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October 23, 1970 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-23

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Jewish-Sponsored Boarding Home for Aged


(Copyright UM JTA. Me-)

boarding care home program in
New York was started by the Jew-
ish Community Services, it was the
post-World War II refugee families
which provided most of the host
homes. Many refugee family
heads, forced to accept lesser-pay-
ing jobs than they had held in
Europe and familiar with the
European pension boarding home
arrangement, accepted elderly
boarders to supplement their in-

stringent requirements. The home
must meet city regulations. Each
boarder must have his own room
and adequate toilet facilities. The
prospective "host" is interviewed
by a JASA caseworker and, if
found acceptable, is given an ex-
amination by a JASA doctor. He
must also attend a three-day ori-
entation and training program. He
is required to provide food and
also care, since the boarder may
sometimes have to be fed, bathed
and helped to move about
For these services, the host re-
ceives $250 a month, paid by the
boarder — usually from his so-
dal security benefits, plus pay-
ments from his family, and when
possible, supplemented by limit-
ed public assistance, if the
boarder is eligible. JASA subsi-
dises the difference between the
funds available to the client and
the $250 monthly cost.
Warach said 95 per cent of the
JASA clients are subsidized. If
mental or physical deterioration
sets in which makes it impossible
for the boarder to continue re-
siding in the host home, the JASA
counselor meets with the host, the
boarder's family and with the
boarder — if he or she is com-
petent- — to discuss placement in
a home for the aged, or some other
appropriate facility.
Initially, according to Sarah
Lederinan, who conducts the JASA
program, hosts were recruited by
publicity. However, many non-Jews
read about the program and volun-
teered to be hosts, explaining they
were familiar with the Jewish di-
etary laws and could provide a
home for elderly Jews. These of-
fers had to be turned down, she
said, because only Jewish hosts
and homes are accepted by JASA
clients in the program. The agency
now depends on word-of-mouth
suggestions, generally from cur-
rent and former hosts, to recruit
new host homes.

