The Wiggins View
The Wiggins View
27070 Cedar Road
A newsletter for tenants & family
~by Rabbi Howard Kutner
This year Passover is early on the calendar. The first Seder is on the night of Monday,
March 25. Each year at Passover we recount
the majestic birth of the Jewish nation. Forged
out of the harshest slavery, we were redeemed
from corrupt ancient Egypt through G-d’s
Miracles. Egyptian cruelty increased, until
Pharaoh decreed that every male child born be
drowned. Moses emerged as the agent of our
redemption bringing the Divine call to worship
promising freedom. Pharaoh’s stubbornness
prompted ten miraculous plagues to impress Gd’s omnipotence on the Egyptians. Finally, Gd smote their first born, “passing over” the Jewish homes. The Jews were on their way to freedom and independence. We celebrate this event
each year at the Passover Seder.
The power of tradition is clearly demonstrated by the Passover Seder in Jewish homes
everywhere. It is probably the most widely observed Jewish ritual. The night commemorating the exodus from Egypt has become a historic feast, uniting all the generations of the
Jewish people. The national and religious significance of the Seder has been successfully
preserved mainly through the use of the Hagaddah. It has stirred the spirit of freedom in the
hearts of young and old across the centuries. It
is the book that tells the story of Pesach and
gives the order of the service on that night, to
impress all the members of the family, espe-
cially the children, with the importance of the holiday.
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vice. Primarily, the narrative of
Passover, the Hagaddah tells
the story of the entry into Egypt Programming / Outings
and the freedom of the Israelites from their servitude. It ex“Let’s Hear it for
plains the use of the ritual
foods consumed on this night,
the matzah, the maror (bitter
herb) and the four cups of wine.
The Seder meal has always en“..Grandfather Clock”
shrined the most precious
memories and the most exalting
aspirations and hopes of the
Jewish people. As we recite the ancient words
and sing the songs of old we are all filled with
tradition, heritage, and memories.
The home observance of the Seder has
strengthened family ties and made Jewish home
life beautiful. But this is not just an ancient tale:
Passover is the “Time of our freedom” and in
every generation. The Passover season brings
with it a new opportunity as we discover anew
the freedom that is ours to bring to the world. We
look forward to spending the Passover holiday
together here at Wiggins Place.
Questions? Comments? Contact Jenna Haffey at [email protected].
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~by Tenants of Wiggins Place
We asked the tenants of Wiggins Place to share their favorite recipes of Passover. Our
hope is for you to use some of these recipes and pass them down as we have.
Toasted Farfel ~Sylvia Eigenfeld
Passover Blueberry Muffins ~Edna Rosen
1C matzo farfel / 2 egg yolks / 1/2tsp salt / 2T oil
or chicken fat
1/2C oil / 1C sugar / 3 eggs / 1/2C cake meal /
1/4C potato starch / 1/4tsp salt / small package of
frozen blueberries, thawed and drained (or fresh,
washed and drained) / cinnamon and sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine and mix all ingredients. Spread onto
flat baking pan. separate particles and brown in
oven. Serve as a snack or in hot soup!
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Passover Mocha Cake ~Ruth Schwartz
3. Add eggs and beat well. Fold in sifted dry in-
Cake: 1C sliced almonds / 2/3C semisweet
chocolate chips / 1.5C sugar / 1/2C Matzo cake
meal / 9 large eggs—yolks and whites separated
into large bowls, whites at room temp / 1/2tsp
ground cinnamon / 1/8tsp ground cloves / 1/8tsp
salt / 2T instant coffee granules, dissolved in
1/4C boiling water and then cooled
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. You’ll need a
rimmed baking sheet and a 10 x 4.5 in tube pan
with a removable tube insert.
2. Cake: Spread almonds on baking sheet. Bake
5-6 minutes until lightly toasted, then cool.
3.Meanwhile, pulse 2/3 C chocolate chips in
food processor until finely ground. Scrape into a
medium bowl. Pulse almonds, 1/4C sugar and
cake meal into food processor until almonds are
finely ground. Add to chocolate, stir to blend.
