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  • Thank you to all the residents who have

    contributed to this month’s edition of the Lester Chronicle.

    If you have an article, work of art, expressive writing etc. that

    you would like to share with your fellow residents and see in the

    newsletter, please contact Cheryl at 973-929-2731 or email to

    [email protected]

    If you would like any

    information about Lester

    Senior Housing, please call

    David Rozen

    at 973-929-2725

    By: Bea Freihieter, Weston Resident

    In the course of compiling information for the calendar and newsletter,

    mistakes can sometime occur. We apologize if this happens. It is our

    intention to make these publications as accurate as possible.

    Cheryl Fisch, Community Life Coordinator, Lester Senior Housing

    Fireflies at Twilight

    How many ways can you light up the sky?

    How about twilight with fireflies

    How about fireflies doing their thing

    Just being natural and having a fling

    They are tiny with a flitter

    But hundreds of them bring out the glitter

    The sky is dark;suddenly they appear

    To light the heavens, here and there

    Something so tiny and delicate to hold

    All get together and magic unfolds

    So little fireflies, wave your wand at twilight

    And illuminate the heavens to be sparkly bright

    2016 has just arrived

    All aglow and aglitter

    Good health, happiness and success

    My wish for you in a glimmer

    Fireflies all over the world never cease

    To light the planet with crystals and glitz

    And give us everlasting peace

    WANTED:

    CANASTA PLAYERS

    PLEASE GET BACK TO CHERYL AT 973-929-2731

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN A GROUP

    COVER STORYCOVER STORY

    BIRTHDAYSBIRTHDAYS

    ADMINISTRATOR’S ADMINISTRATOR’S

    CORNER CORNER

    NOTES & NOTES &

    REMINDERSREMINDERS

    NEW RESIDENT NEW RESIDENT

    WELCOMESWELCOMES

    CREATIVE CREATIVE

    WRITING CORNERWRITING CORNER

    The Lester Chronicle T H E L E S T E R

    S E N I O R H O U S I N G

    C O M M U N I T Y

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    Lester Highlights

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    2016

    Chanukah Entertainers, “Spark & Spirit”

    with Dolly Moser, Lester Congregation

    President.

    Lakeland Youth Orchestra

    members with Weston resident,

    Edith Stiller, after their December

    16th performance

    Mt. Freedom Jewish Center

    Chanukah Visitors and

    Mary Lepinsky and Sylvia Zyto,

    Lester Residents The Mitzvah Clowns visited Lester on

    December 20th. Pictured with them are Lester

    Residents, Sylvia Zyto, Janina Wilkenfeld and

    Lila Valensky

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    January

    Birthdays

    T h e

    Kurt Rostan

    Leonora Cohen

    Harriet Sussman

    Doris Eisen

    Hyman Rubenstein

    Phyllis Rosenbaum

    Lillian Kessler

    Henrietta Merel

    Bernice Schorr

    To all of our residents

    who are celebrating their

    birthdays this month we

    would like to wish you

    peace and blessings,

    this year and always

    from the staff at Lester.

    Activity Highlights for January

    NEW: Jewelry & Beading Class

    (there is a 10 person limit for this

    class-Jan. 13th & 27th at 10:30 in

    the Heller Card Room.

    A small charge will apply)

    *NEW: Drink & Draw ARTS By The People presents;

    Drink and Draw, a fun art class for all levels! Drinks will be served during the

    class January 13th

    Caribbean & Calypso Party

    January 13th

    “All About Sholem Aleichem”

    with Bennet Muraskin

    January 14th

    Tu’BeShevat Seder

    January 20th

    Presentation by Museum of Early

    Trades & Crafts-January 21st

    *Intergenerational Programs:

    Golda Och Academy-January 20th

    Montclair Jewish Workshop-Jan 24th

    *Congregation B’nai Israel presents

    Movie & Discussion: YENTL-

    January 31st

    Mary Lepinsky

    Rita & Stanley Goldman

    Adele Seletsky

    In Honor of Martin Luther King Day on

    January 18th:

    Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes:

    The time is always right to do what is right.

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

    Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

    Seeing is not always believing.

