Sarah Chudnow Community Kicks Off 2016 with Recipe Remembrance, Music, and an Encore by Popular Demand



January Events at SCC

Rabbi Steve Adams continues his series, “Bible Women,” on Monday, January 4, and Monday, January 18, at 3:00 pm, with “Our Matriarchs: Leah & Rachel.” These presentations will include some texts, some discussion, and music from a piece called Bible Women, written by Elizabeth Swados. “Bible Woman” runs twice monthly through June 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

Pianist and vocalist Tom Stanfield performs the classics from George and Ira Gershwin & Cole Porter on Friday, January 8, at 2:30 pm. His multi-instrumental talents and soothing melodies promise to create an atmosphere ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable performance.

World renowned performers Yuri (violinist) and Daniel (pianist) Beliavsky return for their annual performance on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 pm. The repertoire will include Jewish works by Ernest Bloch, Joseph Achron and others, plus general classical pieces. Yuri is a former Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra violinist and currently gives lectures on the “Art of Violin Playing.” Daniel is a professional pianist and faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear beautiful classical music by this award-winning father and son duo! The performance is free of charge.

Pianist David Alfvin returns for an afternoon of classical music on Wednesday, January 13, at 3:00 pm. A former high school English instructor and corporate editor, Alfvin is also the author of the upcoming book Left for Dead, which chronicles the abduction and survival of Teri Jendusa-Nicolai, whose ex-husband abused her, left her for dead, and kidnapped their daughters.

On Thursday, January 14, at 3:00 pm, singer /songwriter Jeanette Crosswait performs “Music for the Soul.” Be uplifted by a variety of music styles including oldies and contemporary, as well as some original recordings.

The String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) brings the melodious sound of strings to Sarah Chudnow Community on Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 pm. Founded in 1990, SAW has become one of the country’s model schools, offering students between the ages of four and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello.

On Monday, January 18, at 2:00 pm, join author and speaker Reynold Kremer for Part 2 of his presentation: “The Plain People: Hutterites, Mennonites and The Amish.” Kremer will explore the interesting world of the Anabaptists (Amish, Old Order Mennonites, and Hutterites), with a special emphasis on the history, religion, and heritage of the Amish people. This second presentation was scheduled in response to the enthusiastic response to November’s event. You do not need to have been at the first presentation to attend.

Folk duo Kathy Engel and Meg Kauselick make their SCC debut on Thursday, January 21, at 3:00 pm. The duo’s repertoire includes the music of Carole King as well as similar music from the 1960s and 1970s.

On Sunday, January 24, at 3:00 pm, vocalist Anne Davis and pianist Matt Lawrenz promise an afternoon of unforgettable jazz standards and contemporary favorites including Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Sit back, relax and enjoy new renditions of the songs that have stood the test of time.

In observance of World Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sarah Chudnow Community hosts a Recipe Remembrance Dinner on Wednesday, January 27, at 5:30 pm. The Seder-style meal, led by Rabbi Steven Adams, features recipes from Holocaust survivors, including recipes from the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook. Cost for the event is $20 with a choice of two entrees, Brisket or Chicken Paprikash. Seating is limited; RSVPs are required by calling 414.478.1500 no later than January 18 . The dinner is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Hand in Hand, Partners in Caring.

On Friday, January 29, at 2:00 pm, Rockin’ Randy brings his 50s & 60s dance party to Sarah Chudnow Community in celebration of our January birthdays. Enjoy favorites such as “Sherry Baby” and “All Shook Up” with Randy’s unique twist.

Mark Boschstein and Olga Vologarskaya perform string and piano selections on Sunday, January 31, at 2:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of classical music.

To complement its special programming, Sarah Chudnow Community also offers recurrent monthly programs. On Thursday, January 28, at 10:30 am, Attorney Lori Kornblum, adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School and former assistant DA for Milwaukee County, discusses controversial topics from a legal perspective.

Lisa Gorelick, RN, BS, presents “Healthy Living” on Friday, January 8, at 11:15 am, and Saturday, January 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.

  • December 31, 2015

Year-end Charitable Giving Reminders

By: Michael I. Sattell, CPA/CFF, CFE – President & CEO

As we reach the end of 2015, you, like many others, may be in the middle of planning the majority of your charitable giving for the year. If you are considering the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation in your year-end giving, thank you.

