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A new sculpture exhibit was unveiled at Ovation Sarah Chudnow on June 10. The exhibit, “Steel the Light,” by Wisconsin artist Joel Pfeiffer included the unveiling of his newest sculpture “When Spirit Speaks” the first in his new GATEWAY series.

Pfeiffer’s recent sculptures are an exploration of how light, color, steel and glass can be melded together in new and unexpected visual delights. The sculptures capture both the eye and “steel” the light, holding them for conversation and thought.

Pfeiffer’s sculptures came to Ovation Sarah Chudnow on May 25 and were on display until July 17.

On June 24, Ovation Sarah Chudnow hosted a Gubernatorial Forum in partnership with Grassroots North Shore. The seven top-polling candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor responded to a wide array of questions and issues facing our community.

The crowd was standing room only, with over 230 community members in attendance.

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Joshua Gimbel, Board Chair, Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, presents Daniel Bader,President and CEO of Bader Philanthropies, with Unified Voice. This art piece came to life when the Recharge & Renew Group, who all enjoy history, wanted to learn how letter sounds and Hieroglyphics became language. It became a group collage of feelings, thoughts, and individual special quotes. 

President/CEO of Ovation Communities, Mike Sattell, speaks on the legacy of Helen Daniels Bader and her passion for helping those with Alzheimer’s disease.  

Marylyn Scheuer of Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin and William Komisar of Clifton Larson Allen take a moment to pose for a photo.

Joshua Gimbel (right), Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation Board Chair, catches up with David Gruber before the start of the luncheon.

The event drew a sold-out crowd of 300 guests.

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The annual July 3rd Fireworks Fest brought entertainment, delicious food, and fun to the Rubenstein Pavilion as residents, community members, and guests celebrated Independence Day. Musical entertainment was provided by Joseph Deveraux, and balloon twister and family show performer Peter Lindsay brought fun and laughter to the crowd.

The proceeds from the event benefitted the Monya’s Garden Fund through the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation. In September 1996, the three daughters of Monya Tolkan, a resident of the Helen Bader Center, established an endowment in Monya’s memory. The endowed gift brought a new array of colorful beauty to the outdoor terrace of the Bader Center. Donations through the July 3rd Fireworks event helps maintain this lovely haven for our residents and guests.

Thank you to our sponsors and all who celebrated with us this year!

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With the generous assistance of the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, Ovation Communities is proud to be the first senior living community in the country to host workshops for the Legacy Lights Initiative.

In classes ranging from five to 12 participants, the monthly workshops rotate between each of Ovation Communities’ three locations, as well as the Adult Day Center. Workshop participants craft beautiful, one-of-a kind illuminated paper lamps to enjoy and eventually gift, but it isn’t just an art project.

At its heart, the Legacy Lights initiative is a meaning-making project, a light-making and light-spreading project, and its primary goal is to honor and celebrate our elders as they share their stories and wisdom. Participants create lamps, or Legacy Lights, while pondering major life questions: What is my legacy?  What is my unique light and how have I shared it with the world…and how can I continue to bring more light into the world? 

The Legacy Lights Initiative is part of the Illumignossi Project, founded by Dr. David Moss. After his sister took a lamp-making workshop in 1999, Dr. Moss began making his own, and eventually worked to simplify the process to teach others how to make their own paper lamps, and use them to illuminate life’s journey.

“You don’t have to be an artist to do this. It’s a user friendly process,” says Dr. Moss.

In each workshop, while half the time is dedicated to crafting the lamps, participants spend the other half discussing, sharing wisdom within the group, and reflecting. The workshops close with a moving ceremony, when participants turn on lamps for first time and explain the intent behind their creations.

Michelle Masters, Ovation Adult Day Center program assistant, shares: “Introducing Legacy Lights and the Illumignossi Project to Ovation Communities has been an amazing opportunity for growth, connection, and meaningful conversation. This project is a wonderful way to honor and spread the light within our participants and residents. The process takes participants on a journey to self-discovery, love, and light.”

During the workshops, residents and facilitators have a unique opportunity to get to know each other in rich and meaningful ways.  Participants walk away with a deeper appreciation for their life journey and that of their fellow life travelers.

“The process continues to grow richer with each passing month, as we find new layers of meaning that we didn’t anticipate,” says Dr. Moss. “It’s been a privilege to work with the staff and residents at Ovation. They have been enthusiastic and eager to collaborate in the project’s development.”

