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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-07-05

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Bravo's Andy Cohen is living the life.

Martha Klonsky, 85, with Mary Cantor, 102, at a JSL
event this year

Detroit has the nation's first certified
Jewish nature preserve cemetery.

Shelli Liebman Dorfman I Contributing Writer

Rabbi Boruch Levin and Otto

Dube of Hebrew Memorial in the

nation's first Jewish green-cer-
tified nature preserve cemetery
in the woods at Beth Moses

The- Future

Jewish Senior Life focuses on helping
seniors age in place with dignity.

Cemetery in Roseville


n the heart of a field of green in Roseville is a
picturesque area, complete with large trees, a
creek, wood-chip pathways, Michigan wildflow-
ers and, in this warm season, even a few butterflies.
It may be the farthest thing from the flat, evenly
bordered, traditional appearance of its counterparts.
But this farmland-turned-forest is actually a cem-
etery — the new Hebrew Memorial Gardens, green
both in appearance and attitude.
"The approximately 5-acre forested area, con-
tained within the current licensed and zoned func-

Keri Guten Cohen I Story Development Editor

tioning Beth Moses Cemetery, is the first Jewish
nature preserve cemetery section in the country to
be certified by the Green Burial Council (GBC)," said
Otto Dube, managing funeral director at Hebrew
Memorial Chapel in Oak Park.
It joins only one other cemetery in Michigan
— a non-Jewish one — to be certified by the Los
Angeles-based GBC, an independent, nonprofit
organization self-described as "working to


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n the three years since Jewish Apartments & Service
and Jewish Home & Aging Services melded into Jewish
_ Senior Life (JSL), the new organization has made
significant strides toward accomplishing its mission to
deliver the most innovative and highest-quality housing
and services for older adults in the Jewish community
with compassion and dignity.
Admittedly, the transition had a few bumps, most nota-
bly that some in leadership of the "legacy" agency, Jewish
Apartments & Services, are no longer with JSL. Yet, that
belt-tightening allowed the new agency to eliminate dupli-
cations and streamline its workforce.
What has emerged is an efficient, lean organization
headed by Rochelle Upfal, who took the helm in June 2010
and has been successfully moving JSL forward.


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