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By Jo Strausz Rosen
"So many of the holiday songs we know and love, were either written or cowritten by Jewish songwriters. The ultimate example of Christmas anthems is White Christmas, (1942), Irving Berlin’s evocation of a pastoral yuletide (where the treetops glisten / And children listen / To hear sleigh bells in the snow). For decades, White Christmas stood as the top-selling song of all time. It is said that Irving Berlin’s song is a nostalgia trip, an ode to Christmas past: “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas / Just like the ones I used to know", croons Bing Crosby on the recording that made the song famous. Berlin captured the longing that defines Christmas for millions: that hope that the season will bring back yesteryear’s joy, enchantment, and innocence.” from The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

At JSL we ‘deck the halls’ and celebrate the holidays in each of our buildings, creatively displaying winter scenes on windows and walls. We celebrate the season sharing gifts… this year gifts of navy JSL hoodies provided warmth. And for me there is nothing better than to celebrate with our teams and feel the sweet camaraderie, thinking of our residents and --- knowing we work at JSL because we love to aid and care for these beautiful people who make their homes with us.

The Hanukkah festival of lights has been replaced by jingle bells, winter boots and the dusting --- sometimes more than enough snow on the icy streets. We celebrate the things that bring us together. We happily greet each other (behind masked faces) with hope in our hearts that one day we will awaken on our chosen holiday to a peaceful world, that provides everyone with all they need.

“Joy to the World.”
Barb Giles, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at JSL, joined Fox 2 Detroit and shared several important ways to evaluate the wellbeing of your loved ones during this holiday season.
Take some time to subscribe and enjoy reading nu-detroit.com for the daily delightful articles, this one, from former JSL board of directors member, Neil Gorosh: 

"I am proudly Jewish. And I love Christmas. Unabashedly. And “love” is not a word that I throw around lightly. I have felt this way my entire adult life."
By Lucy Feldman

Amanda Gorman has had quite a year. The former National Youth Poet Laureate stepped onto the stage at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration on Jan. 20 and seized the world’s attention with “The Hill We Climb,” a stirring piece about the promise of America. Soon came a recitation at the Super Bowl; a deal with a modeling agency; the release of her Inaugural poem in print; a co-hosting gig at the Met Gala alongside Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet and Naomi Osaka; and the publication of her debut picture book, Change Sings.
Whether it’s wanting to maintain or improve your muscle strength, or improve your balance and mobility, here are 5 exercises seniors should do every day.
Sign lease effective by 12/31/21 and January rent is FREE!
Contact Jackie Rosender
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JSL is pleased to announce the
2022 Eight Over Eighty Honorees!

A Virtual Celebration of this 29th Annual Tikkun Olam Award will be held 
May 22, 2022 at 12:00 NOON


Shirley Benyas
Charles Danto
Dr. Joseph Jacobson
Sophie Klisman
Rene Lichtman
Rae Sharfman
Jerry Soble
Sylvia Starkman
By Rabbi Dovid Polter

Miracles must always remain alive in our hearts never to be forgotten. Our greater Detroit Community recently celebrated the release of Huntington Woods native, Danny Fenster, from a prison in Myanmar.

Here is a thought that passed through my mind: Danny’s family name, Fenster, means “window” in Yiddish. A window allows for crystal clear vision to the outside. Danny’s miraculous release provides a window of opportunity to witness the Divine hand in our lives today. 

A window (fenster) can be open or closed making all the difference between light and darkness. An open window allows for recognition of G-d’s continuous benevolence. Should this window be blocked and our sensitivity toward miracles lessened, the very word Fenster (window) would become Finster (darkness).

This miracle occurred in close proximity to Chanukah at which time the miracle of the lights shines brightly through the window.

Let us keep our windows open to perceive daily miracles in our lives.
Red Snapper with Lemongrass-Ginger Broth

 4 cups vegetable stock, such as Manischewitz Vegetable Broth
 2 1-inch knobs ginger
 4 stalks fresh lemongrass, sliced in half and crushed with something heavy (in order to release flavor)
 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
 1 tablespoon mirin
 1/2 sheet kombu seaweed (optional)
 1 tablespoon Gefen Soy Sauce or coconut aminos
 5 to 6 peppercorns, or freshly ground
 Pereg Black Pepper

Fish Bowl
 1 to 2 bulbs fennel, checked and thinly sliced
 2 (4- to 6-ounce) red snapper or salmon fillets
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon Tuscanini Olive Oil
 1/2 cup thinly chopped kale, checked or bug-free
 1 radish, thinly shaved
 fresh cilantro, to garnish
 Gefen Sesame Seeds, to garnish
 sliced scallions, to garnish
 lime wedges, to garnish

1) In a large pot, combine stock, ginger, lemongrass, dried shiitake mushrooms, mirin, kombu (if using), soy sauce, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer on very low for 20 minutes.
2) Discard ginger, lemongrass, mushrooms, kombu, and peppercorns with a slotted spoon.
3) Add fennel and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
4) To cook fish, pat skin dry and sprinkle with salt. Heat oil in a skillet until very hot. Place fish into skillet, skin side down, and press down with a spatula for three to five minutes to achieve an even crisp. Flip and sear for another two minutes or until cooked through.
5) To serve: Place fennel in bowls with chopped kale. Top with fish, then add broth. Finish with radish, cilantro, sesame seeds, scallions, and lime wedge.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain
Zaidy Turns Young
A grandad was sitting at his Chanukah table with his four-year-old granddaughter on his lap. She stroked his graying beard and so innocently said, " Zaidy, your beard is turning black!"
Innocence is often a blessing because it allows for a pure and untainted look at life. She had it right.
If we sage as we age, we are in essence "turning black" and remaining younger. We become ever more excited as to the many lessons and insights we pick up during our lifetime.
The opportunity is there for grandparents to age with zest, love and a youthful passion for life.
This was the gift that Chanukah surprised me with this year. The granddaughter was mine and I was the Zaidy.
I wish all older adults to experience a youthful outlook on life.
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Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Kara Powers, 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
This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

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