JSL’s Lives Well Lived



Wow, what a night!

Lives Well Lived: Wrinkles in Time is in the rearview mirror, but it left a warm afterglow (along with a bunch of leftover cookies.)

But nobody really came for the cookies. They came for the camaraderie, for the entertainment, and for the feel-good evening everyone needed in these challenging times. One attendee said “each moment of the pre-glow was filled with love being spread around the room.” She went on to say, “There were so many hugs and kisses, it will be a miracle if no one gets a cold after last night!”

Good lord, I sure hope we didn’t have the super spreader event of the season!

But more importantly, she said to tell everyone “how much we appreciate them for giving us such dignity as we get older and older.”

And that’s what Lives Well Lived and JSL are all about – warmth, love, fun, outstanding experiences, and dignity for our older adults (and cookies).

In addition to the bon homie of the pre-glow, event highlights included:

Great films – Wendy’s Shabbat, Death Metal Grandma, and Young at Heart, which won an Oscar in 1987, and the intervening three decades have proved it absolutely timeless.

A lovely tribute to Sue Marx by Jack Lessenberry and Bill Haney – Filmmaker, Detroiter and portrayer of older adulthood as a time when life and living continue, albeit at a slightly slower pace.

Recognition of the sponsors who make it possible for JSL to be a place where older adults have access to a wide range of arts, education, and entertainment activities, where people don’t just live, but thrive at any age.

The highlight for me was handing the copies of “Don’t Write Me Off!” to the writers, editors and sponsors, and watching the writers sign each other’s books. This project was a passion project for me and a labor of love for everyone who was involved, and it was the culmination of five months of hard work (and fun!). So it was a complete delight to see people finally get to experience this amazing collection.

Copies of “Don’t Write Me Off!” are available in our boutiques and on our website – they make great holiday gifts!


(As of 11/8/2023)


Nancy & Jim Grosfeld


The Edward I. Fleischman Foundation


Robin & Leo Eisenberg Family

Fritz Enterprises, Inc. & the Fritz Family

Huron Valley Steel Corporation & the Fritz Family

Lisa & Dan Mendelson

Cover Artist

Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas

Dr. Joseph & Nancy Jacobson

Jerold & Ellen Minkin

Hannah and Dr. Gordon Moss

Anita & Robert Naftaly


Apartment Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.

Beth and Jeff Applebaum

Shari Cohen

Marvin & Betty Danto Health Care Center

Rochelle and Bill Elson

Susie and Steve Feldman

Drs. Lynda & Conrad Giles

Linda Golding

Neil Gorosh

Karen and Ken Goss

Nancy & Robert Heinrich

Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network

Jackie & Larry Kraft

Synde Keywell

Dottie & Dan Levitsky

David Lubin / MJS Packaging

Eunice Ring

Judy Robins

Joni and Neil Satovsky

Bluma Schechter

Arlene and Rick Selik

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Ann Torf



Sponsorship Stories

Since 1963, Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc., Architects and Planners has championed the idea of community service. Throughout the decades, the dedicated team at FSP – ranked among the top-20 architecture firms in metro-Detroit by Crain’s – has used its skill and expertise to help organizations develop affordable solutions for their housing needs.  

For the past 60 years, FSP has worked on hundreds of projects with dozens of non-profit and religious organizations – many of which serve Southeast Michigan and surrounding areas – to make visions become reality.  

Principals James Pappas and Robert Shaffer, along with partners Joseph Loskill, Scott Kelley, and Daniel Haezebrouck, have been proud to be involved with developments that have meaningful, large-scale impacts on communities and organizations.  

Whether it was helping a religious organization with a community center or assisting a Detroit non-profit to offer housing options for displaced residents, FSP’s work has always demonstrated the firm’s core values.  

“It means a lot to us to make a difference in the lives of people in our communities,” Pappas said. “Everyone at Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas realizes the importance of their work, and that it’s more than just architecture – it’s creating environments for life and changing circumstances for residents. That’s what really matters to us.” 

Now in our 60th year, FSP remains committed to abiding by the principles that served as the foundation of the firm back in the early 1960s. We started in Ferndale, moved to Southfield, then to Farmington Hills, and now reside again in Ferndale. We’ve always been close to Detroit and will remain connected to the city and its surrounding communities for many decades to come.  