Twenty-eight elderly New York
Jews currently are residents in
private homes in the nation's
largest Jewish-sponsored boarding
home program for the aged, ac-
cording to an official of the Jew-
ish Association for Services (or
Ilse Aged (JASA), a central or-
ganization for such services of the
New York Federation of Jewish
Philanthropies, sponsors of the comes.
There has also been a decline in
Bernard Warach. JASA execu- the number of requests for such
tive director, said that while the placement, he reported. He said
23-year.old program has been a elderly persons, in their 70's, and
success, it had never been as large 80's, now have "a greater degree
as had been hoped for, because of self-support because of social
there never has been a large security, pensions and public as-
enough number of "host” homes sistance and many prefer to live
available. He said the idea of plac- in their own apartments. They live
ing aged persons in private homes longer and healthier lives due to
as paying boarders, rather than in Medicare and Medicaid?'
There is nevertheless still a
-institutions, grew out of the "spec-
tacular" growth of the foster home great need for the boarding house
movement for children in the program, he declared. Experience
has shown that it generally is not
1940's. • •
He said the first boarding home until the age of 84 that an in-
program for the Jewish aged in dividual needs the "protective cli-
New York City was started by the mate" of a nursing home or a
Jewish Community Services of home for the aged. The lack of
Long Island, another Federation enough "host" homes for the JASA
agency. That program reached its boarding home program is costly
peak in 1958, with 80 Jewish men to the community, he said.
and women placed in homes. By
He compared the $250 monthly
1980, the number of such elderly fee for the private home pro-
gram with the $600 monthly cost
Jewish boarders had dropped to
50. Only individuals, not couples, of Jewish Institutional domicilary
are placed in the program, which care and the $1,000 monthly coat
was taken over by JASA when that of the infirmary care. He added
agency was founded more than 18 he was not optimistic, "for the
moment," at least, about the
months ago.
Warach told the Jewish Tele-
future of the boarding care
graphic Agency that the decline
movement for the Jewish aged
in the number of boarding
in the United States.
homes stemmed largely from
The JASA procedure for plac-
the growing affluence of that ing an elderly Jew in a private
part of the American Jewish home begins with a meeting be-
population who had in the past tween a JASA counselor and the
provided the host homes, as well applicant, his family and doctor.
as from the tight New York City A psychiatrist may be called in,
housing situation.
if need be, to determine the ap-
- He noted that the idea of "fos- plicant's ability to get along with
ter" homes for elderly Jews goes the host family. There is a many-
* • •
back to the medieval period in faceted study of the applicant and
Europe and even earlier and that, of the type of home needed. If a Chicago Plan Keeps
at one time, it was a common vacancy exists, the applicant is
practice for Jewish families in this placed in a private home. If none
country to take in boarders. With exists, JASA tries to place him Aged at Home
the advent of the 1930s, he said, elsewhere. Once he is placed, he
CHICAGO (JTA)—A plan to help
that ceased to be a normal practice receives regular visits from his aged Jews remain in their neigh-
in the Jewish community.
JASA counselor.
borhoods and whenever possible in
Accordingly, when the Jewish
To be a JASA "host" involves their homes as independent func-
tioning individuals, has been an-
by the Jewish Federation
Two Former Nazis, Charged nounced
of Metropolitan Chicago as the
of two years of research
With Killing Thousands, Free and planning.
FRANKFURT — (JTA) — Dr. ted despite the fact that the jury
The plan was developed by a
Bernard Franz Lucas, one of the found he had aided in the murder Gerontological Council, created by
defendants in the Auschwitz trial of several thousand Jews by se- the federation to assess existing
who had been sentenced to three- lecting for death the elderly who programs, recommend improve-
and-a-half-years imprisonment, had arrived at Auschwitz.
ments and "develop a comprehen-
his appeal upheld and was acquit.
The jury based its verdict on sive and coordinated plan to meet
the state prosecutor's words that the current and future needs of
Cholera Over, but Israelis Lucas bad been in a difficult situ- Chicago's Jewish aged," according
ation and no one could have ex- to Jerome M. Comar, federation
Warned .
Could Rehm pected him to endanger himself by president.
JERUSALEM — (JTA) —Health saving other people.
Joseph L. Gidwitz, chairman of
Minister Victor Shemtov declared
Informed sources here pointed the council, said that the new
that the cholera outbreak is defi- out that to this day, there is no plan was designed to fit the needs
nitely over but warned that it could evidence that any Nazi war crimi- of the individual, rather than to
reoccur next year and .urged the nal had been punished for refusing conform to the usual concept of
populace to observe the highest to take part in such actions, and trying to fit the elderly into a pat-
standards of sanitation.
they always had the alternative of tern of services centered around
Shemtov said no new cases of volunteering for front-line service. institutions for the elderly.
the disease have been diagnosed
In Vienna, former SS member
Under the plan, the elderly Jew
since Oct. 12. Cholera has a five- Joseph Wendel was acquitted here will make use of the resources
day incubation period.
last Friday because "he had acted and strawlike be or she.has, aug-
A health ministry source told the under orders" in participating in mented through a network of fed-
Jewish Telegraphic Agency that a the murder' of 300 Jews in 1943. eration sponsored in home and
total of 249 cases of cholera had Wendel, 60, was one of the drivers neighborhood services. The chair-
been diagnosed since it was first of the infamous "gas cars" that man said it was hoped that the
detected in the Arab sector of predated the gas chambers.
Jewish aged would be offered
Jerusalem last Aug. 20.
help to achieve a We of Indepen-
There were five deaths known
which traditional pro-
to have been caused by cholera Report Nixon Urged
grams, by their nature, cannot
since then and a number of other Franco to Establish
deaths during the period which
Through the area service center,
are being investigated to deter- Ties With Israel
be provided with
mine whether they were caused by
MADRID (ZINS)—Rumors stub-
cholera or some other disease.
bornly persist, according to the a wide range of services, including
home-maker and
The health ministry said the Spanish news agency Prensa, that
disease was finally suppressed by Spain will shortly establish diplo- shopping assistance, telephone re-
a far-reaching unitary campaign, matic relations with the state of assurance, transportation services,
home meal services, job counseling
but medical authorities have been Israel.
unable to pinpoint any individual
According to Prensa, President and job opportunities on the staff of
source of the infection.
Nixon, on his recent European the service center, health screening
tour, strongly urged Franco that and in home- health services. The
Consider the postage stamp: its Spain formally establish ties with council chairman said that a va-
usefulness consists in the ability Israel. Several months ago Abba riety of different types of housing
s 14.
gels Eban held some• talks- on this sub- -was being considered,-to-meet the
there.—Josh BM
ject with Spain's foreign minister. varied needs of aged persons,