Future workshops will include Ovation volunteers, staff, and family members of residents, to provide opportunities for rich intergenerational exchange.

“Legacy Lights fits with the innovative spirit of Ovation, and is really about celebrating and honoring our elders,” says Ovation President and CEO Michael Sattell. “It’s a chance to explore what their life is all about, and what they hope to pass on.”

To learn more about the Legacy Lights Initiative and the Illumignossi Project, visit  www.tip.ngo

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Discovering an unknown passion … unearthing joy and creativity

It is never too late to find your passion. Helen Sher started taking art classes at age 60 when she attended a woodworking class at Cardinal Stritch.

Helen Sher, daughter to Morris and Minnie Rabinovitz, was born and raised in Milwaukee, where she also raised her two children Armin Sher and Robin Kasch with her husband Jerry. Helen is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who puts other people’s needs before her own.

Helen loved the challenge of working with watercolors. After realizing that woodworking was not for her she moved on to painting where she tried working with oils and acrylics before working with watercolors. Helen and Jerry spent most winters in Florida to escape the Wisconsin winters. While in Florida Helen worked on her paintings while also taking more art classes.

Helen has always had a strong interest in art, whether she was clipping pictures from magazines to frame and put up in her home or collecting pieces of art while traveling. Helen discovered that art was a creative and peaceful outlet for her where she could lose all worries or concerns and focus on the colors and her painting. “Water color painting gave me such a feeling of relaxation. All of my worries would go away and I would just think of the color. The pieces I painted are still therapeutic to me today.”

Helen has never thought to display her work before, but for her 100th Birthday Ovation Chai Point put Helen’s artwork on display for all to see. Helen had a difficult time picking the pieces she wanted to exhibit, because “they are like my children…I love each one of them”.

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Each year, Ovation Jewish Home welcomes a healthcare administration student from the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire to serve as an Administrator in Training (AIT). The position entails learning the ins-and-outs of management in Long Term Care through practical, hands-on work. Through this partnership with the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Ovation Jewish Home benefits from the new perspectives brought in by students and the students are given an opportunity to learn and grow under the best in the business. This year, Ovation Jewish Home will welcome Rob McInnes, a UW-Eau Claire student originally from Bay View, Wisconsin. He will be working closely with the administrative department in addition to making rounds through every department that contributes to the success of the organization.

Rob has a diverse past, including prior experience in healthcare and volunteer work. After graduating from high school in Milwaukee, he spent several years studying Public Health at UW-Milwaukee, and Healthcare Administration at UW-Eau Claire. Through this time, he worked with a healthcare management firm based in Colorado as a digital marketing and public relations specialist and worked closely with the Chippewa Valley Alzheimer’s Association. Rob sat on an American Healthcare Association Silver Examiner board to review the approaches to quality taken by Long Term Care facilities across the country. During his year-long internship with Ovation Jewish Home, Rob will be rotating through each department- serving the organization at every level; from bringing in new residents with admissions to washing dishes with the dietary staff.

Rob’s path towards healthcare, and specifically Long Term care began early on with interfaith volunteering, where his passion for connecting with people and creating an environment of quality care took off. He believes that it’s the experiences and seized opportunities in our lives that fully shape our personality, work-ethic, and passions. To care for others is more than just a job- it’s a passion that can and must be cultivated through tireless professional and personal development. It’s Rob’s personal philosophy   to view healthcare management as the tool by which he can effectively do the best for our community.

In his free time Rob loves volunteering, playing tennis, woodworking, and spending time outdoors through sailing and bicycling. He is looking forward to connecting with everyone at Ovation Jewish Home, and hopes that this year will be filled with learning and new friendships with both residents & staff!

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Thank you to everyone who attended The Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation’s In-Ovation Annual Luncheon event honoring the legacy of Helen Daniels Bader and the 25th Anniversary of Ovation’s Helen Bader Center.

Just a few among thousands of reasons why Ovation Communities is wonderful place to live and work. We have such a rich history of dedicated leadership and staff caring for phenomenal residents. Nita Corre’s ob”m has left an indelible legacy.

Thank you Julie Feldman for a touching and meaningful video production!

