Passover Food Distribution 2016

As part of our partnership with the community, the Jewish Home and Care Center once again participated in the Ma’ot Chittim, the committee that distributes food for Passover to people who would otherwise not be able to have a Passover seder. Each person received a package with a box of matzo, a frozen chicken, gefilte fish, horseradish, grape juice, chicken soup mix, and candles. The items are donated by the community, sorted at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and brought here to the Jewish Home for distribution. About 30 volunteers were here on Sunday to pack the bags, register the people, and escort them through the process.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Environmental Services and Marketing/Communications, with the help of security, things went well on our campus, and more than 500 people were served in under three hours. Thanks to all who were involved!

The committee is assessing whether there are enough funds to continue the Passover food distribution next year. For more information visit

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  • April 18, 2016

Therapy: Where Success Lives

Profile of Success: Laurence ‘Larry’ Govin-Matzat

March 8, 1976. Larry Govin-Matzat remembers this day well. It was the day he put down the cigarette and picked up running.

“I’ve done thirty-six triathlons and nine marathons,” said Larry. “And I was president of the Badgerland Striders for two years.” Larry is a long-time athlete and reminisced on his favorite marathon, the beautiful Grandma’s Marathon held in Duluth, Minnesota which runs point-to-point from the town of Two Harbors on Scenic Route 61 and continues along Lake Superior. The finish is located in Canal Park, near Grandma’s Restaurant.

Seventy-five-year-old Larry is a rehab resident at the Jewish Home and Care Center and has been making a tremendous amount of progress since February 1. “He’s better than he has been in years,” said his wife Stephanie, “they’re doing a great job downstairs in the therapy department.” Larry came to the Jewish Home and Care Center after experiencing a couple of falls in his home. He was in the emergency room for six days after his last fall, and made the decision to come to the Jewish Home and Care Center for rehabilitation because he and Stephanie knew that this was “a good place with a good reputation and excellent care.”

Larry is in physical therapy and occupational therapy five days a week, and also receives aquatic therapy in the pool twice a week with Kari Knox, wellness coordinator. “Larry is extraordinarily motivated,” says Bonnie Johnson, physical therapy assistant. “Without that motivation, he would not be where he is today in accomplishing his therapy goals.” Bonnie went on to say, “and truly this success is a team effort. The nurse’s aides have been wonderful getting him to walk around for meals and keeping him inspired. He continues to make progress every day and remains upbeat and positive. We’ve even gotten Larry to the point where he’s doing stairs!”

Stephanie said, “Dr. Mateo [medical director at the Jewish Home and Care Center] and the therapy department saved his life.”

Larry continues to improve every day and has high hopes to return to his house in Cambridge Woods where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their handsome Australian Cattle dog, Dexter.

Update: Since this article was written, Larry has gone home! Larry made significant progress, and went home on Friday, March 25. Larry will continue to come to the Jewish Home and Care Center’s Therapy Department for outpatient care twice per week. Congratulations, Larry!

If you are interested in learning more about our therapy department, call 414.277.8846.

Photos: Kari Knox, wellness coordinator, and Larry Govin-Matzat during an aquatic therapy session.


  • March 31, 2016

Meet the Therapy Team

On February 1, the Jewish Home and Care Center’s therapy department was brought in-house after having been on contracted therapy services for a number of years.

The new in-house Therapy Department is comprised of fourteen staff members and is led by Rehab Director Badieh Karps. Staff includes: two registered occupational therapists, two certified occupational therapy assistants, two registered physical therapists, two physical therapy assistants, two speech therapists, two rehab technicians, and one wellness coordinator.

Specialty services include: lymphedema certification, kinesio-taping, balance and falls management, home safety assessments and the current treatment protocols of many debilitating conditions and progressive disorders.

Stay tuned to learn more about our therapy team in coming issues!

Photo: The JHCC therapy team during the neon-themed open house in early March.