I want to remind you of a few important issues to ensure your gift is deductible in the year you intended, and for the amount you expect.

To ensure the gift is deductible in the year you intend, you first need to understand the IRS’s “date of delivery” rules. Basically, the date you hand deliver a check or direct us to charge your credit card, either by phone or through our website, is considered the date of delivery that value has been transferred to the Foundation. Similarly, the date postmarked on US Postal Service mail will determine the year of deductibility, even if not delivered to us until 2016.

In addition to cash, you can generally deduct the fair market value of any other property donated. This is often a wise tax strategy. Gifts of stocks and/or Mutual Funds must settle before the end of the year to be considered a gift for that year. So please be careful if you intend to gift these securities before year’s end and allow yourself enough time to ensure they can be delivered to us by December 31.

Finally, make sure to keep a record of any gift, by bank record or written communication from the organization. In addition, you must obtain a contemporaneous written acknowledgement of any gift of $250 or more from the organization which indicates the amount of cash or any property contributed. (At the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, we make sure to send a receipt for any gift we receive, regardless of amount.)

Please be careful to plan ahead and ensure your donation counts in the year you intend and for the amount you desire. IRS Publications 526, “Charitable Contributions” and 561, “Determining the Value of Donated Property” are especially informative. Check with your tax advisor for more information. And please let us know how we can help you with this or any charitable giving question, at 414-721-9255 or

  • December 3, 2015

Holiday Recipes from Residents

With the holiday season in full swing, we are pleased to share some of our residents’ favorite recipes that are perfect to enjoy with family, friends, and neighbors.

Cabbage Rolls
1 large cabbage
1 ½ lb. ground beef
½ cup uncooked rice (preferably the quick cooking type)
1 large onion
2 – 8 oz. cans tomato paste
Olive Oil

1. Freeze cabbage in a sealed plastic bag 2-3 days prior to use. When ready to use, defrost the cabbage (overnight in the refrigerator or for 1 hour in warm water) then separate individual leaves.
2. Cut onions into small squares and fry in oil until light brown.
3. Add tomato paste plus 1-2 cups of water and boil for 1-2 minutes to blend.
4. Add your favorite spices (garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro, etc).
5. Mix meat with rice and spices to taste.
6. Roll each cabbage leaf with some meat/rice mixture and arrange in an over dish in a single or multiple layers.
7. Pour the tomato sauce to cover rolls.
8. Bake covered at 350°F for 1.5 hour.

Photo: Sarah Chudnow Community resident, Sala Mydlak, shares her favorite recipe from her recipe book.

Leah’s Latkes

The tradition in the Knight household is to throw a huge Chanukah party for the entire family each year. This party is a well-planned event with a fairly set menu, decorations and other traditions. I set the dining room table with a table cloth, and informal Chanukah-themed dinnerware. The table is decorated with gold and silver wrapped chocolate Chanukah gelt (coins) and various kinds of dreidls. The house is always filled with the delicious aroma of my latkes.

1 lb of russet potatoes washed, peeled and quartered
1-2 eggs
A few tablespoons of flour
One large onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Slowly add the potatoes into a blender alternating the egg, onion and flour. Blend on high to liquefy the mixture until it is still a bit lumpy, with the consistency of mushy oatmeal. Blend the latkes in small batches so that they fit into the blender and then put each batch into a large bowl. Cover the bottom of a huge skillet with vegetable oil and spoon the mixture into the hot oil. Fry the latkes on high heat and turn once when the edges are beginning to brown. Heat just a few more minutes until the other side is browned.

Line cookie sheets with paper bags (to absorb the grease), and put the latkes in single layers on the cookie sheets. Place them in the oven on low heat to keep warm until the meal is ready. Serve the latkes with apple sauce and sour cream.

We will celebrate by lighting the candles on our chanukiah (the special menorah for Chanukah), say the blessings, play dreidl, and nosh on chocolate coins and sufganiot (jelly filled donuts) for dessert.
Photo: Chai Point Senior Living resident Leah Knight loves to cook this delicious recipe for her family!

Please enjoy these recipes with your friends and family during the holiday season! If you have a favorite family recipe to share, we’d love to hear all about it on our Facebook page at

  • December 3, 2015