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Contact Janet Antin
248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
JSL is proud to report that residents are taking climate change personally and making strides with effort to maintain our environment. At Meer Apartments, resident Donna Garmel leads the charge for change. In one week, they saved almost 40 bags of paper and 28 hazardous waste batteries from going into landfills. Residents volunteer to work together setting a great example for us all to make important changes in the world. Donna sends special thanks to the cadre of volunteers at Meer, Harriet Barish, Selma Ladenheim, Rene Lieberman, Beverly Mitz, Lorraine Sallan, Leora Shelef, Helen Siegel, Phillip Smith, Naomi Trager and Esther Dines.

Don’t you always feel better when joining a group that is taking steps to make the world a better place? JSL is creating connections to bring people together for change. We invite all who are interested to share in a purposeful struggle. The strategy centers on connecting people to a larger meaning. Often the daily obligations of emails, meetings, to-do lists, and more, numb us to the meaning of life. That sense of meaning can be the difference that inspires action in several ways.

At JSL our residents seek purpose and live with passion. Purpose, or the sense you are contributing to others, that what you do has broader meaning is the JSL difference. Residents and staff bring passion and the feeling of excitement or enthusiasm about their lives, allowing them to continue living fully in spite of the difficult changes taking place around us.

With purpose, there is always a reason to open your eyes in the morning and embrace life. Our inspiration comes from those who pursue their purpose. It is energizing. People can share it. It is the glue that cements relationships and keeps groups together.

Thank you, Donna Garmel for your leadership and to all the residents at Meer for choosing to make a difference.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama
Resident and part time Hebrew teacher, Dede Domstein has been teaching Myriam Cohen, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Meer, for the last 3 months to prepare her for a Havdalah Service on Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 pm at Meer Apartments. While Dede was teaching other residents how to read Hebrew, Myriam felt it was the perfect opportunity to join in and learn. What better way to show her new talent than to share with the residents at an inspiring Havdalah service. Dede said, “Teaching Myriam Cohen to read Hebrew was a 'Nachat' (great joy and pleasure) for me. It is amazing and impressive how rapidly she progressed to achieve her goal. Now she has another skill set for her professional work in Jewish and educational programming!” 
Mazel tov to you Myriam and
Kol HaKavod to Dede!
Inflammation is a natural and powerful tool that our bodies need in order to fight off disease, heal injuries, and keep infections at bay. But when inflammation becomes chronic, it goes from being beneficial to problematic. "Many chronic diseases have been linked to inflammation such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, and arthritis," explains Ale Zozos, M.S., RDN. Constantly fighting low-grade inflammation is also tough on the body and can lead to a weakened immune system over time. 

Supporting your body in its inflammatory response is a multi-pronged approach that includes adequate sleep, healthy eating habits, and a few beneficial lifestyle changes. What we eat and drink—from green tea to salmon to Swiss chard—can be powerful tools in our inflammation-fighting arsenal—especially those proven to possess key nutrients to combat chronic inflammation.

An easy way to help soothe inflammation? Sip on a simple cup of tea. We've long-known that drinking tea has a host of health benefits, and research shows that the polyphenols in tea, as well as some of the commonly used herbs and spices found in a variety of tea blends, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
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
See why you will want to call JSL home!
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org
Kim Lipman has lived in Oak Park for 38 years, so work is only minutes away where she is the receptionist at Harriett and Ben Teitel Apartments. Employed for 23 years at JSL, she began part time as a receptionist at Prentis. Later a fulltime position opened in marketing and development where she was the data entry clerk. Two years after that Kim was promoted to marketing associate and handled the waiting list for Oak Park and West Bloomfield.
Kim says, “The residents really inspire me, and they are like my second family. It’s not the same ole, same ole every day. It’s always a new adventure.”
Kim remembers fondly when she was out on medical leave for twelve weeks, several years ago. The day she returned there were signs all over the lobby and in the office welcoming her back. “Residents were coming down and giving me hugs and kisses all day long.”
Kim has been married for 38 years and she has a son Joey who is 32 years old. “No grandkids yet but a lot of my friends do, and a lot of them call me Grandma Kimmie.” Kim believes strongly in what her parents taught her about never going to bed angry. “We do not know what tomorrow will bring.”
As fall approaches, she recalls, “When I was growing up my mom always made homemade Pumpkin Bread at Thanksgiving time. I found the recipe that she used and started making it myself, giving out loaves to friends and family. I have not baked in a couple of years due to lack of time, but I have promised to make some this year.”
Kim and her husband drove cross country from Phoenix, Arizona back to Michigan about a month ago. “It was a blast and one more thing I can check off my bucket list.” Kim derives joy from helping other people. She says, “I really don’t have a lot of spare time but when I do, I love to sit down and watch TV and crochet.”
Kim Lipman, we’re so glad you continue to work on behalf of the residents at JSL. 
David Julius, a professor of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, whose grandparents fled antisemitism in Czarist Russia, was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday. He shared the award with Ardem Patapoutian, a molecular biologist and neuroscientist at the Scripps Research center.

The Nobel Prize committee cited Julius and Patapoutian’s research “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch,” which have improved treatments for pain caused by a range of diseases.

Julius was born in 1955 and grew up in Brighton Beach, which was then home to a large population of Russian Jewish emigres. Julius described the neighborhood as “a landing pad for Eastern European immigrants like my grandparents, who fled Czarist Russia and antisemitism in pursuit of a better life.”

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, Julius has spent his career researching the way human senses like touch, pain, and heat function and has used capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers that makes them burn, to explore how human nerve endings feel heat.
“These breakthrough discoveries launched intense research activities leading to a rapid increase in our understanding of how our nervous system senses heat, cold, and mechanical stimuli,” the Nobel Prize committee wrote in its announcement of the winners.
Pesto Squash and Sausages

1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cubed
2 chicken sausages
1–2 boxes mushrooms, gills removed and sliced
1 (3-ounce) bag Gefen Chestnuts (you can use 2 bags), sliced
1/4 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon Tuscanini Balsamic Vinegar

1) Boil squash in water until it’s just tender and pierces with a fork. Don’t let it get too soft.
2) In the meantime, pan fry the sausages for about five minutes in oil, allowing all sides to brown nicely. Remove from pan but leave in any juices.
3) Add mushrooms and chestnuts to pan with pesto. Once nicely sautéed, add the squash, garlic and sausages. Mix until incorporated well and coated in pesto. Add in balsamic.
4) Garnish with basil.

This recipe is from kosher.com
If you're a senior or beginner, try this 30 minute seated workout!
2009 Eight Over Eighty Honoree, Milton Zussman, reads our Shabbat newsletter every week and always sends his good thoughts and well wishes. Milt, this week, we celebrate you and wish you, a very Happy and Healthy 100th Birthday! You look great on the Smucker’s Jar!!
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
Solar Energy

The sun can radiate energy or, in the words of the first chapter of Genesis, “to give light to the earth.” If the sun had the same temperature and energy but did not radiate its heat, it would be of no value to our planet.

So, it is within each of us, whose main function is to shed spiritual light, benefitting his fellow man through the act of lovingkindness. Without the capacity to reach out to others, one would function as a “black hole” instead of the luminous star that one was created to be.

Shine your light on others. Exude your warmth. Make the world a better, healthier, and happier place. 

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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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