February is Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Every year, February is celebrated as American Heart Month, and during Hearth Month, the American Heart Association, along with many other health organizations, has designated this month to the overall goal of raising awareness about heart disease and to prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Heart disease can often be prevented through healthy choices. Below are some suggestions on how to get started:

  • Exercise: you can do anything physical that keeps your heart rate up for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week.
  • Limit Your Time Spent Sitting: a steady exercise regime of one hour per day does not make up for an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. If you spend much of your time sitting during the day, be sure to break up long periods of sitting to stand or walk around.
  • Diet: the best way to eat optimally for your heart is to stick with foods including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables. Additionally, studies show that eating low levels of red meat and higher levels of lean meats and fish are good for heart health.
  • Cut The Soda and Juice: one of the fastest ways to clean up your diet is to cut out sugary drinks, like soda and juice. Limit how much you drink your calories.
  • Watch Your Numbers: get regular check-ups to monitor health conditions that affect the heart, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and make sure they’re under control with medication.
  • Get Adequate Sleep: sleep gives time for the body to reboot and recover. When you’re asleep, you heart rate and blood pressure go down. Adults who reported good quality sleep had healthier arteries. Try to aim for 7 hours of sleep a night.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: too many pounds can add up to increased heart-disease risk. Try to maintain a healthy body weight and BMI for your size.
  • Ditch The Cigarettes: cigarette smoking can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease by two to four times.
  • Find A Stress Relieving Hobby: managing stress is very important for heart health. Hobbies including meditation, yoga, knitting, hiking and many more are key to dealing with stress.

Get started today with working to improve your heart health! For more information on American Heart Month, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.

  • February 4, 2016

Our Hidden Gems: Meet Josh Gimbel

This is the first in an on-going series that will appear occasionally to highlight some of the hidden gems in our treasure chest of people who give their time to our organization.

Josh Gimbel is the chairman of the Jewish Home and Care Center Board of Directors. His involvement began in the late 1990s when his grandfather, Gene Posner, introduced him to Nita Corré. Josh was at an event at the US Bank. He spent time talking with Nita and she told him, “Someday you will be the chair of the Jewish Home and Care Center board.” Soon after that meeting he joined the JHCC board which was under the chairmanship of Mike Joseph.

“I’m involved in almost every committee and this is my third year as chairman of the JHCC board,” Josh said. He is also the chair of the executive committee and serves on the board of the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation.

Josh enjoys his time here. “I find it to be a wonderful and important experience. This organization supports the elderly and infirm in our Jewish community; what could be more important that?”

Josh, an attorney with Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin and Brown has been married for 20 years. He has a 19-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter.

Josh’s grandfather Harold Gimbel spent some time at the Jewish Home as a rehab resident. It was during this time that Josh met Arleen Peltz, who was a great influence and they became close friends. Spending time at the Jewish Home and Care Center, he said, was like coming home.

If someone says that they would like to volunteer but just do not have the time, Josh tells them, “find the time. This experience is incredibly rewarding.”

The aspect of volunteering itself means a great deal to Josh. Aside from all of his work for the Jewish Home and Care Center he also volunteers at the Milwaukee Justice Center, the Hunger Task Force, and sits on the board of the Discovery World Museum. Josh truly understands the importance of being a volunteer and cherishes the rewards that come from doing something meaningful and worthwhile.

Do you know someone who should be highlighted as a hidden gem? If so, contact Liz Brach at 414-721-9255 or lbrach@jewishseniorliving.org.

Photo caption: Josh Gimbel, Chairman and mother Barbara Ward, Secretary of the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation accepting the Generation to Generation Award at the Annual Lunch in 2013.

  • February 4, 2016

Meet the Committee: Art Committee

Members: Chair: Judy Margolis, Bobbi Caraway, Suzy Ettinger, Denny Geller, Josh Gimbel, Jeff Winter 

Staff: President/CEO – Mike Sattell, CAO –  Randy Crosby

Founding Date: July 2014

Mission: The Art Committee provides guidance, oversight and support to ensure high quality operations regarding major issues related to visual arts. It is dedicated to perpetuating the life-cycle of existing artwork on our campuses and bringing in new pieces and exhibits.

