a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving in good health! With a special shout out to the Fensters of Huntington Woods… We are so happy Danny is home with you!
By Jo Strausz Rosen
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning? For me, it was how I could see the early morning light gently pierce the blinds leaving a striped pattern on the blanket as I reached for pen and paper. Yesterday I thought of the Hostas, bent over in the back yard, partially covered by dying leaves, still red and yellow but mostly brown. The day before that I awoke in a panic from a dream about arriving at my zoom board meeting without my notes. While I can’t claim to understand what these first thoughts reveal about me – or my subconscious – I do find them fascinating. Two weeks ago, I doubt I’d have been able to remember these details.

My new-found knowledge is all thanks to a meditative writing technique called Morning Pages. The benefits of keeping a daily journal are well documented, but this idea, founded by author, creative and teacher Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way, is different. “You must write in the morning, you must fill three sides of paper, and you must do it daily.” It’s an exercise that’s widely acknowledged in writers’ circles and has been adopted by a diverse set of people including filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and psychologists.

Julia describes it as “spiritual windshield wipers,” and a way to “siphon off whatever nebulous worries, jitters, and preoccupations stand between me and my day.” Interested by the idea, and benefits from daily mind-skimming, I took up her challenge in 1995.

The idea is that the writing is done as close to waking up as possible, when you’re still bleary-eyed, foggy-brained, and the caffeine hasn’t swept away the cobwebs. Why? Cameron says, “It’s the cobwebs you want to capture, to clear away the psychic debris standing between us and our day.”

It’s different then gathering your thoughts at the end of the day. Morning gives you more access to your unconscious mind, whereas at night you’re reflecting. In the morning it’s that first stuff in your head - your dreams, an itchy foot, or a sore hip…You just see where it takes you, it’s free flowing.

In Morning Pages, I try to write continuously, without a plan or purpose. The aim is to let the words tumble out and observe them without judgment. And without editing. For this reason, it’s better to write, rather than typing into a phone or a digital device. There’s something so freeing about the fluidity of putting pen to paper. Studies published in the last decade have shown that writing by hand enhances learning — it makes us process and remember information more effectively. It boosts creativity and ideation. I also notice the sound of my scratch marks on the pad. A sort of rhythmic music that accompanies thought.

Sometimes I write about my childhood. Sometimes I write about my parents. “The part of us that creates is childlike,” says Cameron. Often, I write about situations I find worrisome or challenging. Letting go of past pain and succumbing to COVID isolation… It is quite liberating to let go of these thoughts. Cameron says, “Writing Morning Pages is an act of attention. The reward for attention is always healing.” What I sought was healing when I began writing so many years ago.

As time goes on, patterns emerge and I am less worried about what to write. Cameron specifically says not to show your pages to anyone. “Not loved ones, not well-meaning friends.” She says, “Morning Pages lead us to conscious contact with our Creator. The answer is always creativity. Morning Pages make us more honest, first with ourselves, and then with others.”

I have done this many times over the years, quit and started, quit, and started, again and again. It’s fun to read the old Morning Pages and remember where my heart and mind lived during various stages of my writing.

Writing gives me hope for the future. As Cameron says, “It’s very difficult to complain about a situation morning after morning, page after page, without being moved to take constructive action.” What will you write about?

Retired professional writer, Shari Cohen of the Jewish News holds creative writing classes with our residents at Meer Apartments. I’m looking forward to reading whatever they can share with us. This is yet another wonderful way that people spend time purposefully, deep in thought, using remembrance and creativity to craft stories.

This past Monday, I exhaled loudly when I read the triumphant news of Danny Fenster’s release. The joy… the joy…. Where will your joy come from? Write it down and save it to remind yourself of the goodness in our community and in our world.
Dining: Need volunteers to set dining room tables at Hechtman and Meer from 12-3pm Monday – Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to roll silverware at Hechtman and Meer from 12-3pm Monday – Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to pour beverages at Hechtman and Meer for dinner time service from 4-6pm Monday-Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to pour beverages at Fleischman for dinner time service from 5-6pm every day
BINGO: Need BINGO callers for evening activities
Entertainment: Can you play an instrument or sing? Do you have 30-45 minutes of musical selections that you can offer residents? We have a beautiful piano to offer musical recitals to entertain residents.
Gift Shop: Looking for a volunteer to help work in our beautiful boutique Wednesday and Friday from 11am-2pm 
Contact Leslie Katz at 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org
Ah, Thanksgiving. There’s nothing like sitting down to a giant meal with your loved ones… until someone drinks too much Manischewitz, starts a rowdy political debate, or forces you to eat a second helping of the corn nobody liked.

