Here - B`nai B`rith Apartments
May & June 2015
B’nai B’rith Apartments
of Deerfield Beach, FL
299 SW 3rd Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Phone (954) 426-5577
1-877-955-8707 (French Creole)
Fax (954) 426-0137
Visit our website @
Dear Residents and Friends,
I hope you all had a chance to enjoy all of the events over the past two months. Our annual St. Patrick’s Day
Party was great fun. Residents had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious corn beef and cabbage dinner, prepared by
our own staff followed by entertainment and dancing.
Passover Food Baskets were donated by the Soref Community Center and delivered to all the residents who
signed up for them. We would like to thank the Soref Community Center for their continued support and
donations to our residents. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Board of Director’s member,
Gladys Coffino, for once again reaching out to the center and organizing these donations.
Our Annual Passover Seder was nicely catered and officiated by two of our Board of Director’s members, Mr.
Dennis Rice and Dr. Allen Land. As always, they did a wonderful job, thank you to both of them for making this
Seder so special for all. We would like to thank all the B’nai B’rith board members that were able to attend and
for their generous donations. We would also like to thank the B’nai B’rith Lakeland Unit 1515 for their donation
as well. Without these generous donations, this wonderful Seder Dinner would not have been possible.
Our tenant council and volunteers prepared a wonderful Easter Brunch which also was a big success. They all did
a great job cooking and preparing for all the residents who attended. Thank you for all your hard work.
Once again I would like to thank all the tenant council members, volunteers and staff
members for all their hard work making these events so enjoyable for the residents
throughout the year.
BB3 apartment inspections will begin May 4 th . We cannot give you an exact date or
time when we will be at your apartment so please be prepared and be patient. You do
not need to be home, however these inspections are a requirement of your lease and all
apartments will be inspected. Thank you for your cooperation in advance.
Wishing you all well,
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance
Service Coordinator BB1 & BB2
Service Coordinator BB3
Our Property Manager:
Stacey Lovell, SPM, LLC.
Vice-President- Dennis Rice
SecretaryDr. Allan Land
Stanley Berman, Phyllis Buchsbaum, Gladys Coffino,
Kenneth Cutler, Shirley Diamond, Dr. Jules Grosswald,
Mona Morris, Hank Meyer, and Gloria Miller,
Betty Summers -President,
Evelyn Finkelstein - Secretary
Council Members: Victoria Assini, Estel Bonan, Peggy Trudden, & Galina Ulyanova
Volunteers: Rose Abraham, Excene Jean-Baptist, Francis St. Hilaire, and Patricia Lock,
Jean York (AARP)
Carol Sohmer (AARP)
BB Boutique - Linda Rechin - Volunteer
BB Coffee Shop
Tamya Woodruff (AARP)
Internet Café: Richard Horton (AARP)
NO Envelopes— Leave your check or money
order in the RENT DROP BOX.
PLEASE— Do Not fold your check or money
order — This causes the Check Machine to jam.
Please write legibly. If your hand is shaky or you
can not see well have someone help you write your
check or money order.
EIV & You:
We currently use the EIV computer system
(which is a HUD requirement). The EIV computer system
gathers information regarding your Social Security income,
wages (if any), unemployment compensation (if any), and
checks that against what you have reported to us.
We have brochures available in the office if you would like
more information concerning the EIV system.
As a reminder, you must inform us if you become employed
or have a change in your monthly income of $200 or more.
This is the Check Scanning
machine. It is very
temperamental. Check must
be legible and must not be
wrinkled or folded. Thank
you for your cooperation
*BB1 & BB2* Social Services Coordinator
Janet Murphy, MSW, LCSW
Exercise: Benefits of Exercise
One of the Healthiest Things You Can Do
Like most people, you've probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Studies have
shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail
or who have diseases that accompany aging.
Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do
as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health
and help you maintain your independence as you age.
Be as Active as Possible
Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long -term
health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities.
That's why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible.