    We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

    Correction:

    The movie and dinner trips dates are Jan. 10th

    & 24th. The calendar was printed with the

    incorrect dates. Sorry for any inconvenience

    Thank you

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    T h e L e s t e r C h r o n i c l e

    My Point of View:

    By Sylvia Link, Weston Resident

    Most people take everything in life for granted such as good friends, their parents,

    grandparents, their children, spouses and especially good health. As for getting older, most of us

    here at Lester can tell how each of us are struggling every day with how our lives have changed.

    I start realizing no matter what they say, I say, " You have two choices, either you grow old or

    die young". Everyone has their share of woes and sorrow, but there always is tomorrow.

    I always try to see the brighter side of things. There are all kinds of sickness that people have and

    we all have to give up things we took for granted, such as walking, talking , hearing,

    seeing, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, swimming, traveling and playing athletic

    sports . During my lifetime my greatest joy was music, dancing and singing in two synagogue

    choirs. Here at Lester, we have all of that. I was blessed with good hearing but we live in a very

    loud world and all music is loud and practically everyone is hard of hearing, so they're happy.

    I unfortunately developed a paralyzed voice box and can't speak loud as my voice gets hoarse

    and my throat hurts. Since dancing is my greatest passion I still dance with my walker and

    whoever who wants to hold me up so I don't fall. I love ballroom and folk dancing, all Latin

    music and Klezmer. Since I lost my husband 31 years ago and I was able to dance, I joined a

    dance studio and they took the students to Miami and we danced with our teachers in a country

    wide contest against other studios who were in the same age group and I won four trophies, one

    for Swing, Rhumba, Cha, Cha and Waltz. When I was a little girl my brother who was nine years

    older than myself used to come home from a dance and practice his new steps with me and I

    really loved it. I was very tall as a teenager so if we didn't have male partners, I wound up

    leading the girls. I loved to teach my daughter's Girl Scouts some Israeli Folk dances. In 2002 my

    synagogue in Florida was running a trip to a Kosher Camp in the Poconos and many

    congregants signed up and I happened to be in New York at the time so decided to join then and

    drove there. We had a wonderful time with the fun shows and dancing folk dances. swimming

    etc. and guess who was the greatest personality there, non other than our own Dolly Moser. She

    ran most of the camp and a good time was had by all. The good old days are gone, but I am

    grateful to be here, seeing my children, grand-children and my great grandchild. My daughter

    made a good choice when she chose Lester for me and whenever I get difficult and complain I

    think of all the wonderful classes we enjoy and Paul who is dedicated to us with our Memoirs. I

    will enjoy life as best I can and appreciate the things I can do because we were meant to be the

    age we are. I guess we take the hard working staff for granted. We seniors are not easy

    people.

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    T h e L e s t e r C h r o n i c l e

    Naomi’s Rhyme Time

    We’re now at the start of another year, 2016 we loudly cheer.

    We may not celebrate as in days of old, With music, dancing and champagne untold.

    We may watch the ball drop in Times Square, But it’s very unlikely that we’ll also be there.

    We pray in our hearts for the ones we love, Thankful for the blessings we receive from above.

    We hope that we remain healthy and strong, That we keep going right, and avoid going wrong.

    We’ve come a long way with New Year’s celebration, So many good times and cause for elation.

    War that ended, astronauts that landed, So many accomplishments attained single handed.

    We’re now in a time when technology rules, And we follow along with its latest tools.

    Most important of all is that in 2016, Our country is strong, with all that can mean.

    May we be safe, and may peace prevail, As we embark on another New Year’s new trail.

    Entertainment:

    January 6th: Alex Zarillo, Singer

    January 10th: Moderately Bright Four,

    ACapella Group

    January 13th: Caribbean & Calypso Par-

    ty with DJ, Roberto

    January 24th: Andrew Foote, Broadway

    Singer

    January 27th: Birthday Bash with Mar-

    io De Kunia

    Trips:

    January 10th: Movie & Dinner Trip

    January 7th: The Shoppes of Union Hill

    January 24th: Movie & Dinner Trip

    January Trips & Entertainment

    Please sign up for trips with the Heller Concierge, in

    the Heller Library; Check Calendar for details.

