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Contact Jackie Rosender

248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org


By Jo Strausz Rosen

At 101, Fashionista, Iris Apfel has lived her life out loud. She maintains unique fashion standards that have set her apart as a fabulous diva. Her wonderful joie de vivre influences and inspires us. Find her on social media encouraging us to drape ourselves in extraordinary materials in order show off our creative side. Her quotes about style are framed and collected around the world by those who follow her lead. I love her individuality. I am inspired by her zest for life. She, like all the remarkable independent thinkers on the Jewish Senior Life campuses bring joy to each other. Our residents take time to dress for classes and for dinner. They adorn themselves with family heirlooms and beloved colorful and flowing garments.



This fun animation creatively shares what makes Sukkot special, such as festival huts, lulavs, etrogs, foods, prayers, and the spiritual meaning of all the unique rituals.

Now is the season to consider LIVING at Jewish Senior Life!

You are invited to our Fall Open House where you will meet residents and learn about the incredible living options at Jewish Senior Life including Independent, Assisted, and Memory Care.


Delightfully delicious donuts and cider will be served and tours of our amazing community and model apartment homes will be available.


There’s never been a better time to discover Jewish Senior Life!


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


6760 W. Maple Road | West Bloomfield, MI 48322

For more information, contact: Tracey Proghovnick



30 years ago, Jewish Senior Life’s Eight Over Eighty celebration was established in our community to honor eight remarkable individuals, each 80 years of age or older. The Tikkun Olam Award has been bestowed on people each year for their work in helping to “Repair Our World.”


Save the Date Sunday, May 21, 2023 and join us at Shaarey Zedek for our 30th Annual Celebration!


Proceeds from this yearly event help enhance the quality of life for JSL residents with an emphasis on subsidizing the cost of food for low-income or indigent residents. Everyone benefits from this event by coming together to acknowledge these selfless older adults in our community for their contributions over their lifetime. 


Do you know a special older adult who exemplifies Tikkun Olam?

Nominate them by visiting jslmi.org/8over80


We are hiring people for a variety of full time and part time positions. Join our caring team and make a difference in the lives of the older adults who live at Jewish Senior Life.


SERVING SMILES, SALADS and SANDWICHES at Marvin’s Bistro and Krolik Café and Prentis Café five days a week. We need friendly folks to greet our guests, run the cash register and make sandwiches.

Contact Beth Robinson at brobinson@jslmi.org or 248.592.5062.



Release the tension in your body with this 19 minute guided meditation!







3rd full month rent FREE if lease is effective by 10/31/22

(Assisted Living Only)


Contact Janet Antin

248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org


JSL residents celebrated Sukkot this week with decorated sukkahs, activities, and fall treats. 


Break out your boas and bangles for a delightful celebration of getting older – in style!

FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life’s annual Lives Well Lived event will feature the Emmy-nominated documentary “Iris” about 101-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Come for the film and dessert pre-glow, and enjoy a fabulous fashion show featuring our residents who are aging in style.



Every seven years, in ancient times, Jewish men, women, and children would gather at the Temple on the first day of Sukkot to hear the king of Jerusalem read aloud from the Torah.

In 2022, there’s no king and no Temple, and more than half of all Jews live far from Jerusalem — but the ritual is still inspiring Jews around the world to gather together. In fact, the tradition, known as hakhel, appears to be seeing a resurgence of popular interest.



Spruce up your fall warm and woolies with hats, scarves, gloves, purses, and, of course, jewelry! Our JSL boutiques have the perfect accompaniment for any ensemble, PLUS lots of cozy new items to keep you looking stylish in the cooler weather.


Brisket Stuffed Cabbage


For the brisket:

2 lb brisket, trimmed of any excessive fat

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Salt and pepper

1 medium-large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 ½ cups plain tomato sauce

2 ½ cups water

1 cup red wine

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white vinegar

½ orange, chopped with peel, pits removed

½ lemon, chopped with peel, pits removed

1 cinnamon stick

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 large green cabbage

For the stuffing:

3 cups cooked, shredded brisket

1 ½ cups brisket sauce

¾ cups uncooked white rice

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

For the tomato sauce:

2 cups plain tomato sauce

1 medium onion, diced

½ orange, chopped with peel, pits removed

½ lemon, chopped with peel, pits removed

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white vinegar

2 cups water

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups chopped cabbage


To make the brisket (which I recommend doing a day ahead of time):

1) Heat a few Tbsps of olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Rub brisket with salt, pepper and ground cinnamon. Brown brisket on each side until caramelized, around 5-7 minutes each side. Remove brisket and place on plate for later.

2) Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent. Add tomato sauce, water, wine, sugars, vinegar, orange, lemon, cinnamon stick and red pepper. Bring to a boil.

3) Place brisket back into pot, cover and reduce heat to low medium. Cook for 3 ½-4 hours, until brisket is fork tender.

4) When brisket is finished cooking and has cooled 20-30 minutes, remove from pot and place on a cutting board. Using two forks or a fork and a knife, gently shred all the brisket. Pour sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove cinnamon stick, orange and lemon. Add 1 ½ cups sauce to the brisket. Place in a container until ready for the next steps.

To make and assemble the stuffed cabbage:

1) Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Prepare a baking tray drizzled with a little olive oil. While the water is boiling, cut the core out of the cabbage using a paring knife. Lift the core out, which will leave a hole in the middle. Take a large fork or knife and stick straight into the middle of the cabbage. Plunge the cabbage carefully into the boiling water for 30 seconds-1 minute, until the outer leaves soften and begin to fall off. Remove the leaves and place on the baking sheet until ready to use.

2) Repeat until you have removed around 75% of the leaves. Set the remaining cabbage aside. With a paring knife, trim off the tough part of the outer spines of the cabbage. Finely chop the remaining cabbage leaves and set aside.

3) Begin matching the cabbage leaves with similar sized leaves, so all the leaves are in pairs. Place them on top of one another on a plate and get ready to start stuffing.

4) In a medium bowl mix together pulled brisket, rice, onion, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper. Using about ¾ cup of the mix, make an oval meatball of the mixture and place at bottom of the cabbage leaf. Fold one side over the mix and then begin rolling very tightly along the spine. Fold up remaining end and tuck inside the cabbage roll. Repeat until you have used all the leaves and filling.

5) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6) To make the sauce: In another large bowl, combine tomato sauce, onion, orange, lemon, sugars, vinegar, water, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and chopped cabbage.

7) Place some of the sauce on the bottom of a deep baking dish. Gently lay each stuffed cabbage roll on top. Cover with remaining sauce.

8) Cover stuffed cabbage with tin foil and bake 2 ½-3 hours, until sauce has reduced and thickened.

This recipe is from myjewishlearning.com


Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain

To Your Families

On the joyous day of Simchat Torah, rejoicing with the Torah (October 17th-18th) we reach the finish line of the Torah. We complete the book of Deuteronomy. Do we suffice with that? Do we now sit on our laurels? To the contrary, we immediately begin anew the book of Genesis. Like a fish without water, we cannot separate from our source of life, our healthy spiritual sustaining powers.

Most people would tell you that the word Torah means a Bible. The Torah is much more than that. It embodies daily lessons and inspiration. Each individual discovers in it another message.

The last of the 613 commandments instructs every individual to each write a Torah scroll. When Jewish law describes the width of each column of the Torah scroll’s parchment, it tells us that we should be able to fit the Hebrew word Lmishpchosaichem, (to your families) three times. This constitutes how wide each column should be.

The careful choice of this word written three times across the width of each column indicates the purpose of the entire Torah, namely to pass on its rich eternal teachings to at least three generations.

As we finish the Torah reading of the Five Books of Moses, let us realize not to keep its invaluable messages to ourselves but rather to share and to disseminate for generations to come. Let us utilize the joyous and sacred day of Simchat Torah to strengthen our bonds with our family and friends for “the Torah was given to bring peace to our world.”


Sukkot-Simchat Torah – Beginning Friday, October 14th

Dial in for a 30 minutes service

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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More than half of the residents who live in our JSL communities are considered low income or indigent. Your philanthropic support is essential to maintaining programs and services to help these older adults age with dignity and with a better quality of life. In addition, your gifts could significantly support the shortfall in the cost of pharmacy bills which are so vital to the residents’ wellness. We are so grateful for your generous gifts to Jewish Senior Life.
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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Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus
6710 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

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15000 W. Ten Mile Road, Oak Park, MI 48237 
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