4. beat egg whites with mixer on high until soft
peaks. Gradually beat 1/4C sugar and continue
beating just until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
5. Beat yolks, remaining 1C sugar, spices, salt,
coffee and oil just to blend. Fold in 1/4 of the
whites, then the nut mixture. Fold in remaining
whites, pour into ungreased tube pan. Bake 55
minutes. Immediately invert the pan onto a wire
rack, cook completely, upside down.
2. Mix oil and sugar.
gredients and add blueberries.
4. Pour into paper cups or muffin pan cups.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
5. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Matzo-Almond Bark ~ Cheryl Isaacson
5 to 6 pieces plain matzos / 1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated or brown sugar / 12 oz. semisweet
chocolate chips / 1/2 cup slivered almonds, crushed
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet
with aluminum foil topped with parchment paper
and lay the matzo in a single layer so that it completely covers the bottom of the pan.
2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and sugar over low
heat. Raise the heat and boil the mixture for 3 minutes. Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the
matzo and spread it with the back of a spoon. Place
the matzo in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove pan
from the oven and immediately pour the chocolate
chips over the matzo.
4. Return the pan to the oven for 30 seconds to melt
the chocolate. Remove the pan from the oven and
smooth the chocolate evenly over the matzo with a
spatula. Sprinkle the crushed nuts over the top. Re-
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March Tenant / Staff Birthdays
Rosella Rosenberg 23
Food Service Worker
“Your Call” ~ by Ruth Schwartz
It’s cold and it’s blowing and snowing
All of which means March is here.
It isn’t quite spring—it’s winter’s last fling
For our playful third month of the year.
Still I’m counting on that groundhog
Who had his February say.
He didn’t see his shadow
So spring will be here any day.
No more winter doldrums
(At least no more this year)
If he’s right I’ll pat him
And tell him he’s a dear.
But if we find he was NOT right
We may get snow this very night!
So, Punxsutawney Phil, let’s see
Who was right? You or me??
March Fun Facts
Daffodils have the flower meaning of rebirth, respect, regard and unrequited love.
The daffodil is one of the first flowers of
spring, therefore it is a symbol of rebirth.
The March birth flower is poisonous if
eaten. The daffodil is the emblem of Wales
and is worn on St David's Day. For spring
flowers the daffodil is one of the best bulbs
to plant. As the daffodil is one of the first
flowers of spring, it has the flower meaning
of hope. Daffodil commonly refers to narcissus with large trumpets, but may be used
for all types of narcissus. The March birth
flower daffodil that is commonly known, is
yellow with a sweet fragrance. It is native to the
Mediterranean, but has been cultivated all over
the world as a decorative plant. The daffodil is
a perennial grown from a bulb. It can reach
heights of two feet. The daffodil is a dependable
spring flower and a favorite for its long life and
colorful blooms. In England the daffodil birth
flower is known as the lent lily because it
blooms during lent.
Daylight Savings Time
First Day of Spring
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from Clarksville, Tennessee was visiting
“Keith’s Kitchen” ~Keith Childers, Dining Manager
If you have not heard, the Pub has started
its new menu and the reviews from the tenants
have been very positive. The new menu has
items like fish-n-chips, coconut breaded chicken
tenders, and roast beef French dip paninis. We
also feature daily chef specials that change each
week. The menu maintains some of your favorites from before like our fresh cooked hamburgers.
Later this month we will be sending out
information for Passover with dinner times. It
will also include a sheet to notify us if you will
be here for the holiday or if you will be having
any guests for dinner. Seder dinners will be
served on both the evening before Passover and
the first night of Pesach, wherein you can decide
which nights you would like to attend. We are
very excited about the menus this year, and a lot
of planning has been made to make this one of
the best holidays yet. We will be koshering the
kitchens for Passover on Sunday, March 24th and
in preparation for the 1st Seder dinner will be
served on Monday night, March 25th.
I wanted to take a quick minute and thank
the tenants that serve on the Food Committee
(Marty Golob, Bea Gray, Laura Silver, Rosella
Rosenberg, Beverly Arnold and Rachel Thrope),
which meets every Thursday afternoon at
12:30pm. They have been very helpful in offering ideas and suggestions for the existing and
new menus. If there is anyone interested in joining the Food Committee, please give me a call.
