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August 15, 2003 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-08-15

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) JN Digest


Seniors baking challah find nourishment in warm
memories of mother's kitchen.

) Back In Time

Look for Alexis P. Rubin's
"This Month in Jewish History"
for August.

) What's Eating
Harry Kirsbaum?



Staff Writer

Coming on Wednesday,
August 20th, 2003


elen Ginsberg and Elizabeth Sherman are
entitled — they can sit back and rely on
others to do the cooking.
The two senior citizens live in Teitel
Jewish Apartments in Oak Park, where dinners are pre-
pared for them Monday through Friday.
But on July 31, when Jewish Apartment & Services
social workers lead by Jennifer Epstein Rube offered
residents of Teitel and the adjacent Prentis Jewish
Apartments a chance to make challah, Ginsberg and
Sherman, along with 18 other women and one man,
showed up ready to knead, roll, shape and bake challah
for Shabbat the next day. They would gather again
Aug. 13 to make kreplach.
The group made 350 individual breads for the resi-
dents of both apartment buildings and 150 more to
distribute to the Meals on Wheels program for house-
bound seniors.
The touch of the dough, the smell of it baking and
the taste of the result brought more than culinary
"This place has spoiled me — I don't cook or bake,"
says Esther Frances Friedman, Prentis' longest resident
at 28 years. "But when I was on the elevator coming
down for Shabbat dinner and started to smell that
wonderful food ..."
Her face brightened at thoughts of the indescribable
"Eating the challah reminded me of being a child
again and eating challah in my mother's kitchen," said
Elizabeth Sherman. "The challah gave a warm feeling
to everyone who enjoyed it, whether they baked it or
Helen Ginsberg added that the homemade challah
tasted just like her mother's.
The staff of Morrison Senior Dining, the in-house
food service provider for Jewish Apartments &
Services, was in charge of finding a recipe that could
make a large quantity of bread and pass the taste test
of these veteran challah makers.
After combing through several Jewish cookbooks
and experimenting with the recipes, Morrison's Jeff
Rosenberg, Scott Young and David Dye came up with
a winner. And then the recipe had to be available in
both English and Russian for the diverse community.
"The challah had the sweet taste that I love. It was a
wonderful treat," said Ann Yancovitch, Teitel vice
president of the resident council.
But if making 500 challahs in an afternoon sounds
like mostly hard work, think again. After the project
was over, Morrison staffer Scott Young reported,
"There was a lot of laughter going on here today."( 1

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Above: Oak Park residents Ellen Mayar, Esther Frances
Friedman and Frieda Lubinsky work with Scott Young as they
begin measuring ingredients for a batch of challah.

Below: Ruth Rita Kronenberg and Lola Kwasniewski ready
challah to be baked

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