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The Carole Jo Lasser z’l Music Program

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Mike

The Carole Jo Lasser z’l Music Program

We are delighted to formally introduce the Carole Jo Lasser, z’l, Music Program. There are currently no other music initiatives in our community for Jewish patients who are critically ill. Carole Jo’s parents, Jacqueline and Myron Milgrom, have generously helped JHCN create this program in her memory.

The Carole Jo Lasser z’l Music Program provides home visits from cantors and musicians, connecting JHCN patients to their Jewish heritage.

Carole’s parents nurtured her passion for music. They encouraged Carole’s musical gifts from the time she sat down at the piano at age seven and quickly discovered she could play by ear. Earning a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Michigan and an advanced degree in music pedagogy at Schoolcraft College, Carole found her calling as a much sought-after piano teacher and performer.

To make a donation, click here and choose The Carole Jo Lasser z’l Music Program from the Choose A Fund dropdown menu.


The JHCN Board of Directors recognized Carole Lasser’s parents for creating a music program that will benefit JHCN’s LifeLinks and hospice patients. (From left): JHCN Senior Director Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff, Jackie Milgrom, JHCN President David Techner, Myron Milgrom, and JHCN Founder and CEO Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman.

Members of Carole’s family attending the recognition ceremony included (from left): Rob Bloomberg, Will Bloomberg, Allison Bloomberg, Jackie Milgrom, Myron Milgrom, Marianne Bloomberg, Paula Milgrom, Jim Barnett.

Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust Hospice Heroes

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Mike


Recognizing Hospice Heroes

The Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network expresses its profound gratitude to Judge Michael L. Stacey (z’l) for naming the agency as a beneficiary of his Trust. In 2016, the Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust provided funding to several agencies throughout the community, with hospice caregiving among those causes he cared for deeply. In honor of Judge Stacey’s commitment to those who care for those with life-limiting or terminal illness, JHCN has established a recognition program honoring compassionate caregivers who serve those facing the end of life in the Jewish community. Beginning in 2017, JHCN will select a caregiver each month to be recognized for their dedication, commitment and advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. The Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust enables JHCN to continue its mission ensuring no Jew is ever alone at the end of life.


January 2017 – Kathleen Olsen

“It is a privilege and honor to be a presence for individuals and families embracing, grappling, fearing, fighting, succumbing, accepting the suffering which accompanies failing bodies and/or a life ending on this earth. I can’t imagine doing anything more worthwhile with my education and background. This is the best possible way to care.”


February 2017 – Sharon Perry

“I am a woman of faith who at the age of 18 learned that health care was a calling in my life. I love what I do. I approach every case as if they were a close family member. It makes me stay humble and give 100% of myself. To God be the glory.”


March 2017 – Kim McKenzie

“Symptoms are multiple, emotions are raw and despite all the challenges in hospice work, there is a peace that settles into our souls knowing you helped provide compassionate care for a fellow sojourner. That keeps us motivated to this daily work. Either that, or maybe just a touch of crazy. It is a thin line!”


April 2017 – Dauwan Yharbrough

“I love what I do. My passion for this work comes from within. It’s instilled in my mind but mainly my heart. It makes a big difference if I can change a frown to a smile by being someone’s companion. I just love walking into someone’s home changing the atmosphere to happiness.”

Carole’s Enduring Legacy

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Mike


Carole’s Enduring Legacy

Carole Lasser, of blessed memory, was an extraordinary mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and a JHCN palliative care and hospice patient. Carole wanted to leave a legacy of vibrant images for her family to remember her by and welcomed portrait photographer Monni Must to document these memorable moments and writer Sabrina Must to compose the narrative. The relationship Carole shared with her family and Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff was profound for all involved. Carole valued JHCN’s comprehensive hospice care and the ability it gave her to face her fragility, enabling her to find courage, and ultimately, peace.


One of Carole’s final wishes was for members of our Jewish community to understand the value of The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network and contribute
to its mission, while giving Jews facing terminal illness the courage to help their loved ones make Every Day A Gift.


