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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen
There is hope at JSL now that our first round of vaccines have taken place. Our voices, muffled behind our masks, raised together, united in joy and laughter, seeing each other in line waiting for our shot in the arm – our dose of miracle medicine. Inspired by the uplifting 2021 Inauguration, we can dream, and dreams can come true with patience and perseverance. Like our devoted front-line workers, like our irrepressible residents who fight with dignity and good humor the symptoms of social isolation, alive, we can thrive. Our losses become our prayers; our memories are the stories we shared. But we stand strong.

Amanda Gorman became the youngest Inaugural Poet Laureate in history on Wednesday afternoon, performing her powerful work “The Hill We Climb” as a part of President Joe Biden’s Inauguration ceremony. Her words resonated deeply within. With her youthful energy, beauty, and wisdom, she stunned and elated as we waited, breathless for her voice to lead us, to complete us. Let us pause to listen again and rekindle hope. The future is bright. “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

The Hill We Climb
When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry.

A sea we must wade.

We braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.

And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it.
Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.

That even as we grieved, we grew.

That even as we hurt, we hoped.

That even as we tired, we tried.

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.

We feared at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.
But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:

A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.

Our blunders become their burdens.

But one thing is certain.

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the West.

We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.

We will rise from the sunbaked South.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.

The new dawn balloons as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.
By Elizabeth Millard

If there's one place where good intentions don't always match up with perfect outcomes, it has to be the produce section. Sure, you know fruit and vegetables are great for you, helping keep diseases like obesity and heart disease at bay, as past research points out. Data from a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, suggests an estimated 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce.

You’re not trying to be a statistic, though. And yet by accident maybe you are — just a different kind. According to a report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American families throw away about ¼ of the food and beverages they buy. Fruit and vegetables comprise about 22 percent of that, and processed produce contributes another 8 percent to landfills.

Cue the guilt.

Now get ready to make a change for the betterment of your health and the environment. According to the NRDC report, one of the biggest factors driving food waste is lack of proper storage knowledge, which contributes to food spoilage. Here are six foods that are commonly involved in the grocery-to-garbage cycle, along with some tips for keeping them fresh long enough to eat instead of toss.
BEHIND THE MASK: Meet our Devoted JSL Family
Meer Apartments Administrator, Marcia Mittelman, has worked for JSL since 2007. She drives 30 minutes each way from her home in Oak Park, where she has lived for 35 years. Her passion for older adults has been a calling since the age of 16, when she worked for The Jewish Home for the Aged, also called Prentis Manor. She smiles recalling special memories of High Holiday dinners and Passover with residents and family members. “I worked at Prentis Manor for 15 years, worked my way up the ladder and eventually became the administrator there until it closed.”
The first thing she will do when the pandemic is over is to visit her daughter and other family members she misses. In her spare time, she loves to garden, play word games, and put together jigsaw puzzles. She turned a photo of her gorgeous floral garden into a puzzle that she framed, a beautiful reminder that Spring and Summer will visit us again.
“I derive much joy from making a difference in the lives of our Meer residents. I am honored to be part of JSL and so grateful to my staff who continuously demonstrate their commitment, dedication and concern for our residents and their families.”
Sage advice to all of us, “Hang in there, we’re all in this together and we will get through it.”
Are you a JSL volunteer or community member who wants to connect? Please join Leslie Katz on Mondays at 11:00 AM where she will lead a discussion on the latest JSL news, recipes, creative home exercise, and Netflix suggestions!
Meeting ID: 949 2936 8991
Passcode: 257970

Or call in: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 949 2936 8991
Passcode: 257970
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By Marcia Naomi Berger

January 24th is National Compliment Day!

We all want to feel valued. When we feel appreciated, we’re more likely to cooperate, collaborate and deal constructively with issues. By expressing gratitude, we foster positive connections with friends, family, co-workers and especially with our marriage partner.

Jewish people are innately grateful (even if this quality doesn’t stand out in all of us). The Hebrew name for Jew is Yehudi, the root of “Yehuda” is “to thank.”
Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 heaping tablespoons Tuscanini Apricot Jam
  • 2 tablespoons Gefen Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Gefen Honey
  • 1/2 cup water

  • 4 to 6 chicken bottom or tops
  • Onion powder, for sprinkling
  • Garlic powder, for sprinkling
  • Salt, for sprinkling
  • Paprika, for sprinkling
  • 1 medium onion, sliced

Prepare the Chicken
  1. Combine barbecue sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Line a four to six quart slow cooker with a liner bag or spray with cooking spray.
  3. Rinse and pat chicken pieces dry.
  4. Place chicken in slow cooker and season lightly with spices.
  5. Spread onion slices over the chicken and top with sauce.
  6. Cover and cook for five to six hours on low or three to four hours on high.

This recipe is from kosher.com
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Micki Grossman
2016 Eight Over Eighty Honoree

An active volunteer and leader, Micki participated with Yad Ezra, Mazon, Jewish Family Services, J.C.R.C and Housing the Homeless to mention a few. She also participated with Melton Classes and Congregation Beth AHM. Beloved wife to the late Louis Grossman. Devoted mother of Ross (Alan Ellias) Grossman, Marci (Mark Lempert) Grossman and Gael Grossman. Loving grandmother of Evan Grossman-Lempert and Riley Grossman-Lempert. Cherished sister of Kenneth Sherman, Sanford Sherman and Joyce (Elliott) Nelson. Also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain

Signature of Support

A walking cane or staff is typically used for physical support. The following anecdote, however, illustrates the moral support that a walking cane may provide.
It is told that a renowned scholar of years gone by had engraved on his cane the Hebrew letters gimmel, zayin, and yud, an acronym for the words, “Gam zeh yaavor — This too shall pass.”

When one encounters trials or tribulations while walking along the path of life, one should bear in mind that this too shall pass. In hindsight, we find that often to be true. One’s cane can then turn into a source of wisdom, guidance and comfort.
Let us incorporate in our lives this encouraging message, “This too shall pass – and it will!”
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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program
Jewish Senior Life 
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This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

We’re human, prone to mistakes, so if we erred in our newsletter, please forgive us!
Shabbat Shalom
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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