  • March 31, 2016

The Underfunding of Nursing Facility Resident Care, continued…

I wrote one year ago that the underfunding of Nursing Facilities in Wisconsin is at a critical juncture. It continues to get worse. The 2015 Senate/Assembly Bill 21, the 2015-17 state budget bill, failed to provide nursing homes with either a Medicaid rate increase or an acuity adjustment. The result has been a $1.36/resident day cut in fiscal 2016 Medicaid rates. So as we struggle to pay a fair wage to our outstanding caregivers, and keep up to date with the latest technologies and aesthetic improvements to provide the best homes possible to our community’s seniors and infirm, a fair reimbursement for quality services provided to those most financially vulnerable has again been neglected in Madison.

Wisconsin’s Medicaid nursing home payment system ranks as the 2nd worst in the country (Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care, March 2015, Eljay, LLP and Hansen Hunter & Co, PC). The difference in the total cost of the care that the Jewish Home and Care Center provides has now risen to $114 per day for each Medicaid resident we serve. Private pay residents are essentially helping subsidize part of this shortfall; however our Foundation must make up the vast majority of this gap. We are extremely grateful for our community’s ongoing support in recognition of our obligation to honoring our Mothers and our Fathers. And in this continuing underfunded environment we must strive harder than ever to ensure our and our children’s, and our children’s children’s best care be fulfilled regardless of their ability to pay.

But how can we continue to provide quality care and fulfill our 110-year-old mission when we are faced with the negative trajectory of this widening gap in receiving fair remuneration to care for our frail elderly when we can barely provide a competitive/living wage to the compassionate souls who provide that care? What will the nature of our services become decades from now if this trend does not begin to reverse?

We have to speak for our residents today, and for our generations to come, and let our elected officials know that we feel strongly about honoring the fifth commandment. We stay in touch with our elected representatives, and if you, too, feel as passionate about this crisis, please join us in speaking out. For a list of legislative contacts, please go to: If you would like to discuss this further, please call me at 414-277-8800 or email

Thank you for your concern and support of our residents and families, now and forever.




  • March 31, 2016

Meet John Lawson, Sarah Chudnow Community Executive Director

Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal. – Walt Disney

John Lawson is no stranger to the “wonderful world of senior healthcare.” With more than 20 years in the industry, he has expertise in regulatory compliance, strategic visioning, sales/marketing, and financial analysis.

“I have a true understanding of the Sarah Chudnow Community’s campus, and it being a full continuum of care. I know that my past success in building census and initiating new programs will benefit SCC,” states John.

His familiarity with SCC is not from afar. In early 2016, John took on the understudy role as Sarah Chudnow Community’s interim executive director; he accepted the permanent role at the end of February. His previous professional roles include being a consultant with Pathway Health and COO at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities. Preparation for these roles consisted of a BA in Sociology from Indiana University and a Master of Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine.

Michael Sattell, president and CEO said, “We are so fortunate that John has joined our team. His intelligence, experience, and warmth endeared him to our whole community.”

His warmth is also evident in his adventures outside the SCC grounds. Among his favorites are camping with his son, volunteering with the Boy Scouts in Delafield and frequent excursions to Disney World, so much so that he can’t even put a number to the number of visits. In fact, before starting full time as the executive director at Sarah Chudnow Community, John and his wife had one more adventure visiting Mickey, Minnie and the cast of characters at Disney World.

He hopes to bring some of the Disney vision to SCC, including setting a high standard of excellence and maintaining that high standard; commitment to positive, inclusive ideas about family; and dedication to honor and decency. *

“Having previous work experience in other faith-based organizations, I find it important to be part of a mission driven organization,” says John. “I am honored to join the Sarah Chudnow Community.
It is an organization with an excellent vision, and most importantly, it has the resources to accomplish that vision.”

Photo: John Lawson chats with residents in Posner Town Square




  • March 31, 2016

Design, Music and History Take Center Stage at Chai Point in April


April Events at Chai Point

The “Designs of Our Lives” series continues with a variety of presentations and demonstrations throughout April, focusing on the appreciation of design and how it has enhanced our daily living. Speakers will include area architects, product designers, interior designers and photographers.

