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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
More than a place to live, it is a place you can call home!
Contact Janet Antin
248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
As experts in the field of aging services, Jewish Senior Life staff possess a variety of important skill sets and are agile in providing help when needed. Building Administrators like Melissa Morton of Hechtman will update you about living your best life on her campus. Resident Service Coordinators, who are social workers like Sandy Smith, offer support, comfort and care to residents and their families when issues arise. It’s rare to find MSWs on staff at any other Senior Living Apartments. Meer Apartments Life Enrichment Director, Myriam Cohen, creates joyful experiences by lining up classes and entertainment that fills the residents’ daily calendars with quality events and activities. If you seek beneficial experiences for those living with Alzheimer’s, consult with Debi Banooni, Director of the Brown Center, which hosts a remarkable day program for families, allowing caregivers some respite.

If you’re retired or just seeking a wonderful way to give back, consider the benefits of volunteering on one of our campuses. Ask Leslie Katz, FRIENDS Director, who is also a Social Worker, “Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer at JSL can also give you a sense of pride and identity.” This experience allows you to see firsthand what life is like at JSL.

Are you curious about our Assisted Living Communities? Did you know that JSL employs 24-hour onsite staff? We feature secure access and a manned front desk with all the appropriate protocols for preventing COVID. Ask Jill Bengle, Fleischman Residence Leasing Consultant about access to dining, activities, entertainment, outings and transportation, housekeeping, medication reminders, physical therapy, assistance with daily living, custom care plans, wellness centers, beauty salons, boutiques, restaurants, happy hours, teatime, current events, bingo, and so many resident programs.

JSL provides a variety of helpful services with 24-hour medical assistance at the Memory Care Pavilion as well as at the Coville Apartments. Life enrichment programs and a person-centered culture of caring enhance the lives of the residents and their families with physical activities, emotional and spiritual support, lively social activities, and intellectual stimulation.
Independent senior living isn't just about living independently. It's about the freedom from humdrum routines and household chores that keep you from thriving. LIVE, WITH US and indulge, make new friends, and enjoy new adventures while living in a beautiful and secure community with outstanding options. Ask our residents and they will tell you why they moved to JSL.
If you have made the decision to LIVE, WITH US, think of JSL as a fresh start. Moving out of your house, the place you may have lived for decades, raised a family, and created many memories can be bittersweet. Consider ways to decorate your new apartment. This is a chance to cut down on clutter and eliminate unnecessary possessions. Moving gives you the opportunity to create a new kind of space that you may love. The staff and residents at JSL look forward to getting to know you and are ready to help you begin a new life. LIVE WITH COMMUNITY, LIVE WITH JOY, LIVE WITH PURPOSE. LIVE, WITH US.
Interested in leading an in-person or virtual service for the high-holidays? Our residents would love it! Please contact Leslie Katz 248.592.5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org for more information.  
Social media influencers Ross Smith and his 95-year-old grandmother claim to have created the world's largest Oreo.

As of Tuesday, the Guinness World Record for largest Oreo weighed in at 73kg, around 160 pounds.

"We looked up online what the world's biggest Oreo was, and we decided we were going to go bigger and better," Smith told WSYX photojournalist Mooshe Nickerson.

Smith and Grandma said they broke that record, creating an Oreo that weighs 175 pounds and measures around 4-feet wide in central Ohio. This is over 7,024 times larger than a normal-sized Oreo.

"Hopefully we will be able to finish this thing off in a few months ... before it goes stale," Smith said as Grandma laughed.

The dynamic duo has been creating social media content for around nine years. The creation was perfect as part of Granny's birthday celebration. She turned 95 on Sunday, Aug. 1.
Few ingredients have taken skin care by storm quite like CBD. And if you look carefully, it’s everywhere: in sunscreens, masks, lip balms, moisturizers, and more. The question is: Should you really be slathering this stuff on your skin?

First, let’s talk about what CBD is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient in the cannabis plant, according to Harvard Health Publishing. CBD can be derived from either medical marijuana or hemp. Although marijuana contains CBD, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects. (THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that causes the high.) All that said, CBD won’t lead to any mind-altering effects.

Experts attribute the popularity of CBD to its “do anything” reputation. In fact, many people turn to CBD in the hope of treating various ailments, including anxiety, insomnia, pain conditions, and now — increasingly, it seems — skin problems.

In general, manufacturers add CBD to their products to give them a boost. “CBD is a very cost-effective way to enhance products,” says Austin Katz, cofounder of Sheabrand in Brooklyn, New York. CBD is in a range of products — those that claim to treat acne, dry skin, and eczema — because of its versatility. “I think we’re living in an era where people want to feel empowered to address their needs on their own,” he says.
Get your blood pumping while having fun with this ten minute Bee Gees workout!
Income based affordable housing featuring one bedroom and barrier free apartments
Contact Valentina Shub
248-967-2224 vshub@jslmi.org
Hechtman Apartments hires art therapist, Carol Cranston, to teach beading classes twice monthly to the residents who create truly beautiful jewelry. Carol purchases a variety of gorgeous beads from a high-end wholesaler ensuring the quality is first rate for our fashionable and artistic beaders. Generous community members, like Jonathan and Beth Lowe and family, make a yearly donation to JSL in memory of his sister, Judith Amy Lowe, benefitting our beading classes at JSL.

