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

  • 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 or call the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation at 414-721-9260.

  • January 7, 2016

Resources on Aging

Knowing what resources are out there for you or for a loved one is very important for when a crisis happens, and for planning purposes. Listed here are a few regional organizations that offer information as well as assistance for our community’s seniors.

1) The Aging Resource Center of Milwaukee County: Provide information and assistance to help people 60 years of age and older to remain active, independent and connected to their communities.
Address: 1220 W. Vliet St. Suite 302, Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414-289-6874 or 866-229-9695, M-F 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

2) Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin: This chapter serves 11 county regions, where an estimated 50,000 people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Not only does this organization have facts and figures about the disease, it also can help families and individual people challenged by Alzheimer’s to locate adult day centers, community based residential facilities, medical professionals who can help diagnose and assess, in-home respite care, and/or skilled nursing facilities.
Address: 620 South 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: 800-272-3900, 24/7 helpline, Email:

3) Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center: The medical center delivers primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care in 168 acute care operating beds and provides over $500,000 visits annually through an extensive outpatient program. Included on the campus is a 113-bed skilled nursing facility for geriatric programming. The VA medical center also offers a mobile clinic that provides primary care four days a week to veterans.
Address: 5000 West National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53295
Phone: 414-284-2000


4) Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee: JFS is a leading provider of social services in greater Milwaukee for individuals, families, and children of every age, race, religion, income, or lifestyle. A wide range of programs and services are offered for older adults to empower them to live in comfort and dignity while maintaining independence as long as possible. Care managers are able to develop unique plans tailored to individual situations.
Address: 1300 North Jackson Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-390-5800

5) Senior Resources: Senior Resources is a Wisconsin-based organization committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information on services available to older adults. One will find comprehensive information on adult day services, aging and disability resource centers, Alzheimer’s assistance, assisted living, benefit specialists, care coordinators, elder abuse, financial and legal assistance, home care information, hospice, insurance information including Medicaid and Medicare, medical equipment suppliers, senior move managers, meal providers, personal emergency response systems, senior centers, senior housing options, skilled nursing facilities, travel and leisure, and veterans services.
Address: PO Box 285, Germantown, WI 53022
Phone: 262-253-0901

For questions or further assistance, the Jewish Home and Care Center, Chai Point Senior Living and Sarah Chudnow Community staff are always here to help. You can call us at 414-276-2627 or visit us at

  • January 7, 2016

Chai Point Begins 2016 with a Diverse Slate of Programming


January Events at Chai Point

Start off the new year at Chai Point with a book discussion, an art history class or a variety of musical performances.

On Wednesday, January 6, at 2:30 pm, Jessie Garcia, author and former WTMJ4 sportscaster, discusses her new book, No Stone Unturned: A Brother and Sister’s Incredible Journey Through the Olympics and Cancer. The book shares the story of Casey FitzRandolph, Olympic gold medalist, and his sister, Jessi, who was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, No Stone Unturned follows the family through this journey.

Musician and educator Rick Aaron presents “Music From Around the World” on Thursday, January 8, at 1:30 pm. Since the mid-1960s, Aaron has been a fixture on the Milwaukee area music scene, from performing jazz concerts and Broadway shows to subbing with the Milwaukee Symphony.

On Thursday, January 14, at 1:30 pm, Rachel Baum, PhD, presents “Catskills 101.” The lecture explores the rise and demise of the famous Kutscher’s Resort in the Catskill Mountains. Baum is the coordinator, Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and adjunct assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee

Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful classical music by world renowned performers and award-winning father and son duo Yuri (violinist) and Daniel (pianist) Beliavsky on Sunday, January 17, at 1:30 pm. Their repertoire includes 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. The performance is free of charge.

Chai Point favorite James Slauson, professor of Art History and Humanities at MIAD, returns to present a lecture on Baroque art on Thursday, January 21, at 1:30 pm. Slauson has published articles on, and exhibited photographs displaying Baroque art.

On Wednesday, January 27, at 6:45 pm, enjoy “A Special Night of Entertainment” with Milwaukee-based Nu Jazz duo Mrs. Fun joined by special guests John Schneider and Claire Morkin. 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. Schneider is the leader and singer of the John Schneider Orchestra, performers of pop music songs of the 1920s – 1950s. Vocalist Morkin has performed with numerous jazz musicians throughout the Milwaukee area.

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.


  • December 31, 2015

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