The April presentations kick-off on Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 pm, with Cindy Davis, owner of French Poodle Floral. Her “Touch of Paris” demonstration will focus on her specialty: custom European hand-tied bouquets. Davis loves playing with color, line and texture, and making people see flowers in surprising new ways.

Frankie Flood, associate professor at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and coordinator of the Digital Craft Research Lab, presents “The Remarkable World of 3D Printing and Other 21st Century Innovations” on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:00 pm. Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. The connection between design and fabrication and how each is influenced by material and process has been the focus of Flood’s recent research. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has received many awards.

On Thursday, April 14, at 6:45 pm, students from the Fashion Design program at Art Institute of Wisconsin bring “Fashion on the Runway” to Rubenstein Pavilion. The objective of the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree program is to help students attain a fundamental grounding in fashion design, including an introduction to the theory and practice of tailoring, draping, pattern drafting, construction and sewing, fashion illustration and creative design.

Lisa Jansen, ASID, Vice President, Interior Design Studio, at Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Milwaukee, discusses “Trends in Interior Design” on Thursday, April 21 at 3:00 pm. Jansen has served in her role with Zimmerman since 1998. Design philosophy enhances the human environment with inspired, creative and rational design, which respects the past while revealing the potential of the future.

The series “From Soup to Nuts,” featuring Milwaukee culinary professionals, continues on Tuesday, April 5, at 3:00 pm, with Michele Rifkin of Trader Joe’s at Bayshore Towne Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. Rifkin will talk about healthy food and snacks, and provide some samples for noshing.

Concert pianist Zoya Makhlina Goldenberg presents a spring concert on Thursday, April 7, at 1:30 pm. The program will include classical, contemporary and jazz selections, including the music of Chopin and Mendelssohn. A native of Ukraine, Goldenberg studied piano from the age of five. After the Chernobyl disaster, she moved from Kiev to Milwaukee, where she established her piano studio.

The music continues into the evening on Thursday, April 7, at 6:45 pm, with “Spring Fling Evening” featuring pianist Bill Hindin and vocalist Robin Pluer. Hindin has conducted and accompanied thousands of performances, most notably with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Pluer has performed with a number of Milwaukee musicians, including Paul Cebar and Mrs. Fun. She dazzles audiences with French ballads, jazz tunes and the sultry sound of cabaret.
“Jewish History Journey at Chai Point” continues on Monday, April 11, at 2:45 pm, with “Eastern Europe: From the Shtetl to America;” and Monday, April 25 at 2:45 pm, with “20th Century: Zionism, Rise of US Jewry, WWII, Israeli.” Facilitated by Rabbi Steven Adams, the series explores the culture and religion from its beginnings to today and beyond. “Jewish History” runs through May 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 3:00 pm, local history enthusiast Karl Bandow presents Milwaukee in Kodachrome – 1970s, featuring a recently discovered collection of slides offering a fascinating snapshot on how Milwaukee used to look. Bandow and Adam Levin stumbled upon this chance find in a Bay View antique store. Bandow said “To get the opportunity to see things that my grandparents saw with their own eyes; to get to kind of walk in their footsteps and see that stuff in color, it’s just incredible.”

Chai Point favorite James Slauson, Professor of Art History and Humanities at MIAD, returns for another insightful art history lecture on Thursday, April 28, at 1:30 pm. His publications include articles on Mediterranean art and culture, as well as writing on art and design locally and internationally.

All programs and performances are free unless otherwise noted. Free parking is also available under the building at 1414 N. Prospect Avenue. These events are in addition to regularly scheduled activities such as yoga and NIA. As always, attending a class, a concert or special event at Chai Point Senior Living is a great way to sample the “Chai” life!

Chai Point Senior Living offers assisted and independent living apartments in an elegant high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Geared for today’s active and engaged older adults, Chai Point residents are sophisticated and culturally, socially and politically engaged.



