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Among Detroit's oldest Jewish adults are, seated from left, Fannie Whiteman, Rose
Paull, Mabel Alvin, Erna Zydower. Standing are Bess Spector, Mae Weintraub and
n celebration of "Older
Americans Month" in May,
seven hardy Jewish centenari-
ans gathered to share their
stories, laughter and wisdom at a
luncheon hosted by the Jewish
Federation's Commission on
Eldercare Services' (COJES)
ElderLink Network of Services.
"Given the pace of life today,
those who've reached such a remark-
able age truly have treasures to
share," said Ellen Labes, COJES
Linda Lee, chair of COJES' com-
munity education subcommittee,
said ElderLink conducted a search
for the oldest members of the Jewish
community in metro Detroit. The
survey yielded a "minyan" of fasci-
nating men and women aged 95 and
At introductions around the table,
Mabel Alvin, who still maintains her
independence in her Southfield
apartment, offered her age at 103.
"Not so fast," said Jack Halperin of
Southfield, "I'm the oldest here at
106!" "Guess Fm the baby," Mabel
Also attending the luncheon at
Fleischman Residence in West
Bloomfield were Rose Paull of
Huntington Woods, Bess Spector of
Hechtman Jewish Apartments, Mae
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Weintraub of Southfield, Fannie
Whiteman of West Bloomfield and
Erna Zydower of Madison Heights.
Honorees not in attendance were
Julius Spielberg of West Bloomfield,
and Eve Newman and Lillian
Zellman of Oak Park.
Mabel Alvin shared a delightful
poem with the group:
Since I retired from life's competition,
I busy myself with complete repetition.
I get up each morning, dust of my wit,
Pick up my paper and read the obits.
If my name is missing, I know I'm not
So I eat a good breakfast and go back
Have a question, a concern or a
need for connections and care for
yourself, a parent, a spouse or
friend growing older? Call
ElderLink at (248) 559-3300.
The Jewish community-spon-
sored services assist older adults to
maintain quality of life within the
community for as long as possible
and to provide outreach to those
living in long-term care facilities.