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.
you would like to share with your fellow residents and see
the newsletter, please contact Cheryl at 973-929-2731
To all dads and grads, brides and grooms
Happy celebration this month of June!
Weddings, parties, picnics and barbeques
Gifts, checks and cash welcome too.
It’s your month to shine, glimmer and glisten,
on with the festivities, we’re ready to see and listen!
Be careful of sharp objects, they can do you in
Power lawn mowers or a tiny safety pin!
One small movement, one wrong turn
You will feel the pain of the burn.
Knives that are sharp, scissors that shear,
clippers that come too close to your ear.
Needles and pins that catch on your finger,
the pain is sharp, it seems to linger.
Screws that get you on the thumb
when the hammer falls upside down.
The pliers that pull things apart,
the electric drill that you got you in the butt!
The little pen knife that does no harm, it went and got
stuck in your arm,
It is dripping gobs of blood everywhere..
These are some cutting devices and tools
Stop, look and beware-don’t take chances
Don’t be a fool!
By: Bea Freihieter, Weston Resident
If you would like any
information about Lester
Senior Housing, please call
Fathers Day Did You Know??
* Did you know that the concept of
Father’s Day was first proposed in 1909
by Washingtonian native Mrs. John B.
Dodd? Her inspiration for the holiday was
to honor her own father, William Smart, a
Civil War veteran and single dad, widowed
when his wife died in childbirth with their
* Did you know that Mrs. Dodd’s vision did
not become reality until 63 years later?
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed
a presidential proclamation declaring the
3rd Sunday of June as Fathers Day.
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Highlights at Lester
Residents, from left: Lila Velinsky, Herman
Goldman, Sarah Grow, Bernard Lakritz, Pearl
Barell & Randy Grossberg on Memorial Day
Above: Resident, Edith Stiller enjoying
visitor from the Chabad Cheder. Below,
Pearl Barell with students from the Cheder
At Left: Cantor Janet Roth after a Lester Life
Long Learning Session with residents, from
top left Polyann Fluke, Helen Gisser, Estelle
Berger Seated: Sylvia Leiken & Janet Appel
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From the Desk of the Administrator………… Summer has definitely
arrived and it is a
pleasure to see you walking the grounds, sitting
outdoors and just enjoying the pleasant weather.
Please see your calendar for all the upcoming
June events scheduled.
One event that I am especially excited about is
our yearly BBQ which will be held Sunday June
28, 2015. It will have a patriotic theme so please
wear your red, white and blue. Many exciting
activities are planned. We are requesting that
reservations for yourselves and family members
be made by June 19th 2015. Please see the posted
flyers for more information.
As many of you have heard some great things
are planned for our community. To further
understand these plans we would like to welcome
you to an informational session to introduce
you to Mr. Vincent A. Myers, President of
DIGroup Architecture will provide us with the
plan to develop designs for possible upgrades
at Lester Senior Housing Community.
The one hour sessions have been scheduled for
Friday, June 5th, 2015- in the
Heller Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor.
Independent Living Residents meeting will
begin at 1 PM.
Weston Assisted Living Residents meeting will
begin at 2:30 PM.
Hope to see you there.
Please know that my door is always open and I
welcome any discussion of concerns with
residents, family members and staff.
Have a great month.
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.
Welcome New Residents
To all of Lester’s new residents, we
would like to wish you a warm welcome
and Bruchim Haba’im
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Hi All! I know you share with me the excitement that warm
weather brings. June is scheduled to be a
great month full of wonderfully informative, uplifting and
entertaining activities. We have some very
interesting speakers scheduled this month, including Dr. Hannit
Zimrin, founder of ELI, The Israel
Association for Child Protection. She was selected in 1996 to be
the professional head of the Israeli
Mission to the United Nations General Assembly and has served as
an advisor in the framework of the
Middle East Peace talks. Please join her on Tuesday, June 9th as
she speaks about her incredible career.
Oscar Israelowitz will be at Lester on Thursday, June 4th to
present on “Jewish New Jersey in Vintage
Photographs”. Thelma Borodkin will be speaking this month on
Friday, June 26th on the topic:
“Judah & Tamar, Illicit Affair Or??? .We have our Siyum on
tap for this month, however, it will not be
held on June 10th, as indicated on the calendar (sorry, it went
to print prior to the change). We are
planning a wonderful ceremony to acknowledge all of you who have
attended Lester Life Long Learning
this year, as well as the educators, and those who have
sponsored this wonderful program. I will let you
know the date as soon as it becomes available. Father’s Day is
June 21st and we have something special
planned for all the dads (can’t tell you what it is-it’s a
surprise!). I know how much the men enjoy the Men’s
Club, so we have added an extra men's’ program to the calendar.
In addition to the two wonderful
programs that Paul runs, now Jeff (of trivia with Jeff) will be
running an additional one each month. Look
for him on Monday June 15th, I know you will really enjoy him.
