Weekly News & Updates
Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen
Honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this year will most likely be accomplished virtually. Although some museums are open on Monday, January 18 to observe the holiday, we will again live through another special date usually marked with parades and large in-person fellowship and educational gatherings.

The opportunity for a day of service may not take place in the way we would like, but there are still several ways to mark the moment. At Jewish Senior Life, Jenn Kellman, activity coordinator at Hechtman, will distribute MLK day packets to residents and share some trivia, little known facts and a reading of “I Have a Dream.”

Marie King, Oak Park Campus Life Enrichment Director will be uploading MLK YouTube videos to Touchtown and distributing materials to Prentis, Coville and Teitel. Mary Blowers, Activity Coordinator at Fleischman Residence is handing out word games and fact sheets with signage in the halls. Myriam Cohen, Activity Coordinator at Meer is handing out MLK Packets and uploading his biography for the residents to watch.
We can let our fingers do the walking and celebrate this uplifting day by finding online resources for discussion and action. Music, poetry, art projects, services, and research links are open to learn more about the amazing legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at any hour of the day or night.
This week, vaccination clinics continued at JSL. Marcia Mittelman, Meer Administrator said, “We vaccinated 240 Meer residents and staff. The great team from CVS and staff did a tremendous job organizing this large undertaking.”
JSL announces 2021 Eight Over Eighty distinguished honorees:
Linda Brodsky
Emery Grosinger
Faye Jacobs
Sye Linovitz
Sy Manello
Janet Moses
Saul Saulson
Dr. Lou Soverinsky
Mark your calendars for our next virtual Eight Over Eighty event on May 23, 2021.

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By Danny Schwartz

Members of the Detroit Jewish community share their stories about playing pivotal roles in distributing the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine injection throughout the area.

As 2021 begins, many hope the year will bring a return to normalcy with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. And members of the Detroit Jewish community are playing pivotal roles in distributing the lifesaving injection throughout the area.

From frontline and healthcare workers being the first ones to receive the vaccine, to those who worked on the vaccine trials, to ordinary citizens participating in the trials, here are some of their stories.
Are you a JSL volunteer who wants to reconnect? 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!
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Or call in: 312-626-6799 
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Looking forward to reconnecting!

In friendship, 
Leslie Katz
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No Bake Fudge Balls

Main ingredients
  • 9 medjool dates, pits and stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Gefen Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup Gefen Almond Flour
  • Melted chocolate, for drizzling

Prepare the Fudge Balls
  1. In a food processor, chop the dates until extra fine.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract, salt and cocoa powder and blend. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until a dough ball forms.
  3. Form walnut size balls and place on a plate. Freeze for 20 minutes to allow the balls the harden.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate overtop and freeze again until the chocolate has set. Store in freezer until 30 minutes before serving.

This recipe is from kosher.com
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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain

Slow Down
One of the positive ways Covid-19 affects our daily lives is that it allows us to slow down and appreciate our less busy days. When we tried to juggle many balls in our multi-tasking past, we often dropped a few along the way. As we are challenged by the big stop sign of Covid-19, we can appreciate the passage of time.

Seniors are naturally more deliberate as they review life, more selective of their activities as they search for deeper meaning in many life experiences. Our youth however still find themselves caught up in speed, striving to accomplish yet one more thing.

We each carry the “slow down” Covid-19 message with us. Many of us have an SD memory card tucked into our cell phones allowing for expanded memory. Let this SD memory card serve as a constant reminder to SD – Slow Down. Life can be so much richer and so much more meaningful and pleasing if we only slow down as Covid-19 is begging us to do.

Relish your life by using your time to be mindful of the gift of the “precious present”.  
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This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

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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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