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Jewelry and Wearable Art Sale to Benefit JHCN

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Mike

jhcn jewelry event

Do some holiday shopping

Support local artists

Perform a mitzvah for this vital organization

Join a talented and generous collection of artistic stars for a designer jewelry and accessory wearable art sales event with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network. Featuring the artistic creations of: Olga Babushkina, Carol Ellis, Linda Golden, Arlene Lullove, Kathy Mamat, Diane Mondry and Laurie Winston.

Save The Date

Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday, November 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please Call 248-705-5390 or 248-855-9554 for directions.

About the Artists:

Olga Babushkina has a longstanding passion for the art of decorative wardrobe and attire, as a means to self-expression. Her necklaces are large statement pieces that are made from very high quality materials. She specializes in natural stones like Turquoise, corals, quartz and amber highlighted with antique silver from India, Thailand, Afghanistan and Nepal. Her gemstones are unique to every artistic creation and she expresses her knowledge of high fashion with a sophisticated approach to style. No surprise, since Olga is a trained chemist who understands the unique relationship between art, creativity and natural elements.

Carol Ellis is an active and prolific knitwear teacher and designer. She shares her love of craft by creating various materials and techniques that produce textiles and artwork that are “outside the box.” Carol currently teaches at the Birmingham Community House as well as the Bloomfield Village Club. She is a patient and creative teacher, who has instilled the love of knitting to people all over the State. Her knitted accessories are unique and very practical as well as beautiful. Carol also produces vintage inspired jewelry and antique purses. She works in a variety of materials to create unusual combinations that are very special. Her one-of-a-kind designs give new meaning to contemporary wearable craft.

Linda Golden is a well-known and highly successful interior designer in Michigan, Florida and Arizona. About 15 years ago, a client introduced Linda to jewelry design and a passion was born. Today, her work is featured at the Whitespace Collections Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has also appeared at Art-Palm Beach, Art Wynwood-Miami. It will be appearing there again this year. One-of-a-kind, mixed-media pieces are created in collaboration with Florida jewelry designer Jane Levy, and are in many private collections throughout the country.

Arlene Lullove is a fiber artist currently making one-of-a-kind women’s purses as well as felted silk and hand-dyed scarves. She works in fabrics of all kinds including leather, faux leather, suede and fur. Arlene is the former owner & partner of Blinds & Designs, Inc., the multi-state wholesale fabricator of blinds, shades and shutters. She spent her career creating commercial textiles and manufacturing window treatment under the Hunter Douglas brand and exclusive private labels. Her expertise in textiles fueled her passion for wearable art in a variety of mediums geared for the fashion forward, sophisticated woman. Arlene’s silk & wool designs have been featured in exhibits at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Her textile apparel and accessories are in private collections throughout the United States.

Kathy Mamat is a jewelry designer with 25 years of professional experience. She was the manager and buyer at Beadworks in Franklin, Michigan. She is currently the owner of Kathy Mamet Designs, a new studio in Franklin, located inside the retail store Glamour Puss. Kathy designs, sells and repairs one-of-a-kind jewelry. Her work is unique, highly praised and featured in Beadwork Magazine, Bead Style and Beader’s Stash: Designs from America’s Favorite Beadshops. Kathy teaches and sells her work at her studio in Franklin.

Diane Mondry has a passion for design and fashion. She entered the fashion business as a buyer for Marshall Fields in Chicago. She is well known for Diane M., a women’s clothing and accessory boutique she opened in Birmingham after moving back to Michigan. The Diane M. Jewelry Collection is a labor of love to create chic and relaxed pieces that women will enjoy owning and wearing. Diane designs and creates jewelry that is the perfect balance of understated elegance. She lives in Bloomfield Hills with her husband, three children and Ellie, the cutest dog ever.