Our BIG annual BBQ is being planned for Sunday, June 28th. Flyers
around the building have all the
details. Please note that each resident can invite up to 6
guests. There is a charge of $5.00 per guest, and of course,
the residents are free! Please see the box below for a
special announcement. ‘hope to see you there.
Have a wonderful month, stay safe, and see you around,
The Humor Column
A man was walking his dog when a jogger ap-
proached, admired the dog, and asked its
name. The man said, “I’m afraid I have a bit
of a problem remembering names. Perhaps
you can help me. What do you call that kind
of bush with the thorns and the big red
flowers?” The jogger said, “ A rose?” The
dog’s owner said, “Yes! That’s it! He then
turned towards his house and shouted to his
wife, “Hey Rose! What’s our dog’s name?”
A well-known chef bought several cases of
carp. Endeavoring to create a new
signature dish, he tried combining herbs and
spices with shortening but found that the
cooking time had to be exact. So when the
chef received a phone call during the dinner
hour, he had to cut it short,
explaining, “I left my carp in saffron Crisco.”
Meet with The Architect:
Future Plans for Lester Senior Housing:
Friday, June 5th. In the Heller Multipurpose Room
1:00 PM Heller Residents
2:30 PM Weston Residents
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Naomi’s Rhyme Time
I’m always able to get a thrill,
Hearing the love song,
But to my heart’s great surprise,
Something special before my eyes.
This time my special thrill,
Watching a growing Daffodil.
The earth was dark and damp and cold,
But a small green stem would soon unfold.
It grew slowly, thin and tall,
I wondered, would a stem be all?
It grew and added leaves of green,
Then the start of beauty yet unseen.
Golden petals made a flower,
Growing more beautiful with each hour.
Wind and cold and pelting rain,
Did not end beauty’s refrain.
More stems and petals, blossoms bright,
A beautiful, heartwarming sight.
Dotting the landscape, flowers of gold,
Bring smiles and joy untold.
Songs of love I remember still,
Now to the thrill of the Daffodil.
June 3rd: Mike Fishtyn, Pianist
June 7th: Steve Minzer & his Jazz Duo
June 14th: Tom Aalfs, Violinist
June 17th: The Atomic Duo on the Patio
June 21st: Piano Recital
June 24th: Ronni Aiello at the
June 28th: Lester Annual BBQ: with
entertainment by Alice Leon and
the Moderately Bright Four
June 1st: “Baby It’s You” -Concert at the W.
June 8th: JCHC University:
at B’nai Brith Bldg. S. Orange
“How Mindfulness Can Make You
June 11th: JCHC University: at
Jewish Federation Bldg.
“Presentation on Dance”
June 14th: Movie & Dinner Outing
June 22nd: JCHC University:
at Jewish Federation Plaza
“The Culture of Cambodia”
June Trips & Entertainment
Please sign up for trips with the Heller Concierge;
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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“Lester Legacies” by Naomi Zaslow, Lester Resident
Miriam (Mira) Pratt, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1930. The
marriage of her parents had been arranged
and they first met at their wedding ceremony. Her father, a
“Yeshiva Bucher” was 18, her mother was 20. Her
brother was born in 1932 and another sister after WWII. In 1934
her father decided to make “Aliyah” to Pales-
tine, although his father, devoutly religious, objected. They
made a visit to Poland but remained in
Mira’s father had no profession and tried and failed at several
businesses, with funds provided by his mother.
He then worked at road building, tree planting and whatever
would keep the family going. They lived in
various communities, according to their means. Mira attended a
religious school and then a private high
school funded by German Jews. The school was blocks from the
beach, with no rules or strict oversight, and
the pleasant philosophy of the importance of being free.
She volunteered in the Youth Haganah before being conscripted
into service after graduation. She worked as
a wireless operator in the Navy and remembers the joy of being
young and courageous working on a small
boat in the Gaza area. Shells going off overhead were part of
the exhilarating experience. The British were in
control and imposed laws and curfews. They came to her home,
searched it thoroughly, including the
grounds and took her father to Latrun prison, along with Ben
Gurion and other important leaders. He was
In 1948 the dream of have a State of Israel became a reality,
the streets teemed with celebrants and the
raising of the Israeli flag brought delirious joy to everyone.
Mira was stationed at the Israeli Navy
Headquarters from midnight till morning and remembers going to
the beach to rejoice, hitchhiking home
before being discharged.
Mira began training as a teacher and one day on the beach in Tel
Aviv she met a “very handsome, athletic,
different, tanned, blue-eyed young man”. He came from Poland
after being smuggled out of the ghetto
during WWII. In 1948 he decided he wanted “to die for Israel”
and volunteered to the Palmach kibbutz unit.
During a fun game in the water with other young couples, Mira
was perched on his very broad shoulders.
They were married one month later.
Her mother-in-law was imprisoned in various concentration camps
during the Holocaust and no one knew
she had survived. Her father in law had been saved by a
Christian woman, whom he married. His first wife
emigrated to America and was anxious for her only son, Mira’s
husband, to join her. He was having difficulty
adjusting to all that was taking place in Israel and persuaded
Mira to transfer to the United States. Mira
continued to work as a teacher, and taught Hebrew. Her husband
worked and studied engineering. He
became a chemical engineer for the State of New Jersey,
concentrating on air pollution.
