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December 24, 1982 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-12-24

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52 Friday, December 24, 1982


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Hanuka Party Marks Third Year for Group Residences for Elderly


Jewish Welfare Federation

The traditional songs and
the glow of candles lent
themselves to a very special
Hanuka party held at the
Carlyle Towers Apartments
in Southfield last week.
It was the third anniver-
sary of the Group Resi-
dences for the Elderly pro-
gram of the Jewish Family
Service. The program is a
pilot project supported by
the Jewish Community
Foundation of the Jewish
Welfare Federation's
United Jewish Charities.
A social room in the com-
plex was filled to overflow-
ing with family and friends
who joined the 12 elderly
residents to help them
celebrate the Festival of
Lights at the apartments,
where the program was
launched in December
1979. Six of the 12 present
members have been with
the project since the begin-

Zena Baum, coor-
dinator of the program,
said that the people who
need the service hear
about it in many ways.

"When we first began,"
she said, "I sent letters to
different Jewish agencies
and area rabbis for names.
Now, places such as the
Jewish Home for the Aged
and Sinai Hospital's social
services division recom-
mend people to us."
Four apartments have
been set aside for the pro-
gram. Each of the three-
bedroom, two-bath units
houses three residents, and

each is taken care of by one
of four Russian women
(Zina Kuzmis, Rochelle and
Tanya Samoylov and
Dorothea Tirospolsky) who
come in to help with shop-
ping, heavy cleaning, laun-
dry and dinner chores five
days a week, five hours a
"The Russian women
have the caring attitude
that Americans had about
the elderly years ago," Mrs.
Baum said. "They're warm,
motherly women who keep
an eye on their charges and
help them along."

Another person who
"helps them along" is Ar-
lene Zuskenic. She's been
a volunteer since the
program's inception. It
was Mrs. Zuskenic who
taught the Russian
housekeepers about
shopping in American
stores when the project

"I would drive them to the
stores and have them follow
me while I dragged around
shopping carts," she said.
As an activities coordinator,
Mrs. Zuskenic helps keep
the residents busy and
happy. Beginning in
January, they will be work-
ing on piecework sub-
contracted for them by the
Jewish Vocational Service
under Mrs. Zuskenic's
JFS social workers Fay
Kleinplatz and Judy Op-
penheim work with the
residents in ironing out
day-to-day problems. They
meet-weekly as a group to
discuss making decisions

regarding their lives while
living in the group resi-
"These people have a
strong desire to be with
people," Ms. Oppenheim
said. "That's what brought
them to us in the first

While the residents
may have the same phys-
ical disabilities as per-
sons living in an institu-
tional residence, they
cherish independence
and have a need to live in
a "family" atmosphere.
The JFS staff feels that
they might well deter-
iorate in a larger institu-
tional setting.

JFS tries to match room-
mates by personality as well
as infirmity. The tenants
suffer from a range of physi-
cal disabilities from Par-
kinson's Disease to visual

Until recently, there were
13 members involved in the
program. One man had to
give up his place in the
apartments and be moved to
a nursing home. Usually,
the men's apartment, has
four residents and the
women's units each have

"Ne don't have a long
waiting list," said Mrs.
Baum. "These people just
can't wait." She went on to
say that if there is no room
when it is needed, she helps
families find alternative
living arrangements.

Mrs. Baum studies
each applicant and
assesses the individual's

WB Curfews Reimposed

curfew lifted Sunday night
in the casbah (old quarter)
of Nablus and the nearly
.Balata refugee camp was
reimposed by the Israel
army Monday morning to
prevent a resumption of
The curfew was imposed
to quell disturbances after
mobs of Arab youths stoned
Israeli vehicles in the area.
A 19-year-old Arab high
school student, Samir
Ghazal Taflaq, was fatally
shot by Israeli border police
during the melee.
The curfew on the
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the general frailty Of old
age. They range in age from
65 to 87, with the average
age of 82.

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near Bethlehem was lifted
Sunday night and appar-
ently has not been reim-

Meanwhile, young
Arab nationalists at Bir
Zeit University near
Ramallah celebrated
their victory in the local
student council elections.

The nationalists, suppor-
ters of El Fatah and the
Popular Front for the Lib-
eration of Palestine, de-
feated Communists and
Moslem religious ex-
tremists in the elections.
According to military
sources, Taflaq and a group
of his friends were demon-
strating on the main road
just outside Nablus where
residents of the Balata ref-
ugee camp were stoning
passing Israeli vehicles.
Taflaq and his friends sur-
rounded a three-man border
patrol and hurled rocks at
them from the school
grounds and nearby build-
The three border police-
men, feeling that their lives
were in danger, first fired
warning shots into the air
and then, when this failed to
halt the stonethrowing by
the youths, fired at their
feet. One of the bullets hit
Taflaq in the chest. He was
rushed to a local hospital
where he was declared dead.
Nablus residents near the
high school said that the
shooting was not justified
by the rock-throwing by a
few youngsters. Labor
Alignment MK Mohammad
Watad and Communist MK
Tawfiq Taoubi issued pro-
tests against "the cheap
value of Arab blood in the

Participants in the Jewish Family Service Group
Residences for the Elderly program light Hanuka
candles at their third annual Hanuka party. Pictured
are, from left: residents Sol Friedman, Hannah
Levadi, Ethel Feldman, Minnie Lipshinsky, Cantor
Sidney Resnick and Dorothy Sudakin.

capacity to adjust, both
physically and
psychologically, to a
shared living environ-
ment. She works with the
resident's family and
helps them maintain ties
while sharing the burden
of caring for a parent
who is ill but wants to re-
tain some independence.

Currently, the cost for in-
dividual participation in
the program, including all
meals and apartment rent,
is $700 a month — far less
than a nursing home. How-
ever, the charge to residents
or their families is based on
their ability to pay.
A Group Residences for
the Elderly Fund of JFS has


been set up under the co-
chairmanship of Marvin
Daitch, Charles Snider and
Melvin Rosenhaus. They
are currently involved in a
campaign to raise addi-
tional funds to ensure that
the project will continue as
it has since the UJC grant
began three years ago.
As Cantor Sidney Re-
snick led the residents and
their guests through the
candlelighting ceremony
and the Yiddish and
English Hanuka songs,
resident Dorothy Sudakin
voiced the feeling of all the
project participants.
"Our freedom to live this
way," she said, "is wonder-
ful." _


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