Laurie Winston is a jewelry and accessories artist whose expertise in knitting, crocheting, mosaic and needlepoint has enabled her to collect and research materials and crafts from around the world. She creates unique beadworks in all types that may be worn or displayed. Laurie may be best known for her vintage and antique beaded purse designs and patterns. She created unique patterns and designs and taught for 17 years in Franklin, Michigan. Her own collection of antique frames and vintage beaded designs has been on display in many Florida art shows. She lives in Michigan and Florida, shops for, collects and creates wearables for sale to benefit many fundraising causes.

Journey of the Soul

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Mike

Journey of the Soul


JHCN is a proud co-sponsor of Journey of the Soul: An Exploration of Life, Death and What Lies Beyond, a six-week course at Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield. Participants can earn up to 7.5 AMA, APA, NASW, and CBBS continuing education credits in joint sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Learn more or register here:

Course Overview

What is a soul? Where does it go after it departs this world? Do Jews believe in heaven and hell? Can souls communicate with us from the afterlife? How does reincarnation work?

Journey of the Soul explores the mysteries surrounding the spiritual dimension of our existence—our destiny that continues even after we’ve shed our earth-bound body suit. We examine the transition of the soul into the hereafter, the kinds of legacies that are valued even after we’ve forsaken this earthly existence, and the accompanying emotional journey and rituals that help the soul and those closest to it prepare for its new reality.

Besides for providing answers to life’s biggest questions, Journey of the Soul will inspire you to remain focused on the parts of life that really matter; it will assist you in becoming more in touch with yourself, with your soul, and with your spiritual dimension; and it will help you discover a newfound relationship with your loved ones who are no longer here with us in body.

Course Outline

What is a soul? Is it possible to expire before our time is up? Is death painful for the soul? How does Judaism define life? How do we reconcile Judaism’s emphasis on the here and now with the eternality of the soul?

Are there benefits to aging? What matters most in life? Realizing that we only live once, what is the best way to utilize the time we have left?

What happens to us when we die? Are souls able to communicate with us from heaven? Do our loved ones in heaven still care about us? What is the significance of the rituals associated with burial? How do these rituals assist the soul’s transition into the afterlife?

What is reincarnation? How exactly does it work? Does Judaism believe in ghosts and spirits? Does everyone go to heaven ?

Once the soul is in heaven, is it possible for it ascend to new spiritual heights? What can we do to assist the soul in the afterlife? This lesson explores the emotional, spiritual, and practical steps of the grieving process and explains how we can benefit the soul once it’s already in the hereafter.

What is the final destination on this voyage? Is death permanent? Does Judaism believe in resurrection? Is it possible that we may one day be reunited with our loved ones?


In joint sponsorship with the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP)
Earn up to 7.5 CE credits from:
> The American Psychological Association (APA)
> The American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
> The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
> The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Susan and Bart Lewis announce $1 miliion challenge grant

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by Mike



Susan Lewis honored; announces $1 million challenge grant

A packed house joined The Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network’s Grand Circle of Women in honoring Susan Brown Lewis with its Dove Award for her commitment to the agency and her family’s generosity in being the catalyst for a $5 million endowment campaign. The campaign, which became fully funded in August 2014, has been extended by the Lewis family in the form of a $1 million challenge grant to raise another $5 million.


From the May 21 edition of the Detroit Jewish News. by Barbara Lewis

Susan Brown Lewis and her husband, Bart, are modest people. They have just given a second $1 million challenge gift to the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network (JHCN), but they want the focus to be on the organization and its services, not on them.


David Techner, JHCN president, announced the Lewis’ gift May 5 at the end of a program at the Berman Center hosted by the Grand Circle of Women, a JHCN support group. Andi Wolfe of Bloomfield Hills is the group’s founder. Dana Burnstein of West Bloomfield is the Grand Circle of Women chair.


Several hundred people attended the program, which included a preview showing of The Embrace of Dying: How we deal with the end of life, the final film in a documentary series about aging by Detroit filmmaker Keith Famie. The film will air on Detroit Public Television in the fall. The film shows the work of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, with Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny of Temple Israel, one of JHCN’s chaplains, in a prominent role.