112 Years Old And Driving The Future - YouTube

We are truly grateful to the vision of Helen Daniels Bader who paved an important path for older adults with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Thank you to Dan Bader, the trustees and staff at Bader Philanthropies for your generosity and fantastic partnership, we are forever grateful!

Honoring Helen Daniels Bader Who Revolutionized Memory Care - YouTube

Thank you to Julie Feldman for producing a terrific video!

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Join us for the unveiling of Joel Pfeiffer’s newest sculpture “WHEN SPIRIT SPEAKS” the first in his new GATEWAY series. Pfeiffer’s sculptures came to Ovation Sarah Chudnow on May 25 and will be on display until July 17, the sculptures can be viewed from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. everyday. On Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 Joel will unveil his final piece in the GATEWAY series, a reception will follow the unveiling with wine and dessert and give attendees a chance to meet the artist.

Pfeiffer’s recent sculptures are an exploration of how light, color, steel and glass can be melded together in new and unexpected visual delights. The sculptures capture both the eye and “steel” the light, holding them for conversation and thought.

Pfeiffer realized that each piece is a product of play and discovery, during his creative process he would sometimes stop to take apart a sculpture and reassemble it leading him to something new and unexpected. The art moves Pfeiffer and he keeps finding himself in surprising new places because of it.

About Joel Pfeiffer

Joel Pfeiffer, Wisconsin sculptor, earned his B.S. Art Education degree from U.W. La Crosse in 1972 and his Masters of Art-Ceramics from U.W. Milwaukee in 1985. Alongside of both of his degrees Pfeiffer has earned 30 post graduate credits. After graduating from U.W. La Crosse Pfeiffer worked as an Art Instructor at Howards Grove Schools teaching Kindergarten through sixth grade in Howards Grove, Wisconsin. After spending five years teaching grade school children Pfeiffer began teaching ceramics and sculpture at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. Pfeiffer owns Heartroots Studio in Hartland, Wisconsin, the studio is well equipped for creating strong, durable pieces. Joel Pfeiffer fuses stainless steel and glass into dazzling sculptures that truly “steel the light.” The gleaming elements of the finished pieces capture the eye and “steel” the light for all to enjoy.

For more information about Joel Pfeiffer visit his website at http://www.heartrootsstudio.com

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Nita Corré

It is with profound sadness that the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation regrets to inform you that Nita Corré, our former President and forever inspirational matriarch, passed away at the Jewish Home this morning. Nita was first and foremost a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a local and internationally respected and admired leader, mentor and invaluable friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She came to our community as a social worker who then transformed, through her passion and tireless quest for learning, into the Jewish Home’s President. She led our development of new services and expansion into independent and assisted living communities, all influenced by her vision of providing comfort, meaning, independence and dignity to our older adults. Foreseeing the need for financial security, she established our Foundation and single-handedly developing resources, inspired by her passion and vision, which continue to provide for a quality Jewish environment for hundreds of older adults, every year, who otherwise may not be able to afford such care.

Funeral services will be held Sunday May 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM in the Kohl Family Synagogue at Ovation Jewish Home located at 1414 N Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Following internment at Agudas Achim Chabad Cemetery, 3690 E. College Ave, Cudahy, Family will return to
Ovation Jewish Home’s Rubenstein Pavilion for a 3:30 Shiva (meal of condolence).

May her memory forever be a blessing.

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Over the past two decades, mindfulness has gained increasing popularity and has been proposed as a potentially useful practice for an array of health conditions. The connection between the mind and body lies at the heart of mindfulness, which makes it a highly relevant therapeutic technique to consider. Ovation Communities’ Director of Research Dr. Christine Kovach and her team recently conducted a research study to determine the feasibility of mindfulness for older adults in long-term residential settings, and to examine differences in outcomes between mindfulness and cognitive activities.

The research team learned that during and 20 minutes after a mindfulness session people had less agitation, large decreases in feelings of discomfort and less negative emotion. The study demonstrated that mindfulness is feasible for older adults, even those with multiple chronic conditions and cognitive impairment, and can be conducted in a residential setting with positive benefits.

“Mindfulness focuses on using strengths within oneself to promote well-being, comfort and compassion, and has no side effects,” said Dr. Kovach. “We’ve found this simple tool can be particularly empowering, and we look forward to incorporating it more and more into our programming and daily life.”

The study sessions were led by Lisa Sattell who donated her time to this important project. The research results will be published in an upcoming issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing.

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