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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-13

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10 December 13 • 2012

Silent Heroes

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

Lynne Meredith Golodner I Special to the Jewish News

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano

DETROIT

>> on the cover



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

More than 1,000 Jewish older
adults live in 102 non-Jewish facili-
ties in the Metro Detroit area. The
Jewish Chaplaincy Program, led by
Rabbi Dovid Polter and Rabbi Irving
Schnipper, has been going for 16
years.
Studies show that older adults
who are isolated are more likely
to suffer a decline in health.
Researchers from the Annals of
Family Medicine say, "Social contact
may be as effective as physical activ-
ity in improving mood and qual-
ity of life:' And, according to the
American Academy of Neurology,
"people who are socially active and
not easily stressed may be less likely
to develop dementia:'
"Jews have chosen to reside in
various locations, but community
Packages made by Federation's Tikkun Olam Volunteers are prepared with the
reaches out to connect with them:'
assistance of Jewish Senior Life's Chaplaincy program and delivered to Jewish
says Polter, an Oak Park resident.
residents in non-Jewish facilities. Above: Joanne Kristal and Rabbi Dovid Polter.
He has found individuals such
as 90-year-old Joe Goldberg in
Trenton, whom he took to the cemetery
observances. Many bring Shabbat kits
we age is our religion:"
to mark his father's 50th yahrtzeit.
or dreidels to spark a Jewish memory,
Rosenberg adds: "We want to make
Polter also met a 110-year-old woman
and Shabbat Shalom by Phone offers
sure there is no facility in our reach
named Mae in Taylor who remembered
older adults a weekly call from stu-
that doesn't know about Jewish Senior
her Jewish name, Malka, and for whom
dents of Akiva Hebrew Day School
Life or feel comfortable calling us for
JSL later arranged a proper Jewish buri-
to chat for a few minutes and wish a
support. The focus of Jewish Senior
al. And he found a Holocaust survivor in Shabbat Shalom.
Life is to provide support, community
Riverview, driving an hour each way just
Raymond Greene, 82, of West
and connection to Jewish older adults
to sit and sing with her.
Bloomfield, visits older adults and
wherever they are:'
"I have a hundred heartfelt stories
sings with them for an hour each
month. Marsha Proghovnick, 68, of
Lynne Meredith Golodner is a writer and
about my chaplaincy rounds," says
publicist. She owns Your People LLC in
Polter. "That's where you find the
Southfield, has volunteered since
1999, visiting seniors three times
Southfield.
heart and soul in Jewish residents.
monthly.
They look for a word of wisdom or
encouragement, and we're there to
"You have no idea how good it feels
support them and their families:'
when you visit someone who is sad or
The program is actively recruiting
lonely or just missing companionship,"
Jewish Senior Life
at least a dozen more volunteers, as
Proghovnick says. "I would encourage
many are aging or winding down their anyone interested to make a call or
Para-Chaplaincy Training
and New Volunteers Dinner
involvement, says Kristal. Volunteers
attend the dinner and learn about the
complete an orientation and training,
program. You'll be happy you did:'
Open to the public; new volunteers
welcome!
and are given a resource guide with
Polter says, "Jewish tradition is one
family, which comforts a soul looking
worksheets and guidelines for how to
Wednesday, Dec.19, 6:30 p.m.
connect with older adults.
for nourishment. Older adults get to
"We're looking for warm, caring,
Edward I. & Freda Fleischman
see the beauty, comfort, support and
Residence/Louis C. & Edith B.
outgoing people who feel comfortable
solace that Judaism has built into it.
Blumberg Plaza
being one-on-one with a senior," says
That's important when you enter the
Kristal.
third phase of life.
RSVP: Joanne Kristal, jkristal@
Para-chaplains provide sing-alongs,
jsImi.org or (248) 592-5035
As Carol Rosenberg says, 'The only
reminiscence programs and holiday
portable support we bring with us as



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