“My dear sister Judy loved to create jewelry, and bead making was one of her favorite pastimes. I saw how much pleasure it gave her, and wanted to share that experience with the residents. Not only can they create beautiful jewelry to wear themselves, they can share their handiwork with others. “

Donations of $1000 provide a six-month supply of special beads for our residents in one building. Please let us know if you would like to keep this tradition alive by donating in honor or in memory of someone you know to the JSL Beading Classes. Thank you for bringing warm smiles to our residents faces. 
What Does it Mean to be an Ally? 

An ally is someone who isn’t a member of a particular underrepresented group but serves as a supporter and advocate. Being an ally means being willing to act with and for others in the pursuit of ending oppression and creating equality.  

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This article in Forbes describes how to become an actionable ally.
This USA Today article focuses on encouraging individuals with privilege lifting the voices of marginalized communities. (Includes an embedded link to a list of 12 movies to watch about the Black experience in America.)
Read (and watch) how to be a better ally to LGBT friends, coworkers and family members.
This TED Talk explores three ways to be a better ally in the workplace. 
In this humorous video, comedian and journalist Stella Young who happens to spend her day in a wheelchair, stresses that this doesn’t automatically turn her into an inspiration to all humanity.
What are some ways that you have served as an ally to another? What was the result?

Has anyone been an ally to you? Was it helpful?

What prevents you from being a better ally?
Summer feels like it’s just begun, yet it’s about half over. (Noooooooooo!) Just a heads up that this is one of those years where Rosh Hashanah comes insanely early, and therefore summer will end with a colossal BANG as we go seamlessly from Labor Day into the High Holidays.

Fortunately it ain’t over til it’s over, as they say, so back to the season at hand. These are seven recently published books that have recently rocked my world. No matter if your summer adventures take you halfway around the world or just to the kiddie pool in your backyard, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. 
Cabbage & Mushroom Galette

 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 stick + 2 tablespoons cold margarine, cut into pieces
 1/3 cup ice water

3 tablespoons Gefen Canola Oil, divided
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
16 ounces shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon salt, divided
Ground Gefen Pepper, to taste
6 portobello mushroom caps, peeled and scraped clean
3 large cloves garlic, crushed or 3 cubes Gefen Frozen Garlic
1/4 cup Alfasi Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine

Prepare the Pastry Dough
1) In a food processor, combine flour, salt and margarine and process for about five seconds. Sprinkle the ice water over the flour mixture and pulse until pastry just begins to come together, about 10 seconds; you should still be able to see small pieces of margarine in it.
2) Transfer the pastry to a work surface, gather it together and pat into a disk. Wrap the pastry in plastic and refrigerate until chilled. (You can also roll out the pastry and use it right away.)

Prepare the Filling
1) In a large skillet over high heat, heat two tablespoons oil.
2) Add onions; cook four to six minutes, stirring, until translucent. Add cabbage and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes.
3) Then reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking until reduced and golden, 40 to 50 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
4) Dice mushrooms. Heat remaining two tablespoon oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, stirring, for one minute. Add mushrooms, and remaining salt.
5) Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are tender and begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add wine; cook, until it evaporates, about one minute. Add mushrooms to the cabbage. Cool.
6) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a sheet of Gefen Easy Baking Parchment Paper, roll the dough out into a 15-inch circle. If it cracks a bit, just press the pieces together. Dust with flour as needed and keep the circle as even as you can, but don't worry about rough edges.
7) Spread the cabbage-mushroom mixture over the pastry, leaving a two-inch border. Use the parchment to lift the edges of the pastry and fold loosely over the filling in two- or three-inch sections. It may crack as you fold it but that’s fine. Transfer the galette, on the parchment, onto a baking sheet.
8) Bake the galette for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Lift parchment and galette onto a platter; gently pull the parchment out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, Community Chaplain
My Elevator Friend
Unique friendships begin in the most unexpected places, such as in an elevator. Let’s call them “elevator friends.”

These are the people whom we first meet in an elevator. Their visible smiles and engaging demeanor spark our attention and a conversation ensues. Telephone numbers are exchanged. He/she becomes an elevator friend.

The magic of an elevator is that it “elevates” you and others together as one.

Our Sages taught: When parting with another, words of tradition should be exchanged. The purpose is for both parties to be spiritually “elevated” and to continue to advance each in their own way every day.

View your next elevator ride as an opportunity to forge new friendships.

*Dedicated to my most recent elevator friend.
Shabbat Shalom by Phone - Enjoy some inspiration
Daily sounding of the shofar (beginning August 9th)
And High Holiday recorded services
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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