The Shopping Mall Comes to Levindale
It was truly two exciting days at both Courtland Gardens and Levindale. The Auxiliary’s in-house $6.00 Employee sales transformed both campuses into a mini “dollar store” (almost) for both the employees and the residents. At Courtland Gardens, Residents stopped by at 8:00 a.m. and stayed until after we closed at 4:00 p.m. It was so exciting to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” as the residents picked and chose what they wanted for themselves and for their family. Many of these residents are housebound and don’t get a chance to get out and go to a mall. This was so much fun for them as it was for us watching them…and the items (all for $6.00) were quite nice --- pashminas, pocketbooks, flashlights, costume jewelry, hats and gloves and so much more! And all the proceeds from our sales go directly to funding Activities and enhancements for the Residents.
Check out our list of upcoming Sales and stop by and join us --- won’t you!
Spotlight –Esky Cook, our photographer, extraordinaire by Betsy Narrow
It all started when we were just about to begin our grand opening of the Levindale Auxiliary Sensory Garden. The food was all set, the evening was beautiful, the new flowers were all planted, the music was serenading us in the garden walls and people were arriving. There was only one thing missing (and a very important thing I might add) --- we had no photographer to record this momentous event!
In strolls Esky Cook, a professional photographer whose mother was in Levindale and who loves Levindale and the people she has met and is never without her camera! She asks us if we would mind if she took some pictures of the evening just to capture the essence of the day. “Mind?,” I said, “Are you kidding? My husband was going to take pictures with his iphone!” and the rest is history!
Esky has graciously recorded most of the Auxiliary’s highlights and has made the residents and all of us all look wonderful! Many of the pictures that you see in this newsletter and many other mailings are all due to Esky’s generous nature and talented skills --- and it is her gift to the Auxiliary and the Residents. If you ever find yourself in need of that special someone to record your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding or any special event, we suggest you give Esky a call. A more talented individual you could not find and we all give our heartfelt thanks to Esky Cook.
In Esky’s words...
I love taking pictures and especially love taking pictures at Levindale. Anyone that reaches the age of 90 through 105 like the residents I see in Levindale, have got to be very special.
| Susan Balaban, Barbara Friedman
Doris Kahn and Esky Cook
It all started with my mother, Mrs. Ethel Bagry Shafran, who gets all the credit for my being an artist and photographer. While she was recuperating in Levindale from a fall, my mother and I met Doris Kahn and her daughters Barbara and Susan. We loved them from the start. I called my friend Margie Pensak who is a writer and told her she would have a great article if she would interview Doris. Unfortunately my mother died while she was still in Levindale. But that wasn't the end of Levindale. From the day that I met Doris and her daughters who were visiting her in Levindale, we have become very good friends. Our favorite place to meet is in Levindale so that Doris is included.
I became a photographer because I couldn't stop drawing since I was an infant. And from drawing to painting, it became photography. To me, it's all one and the same - recording what I see and everything that I see is worth recording. Life is colorful, exciting and beautiful and I like to capture every precious moment. But most of all, I like to capture the beauty in every person. And for those who think people who get older are not beautiful, they are mistaken. As people get older, and enjoy life like Doris, they are more beautiful than ever. Anyone that visits the residents in Levindale, will gain a lot more than they give. That's my story.
Sr. Auxiliary is launched…
It was a wonderful afternoon on the Friday during Kol Hamoed when we needed to send out all the 900 invitations for this year’s installation. Betsy & Eve approached Recreational Activities and asked if some of the residents would like to help attach the labels to the postcards. The residents were all for it and a small group of residents (Willie Mazer, Liz Haberman, Doris Kahn and Lillian Narrow) sat down at a table in HH2 and began the arduous task of peeling and sticking.
In less than an hour, that group of able-bodied individuals had competed over 1/3 of the job and word got around to the other Households and other residents wanted to help us next time. (Our next project is the mailing of this newsletter). Everyone felt a real sense of accomplishment and worthiness. We were well on our way to establishing a stronghold in the Levindale resident community and beginning our Senior Auxiliary!
Levindale Auxiliary Honors Linda Roedel
at the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations 98th Annual Convention May 15, 2014
Linda joined the Auxiliary three years ago and from the very start she has always been available to do whatever needs to be done. Whether we need someone to assist with the mailing, coordinate a special event, transport our residents or volunteer to help at an activity, Linda can always be counted on. She is a real person of action and we are very lucky to have her on our Board.