54—Friday, October 23, 1970

Firms Set Lower Rate
for Shipping to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)—Americans
shipping personal and household
effects to Israel are paying lower
freight charges as the result of
an agreement that went into effect
this month with two steamship
The firms,. American Export-
Isbrandsten Lines and the Zim
Lines of Israel agreed to supply
the so-called container rules to
shipments from the U.S. to Israel.
So far they have applied only to
shipments to Europe.
Most general cargo is now car-
ried in standard 20-foot containers.
Freight rates are based on cubic
footage. Under container rules the
freight is calculated on the internal
rather than external dimensions
of the caintainers, the difference
amounting to as much as 250
cubic feet, representing a consider-
able savings for the shipper.
The companies also agreed to
charge shippers of less than full
container loads only for the space
occupied by their goods.

The Family of the Late


Announces the unveiling
of a monument in his
memory 2:30 p.m. Sun-
day, Oct. 25 at Chesed
abet Emes Cemetery.
Rabbi Goldschlag will of-
ficiat e. Relatives and
friends are asked to

The Family of the Late


Announces the unveiling
of a monument in his
memory 1 p.m: Sunday,
Oct. 25 at Clover Hill
Memorial Park. Rabbi
Wine will officiate. Rela-
tives and friends are
asked to attend.

The Family of the Late •


Announces the unveiling
of a monument in her
memory 9:30 i.m. Sunday,
Nov. 1 at Northwest
Hebrew Memorial Park.
Rabbi Segal will officiate.
Relatives and friends are
asked to attend.

Mrs. Rae Kaufman and
The Family of the Late


Announce the unveiling of
a moment in his mem-
ory 12:30 p.m. Sunday,
Oct 25 at (Used shel
Emes Cemetery. Rabbi
Goldschlag will officiate.
Relatives and friends are

asked to attend.

Vinejemily of the Rut_

The Family of the Late


Announces the unveiling
of a monument in his
memory 1 P.m. Sunday,
Oct. 35 at Clover Hill
Memorial Park. Rabbi
Litke will officiate. Bela-
lives and friends are


Announces the unveiling of
a monument in his mem-
ory 11 MUM Sunday, Oct.

25, at Beth El Memorial
•Park. Rabbi Fram.will.of-
Relate. Relatives and
Mends are asked to at-

asked to attend.

The Family of the Late


The Family of the Late


Announces the postpone-
ment of the unveiling of

a monument in his mem-
ory, originally scheduled

Announces the =veins/ of
a monument in his mem-
ory 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct
25, at Oakview Cemetery.
Rabbi Lehrman and Can-
tar Klein will officiate.
Relatives and Mends are
asked to attend.

for this Sunday.

The Family of the Late

The Fatally of the Late


Announces the unveiling
of a monument In his
memory 2 p.m. SundaY,
.Oct 25, at Hebrew Meow
vial Park, Masker .Conne-
tery.Helatives and friends
are asked to attend.


Announces the unvelliags

of a _monument In his
memory 11 a.m. Sustay,
Oct. 25 at Northwest He-
brew Memorial Park.
Rabbi Segal and Cantor
Fenakel will officiate.
Relatives me frieads are
asked to attend.

The Family of the Late

The Family of the Late


Announces the unveiling
of a monument in her
memory 2 p.m. Sunday,
Nev. 1, at Chased shot
m • s Cemetery. Rabbi

Zechariah will officiate.

Relatives and. friends are
asked to Mead..


Anuunees the unveiling
of a monument in his
memory 2:35 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 25, at Closed shel

lbws Cemetery, Tamer

Section. Rabbi Arm and
Cantor Besmanis will of.
Delete. Relatives and
Mends are asked to at-

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