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This week JSL staff participated in the first of a 3-part Mental Health series on Trauma. The workshop is designed to help us work through the difficulty of living and working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jewish Family Service and Jewish Senior Life utilized a much-appreciated Grant from the Jewish Fund Teen Board to assist with the costs of this Zoom class led by Betsy Stone, PhD. The articulate and personable Dr. Stone received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University and is a retired psychologist who serves as an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She teaches and consults with Jewish professionals across the country. The informative session was deeply impactful to all those who attended. We were engaged, we used the chat to connect to each other and she touched our hearts and taught us something important.  
Rene Lichtman, and Sophie Tasch Klisman, two of our Eight over Eighty honorees this year, shared their thoughts on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 
“January 27th is significant that International world leaders came together to share their concern about the danger of antisemitism. This is important to note that this day is more than just the Jewish community coming together. This International Day of Remembrance was chosen by others to honor the 1945 Liberation of Auschwitz,” said Rene Lichtman. Rene is a survivor, a hidden child during the Holocaust. His father had fled to join the French army to fight the Nazis and his young mother did not have the means to care for him and worried about being taken away herself, so before she went into hiding, she gave him to a Catholic French family to raise in the country.
“I have always lived with hope that tomorrow will be a better day,“ said Sophie Klisman, whose mantra is the central theme of her daughter’s book about Sophie's experience during the Holocaust entitled, 4,456 Miles, A Survivor’s Search for Closure, written by Lori Klisman Ellis. 

Take a moment to read about International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
JSL’s Oak Park residents honored the life and legacy of Betty White with a night of celebration, television, and fundraising and collected $300 in donations for All About Animals in Warren! Betty was a true animal lover, and we think she would have appreciated this thoughtful gift from our residents.

All About Animals is a Michigan non-profit dedicated to making sure there are no more homeless pets. They’re a great resource for animal adoption, rescue, vet care, TNR, and affordable spay/neuter services. Our residents are proud to support All About Animals in Betty’s memory.
Know someone 95 years or older in 2022? We will honor them safely at home during the 20th Annual Oldest Jewish Americans Celebration on May 27th, 2022!

Download honoree form: jslmi.org/oab

Invitations will be mailed in April.

For more info, contact Leslie Katz
Email: lkatz@jslmi.org
Phone: 248-592-5062
Fax: 248-661-1628
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Contact Janet Antin
248-967-4240 jantin@jslmi.org
Tracey Proghovnick, Director of Residential Marketing and Community Relations at Jewish Senior Life, chatted with Civic Center TV about our programs and how we are keeping residents safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking care of a loved one can be difficult. So can ensuring that your own needs are being met during this challenging time. It's easy to feel isolated but Jewish Family Service and Jewish Senior Life are here to offer family caregivers support, comfort and a sense of community.

Join us for our series held virtually on Thursdays at 2 pm:

February 10 - Take a Breath Brake
with Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg

March 10 - Taking Care of the Caregiver
Author Rabbi Laura Geller

April 14 - It's Okay Not to Be Okay
Dr. Micky Golden Moore
Oven-Roasted Chimichurri Skirt Steak with Honey Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
3 to 4 long, thin sweet potatoes, halved
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 heaping tablespoon Honey
 3 to 4 whole garlic heads, tops cut off

Skirt Steak Chimichurri Gremolata
1 very large handful of parsley
4 to 5 cloves garlic
3 and 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Pinch of Black Pepper
2 to 3 pounds skirt steak

Prepare the Smoky Sweet Potatoes
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prep a baking sheet with Parchment Paper and spray with nonstick spray or olive oil.
2) In a bowl, mix together the oil, paprika and honey. Then add the halved potatoes to the bowl and toss them in the mixture. You can also just brush the mixture on the sweet potatoes with a pastry brush. Lay them on the baking sheet, cut side down.
3) Brush the tops of the garlic heads with olive oil and lay them on the same tray as potatoes, cut side up. Put into oven and let bake.

Prepare the Skirt Steak
1) In a small food processor (or you can do this by hand with a knife), add all the ingredients for the chimichurri. Pulse until you have a nicely chopped, thick gremolata. If you like it finer, process until smooth.
2) Rinse your skirt steak well under cold water. Lay on parchment paper. Slather the top of the steaks with the chimichurri gremolata mixture and let rest on the counter for about 30 minutes.
3) Remove baking sheet tray from oven. Flip the sweet potatoes, cut side up. Add the skirt steak and place back in oven. Bake for another 19 to 20 minutes for medium rare. (Cook longer to desired doneness.)
4) Remove from oven and let the meat rest for at least five minutes. Slice and serve with the sweet potatoes and garlic.

This recipe is from kosher.com
This low impact cardio and strength workout is great for seniors, especially those with osteoporosis because there are no bending, rounding of the spine or twisting movements.
Saul Shepsol Saulson
2021 Eight Over Eighty Honoree
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain

Meals at Your Doorstep*
In spite of the overwhelming COVID-19 challenge, most will agree there is something positive in everything, including this pandemic.
Let me take you on a journey some three thousand years ago. Traveling through the desert from Egypt to the promised Land of Israel, the divinely endowed manna (fresh wafer-like food customized to one’s taste) fell from heaven daily and sustained the people. The undeserving had to fetch their manna from afar and prepare its contents for consumption. For those neither undeserving nor righteous, the manna was more accessible. For the righteous, the ready-to-eat manna fell at their doorstep.
History repeats itself. The period of COVID-19 is likened to a desert with limited amenities. Just as our travels through the desert had some redeeming qualities – daily food from heaven and for those deserving, it fell at their doorstep, so too this is perhaps the goodness and virtue in finding your meals at your doorstep. It is a sign of how deserving you really are. I now better appreciate the resident’s anticipation for daily meals delivered to doorsteps.

* This reflection was first published last year when meals were being delivered to the doorsteps of residents. Because we once again are resigned to meals at our doorsteps, I publish this piece to empower us. 

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