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February 03, 1995 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-03

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vate or double rooms. At
Menorah most residents have
two roommates.
Among Heartland's three new
Jewish arrivals is Tola Morgan.
Mary Robiner of Beverly Hills
brought her mother, Tola, to
Heartland in November. Ms.
Morgan had been living at
Fleischman Residence in West
Bloomfield, but needed more as-
Ms. Robiner's father also lived
at Borman before he died in 1992.
Ms. Robiner says she was pleased
with the care rendered by
Borman Hall and is now happy
with the Heartland staff.
"It's a fabulous facility," she
Ms. Robiner is angry about
Federation's exodus from the
scene. Along with other residents
and family members, she ex-
pressed concern when the Torah,
kippot and prayer books were re-
moved from the facility and trans-
ferred to Menorah House.
"I really feel these residents
have been abandoned," she says.
"Truthfully, I don't think most of
these people care about the real
religious part of it. It's more the
tradition. They want candle-light-
ing, holidays and special dinners."
Mark Davidoff, chief financial
officer at the Jewish Federation,
says the number of Jewish resi-
dents remaining at Heartland is
"probably close to what we ex-
As for the religious and cul-
tural programming: "We did no-
tify the residents that Federation
sponsorship would discontinue,"
he says. "All the items removed
were the property of the Jewish
Home for Aged or the Auxiliary."
Although Heartland is no
longer considered a Jewish home,
the Federation is looking into
ways to connect with Jewish res-

idents there and at other homes
in the area. As part of its annual
Dec. 25 voluntarism event,
Federation sent volunteers to
Heartland and other nursing fa-
cilities where they entertained
residents with pets and games
and helped serve meals to the
Jewish and gentile elderly. Some
volunteers at the former Borman
Hall continue to toss birthday
parties for Heartland residents.
"The social aspect of the resi-
dents' lives is just as important
as the physical and spiritual part
of it," Ms. Jackson, the Heartland
administrator, says. "Any time
there's a change in their lives, fa-
miliar things and faces are com-
forting. We would like the Jewish
community to continue to par-
ticipate in these activities."
Ms. Jackson says the former
Borman elderly miss their friends
the most.
"So we need to support them
and show ongoing love through
the community," she says.
Harold Black and Iry Tevlo
continue to lead Friday night and
Saturday morning services at
Heartland. Temple Emanu-El
and private individuals have do-
nated kippot and prayer books to
replace those taken away.
Heartland administrators say the
contributions have been helpful.
Anna Sherbow, 91, is another
new Jewish resident to
Heartland. Last month, she
moved from Jewish Federation
Apartments, where she had lived
for seven years.
Sitting on her bed next to a
window decorated with a stained-
glass Star of David, Ms. Sherbow
compliments and criticizes
Heartland in the same breath.
`The meals are nice," she says.
"Everything is la, la, la ... But not
for an independent old lady." ❑

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The Grossman spoke with the
Rev. McMahon's parole board,
which gave the priest a two-year
parole, with a condition that he
not drive during that time.
But in 1996, the Rev.
McMahon will again be eligible
to drive.
In a neat, sparsely decorated
den a VCR plays in the dark. The
family made just a few videos of
their daughter. The first shows
her at age 4.
Pamela sings a childhood clas-
sic, "Where is Thumbkin?," care-
fully checking each finger before
she hides it behind her back.
"Where is ..." she says, staring
at her forefinger, "pointer? Where
is pointer? Here I am."
Next she reads Caps for Sale,
Esphyr Slobodkina's tale of a ped-
dler, his many caps and the mon-
keys he encounters during his
"Caps for sale," Pamela says in

her tiny voice. "Fifty cents a cap!"
Finally, there are scenes of
Pamela at age 6. She has shoul-
der-length hair, and walks down
a long hall with her grandparents.
Then the video stops.
errold Grossman was born
and raised in Washington,
D.C., then moved to
Michigan when he found
work teaching mathematics at
Oakland University.
Suzanne Zeitman loved math, \
too. The Detroit native was a stu-
dent in Professor Grossman's
class, then met up with him lat-
er and they began seeing each
Today, Ms. Zeitman is an edi-
tor of Mathematical Review, an
Ann Arbor-based publication.
The couple's only child was
born in 1984.
Pamela Jane Grossman spent
most of her life in Pleasant Ridge,


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