They had two children, a daughter trained in business and
computers and a son who majored in computer
science at MIT, where he was a professor and now at DARPA, a
government research group. She has six
Mira came to Lester due to her husband’s failing health 3 1/2
years ago. He has since passed away. Mira is
very grateful for the support provided by her children. “I am
happy be living among my own people, sharing
our history, and the many activities with nice people at
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THE USA AND THE JEWS By Thelma L. Borodkin, PhD
This land, the great USA, has been a haven for our people ever
since the first Jews arrived at what was then Nieuw Amsterdam in
1654. Unfettered and freed from periodic pogroms, random murders,
blood libels and other inconveniences that sent shockwaves
throughout the Jewish community, our people have achieved great
professional, educational, political, financial and social
Yet this “goodness” that we have experienced here has
nevertheless led to problems in the Jewish community. While we have
been largely accepted with a minimum of ever-present anti-Semitism,
our community has paid a heavy price in exchange. The rates of
assimilation and intermarriage are very high and preserving their
Jewish identity has proven to be a huge problem for many of our
young people today.
Interestingly enough, this is not a new difficulty for us. In
biblical times, our forefather Abraham is recorded as the first to
confront his own ethnic identity and his membership in the larger
Hittite community in Kiryat Arba, today’s Hebron in Canaan.
When his beloved wife Sarah died, Abraham needed a place to bury
her. Genesis, chapter 23 describes how Abraham handled the process
of arranging for a burial place for her in the Cave of the
Machpelah. It was common at that time to bury the dead in caves.
Abraham approached the Hittites to buy a suitable burial site. The
Hittites were very impressed with Abraham for they viewed his
material success as a sign that G-d regarded him with favor. They
first offered him the site gratis, mentioning the purchase price in
the course of conversation. But Abraham insisted on paying for the
land, and, when he approached the Hittites, he said, “ANI GER
V’TOSHAV IMAKHEM.” I AM BOTH A STRANGER AND A CITIZEN AMONG YOU.
GER comes from the verb LAGUR, which means a temporary resident.
TOSHAV comes from the verb LASHEVET, which means a permanent
resident. The Bible translates TOSHAV as resident alien. What is
the real meaning of this oxymoron? Does it mean that Abraham had a
green card? It means, according to Rabbi Joseph Solovechick, that
Abraham considered himself a citizen of the country with all the
rights and obligations of a citizen but with the understand-ing
that differences did exist with respect to religious practices,
customs, and history. There was a difference in ethnicity between
the Hittites and Abraham.
Ethnicity can be defined as membership in a group that shares a
common cultural heritage, common ancestry, language, religion,
history and land. Abraham’s vision of this desired status of Jews
did not occur very often in our history. Two of these positive
examples were the Golden Age in Spain and the Silver Age in the
towns along the Rhine during the age of Rashi. Of course, we
American Jews, are experiencing the high point today where Jews are
not only accepted but even admired. Jewish survival in the Diaspora
depends upon our existence within two red lines. 1) Jews living
apart in security and 2) Rabbi Solovechick’s interpretation of GER
V’TOSHAV (resident alien). If either of these lines is crossed, if
the cocoon unravels as it did when the Russian Empire conquered
Poland in 1795, and they unknowingly inherited a million unwelcome
Jews, Russia then employed draconian methods to rid themselves of
the Jews. Those methods included government-initiated and
sanctioned pogroms, forced conversions, and conscription of young
boys into the army for 25 years.
Crossing the other red line produces the erosion of the Jewish
component of the Jewish-American and the aforementioned decimation
of the Jewish community. Clearly, there is a need for the Jewish
community to become proactive in the preservation of our Jewish
young. We need to do more work with our adolescents who are
beginning to think about their place in the future. We have done a
wonderful job teaching the holocaust. Now we need to focus on the
second major event of the 20th century: the rebirth of the state of
Israel. What does Israel mean to us, as Jews, and what does Israel
mean to the world?
These and related issues must be addressed, programs need to be
planned and, most important, our young people must be involved in
the maintenance of their Judaism. Thelma Borodkin is a Heller
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Life Cycle Kiddush
will be on
Celebrate a Simcha, Observe a Yahrzeit;
June 13th & 27th
For those attending Shabbat morning services,
Kiddushim will be immediately following.
If you have not already filled out a Yahrtzeit information
form, please contact Estelle Berger, Rae Benet, or
Dr. Mervin Eisenberg (for Heller residents),
or Bea Freiheiter, Teddy Halpern or Helen Heller
(for Weston residents).
Corner Cultural Arts Series
Tuesday, June 2nd
“Judy Garland The Concert Years”
& Tuesday, June 16th
“David Hockney: A Bigger Picture”
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 Morristown 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, June 26th 12:30-4:30
in the 2nd Floor Heller Card Room
For More Information or To Make An
Appointment Call: 973-656-1100