Story of the Art Committee:

The Art Committee was formed in early Summer 2014. The first project for the committee was to create a permanent exhibit for the Rubenstein Pavilion, and the project was to be underwritten by Hand in Hand, Partners in Caring, the volunteer arm of our organization. “We knew we wanted to create something unique to the Jewish Home,” said Judy Margolis, chair of the Art Committee. “We also knew we wanted a photo mural, and so I started talking with the artist Tony Spolar to come up with ideas on what our theme should be. It became apparent that the fifth commandment, Honor Thy Father and Mother, is central to our organization and is meaningful to the population here.” The finished mural features more than 1,000 photos, telling the story of the Jewish community in Milwaukee. The photo mural dedication event was held in June 2015 with over 200 people in attendance.

From the mural project, the committee then developed into accomplishing the task of keeping art in the forefront of our communities, and keeping the residents and visitors of the Jewish Home and Care Center, Chai Point and Sarah Chudnow Community engaged with art. “After the mural project, the committee was very enthusiastic to move forward and keep going,” Judy said. Thus began a new series, “Private Collection,” featuring works of art on loan by local collectors. The first exhibit the Art Committee brought in was from the private collection of Judy and Bud Margolis, and it features eight John McCarthy paintings. “These paintings are colorful and nostalgic,” said Judy. “They are Milwaukee icons that people can relate to. The residents and visitors have been very responsive to the collection.”

Mike Sattell, president/CEO said, “The committee is such a great group of people who bring different perspectives from varied backgrounds. They are all committed to our mission and want to make things the best they can for our residents. We have such a beautiful campus, and the Art Committee is giving us knowledge and expertise to make it even more beautiful.”

What does it do for our residents?
Says Judy Margolis, “The Art Committee is here to stimulate conversation and thought, and the desire to understand and appreciate art. It promotes interesting dialogues about art and what it means to people. We’re bringing art to our residents and bringing them joy.”

What’s next for the Art Committee?
Coming in Summer 2016 – a special exhibit featuring the artwork of Milwaukee-based artist Barbara Kohl-Spiro. Stay tuned for more details to follow in the coming months! Find out more about Barbara Kohl-Spiro at her website.

Photo 1: Judy and Bud Margolis standing in front of their private collection of eight John McCarthy paintings on display in the Jewish Home and Care Center. Photo credit – Paul Ruffolo Photography. 

Photo 2: The photo mural in the Rubenstein Pavilion.

If you are interested in sharing your art collection with our residents, contact Liz Brach at 414.721.9255 or lbrach@jewishseniorliving.org.

  • February 4, 2016

L’Dor V’Dor Art Boxes

Chai Point’s artists in residence, Rebecca Ebsen and Ian McGibbon, facilitated a workshop exploring the meaning of L’Dor V’Dor through a creative art project.

Participants were asked to bring a small object or idea that symbolized something they would like to pass down to the next generation.

After a short sharing session, participants  decorated boxes that accompanied your object and ideas.

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  • February 2, 2016

February Brings Insightful Lectures and Music to Sarah Chudnow Community



February Events at SCC

February starts off with the first of a three-part lecture series on God and religion with Dr. Shimon Salama on Monday, February 1, at 2:00 pm. Parts two and three of the series are Monday, February 15, and Monday, February 29, at 2:00 pm. Dr. Salama is an Orthodox Jew who holds a Ph.D. in physics and is president of S Square Innovations.

Rabbi Steve Adams continues his series, “Bible Women,” on Mondays, February 1 and 15, at 3:00 pm, with “Miriam the Prophetess.” These presentations will include some texts, discussion, and music from a piece called Bible Women, written by Elizabeth Swados, who passed away last month. “Bible Women” runs twice monthly through June 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

Bridget Moen, active in county politics and a Sarah Chudnow Community staff member, presents a program on “How to be a delegate to a political convention” on Friday, February 5, at 1:30 pm. She will also discuss her experience as a delegate at a recent convention.

If lectures and discussions aren’t your cup of tea, there are a variety of music programs from which to choose.

Crowd favorite Gary Wisner returns for another entertaining musical performance on Thursday, February 4, at 3:00 pm.

On Sunday, February 7, at 1:30 pm, folk singer Craig Siemsen performs. With his classic folk voice, Siemsen is known for impeccable musicianship, playful stage humor and jewel-like original songs.

Pianist and composer Zoe Biller performs on Thursday, February 11, at 3:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of standard jazz, classical and Yiddish selections, along with some of her original compositions.

On Sunday, February 14, at 3:00 pm, musician Terry Morganroth returns to sing the hits of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The Nightengals, Katie Gorton and Andrea Terek, present a musical variety show on Thursday, February 18, at 3:00 pm. With guitar and vocals, they will take guests on a sentimental journey through the decades.

On Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 pm, Easy Days Barbershop Quartet returns to SCC. Enjoy the music of this award-winning quartet as they entertain us with Big Band music of the 30s and 40s. The quartet was the 2009 Land O’Lakes District Senior’s Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Songstress Julie Thompson brings her silky and soulful sounds to Sarah Chudnow Community on Sunday, February 28, at 3:00 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, February 12, at 11:15 am, and Saturday, February 27, 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 SarahChudnow.org or by calling 262.478.1500. Questions? Email info@sarahchudnow.org

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.



  • January 31, 2016

Set Your Sights on February Programs at Chai Point


February Events at Chai Point

Vision Forward presents “Seeing Better in 2016” on Thursday, February 4, at 1:30 pm. This informative presentation offers tips to help maintain eye health and new products to enhance vision. Vision Forward strives to empower, educate, and enhance the lives of people impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions. Macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other age-related vision loss shouldn’t mean the end of an active life!

“Jewish History Journey at Chai Point” continues on Monday, February 8, at 2:45 pm, with Judaism through the first millennium CE: Later Rabbis & Gaonim: Gemarah & Talmud; and Monday, February 22, at 2:45 pm, with Diaspora Jewry-Ashkenaz & Sepharad: Kehillot, Maimonides & Rashi. 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.

Cate Miller, local foodie and owner of Cate’s Kitchen, stirs up a delicious soup in her program “From Soup to Nuts” on Tuesday, February 10, at 3:00 pm. Through her business, Miller coordinates demonstrations for events such as Bastille Days, teaches cooking classes and writes about food for a variety of publications. This demonstration is the first in a series featuring Milwaukee culinary professionals.

On Tuesday, February 16, at 3:00 pm, professor Mark Keane presents the interactive program, “Draw Along with Frank Lloyd Wright.” Whether participants draw or simply listen, this will be to be an interesting and educational hour experiencing the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Professor Mark Keane teaches design and drawing at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee and is the director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Initiative. This lecture kicks off the “Designs of Our Lives” series, 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.

Concert pianist Zoya Makhlina Goldenberg performs on Thursday, February 18, 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.

On Friday, February 26, at 1:30 pm, the Latin-Klezmer fusion band Klezmer Libre comes to Chai Point for a return performance. Translated from Yiddish and Spanish “To Play Music Freely,” Klezmer Libre is comprised of faculty members from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The ensemble plays a variety of genres including traditional Eastern-European Klezmer, Latin, contemporary and classical.

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.

  • January 31, 2016

Artist-in-Residence Reception

Rebecca Ebsen and Ian Jack McGibbon, both students at the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee, were formally welcomed to Chai Point on Thursday, January 21.

Both will engage residents in a variety of artistic endeavors this spring. Ian has already moved into Chai Point as part of the program.

This program is made possible by the UWM Creative Trust, an alliance committed to fostering life-long learning through the arts – and transforming aging in the process.

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  • January 22, 2016

Hand in Hand Purchases Blixers for JHCC

Sherry Nash, assistant director of dietary services, prepares food in the Blixer for our residents requiring therapeutic puréed diets. The Blixer is a food processor that purées the general diet foods without added thickeners so the flavor and taste remains intact.

Hand in Hand, Partners in Caring (the volunteer arm of the Jewish Home and Care Center), generously purchased these food processors to enhance the quality of life for our residents who require foods with smoother consistency. 

Hand in Hand, Partners in Caring, furthers the mission of JHCC by providing volunteer and financial support. Our members enhance the lives of residents and provide direct services to residents through volunteer service and sponsorships of staff, community and board-initiated programs. ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬

  • January 19, 2016

Celebrating Life with the Activity Department

When thinking about the activities and hobbies that keep you engaged and fulfilled, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s cooking or baking, listening to music, or maybe it’s going to a Brewer’s game or taking an autumn walk. Whatever the activity is, many people would say that these activities sustain us, challenge us, and bring joy to our lives. For a moment, imagine that you have moved into a Skilled Nursing Facility and that participating in your favorite activities is no longer easy due to the loss of your independence and mobility. This challenge, faced by residents at the Jewish Home and Care Center, is overcome by the vibrant and growing Activity Department through the more than 110 activities they put on per week.

Take a look. Here’s what our dedicated activities staff is doing on a daily basis to provide the best possible quality of life for residents.