FSP is proud to support the Friends of Jewish Senior Life and its ‘2023 FRIENDS of JSL Lives Well Lived’ campaign. Providing quality, affordable senior housing has always been a priority – and we couldn’t be happier to know that our support will help improve and update the Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza, which has served as a cornerstone for area seniors for 40 years. We recognize the importance of a legacy, and the new enhancements will certainly pave the way for many more years of great services for JSL seniors.  

Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc., is an award-winning, full-service architecture firm most notably recognized for our unique environments for life since 1963. Our extensive experience includes residential communities, specialized communities and continuing care retirement communities. With more than 60 years of history, our design innovation and problem-solving skills equip us with the capability to deliver an exceptional project to every client. 

Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc., values honesty, integrity and responsibility. The success of our projects is dependent on a critical component of what we provide – service. Service to our clients, service to the future resident and service to the community. We are committed to designing buildings which exceed client expectations, along with environments that contribute to the overall well-being of the community. To learn more about what we do, visit our website www.fuscoshafferpappas.com, call (248) 543-4100, or stop by our office at 550 E. 9 Mile Road in Ferndale.  

SERVICES: Pre-Design, Site Development, Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding/Negotiation, Construction Administration, Post-Contract, Investigative Services, Green Building Services, Supplemental Services

The Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network (JHCN) is a non-profit agency dedicated to ensuring no Jew is ever alone when facing a life-limiting illness. Patients and families will never receive a bill. JHCN is an independent 501c3 organization funded solely by the generosity of those who recognize its benefit to the Jewish community. JHCN receives no government reimbursements or insurance payments.  

We provide services to any individual diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who identifies as Jewish, or to any member of a Jewish family. We are not a medical hospice, but we work with every hospice, hospital system, medical agency and community organization in southeast Michigan.  

JHCN helps individuals at every stage of a terminal illness from the time of diagnosis with supportive, palliative and hospice care options. The sooner an individual is connected to JHCN the more they can benefit.  

Our services include the following: 

Care Navigation- Our patient care team provides care coordination, advocacy and social work, and connection to resources and volunteers. 

Life Enrichments- We enhance quality of life through in-home or virtual visits that include Art, Gentle Exercise, Guided Imagery, Jewish Music, Legacy Books, Massage and Reflexology, Movement on the Mind, Music, Pet Visits, Shabbat Celebration, and Salon Services. 

Spiritual Care- Our rabbis provide guidance regarding questions, challenges, and concerns in accordance with the beliefs of the patient.  

Bereavement- Our social workers and rabbis support mourners through challenging times, before and after a loss, in both group and individual sessions.  

We have no waiting list. One call to JHCN -248-592-2687- gets you connected!

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CKC Agency’s niche is smart, strategic storytelling that expertly conveys client messaging in timely, tactical, truthful ways using targeted media outlets and other mediums to inform, educate, engage and benefit the audiences each client covets and serves. Its clients are local, regional and national business-to-consumer brand leaders in the restaurant, medical, mental health, culinary, entertainment, literary, retail, legal, service, fashion, convention & event, nonprofit and other fields. CKC Agency is proud to handle public relations for Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit.

The firm is committed to providing an energized, empowering work environment, enhancing the personal and professional development of every team member and consistently fostering the firm’s profitability. CKC Agency’s philosophy is simple, straightforward and synergistic: Work hard. Be nice. Care deeply. Have fun. Do good. Inspire action. Achieve success.

CKC Agency President Carolyn Krieger leads the Jewish Senior Life account at her agency. Carolyn’s impeccable reputation, unwavering integrity and endless creativity as a public relations powerhouse are the foundation upon which CKC Agency is built. She relishes her role as a sought-after source and sounding board for everyone from corporate leaders to clients, media contacts from the boardroom to the newsroom, and seasoned to young industry professionals. Early in her career, Carolyn was recognized nationally as Outstanding Woman in Radio Mid-Management by the American Women in Radio and Television. She also received the prestigious honor of being inducted into the National Association of Professional Women 2015-2016 Woman of the Year Circle. In addition, she was honored as a top woman leader by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, receiving its 2018 “Leadership in the Workplace” award, was named an “Esteemed Woman of Michigan” that same year, and received the “Woman of Vision” Award in 2022 from the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan. Carolyn’s possesses an exuberant passion and unbridled enthusiasm for publicizing worthwhile projects and people, and her expertise in generating positive press and big buzz has resulted in thousands of print, broadcast and online articles, features, stories, and segments during her career spanning more than four decades. And it is one of the reasons why CKC Agency’s client roster has always been referral-based.

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