Susan Lewis of Bloomfield Hills received the 2015 Dove Award in recognition of her ongoing support for Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.


“We don’t do it for the attention,” she said about the couple’s philanthropy. “We do it because it’s what we need to do, to carry on what our parents started.” Lewis is the daughter of Dorothy and Peter Brown, whose philanthropy enabled the creation of Jewish Senior Life’s Dorothy and Peter Brown Adult Day Care Program and Dorothy and Peter Brown Memory Care Pavilion, two well-known programs serving the Jewish elderly in Detroit. Her parents were strong activists for the elderly, said Lewis, feeling that they were among the most vulnerable people in the community. Lewis and her husband continue to endow the adult day care pro- gram, and she sits on its board.


Lewis said her two daughters, Lainie Lipschutz and Julie Winkelman, both of Bloomfield Hills, are also strong supporters of the Brown programs. She hopes her five grandchildren, ages 9 to 21, will continue the legacy. Lewis said she and her husband, an attorney and real estate developer, learned about Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network when her parents faced their final illnesses. About two days before her father, Peter Brown, died in 2000 at age 89, she met Jewish Hospice’s founder and executive director Rabbi E.B. “Bunny” Freedman at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.


“He treated us with such kindness and care,” Lewis said. “Even though my dad was unconscious by then, I knew he would have liked him. Bunny was just so helpful.”


Seven years later, Dorothy Brown fell ill but didn’t meet the criteria for hospice. “I called Bunny and told him I didn’t know what to do. He said don’t worry. He took over and made sure we had the best care,” Lewis said. “His wife, Shaindy, even came to the house with baked goods.”


Five years ago, the Lewises offered a challenge to Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, which had just embarked on an endowment campaign: for every million dollars the organization raised, the Lewises would donate $250,000, up to $1 million. Jewish Hospice completed the challenge last September, raising a total of $5 million. Now, as part of its strategic plan, JHCN aims to increase its endowment to $10 million, and the Lewises are reprising their challenge: raise $4 million and we’ll donate another $1 million.


“Ten million dollars will give us enough to secure the future of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network,” Freedman said. He hopes to complete the challenge within five years. The organization’s 2015 budget is approximately $1.25 million.


JHCN works with more than a dozen area hospices, which provide clinical care from physicians, nurses, aides and therapists. Jewish Hospice provides spiritual care and support services for Jewish patients and their families. JHCN also helps the frail elderly and people with chronic illness who are not terminally ill and thus not eligible for hospice care. There is no charge to patients or families for the network’s services.


“All of our funding comes from philanthropy, though many of our donors are people who choose to support us because of the great care they have received,” said Freedman, who has been the face of Jewish hospice care in Detroit since 1993, when he started a program for Jewish patients at Hospice of Michigan. He left Hospice of Michigan in 1999 to start the independent Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network. “I’m 63, and I’m still going strong, but I won’t be around forever,” Freedman said. “An endowment of $10 million will make it much easier for the person who follows me, who won’t have to worry so much about fundraising but can build on what we’ve created.”


Freedman said JHCN won’t use any of the income generated by the endowment until the fund reaches at least $10 million. He has hired Dottie Deremo, who was CEO of Hospice of Michigan for 15 years before she retired at the end of 2013, as a consultant to work on long-term organizational sustainability and succession planning.


“Bunny is an iconic leader,” Deremo said. “He’s done an amazing job in the Jewish community, building this organization from scratch. He’s smart enough to ask for help in developing sustainability for the long haul. That’s good leadership.”


Succession planning is being done not just for Freedman but for all key positions, she said. Deremo said she and the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network leadership are creating an infrastruc- ture that will enable the organization to maintain and enhance quality. That includes cross-training of staff; creating job descriptions to ensure staff have consistent knowledge, skills and abilities; and measuring the organization’s services against best practices in the field. “Donors want to be sure the organization they’re giving to will be around for a while,” she said.


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