    Naomi Zaslow is a resident in the Weston Assisted Living

    Apartments. She lives there with her husband, Harry.

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    T h e L e s t e r C h r o n i c l e

    . Lester Legacies by: Naomi Zaslow

    Al (Abraham) Leiderman is a Lester resident known as a joker, a jester, and someone who will have a clever reply in any situ-

    ation. He will tell you he is the “Luckiest Man in the World”.

    Al’s parents came to the US from Russia in 1911 and he was born in NYC in 1917, the eldest of a brother and sister. They

    moved to Bayonne, Brooklyn and Queens as his Dad worked in a laundry and his Mother worked as a seamstress in a factory.

    When his father became the laundry owner, their circumstances changed. Al attended schools in Bayonne before entering

    Brooklyn College and majoring in Accounting and Economic Statistics. While working as an accountant, his father bought a

    wholesale laundry business. Al joined the company and it became very successful.

    While at Brooklyn College Al was in charge of a student group needing to be photographed by the student Yearbook

    photographer who missed several appointments. He wrote “This is in nature of a protest against the bureaucracy and inefficiency

    against the Yearbook photography group”. When he delivered the message to Lillian Tillen in her office, he was so taken by her

    that he asked her to attend a concert with him that evening. She said “yes”, and it was the end of the argument. “We were

    married for 75 1/2 years with never a cross word, just love and respect between us”.

    In 1944 Al was drafted into the Army, landed in Scotland 60 days later, and received orders from Washington to attend a

    meeting where he found Generals Eisenhower, Patton and twelve 4-star generals discussing the future invasion of Europe. He

    was stationed in Bournemouth England and crossed the Channel on D-Day . He was in charge of Paris laundries, and made

    interesting “trades” of champagne, perfume, and a professional photo for cigarettes.

    Life with Lillian was a great joy that would include world-wide travel to Europe, Asia, Japan and the US. Al was a social

    director in the Borscht Belt as well as owner of the wholesale laundry with his brother. Lil worked in Jewish Education and

    wrote seven books, as well as being the “kindest, gentlest, sweetest person”. Al became active in Jewish life and won 78 award

    and 87 plaques. He started the Great Neck Synagogue and Yeshiva and a blood bank.

    They had two sons and a daughter who brought additional love and joy to their lives. One son was an actor, went to London and

    introduced the 800 number to British Telecom. He was knighted and accepted a prestigious advertising position with Dunn and

    Bradstreet. He died of brain cancer a the age 49. Their other son is a sportscaster hosting telethons for the March of Dimes and

    their daughter is a psychologist in Livingston. Grandchildren, three girls and one boy; one a chief executive on the

    Jimmy Kimmel Show, another, a chief executive for the Seth Meyers Show, one Lawyer and one JCC executive in NYC.

    Al is also blessed with two great grandchildren.

    When Lil had a stroke last year, Al closed his business in Great Neck, relocated to Palm Beach where she then had a massive

    stroke. During his vigil she was comatose, but awoke to speak to him for more than an hour,

    and her last words, “Al, I love you”. His love for her and for the beauty of their lives and loved

    ones, Al says is why he’s the luckiest man alive. Coming to Lester, the assistance of aide, An-

    na, and trying to assuage his sadness, is what he is working on. He is a people person, still ap-

    pears on “Old Men Tell Jokes” on YouTube, and although the world today scares him, he is

    focused on the love and devotion he enjoyed in the past, and the love and closeness of family.

    He is also grateful for the kindness of Lester Residents.

    Al Leiderman, during his time

    in the US Army

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    T h e L e s t e r C h r o n i c l e

    Thank you to the following who served the Latkes at our Chanukah Party:

    Myrna Balaban

    Rae Benet

    Pollyann Fluke

    Marci Liebling

    Mira Pratt

    Gilda Schuman

    Sylvia Zyto

    We had a wonderful celebration!

    Mildred Feldstein and Shirley Saland

    The “Crew” at work, preparing to serve the latkes!

