Weekly News & Updates
Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen

Extraordinary circumstances     
Political Discord
World on Fire   
Do something
Affect Change
Stay Distant
Come Together
Protect Yourself
Stay Strong
Nourish your family
Take Control
Reach out
Help Someone
Help Yourself
Don’t Give Up
Stand Up
Make the Call
Send the Letter
Take the Walk
This Moment
What will YOU do?
Move on

Is it possible we’re adjusting to this way of life? Home has become our fortress. Check the mirror before leaving in protective gear, meet your astonished gaze. Who is this masked stranger? Who is this warrior daring to venture out, purchase supplies, walk in the world and work? Inventors and makers create sheer plastic guards to see and read each other’s lips hoping to see each other’s smiles…. trying to read each other’s minds. We strive to live in community, to raise our families right, to assist our most vulnerable and support our front-line heroes and all of humanity. Nurture each other. Be nice, be kind. Write letters. Make calls. Contribute to society. It’s complicated. Remember to be the best version of your human selves. Practice…. some of us are forgetting how. 
By Meer resident, Jeanette Pomish

Meet Beverly and Ralph Woronoff, residents of Meer Apartments. Beverly attended Roosevelt, Durfee and Central while Ralph went to Brady, Hutchins, Central and Wayne State. Beverly went to University of Michigan for a year and Ralph graduated with a degree in accounting in 1957.

They were first introduced by mutual friends and dated until Ralph went into the Air Force and they became pen pals during his absence. A year and a half later, after Ralph was discharged, they married when Beverly was age 20 and Ralph was age 23. They will soon be celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary.

In 1961 during the Berlin crisis, Ralph was recalled to active duty but did not have to go overseas because the crisis ended. In 1970 Ralph formed a CPA firm named Woronoff, Hyman, Levinson and Sweet. At the time of his retirement, Ralph had six partners in the practice.

Ralph and Beverly were very active in the Jewish Community. For 25 years, Beverly was the treasurer of the Jewish Women's International group as well as an active member of a book club. Ralph was president of the Great Lakes region of B'Nai Brith, an officer and president of the men's club of Adat Shalom as well as a board member of the Israel State Bonds. Beverly was a homemaker and was proud to raise their three children.

They loved to travel, first with their children; then when their children went to Camp Tamarack they traveled throughout Europe. All three children graduated from college. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren. As Ralph mentioned, they "lived a charmed life".
By Rabbi Sari Laufer

Scrolling through all the open Safari windows on my phone is like a virtual tour through the months of this pandemic. It starts in the early spring with online gardening tips, funny memes about the shift to virtual schooling, and recipes for banana bread, cookies, and Marzipan bakery’s legendary rugelach (though I still haven’t tackled that one). Then there are long-form reads about grief and loss, data-driven pieces about decision making, and funny memes about doomscrolling.

And now, as we face the beginning of a school year that none of us ever wanted to imagine, my more recent windows include a series of think pieces on social inequality and schooling, links to (sold-out) desks suitable for small spaces, and funny memes about virtual schooling.

Like every parent across the land, I never envisioned or wanted the beginning of the school year looking like this. As a rabbi, I love the beginning of school — seeing the faces I have missed over the summer, returning to the rhythms of the academic year, and opening with excitement and words of blessing. As a parent, I have discovered that I love learning new information alongside my kids, and even more, I love learning new facets of who they are as they grow as learners. And, as a working mom, I also love knowing that my kids are safe, loved, and thriving in a place that is not my home, allowing me to work when I am working and parent when I am parenting and not attempt to do it all at the same time, all day, every day…
By Karen Asp

There’s no better time than fall to get your fill of produce that’s rich in both jewel tones and heart-healthy nutrients. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to avoid devastating heart disease may be to eat a plant-based diet. A study published in August 2019 in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that people who adhered most closely to a plant-based diet were 19 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

“Not only are plants packed with vitamins and minerals, they also have nutrients like phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-blocking properties,” says Mary Finckenor, RD, of the Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey.

Continue reading to learn what 10 seasonal favorites your heart will love.
I decided to go to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to learn more about trauma. I went to learn about my people, where we came from and what happened to us that impacted who and how we are. I became a rabbi so that I could potentially have something to offer us for moving towards where we might want to go. To be part of the processes we sometimes refer to as healing. To this end, I recently published “Introduction to Trauma, Healing & Resilience for Rabbis, Jewish Educators and Organizers.” This project of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was made possible by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

Looking back to when I began rabbinical school, I more or less imagined that someone must already have figured out what healing historical trauma looks like and how to do it. There was a problem, and someone had the fix. My plan was to learn about healing historical trauma, learn about Jewish historical trauma, and then, you know, heal it. Ta-da. 

This, you won’t be surprised to learn, did not work out according to plan. 
Our insightful Fleischman residents gave us some sage wisdom this week to pass on to the younger generations. Read their inspiring words and more by visiting "Keeping Our Community Connected: Stories From Residents, Staff and Volunteers" on our website.
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Holiday Art Project
Enhance the upcoming High Holidays for our residents and consider creating and sending greeting cards to mark the occasion with meaning – a delightful project for your entire family. Once completed, label it "Attn: Activities" and drop off (or mail to) Hechtman Apartments, 6690 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, 48322.

Shop for Oak Park Residents
While out grocery shopping for yourself, please consider this mitzvah opportunity and assist our isolated residents in Oak Park by shopping for them. Volunteers will be given a resident’s shopping list and will be reimbursed for these purchases. Once completed, drop the bags off at the front desk and our onsite staff will deliver them to the resident. Contact Leslie Katz at 248-321-1437.
Coconut Zserbo Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ounce yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Haddar Baking Powder
  • 4 egg yolks 
  • 12 ounces margarine 

  • 7 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 ounces shredded coconut 
  • 4 tablespoons coffee, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

For Assembling
  • Tuscanini Apricot Fruit Spread or other apricot jam, for spreading 

Chocolate Cream or Glaze
  • 1 cup Gefen Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • Drop of rum or whiskey 
  • 1 pound Gefen Confectioners' Sugar

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

Job Hunt - Message on a Lighter Note
Author Unknown

My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned.  I could not concentrate. • Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but just could not hack it, so they gave me the axe. • After that, I tried being a Tailor, but wasn't suited for it -- mainly because it was sew-sew job. • Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that was too exhausting. • Then, tried being a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life, but just did not have the thyme. • My best job was a Musician, but eventually found I was not noteworthy. • I studied a long time to become a doctor but did not have any patience.• After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a Historian - until I realized there was no future in it. • My last job was working in Starbucks but had to quit because it was the same old grind.

So, I tried retirement and found I’m perfect for the job and loving it!!
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
Dianne Azzopardi, Executive Director, Human Resources
Ron Colasanti, Executive Director, Dining Services
Gregg Leshman, Executive Director, Residential Operations
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
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