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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-02-28

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have a much higher percentage of fed-
erally subsidized renters. Most of the
400 JAS apartments in West Bloomfield
are leased at market rate. There are 103
subsidized units at Hechtman I, seven
at Hechtman II and 50 at Meer.
Goldsmith Kamin said, "Morrison
has a fabulous reputation across the
nation!' Among their clients, she said,
are more than 1,000 Jewish senior
apartments units in Chicago with
kosher food service.
A Morrison spokeman said the com-
pany, under several names, handles
food service locally at Detroit Medical
Center hospitals, Oakwood Health
Systems, in the Compuware Building
downtown, at Cranbrook Educational
Community in Bloomfield Hills and at
Fountains of Franklin senior residence
in Southfield.
Goldsmith Kamin praises Matt
Prentice's operation, saying he does
"a fabulous job. He does everything
fresh — and Morrison promises to
do the same Asked why the change if
Prentice did well and cost was not the
issue, Goldsmith Kamin said it was
thought that a change would be good
after five years and the food service in
West Bloomfield would be consolidated
under one manager.
Lanny LeBlanc is general manager
for Morrison at Jewish Home and
Aging Services' Fleischman Residence
and highly popular with the seniors.
Goldsmith Kamin said LeBlanc would
be involved with the JAS' Hechtman-
Meer food service. He'll supervise all
the buildings, she said.

Focus On Freshness
Prentice said he took over Hechtman-
Meer from Morrison five years ago. At
that time, he said Goldsmith Kamin
told him 95 percent of her time
involved complaints about the food.
Prentice said he was appalled by the
frozen entrees, canned vegetables and
instant mashed potatoes he found at
Meer and Hechtman five years ago and

Pizza ... Torah ... Minyan
The Men's Club of Congregation Beth
Ahm in West Bloomfield is holding a
suppertime learning series that com-
bines pizza and Torah study.
The series kicks off on Thursday,
March 6. Each session coincides with
the beginning of a new month on the
Jewish calendar, and the Torah study
will focus on a holiday that month:
March 6, Purim; April 10, Passover;
and May 8, Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel
Independence Day).
Participants will gather at 6 p.m. for

instituted a "fresh" program. "These
[senior residents] were my customers
when I first went into business 28 years
ago," Prentice said. He said he uses fresh
vegetables with his entrees and in his
homemade soups. After hearing resi-
dents' complaints about high sodium
content, his staff butchered the kosher
meat themselves. "We took our budget
and put it into the food:' he said, and
managers from Milk & Honey periodi-
cally checked on the Meer-Hechtman
Over the last few years, Prentice said,
Meer and Hechtman staff complained
because his dining room managers
were in their 20s. He offered to bring
in more mature staff, he said, but costs
would be higher.
Prentice believes Morrison will bring
in more mature staff, "but they will take
it [the extra cost] out of the food. I hope
I'm wrong."

Impact On JCC
Goldsmith Kamin met with Meer and
Hechtman residents last month to tell
them about the change in food pro-
viders. Their reaction, she said, was
"nervous but excited" about the change,
since it involved Lanny LeBlanc.
She also spoke with the JCC's Mark
Lit about any possible impact on Milk
& Honey. "Mark gave me his blessing.
He thought they were two separate
issues:' Goldsmith Kamin said.
Lit said it was important for Jewish
Apartments & Services "to do what
they think they need to do."
In the meantime, Lit is looking at a
number of different options for Milk
and Honey and the JCCs catering
needs. He said Milk & Honey will re-
open as a different restaurant, but still
very accessible, first class and kosher."
He spoke to the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis last week about ways to make
the JCC both milchig and fleishig. "We
want to service as many people as pos-
sible Lit said. ❑


a light pizza and salad supper featuring
an informal, interactive learning ses-
sion with Rabbi Steven Rubenstein. At
7, there will be a brief Minchah service.
The goal of the series is to build
community through shut-based
camaraderie (sharing a meal, learning
Torah, making minyan). The event is
open to the community. There is no
charge for supper, but donations are
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