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    T h e L e s t e r C h r o n i c l e

    Life Cycle Kiddush

    January 9th & January 23rd

    Celebrate a Simcha, Observe a Yahrzeit;

    For those attending Shabbat morning services,

    Kiddushim will be immediately following.

    If you have not already filled out a Yahrzeit information

    form, please contact Estelle Berger or Rae Benet,

    (for Heller residents), or Bea Freiheiter, Teddy Halpern or

    Helen Heller (for Weston residents).

    Lester Congregation

    Corner Cultural Arts Series

    January Features:

    Tuesday, January 5th

    “Yanni Live at the Acropolis”

    & Tuesday, January 19th

    “Sickert vs. Sargent” The Lives of Britain’s Masters of Modern Art

    Showing in the Heller Multipurpose Room at 7 P.M.

    JCHC Tribute Cards

    Send cards to family and friends and support the JCHC

    Get Well cards /Mazel Tov cards

    In Memoriam cards/Blank cards

    Cards can be purchased at the Business office or call

    Marcia at (973) 530-3966

    Total Hearing Care of Roseland has been making monthly

    site visits to Lester.

    TOTAL HEARING CARE OFFERS:

    FREE Complete Evaluation of

    Your Hearing

    FREE Cleanings and Checks of Your Hearing Aids

    FREE On-Site Monthly Visits

    The next Hearing Screening is scheduled for

    Friday, January 8th at 12:30-4:00 PM

    in the 2nd Floor Heller Card Room

    For More Information or To Make An

    Appointment Call: 973-226-6700

    Lester Senior Housing Dental Suite

    The Dentist is at Lester every other Wednesday

    Hours: 1:30—5:30 PM

    To schedule an appointment please call

    Dr. Bikofsky’s office at 973-732-3208

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Thank you to all the residents who have contributed to this month’s edition of the Lester Chronicle. If you have an article, work of art, expressive writing etc. that you would like to share with your fellow residents and see in the newsletter, please contact Cheryl at 973-929-2731 or email to [email protected] If you would like any information about Lester Senior Housing, please call David Rozen at 973-929-2725 By: Bea Freihieter, Weston Resident In the course of compiling information for the calendar and newsletter, mistakes can sometime occur. We apologize if this happens. It is our intention to make these publications as accurate as possible. Cheryl Fisch, Community Life Coordinator, Lester Senior Housing Fireflies at Twilight How many ways can you light up the sky? How about twilight with fireflies How about fireflies doing their thing Just being natural and having a fling They are tiny with a flitter But hundreds of them bring out the glitter The sky is dark;suddenly they appear To light the heavens, here and there Something so tiny and delicate to hold All get together and magic unfolds So little fireflies, wave your wand at twilight And illuminate the heavens to be sparkly bright 2016 has just arrived All aglow and aglitter Good health, happiness and success My wish for you in a glimmer Fireflies all over the world never cease To light the planet with crystals and glitz And give us everlasting peace WANTED: CANASTA PLAYERS PLEASE GET BACK TO CHERYL AT 973-929-2731 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN A GROUP COVER STORY COVER STORY BIRTHDAYS BIRTHDAYS ADMINISTRATOR’S ADMINISTRATOR’S CORNER CORNER NOTES & NOTES & REMINDERS REMINDERS NEW RESIDENT NEW RESIDENT WELCOMES WELCOMES CREATIVE CREATIVE WRITING CORNER WRITING CORNER The Lester Chronicle THE LESTER SENIOR HOUSING COMMUNITY 905 ROUTE 10 EAST WHIPPANY NJ 07981 973-929-2700 Lester Highlights J A N U A R Y 2016 Chanukah Entertainers, “Spark & Spirit” with Dolly Moser, Lester Congregation President. Lakeland Youth Orchestra members with Weston resident, Edith Stiller, after their December 16th performance Mt. Freedom Jewish Center Chanukah Visitors and Mary Lepinsky and Sylvia Zyto, Lester Residents The Mitzvah Clowns visited Lester on December 20th. Pictured with them are Lester Residents, Sylvia Zyto, Janina Wilkenfeld and Lila Valensky
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