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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest; heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” Author unknown

Often considered a bridge between heaven and earth, music can take our mind off everything else. In a time when we are isolated from our loved ones, and bombarded by world news, I struggle to stay present, to inhale hope, love and harmony. Let music heal us. ….

“All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play

One day, one day, one day, one day…”

Please be inspired by the video below. Special thanks to Janet Antin, Administrator of Coville Assisted Living Apartments in Oak Park who shared Koolulam. They are a social musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society, centered around musical performances created by large groups of individuals led by talented musicians. 

Their fresh innovative 3-part vocal arrangements of a well-known song has brought them fame. Koolulam invited 3,000 people from different backgrounds to sing in Haifa, Israel, in three languages, a celebration of coexistence. Using a song by American reggae artist, Matisyahu, let the music bring joy to your soul and tears to your eyes. 
We invite the community to celebrate “Lives Well Lived” Sunday, November 22nd at 11:00 AM!

Your generous sponsorships and contributions will help us provide essential technology and activities for our JSL residents.
Volunteers, we miss you! Are you a JSL volunteer who wants to reconnect? Please join us weekly on zoom, or if you'd prefer, call in. Grab a snack and let's chat. We can discuss the latest JSL updates, crock pot recipes, how to exercise at home, or what good movies you've seen on Netflix! 

Every Monday at 11:00 AM starting Nov 2, 2020
Meeting ID: 818 1295 6942
Passcode: 635393

Or call in: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 818 1295 6942
Passcode: 635393

Looking forward to reconnecting!

In friendship, 
Leslie Katz
The Detroit Jewish Film Festival is virtual this year and runs from October 4-30. As sponsors, Jewish Senior Life is sharing complimentary tickets to the award winning documentary - Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

To take advantage of this offer for Friends of Jewish Senior Life, click the link below, then click “Proceed to Checkout” and go through the checkout process to access a complimentary ticket for your household. Once you checkout, you will get an email with a link and a code to watch the film. Enjoy!!
Meer Apartment's beloved mailman, Bill Miller, retired this month after many years of service. Read their lovely tribute to him by visiting "Keeping Our Community Connected: Stories From Residents, Staff and Volunteers" on our website.
Assist With Outdoor Visits
Enjoy some special time getting to know our residents as you oversee outdoor social distanced visitations with their family and friends. Volunteers will be trained to guide these visits safely.

Visitation hours and days are:
Fleischman 11-3 M-F
Meer 10:30-3:45 M-F
Hechtman 10-3 M-F
Prentis 10-Noon and 1-3 M-F
Teitel 10-Noon and 1-3 M-F

For questions and additional information please contact Leslie Katz at 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org
Love cooking and baking? You're in luck! JSL Friends Boutique has the right book for your activity. They are also great gifts! Shop this and other great deals on:

By Alan Muskovitz

Rachel Fox is, to say the least, a very experienced member of the electorate. With her absentee ballot already mailed in, she can now say that since she was 21 years old, she has voted for president 23 times. No, she didn’t fraudulently vote more than once for the same candidate. The fact is, when you’re over 105 years old, you get a lot of opportunities to cast your vote.

Rachel was born on June 11, 1915, five years prior to women having the right to vote and three years prior to the first pandemic of her lifetime. Unfortunately, some Black women would have to wait another 50 years for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to secure their rightful place in the voting booth.

When I spoke to Rachel on the phone a few days ago, I learned that she’s participated in every election since she voted in 1936 to re-elect FDR to a second term. My brain is not very big, but I’m still having trouble wrapping that fact around it.

For Rachel, the current voting process actually began months ago, pre-coronavirus, when Debbie Binder, West Bloomfield Township Clerk, paid a visit to Jewish Senior Life (JSL) residents on the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus. 

“I routinely visited our senior housing facilities to ensure residents were registered and/or had the opportunity to complete their absentee voter applications,” Binder said. “Our goal is to enable access to the ballot for all of our residents, and we will do whatever is permissible in adherence to state and federal election law to ensure our residents have access to free and fair elections. That includes curbside service to seniors who are able to secure a ride to Town Hall.” [Call the West Bloomfield Clerk’s office for more information: (248) 451-4848.]
Federation's Young Women's Philanthropy brought carloads full of cheer to brighten up our residents' days in West Bloomfield. Everyone loved the cheers, honking horns, decorations, and colorful signs!

Fleischman Resident, Judy Martin, enjoyed the Care-A-Van so much she wrote a letter of appreciation.

"My name is Judy Martin and I live at the Fleischman Apts. Yesterday there was a ray of sunshine at our residence. Your cars came streaming through so beautifully decorated and your darling children waving and smiling at us. I live on the second floor and I was waving from my balcony. When the children noticed me, they smiled and waved so enthusiastically! It made our day in a most positive way! What a kind and beautiful gesture. Our deepest appreciation, Judy Martin"
Women over 100 years old share their advice on dating, love, and how to find happiness all on your own!
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

For the Cookie Dough
 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
 1/2 teaspoon Gefen Cinnamon
 1/2 teaspoon Gefen Baking Soda
 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1/2 cup coconut sugar
 1/4 cup brown sugar
 1 egg yolk
 1 teaspoon Gefen Vanilla Extract
 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

For the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Coating
 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  1. Makes 18 cookies
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with Gefen Easy Baking Parchment Paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, coconut sugar, and brown sugar until well combined.
  5. Mix in the egg yolk and vanilla extract, then mix in the pumpkin puree, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Mix the pumpkin pie spice and sugar together in a small bowl.
  9. Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and portion out using a cookie scoop.
  10. Roll each cookie in the pumpkin spice sugar mixture and place on a baking sheet.
  11. Bake for about 12 minutes until the cookies are set. Let cool and enjoy!

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

The Secret to Longevity

The Talmudic sages posed the question of the secret of longevity to a group of seniors who merited to live to a ripe old age.

Their responses covered a wide spectrum of ideas. However, all the older adults in the group indeed had one thing in common to which they attributed their seniority. They all began their responses with the words, “All my days.”

Consistency - “all my days” was their key to longevity. They were not easily deterred or distracted from their roles and responsibilities in life. They stuck with the program. They persevered through thick and thin. They never lost courage.

Similarly, our residents are a model of excellence. In spite of all odds, you have established families and communities. You have worked daily and succeeded in creating opportunities during the most challenging times.   

We commend and respect you highly. May you merit to tell your story of that which accorded you long life. 
This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

We’re human, prone to mistakes, so if we erred in our newsletter, please forgive us!
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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