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By Jo Strausz Rosen
We awake in darkness and notice the daylight fleeting as the month-long Jewish Holidays wind down. We toss a beloved cardigan sweater over our shoulders, flipping on extra lights needed to prepare our morning brew. We notice the darkness during the early hours of morning walks and with brisk steps are aware of the sound and feel of the leaves underfoot. As Autumn continues to make her presence known everything looks a little different. Pumpkins line the grocery store sidewalks and are beginning to show up in the neighborhood on porches and patios. I often joke with the residents of JSL that when I walk among the trees at home, I must don a hardhat for protection from the acorns and walnuts often hurled at me from seemingly angry squirrels in the tall oaks above. They too are aware of the work ahead as they must build up their supply for the winter soon to come. 

What are you doing to prepare for the colder days ahead? First, let’s just slow down and appreciate the change in the weather and admire the beauty of the trees as the golden leaves demand our attention. Finding the magic in every day is an important activity that brings joy. Linger in the earthly delights beyond our control. Pick up a leaf or two, savor their unique color and texture. Trace their lines with gentle fingers, inhale the fragrance of fall as you brush away a ladybug or an industrious spider. Press your treasures between the pages of a favorite book to provide a happy glimpse back during winter months. Mark your calendar to find the book in a few months for the opportunity to remember where you were and how you felt.

Another summer season comes to an end as we explore the many changes that continue to take place. Each year, we must take notice and appreciate this bounty of beauty. Put away the fear and anticipation of colder days ahead, snowy, icy sidewalks… Why worry now? We are given the opportunity to revel in Michigan beauty and say to ourselves - this moment is all there is. We are in this together. Let’s share the experience of discovery. Call a friend or a loved one and explore nature together in the wetlands at JSL or the Nature Center in West Bloomfield, or the trails and architecture of Cranbrook, or wherever you love to walk and explore. Even cities offer immense amounts of beauty reflected in glistening windows of the towering high rises. Where will you find inspiration?

Meer Apartments publishes a glorious monthly newsletter with articles about residents and “goings on” around their campus. Joy is everywhere and our campuses are alive with activity and programs. This month has a lively article on superstitions. There are book reviews and educational stories such as: "Why Does The Jewish Calendar Change Every Year?" and "Important Tips to Aid in Dementia Prevention", a list of many upcoming events, Good Deeds, Sukkah photos and many heartwarming tributes for birthdays, anniversaries, friendships, mazel tovs and memorials. Of special significance is the monthly interview of a resident. October’s quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes sits on the cover accompanied by a gorgeous fall tree, “October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.” Enjoy this season in good health. Shabbat Shalom.
On Sept. 2, 275 Holocaust survivors welcomed the Jewish New Year a few days early with a delicious kosher lunch catered by Fleischman Residence and a virtual concert with Cantor Zachary Mondrow that more than 40 participants joined via Uber Conference, Uniper and Zoom.

This joint program of Jewish Family Service and the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families of Jewish Senior Life was made possible thanks to the time and generosity of the 41 volunteers and two JFS transportation drivers who delivered the boxed meals, as well as the generosity of the Jewish Federations of North America for funding the program. 
Our Meer residents continue to perform good deeds for our community! Resident Nancy Kalef and friends held a "Bras for a Cause" collection to benefit the organization "I Support the Girls". We're so grateful for the bra donations and generous monetary gift from the resident council!
Thanks to Meer residents' generosity, $1,270 was raised for Yad Ezra, Michigan's only kosher food pantry. Great job residents!
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
Rebecca Donner first heard about her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack when she was 16 years old. Donner‘s grandmother Jane — Harnack’s niece — handed her a bundle of Harnack’s letters and some of her books. Then she asked her to promise to one day tell the world Harnack’s story.

Donner, who grew up to become a writer, made good on her promise with her new bestselling book, “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler.”

The work of literary nonfiction, published in August, is the powerful true account of how Harnack, an unassuming professor of English literature from the Midwestern United States, ended up an intrepid leader of the underground anti-Nazi movement in Germany — and a Soviet spy.
OCTOBER 1, 1946
The International Military Tribunal (IMT) issues verdicts against leading Nazis at Nuremberg. It sentences 12 leading Nazi officials to death for crimes committed during the Nazi regime.

Each of the four Allied nations—the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France—supplied a judge and a prosecution team to the IMT for the trial of selected German officials representing a cross-section of Nazi diplomatic, economic, political, and military leadership. The IMT indicted the defendants on charges of crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Three of the four judges were needed for conviction. In the end, 12 defendants were sentenced to death, among them Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hans Frank, Alfred Rosenberg, and Julius Streicher. They were hanged, cremated in Dachau, and their ashes dropped in the Isar River. Hermann Goering, second only to Hitler in the Nazi regime, escaped the hangman's noose by committing suicide before his execution. The IMT sentenced three defendants to life imprisonment and four to prison terms ranging from 10 to 20 years. It acquitted three of the defendants.

Despite a series of postwar trials, many perpetrators of Nazi-era criminality have never been tried or punished.
Roasted Shawarma Eggplant with Pine Nuts and Techina

1 medium-to-large eggplant, cut lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon Pereg Shawarma spice blend
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons roasted pine nuts
pinch of flaky salt (optional)
prepared techina, to drizzle
1. Adjust rack to the middle and heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle one tablespoon oil over the center of a baking sheet. Score the flesh of the eggplant and season with shawarma spice, salt, pepper, and cumin. Drizzle remaining oil and rub well. Place flesh-side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, combine parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and flaky salt (if using). Transfer eggplant halves to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the herb mixture and drizzle techina. Serve.

This recipe is from kosher.com
New to strength training? Try this routine for beginners and seniors!
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
Light and Shadow

Many pieces of fine art involve an interplay of light and shadow which are key elements in the composition. At first glance, a shadow appears to be something that conceals light. However, according to traditional Jewish teachings, everything created was for His glory. This must apply equally to the shadow as to the light.

Indeed, properly executed and skillfully placed, a shadow can also provide an important effect. Though the shadow’s “illumination” is of a different nature than the effect of the light, its appropriate application can enhance the effects of the light.

From this, we can derive an important lesson whenever we encounter dark times when spirituality is less visible. These dark times may seem more numerous than the good. We should use the negative in a positive way, so that every spiritual “shadow” should come to be recognized as a “setting” that highlights the glory of the Creator.

When this goal is achieved, not only will our appreciation of the light be enhanced by contrast with the darkness, but in many situations where a person is confronted with “dark” matters, he will realize his ability to transform the darkness itself into light, and “the sorrow into happiness.”
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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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