Small Groups
Many of the weekly activities are small group activities, with fifteen or fewer residents in attendance. There are more than twelve small groups at the Jewish Home and Care Center including: Pieces of History, Happy Hour, Men’s Club, Ceramics, Book Club, Russian Club, Restaurant Club, Tuesday Tea, At Knit’s End, Discovery Hour, Shake n’ Bake, Art History and Sports Talk. The small groups are an excellent opportunity for staff to spend one-on-one time with residents, and have the opportunity to personalize the activities to fit the interests of residents. During Art History, residents study a painting and then recreate the painting themselves, using their own artistic skills. Afterwards, residents have a stimulating discussion, sharing their thoughts and ideas about their pieces with the group.

Picture: Activity Coordinator Ellen Becker leads the Shabbat party on the second floor at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Residents eat challah, drink grape juice, sing along to music and read prayers.

Large Groups

Large group activities are designed to bring many of our residents together to socialize and interact. “With the larger-scale parties, we’re getting all of our residents together and giving them a really fun and memorable experience,” explained Carol Lukaszewicz, Jewish Home and Care Center activities director.

The Jewish Home and Care Center residents enjoyed a Campfire Party during Autumn Weeks. “The residents really responded to the sensory experience of the Campfire Party,” said Carol. “We had homemade fire pits, ate s’mores, had a very soulful singer perform, and even brought in real autumn leaves from the outdoors. We also had schoolchildren visiting that day, through our intergenerational programming, and we had residents playing in the leaves with the kids! They loved it!”

State requirements for outings are only mandated to happen two times per year. Residents at the Jewish Home and Care Center have the opportunity to go on outings about one time per month. They’re able to go to Brewer’s games, the zoo, Festa Italiana, and more. Resident Neil says, “I love going to the Brewer’s games, and I’m a Brewer’s fan. They are so fun!”

And Much More…
Other excellent activities provided to residents includes thematic and musical programming.

To get ideas fresh and activities different and new, the activities department has themed weeks, about two weeks in duration, in which they tailor the activities to fit the theme. “We’re always coming up with creative ideas to get our residents involved with something fun and new. We’ll have new recipes, new sensory experiences and fresh ideas to really help the themes come to life,” said Carol Lukaszewicz.

Music-centered activities are important for residents. “Music affects nearly every part of the brain and truly reaches everyone,” said Angela, music specialist. “Even residents who are usually non-verbal will sing along and get involved. Music memory is the last part of the memory to go, and many of our residents whose memory has deteriorated will still light up when their favorite song is played. Music really speaks to our residents.” Residents have many music-centered activities to participate in including such as Jewish Music, Music Memories, dinner music and more.

Photo: A resident making a scarf at the JHCC’s Winter Wonderland Party.

“We’re here to be with our residents, get to know them and truly enrich their lives,” said Carol Lukaszewicz. “The activities are created to really dive beneath the surface and to get to the heart and soul of each and every resident.”

Are you interested in funding a special activity for our residents? Donate online today at http://www.jewishseniorliving.org/donation-form.

  • January 7, 2016

The Winter 2015 Surlow Award Winners Are In!

Congratulations to the winners of the Maurice Surlow Award for Employee Excellence! This award, which takes place three times a year at the Jewish Home and Care Center, Chai Point Senior Living and Sarah Chudnow Community, recognizes staff members who provide superior quality of care to our Residents and their families. Staff members who receive the award are nominated by their peers, residents and families and are honored at a celebration where they receive a monetary gift as well as a plaque distinguishing their accomplishments.

Here are the winners from our communities who were presented with their awards on Wednesday, December 9.

Jewish Home and Care Center



Jewish Home and Care Center Activities Director Carol Lukaszewicz presents an award to Daniela Iannello, activity coordinator.








Jewish Home and Care Center award winners (from left to right): Daniela Iannello, activity coordinator; Jean Dupree, unit clerk; and Lea Bopeya, CNA. Not pictured: Laura Freels, RN supervisor.





Chai Point Senior Living 



Director Debbie Zemel and President & CEO Michael Sattell present a Surlow Award to Carmillita Collins, CNA.





Sarah Chudnow Community 




Paul Schultz, Sarah Chudnow Community Administrator, and Michael Sattell, president & CEO, present the Surlow Award to Malia Fischer, activity coordinator.






To find out more about how you can help continue this legacy and recognize staff for their outstanding care, visit our website at http://www.jewishseniorliving.org/donation-form or call the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation at 414-721-9260.

  • January 7, 2016