Yes, the Thanksgiving meal can be cause for much humor (and agony). We compiled a list of some of the funniest, strangest, and just downright true tweets about Thanksgiving with Jewish families.

We hope you are as entertained as we are:
Live With Community
Contact Jill Bengle
248-661-2999 jbengle@jslmi.org
Sarah Augustyniak grew up in Lake Orion and moved to Bloomfield Hills a couple months ago. A newlywed, she is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Social Work and was hired one month ago as Resident Service Coordinator in the Hechtman Apartments.

Sarah enjoys her work with us saying, “All the residents and staff have been so welcoming and kind, and I feel very fortunate to be working with such a great team. I’m still getting to know everyone, and I love learning more about the residents.”
“The best day of my life was my wedding day. There was a lot of stress leading up to the wedding with the pandemic and the uncertainty of everything, it was all worth it. Through it, I learned that I can’t control everything and that’s okay.”
“My husband, Mike, and I are enjoying new cookbooks and love to cook together. As the weather turns colder, we have been making a lot of soups and chili! We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and will be putting our new skills to the test! We have plans to go to Seattle and Italy next year for 2 family member’s weddings which we are super excited about!

In my spare time I really enjoy getting outdoors and hiking, biking, and rollerblading. I don’t like the cold though, so in the winter my hobbies are all indoor activities like painting, sewing, and watching movies.”
Welcome Sarah. We hope you enjoy your new position as JSL! 
Please join us as a sponsor or friend of JSL for our annual Lives Well Lived fundraiser!

Your support provides our residents:
  • Health & Wellness Programming
  • Diverse & Exciting Speakers
  • In-house Entertainment
  • Art Supplies
  • Large Print Books
  • Gardening Supplies
  • Seasonal Floral Arrangements
Looking for a fun and rewarding place to work…. Look no further!

Jewish Senior Life is hiring servers for the Dining Rooms on the West Bloomfield Campus!

Flexible schedules and great hours!

Great opportunities for teens after school!

If interested, please call or email
Jodi Panter 248-592-1104 or jpanter@jslmi.org
They don't call Julia Hawkins the "Hurricane" for nothing. The 105-year-old from Baton Rouge is the oldest competitive female sprinter in the world.

At the Louisiana Senior Games at Southeastern Louisiana University earlier this month, Hawkins ran the 100-meter dash in 1:02.95, setting a brand-new world record in the process. And she did it with a flower in her hair.

Cornish Hens
 2 cups Gefen Seasoned Bread Crumbs
 1 tablespoon dry mustard
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon ground Gefen Pepper
 4 Cornish hens, halved lengthwise, backbone removed
 1 stick (8 tablespoons) margarine, melted

 1/2 cup Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc or other dry white wine
 1 tablespoon Haddar Dijon Mustard
 1/4 cup water

Prepare the Crispy Deviled Hens
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
3) Dip hens into melted margarine and roll in the bread crumb mixture.
4) Place hens in a greased nine- by 13-inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, basting once with remaining margarine.

Prepare Sauce
1) Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine wine, mustard, and water.
2) Boil over high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup. Serve over hens.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Improve posture, balance, and increase cardiovascular endurance with this 20 minute dance workout for seniors!
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain
Picture Perfect

Incredible skillful photo edits are made possible through the advancement of computer software technology such as photoshop. With careful technological precision, you can insert an image of an individual into a ready-made photo. When properly placed and cropped, the ordinary human eye will hardly be able to discern the change and addition.

We are each placed on this planet for a designated time and purpose. That purpose may change from moment to moment and from day to day. Often, we are uprooted from one setting to another so that we can contribute our uniqueness to bring our world closer to perfection. In whatever setting we may be placed, it is to enhance the overall picture of life.

We would be wise to seamlessly adjust to the setting in which we are placed at any given moment. That is where we are meant to be. 

Enjoy some inspiration - Shabbat Shalom by Phone
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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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Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Klepinger, 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
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