Being Inactive Can Be Risky
Although exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, some older adults are reluctant to exercise. Some are afraid that exercise will be too hard or that physical activity
will harm them. Others might think they have to join a gym or have special equipment. Yet, studies show
that "taking it easy" is risky. For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their
own, it doesn't happen just because they've aged. It's usually because they're not active. Lack of physical
activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a
variety of illnesses.
Prevent or Delay Disease
Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay
many diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular
exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
Manage Stress, Improve Mood
Regular, moderate physical activity can help manage stress and improve your mood. And, being active on
a regular basis may help reduce feelings of depression. Studies also suggest that exercise can improve or
maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an
activity, and ignore irrelevant information.
Some people may wonder what the difference is between physical activity and exercise. Physical activities
are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog and taking the stairs instead
of the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Including both in your life will provide you with
health benefits that can help you feel better and enjoy life more as you age.
From- National Institute on Aging
*BB3* Social Services Coordinator
The Hurricane Season is approaching and while we prepare ourselves, we cannot forget out pets.
Here is a suggested list from the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:
HURRICANE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR PETS
Thousands of animals are lost in the aftermath of hurricanes each year, and as owners are forced to evacuate their
homes, they are often not permitted to bring their beloved pets along to shelters. As we approach another active storm
seasons in South Florida, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League encourages pet owners to avoid potential tragedies by
taking the following steps to prepare for a hurricane:
Never leave your pet home alone or outside. The safest place for your pet is with you! Left alone, your pet may
be subject to injuries from structural damage, flooding and excessive heat after a storm.
Equip pets with a collar and identification tag containing visible and accurate information in case the owner is
separated from his or her pet. Micro-chipped pets have a much better chance of being reunited with their
Practice a run through, including introducing your pet to the “safe room” you’ll take shelter in during the
storm. Don’t let the actual hurricane be the first time your dog or cat spends time in the walk-in closet or
downstairs bathroom, for example.
During the hurricane drill, introduce the pet’s everyday activities in the safe room to increase maximum comfort
later. Try everything – placing animals in their carriers, have them eat & drink in this room, etc.
Develop a list of pet-friendly shelters nearby – including a list of hotels that allow pets – and keep it in a safe
place for easy access as a storm approaches. Please visit our web site for a listing of hotels.
Be sure all animals are up to date with vaccines and keep records with you.
Owners should have photos taken of themselves with their pets and keep them in a safe, readily available
place, like a wallet or purse, for identification purposes.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League also recommends that pet owners create a pet emergency kit with supplies
that are restocked every few months. See attached checklist.
Be sure all animals have several forms of ID on their collar and are micro-chipped
Three-day supply of drinking water and food stored in airtight, waterproof containers
Bowls & can opener for food and water
Sturdy carrier large enough for the pet to sleep in for a few days
Leash and harness for all dogs
Current photos and descriptions of pets (with owner if possible)
Medications for two weeks
One week supply of litter and litter box for cats
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration
Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y.
was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May
1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was
borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May
1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his
General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with
flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country
during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet
churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen
because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. On the first Decoration Day, General
James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated
the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was
recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring
their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring
just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage
of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for
Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring
the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and
Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana
and Tennessee. www.usmemorialday.org
Thank you , Rhonda Love, B’nai B’rith
Vice President of Programming and
Danielle Ross ,B’nai B’rith Program
Associate from our NYC office for
coming to our property to run a Program about the Jewish Celebration of
Purim and history of Mask !! A wonderful afternoon was had by all the residents and board members from B’nai
B’rith that attended.
**** St. Patrick’s Day our Way! ****
The start of our
We plan on making more
planters –as the need
Vania Jean Francois
Desaporte Jean –Jacques
Due to privacy issues we can
no longer put apartment
numbers or dates of birth.
If you would like to give
someone a card -simply write
it out -put the resident’s
name on the envelope and
drop it in the office by the
first of their birth month.
We will make sure it is
All Residents are
Welcome & Encouraged
to attend the monthly
Tenants’ Association Meetings!
Anne Marie Augustin
Margarita Fuentes Bilette
Aurea Perez Soto