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Caring for Older Adults Since 1907
By Jo Strausz Rosen

We are here because our thoughts have brought us here. The first delicate thought in the morning can lead us to a day of grace, if we take time to express gratitude.

Jewish tradition offers its own ritual to prepare for the day ahead. Mode Ani. When we make gratitude our first expression of the morning, we set the stage for a good day.

Let this prayer Mode Ani guide us to help change our thoughts about the world. For a few sweet moments every morning, take some time to breathe in gratitude for the one enduring spirit that exists in us all. Shabbat Shalom
We invite the community to view a special video presentation celebrating “Lives Well Lived” Sunday, November 22nd at 11 am!

Become a sponsor or friend of JSL and your generosity will help us provide JSL and residents:
  • Outdoor Sun Sails
  • Activity Kits
  • Campus Technology For Connectivity
  • Tents and Heaters
  • Art Supplies
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!!
Exciting news at JSL! Fleischman Residents enjoyed a socially distanced lunch together for the first time since March. They were all so happy to catch up over a delicious meal. Their joy was witnessed by JSL staff, who with tears in their eyes, photographed this milestone for us all to appreciate.

Sending our best to all in good health. Wear your masks and wash your hands. We’re all gearing up for the next wave that may be headed our way. Stay Strong.

Find more photos and stories like this by visiting "Keeping Our Community Connected: Stories From Residents, Staff and Volunteers" on our website.
Outdoor Visit Assistance Needed
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
It's never too early to start your holiday shopping! JSL Friends Boutique offers a variety of adorable stuffed animals, like Ellie the Elephant. Each purchase helps support JSL! Shop this and other great deals on:

Apple cider vinegar — the humble pantry staple made from apples that have been crushed, distilled, and fermented — is pitched as a solution for dozens of problems, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Need a natural way to trap fruit flies? An inexpensive toner for your skin? Help with blood sugar control? Folks have touted apple cider vinegar as helping all of the above.
Hechtman resident, Evelyn Cantor, turned 103 this week! Read what her advice is on staying young.

Q: What is the secret to your longevity and good health?
A: It runs in my family. My mother lived to 94!

Q: What do you do to stay young?
A: I walk, eat healthy and laugh a lot!
Q: What would be your advice to your younger self?
A: Enjoy what you do.
Q: Is there anything you wanted to do but never got to? 
A: Travel to Israel.
Q: What was the best decade for you?
A: My 40’s because I was travelling with my friends. It was a fun time.
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Picking up my baby brother, Samuel, from his crib by the neck! My mother, with a panicked look, calmly walked toward me and took him from me.
Q: Any regrets?
A: I can’t think of any. I would want to do it all over again!
This Saturday, Coville resident, Ruth Goldstein turns 102! Ruth was born in Brooklyn, New York the youngest to 3 brothers. Upon graduating from high school Ruth worked at the Daughters of Israel Nursery. One day she was standing outside waiting for the children to exit and she locked eyes with the handsome and dapper Jerry Goldstein who happened to be walking down the street. Ruth says that it was love at first sight. Ruth and Jerry married on September 7, 1940 and shared 45 beautiful years together. 

When Jerry retired as a men’s clothing designer, they moved to a condo in Tamarack, Florida and enjoyed retirement and spending time with friends. In January 1986 Jerry passed away and Ruth stayed in Florida for several years before moving to Michigan in 2005 to be close with her daughter, Carole Goldstein-Oppenheim. Jerry and Ruth were blessed with two beautiful children. Lenny, who currently lives in Long Island and Carol, who resides in West Bloomfield.
Join Federation's Young Women's Philanthropy this Sunday at 3:30 pm for a "Care-A-Van" to bring cheer to our JSL West Bloomfield campus residents. Decorate your car, make signs, and join everyone on the parade route for this fun mitzvah! To sign up, click the link below.
Dan Yashinsky shares a funny tale about his grandmother from Detroit.
Crispy Lemon Trout with Tomato Tabbouleh

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup bulgur, uncooked
  • 4 trout filets
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
  • 2 tablespoons blackening spice
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons arugula

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups lightly salted water to a boil over high heat, add bulgur, cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 12 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler. Coat trout with evoo, about half the lemon juice and blackening spice. Place on an oven-safe pan coated with pan spray or parchment paper. Broil for approximately 7 minutes until edges of trout turn golden brown and crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, toss red onion with honey, zest from lemons, juice from half a lemon and season with salt & pepper.
  4. Fluff bulgar with a fork and toss with 2 tablespoons evoo, remaining lemon juice, parsley, tomatoes and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper.
  5. Divide the tabouleh on plates and place the trout next to it.
  6. Toss arugula with pickled onions. Divide and place next to the trout.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!

Recipe by jamiegeller.com
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Fleischman Residence is one of very few Assisted Living facilities in Michigan who employs social workers.
Meet Amy Rosenberg. "As a Social Worker, I am very dedicated to my work with our residents and am grateful to be part of such a supportive community. 
During this pandemic, I spend time with our residents and families which has proven to be significant for all of us. It’s given me the opportunity to get to know them on a deep and meaningful level, which helps me offer a new kind of support. I’m always available to our beloved residents and their families near and far."
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain

The Moon and Stars - A Sense on Sensitivity

This Shabbat weekend we begin anew our annual weekly reading and study of the Torah (sacred Bible). Right from its start, we learn of the Creator’s sensitivity toward His creations.

The sun and moon were created to serve as the primary heavenly hosts. The moon (figuratively) spoke up to its Maker and exclaimed, “Two kings cannot serve under one crown. We cannot both serve the same domain i.e. the entire world”. Said G-d, “you will be reduced so that you will no longer be equal to the sun”. G-d continued, “In place of your diminution, I will provide you with many stars (offspring-like) who will serve alongside you in the darkness of the night. This shall appease you”.

Now, we are speaking of non-human creatures and an act prompted by the moon’s initiation, yet G-d saw fit to act sensitively toward the now reduced and lonely moon.

I believe this anecdote is the first in the Torah that conveys the integral message of comfort and solace. If the hosts on high require and deserve sensitivity, awareness and comfort, so much more so does man on earth. Let us emulate G-d's way and serve as the “stars” for another, especially during challenging times.
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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