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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-13

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Connected
From The Inside

Bone marrow donor and recipient share
an emotional meeting in Oak Park.

Shelli Liebman Dorfman I Contributing Writer

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n May 2011, while Bayla Hochheiser was mourning the loss of a beloved family member who
died of cancer, she received an unexpected call that would remarkably allow her to save the
life of someone else battling the disease.
The call was from the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation — a public bone marrow registry
that helps children and adults find donors for bone marrow and stem cell transplants — inform-
ing her she was a match for a woman in need of a stem cell donation.
"I was in the car with my brother Yossie on a Friday afternoon coming from a shivah house
for my Aunt Tami Fink, who had passed away two days before from breast cancer; Bayla said. "I
thought: How could I not try and save this lady's life? If my aunt could have been saved by a stem
cell or bone marrow transplant and there was a match who didn't want to donate, I would be dev-
astated. So how could I do that to another family?"
Bayla, now 22, of Oak Park, had been identified as a match through information stored in the
Gift of Life registry, which she joined during a February 2009 drive with a simple cheek swab at
Darchei Binah in Jerusalem when she was a student there.

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Silent Heroes

JSL Para-Chaplaincy Program brings religion,
culture and nostalgia to older adults.

Lynne Meredith Golodner I Special to the Jewish News

Stem cell donor Bayla Hochheiser with recipient Cyndi Schaechter

n one of her visits to an older adult residence, Joanne Kristal gave a package contain-
ing a dreidel to a resident. The woman "could barely speak, but her eyes lit up:' recalls
Kristal, community outreach coordinator at Jewish Senior Life (JSL). "She knew what
it was. She had dementia, but she remembered the dreidel."
This story is one example of why JSL recruits and trains para-chaplains, volunteers who take pro-
grams and one-on-one visits to Jewish older adults in non-Jewish facilities. "It gives them a feeling
that the community has not forgotten them, that they have professional communal support; says
Kristal.
On Dec. 19, JSL will host a dinner to honor current para-chap-
lains and recruit additional volunteers. People may attend to learn
how and why to get involved.
"Our para-chaplains are silent heroes," says Carol Rosenberg,
director,
Jewish Senior Life Foundation. "They are cherished and
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by
the individuals they spend time with. Older adults
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to their visits; we are a special link to their spiritual
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heritage."

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