  • March 30, 2016

Music Takes Center Stage at Sarah Chudnow Community in April



April Events at SCC

Rabbi Steve Adams continues his series, “Bible Women,” on Mondays, April 4 and 18, at 3:00 pm, with “Ruth.” These presentations will include some texts, discussion, and music from a piece called Bible Women, written by Elizabeth Swados, who recently passed away. “Bible Women” runs twice monthly through June 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

On Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 pm, the Milwaukee-based Nu Jazz duo Mrs. Fun performs. Mrs. Fun, featuring vocalist Connie Graver and instrumentalist Kim Zick, brings their blend of off-center jazz, ultra-funk and neo-cabaret to each high-energy performance.

The Milwaukee Letter Carriers Band performs on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 pm. The 18-piece band plays patriotic tunes and music from the 40s, particularly music by the Glen Miller Orchestra. Their tremendous energy and spirit is sure to take over the stage.

On Friday, April 15, at 9:00 am, the Homestead String Orchestra plays at SCC. The orchestra, comprised of Homestead High School students, regularly performs and travels across the US and abroad. Last year, they toured to New York, culminating in a memorable performance at legendary Carnegie Hall.

Songstress Julie Thompson brings her silky and soulful sounds to Sarah Chudnow Community on Wednesday, April 20, at 2:30 pm. Expect an afternoon of toe-tapping jazz standards.

To complement its special programming, Sarah Chudnow Community also offers recurrent monthly programs. Lisa Gorelick, RN, BS, presents “Healthy Living” on Friday, April 8, at 11:15 am, and Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 pm. Lisa brings insight into preventative health practices. Lisa’s programs are interactive. She provides a program at SCC the 2nd Friday and 4th Saturday of every month. If planning on attending, please refrain from wearing fragrances.

These events are in addition to regularly scheduled activities at Sarah Chudnow Community. As always, attending a class, a concert or special event is a great way to “try out” the Community. Find more activities and musical events on the Sarah Chudnow Community Activity Calendar at or by calling 262.478.1500. Questions? Email

Sarah Chudnow Community, located in Mequon, WI, is an independent, not-for-profit senior living community with its own on-site management and support staff. It offers a full continuum of care, including apartment living, assisted living, memory care, and a skilled nursing facility providing post-acute rehab care, long-term and respite care.



  • March 30, 2016

WTMJ4 Puts the Spotlight on What Makes Us Special

Casey Geraldo, reporter at WTMJ4, visited Jewish Home and Care Center today, filming residents interacting with the robotic dogs, Bagel and Lox, that Hand in Hand gave the residents through a grant a few years ago.

The Hand in Hand grant program will be a feature on WTMJ4’s NOW program at 6:30 pm tonight (Friday, March 25). You can see them in action, and see what a difference it makes in the lives of the residents. Be sure to watch and see HiH Chairman Mary Anne Selby, residents, activity staff, and Volunteer Coordinator Beth Draper being interviewed!

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  • March 25, 2016

Afternoon Tea with UW-Milwaukee

The Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation hosted a lovely afternoon tea with visitors from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to celebrate our partnership in research. This partnership significantly increases our research capabilities and has established our first Jewish Home and Care Center Research Professor in Aging, Dr. Christine Kovach. Excellent discussion, delicious food, and laughs were shared by all!

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  • March 22, 2016

Representative Jim Ott Visits JHCC

State Representative Jim Ott, whose district (23) includes the Sarah Chudnow Community, meets with Michelle Putz, COO, and Mike Sattell, CEO, to discuss issues related to the health and well being of all of our residents.

On behalf of our communities, thank you Rep. Ott for taking time to meet with us today!

Photo (L to R): Michelle Putz, COO; Rep. Jim Ott: and Mike Sattell, CEO.

  • March 14, 2016

JHCC Therapy Department Holds Open House

The therapy department at Jewish Home and Care Ceheld a neon-themed Open House on Thursday, March 3. Staff, residents and their families had the opportunity to meet and greet our new therapy team, participate in interactive therapy stations, and win raffle prizes.

Missed the event on the 3rd? Stop by for the next Open House on Thursday, March 10, at 2:00 pm.

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  • March 7, 2016