~by Nancy Sutula, Administrator
In the next few
weeks, the construction of the 36 unit
Wiggins Place expansion will begin. While
we will not initially
see the building structure going up, there
will be plenty of prep work happening. The
cooling tower has to be relocated along with
the electric and gas lines. Once the utilities
have been moved, the digging for the underground parking garage can begin.
The north parking lot will be closed
off during construction. As soon as we have
a firm date for the start of the construction,
notices will be sent out to tenants and families.
The new apartments in the expansion
will range in size from 750 square feet for a
1-bedroom unit to 1,400 square feet for a 2-
bedroom plus den corner deluxe unit. Underground parking will be included as part of the
project for tenants.
A second dining venue will be added;
there will be a bistro that all Wiggins Place
tenants and guests may enjoy.
A larger community room will be added
that will be used for entertainment and speaker
programs. The addition will feature an additional card room and exercise room as well.
As with any new construction there will
be some disruption to day-to-day operations.
The staff will try to minimize these disruptions
as best we can.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction process.
Please call me at 216-831-5452 ext. 705 with
Stay tuned for more updates.
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March Activities You DON’T WANT to MISS!
Sun, Mar 3 @ 2:30-4pm:
*NEW* Campus-Wide Casino Event at Menorah Park
Auditorium: Everyone from Menorah Park is invited to gamble the day away! Refreshments, prizes and games!
Mon, March 4 @ 7:30pm
Evening Birthday Party with Music and Entertainment!: All
with March birthdays, come down and blow out your candles!
Cake from Contempo Cuisine.
Sun, March 17 @ 11:30am
Speaker Rachel Kabb-Effron Esq.: Ms. Kabb-Effron is a
Certified Elder Law Attorney and has been advocating for elderly and disabled clients on eligibility issues involving Medicaid
Thurs, Mar 21 @ 10am:
*NEW* Baking Chocolate and Almond Covered Matzah
Brittle: Delicious! A recipe from our very own social worker,
Cheryl Isaacson! Thank you, Cheryl...Yum!
Fri, March 29 @ 2pm:
Thursdays EVERY WEEK:
*NEW* A Taste of Pesach: Come taste the flavors of Passover!
WEEKLY Jewelry Making Class: Wiggins Tenants—the
popularity of this class has soared! From 1/month to 2/month to
EVERY WEEK! Please sign up at the Desk!
Monthly Life Enrichment Outings
Sign ups will be held at the Community Concierge Desk located in the
Lobby during regularly scheduled hours: M&T 1-5 / W 9-5 / R 3-5 / F 9-11. If
you have any suggestions for future outings, please contact Tracy or
Jenna at 216-831-5452 x704.
Monday, March 4—Movie Outing to see “Safe Haven”
Thursday, March 7—Great Lakes Science Center Exhibit “Lost Egypt—Ancient
Secrets, Modern Science”
Monday, March 11—Dinner at Claddagh Irish Pub
Thursday, March 14—Cleveland Museum of Art “The Last Days of Pompeii:
Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection” and Lunch Provenance Café
Monday, March18—Dinner at J Alexander’s
Thursday, March 21—Rainforest at the Cleveland Zoo
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“Tenant Rebecca Eden Receives Award” ~David Eden
left, Mary E.
Wiggins Place tenant Rebecca Eden, well
known for representing World War II Veterans at
the July 3, 2012 Cleveland Indians game by
throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, capped
off the celebration of her 90th birthday by receiving the President’s Award from the Alumni Association of the Frances Payne Bolton School of
Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Using the GI bill, Mrs. Eden earned a BSN from
FPB in 1949 after returning from active duty in
World War II. She is also a 1943 Diploma
graduate from the St. Lukes Hospital School of
Nursing, and in 2009 she received their distinguished Alumnae Award. A first Lieutenant in
the Army Nurse Corps, Mrs. Eden was honored
when she was inducted into the Ohio War Veter-
ans Hall of Fame in November 2008 recognizing
her service to her country and to her community.
The Frances Payne Bolton’s Alumni Association President’s Award recognizes an outstanding alumna selected by the President of the
Alumni Association and the Alumni Awards
Committee for exceptional service to nursing or
various unique efforts, often at the grass roots
level, which benefit nursing. The award committee described Mrs. Eden as a local, regional, and
national leader in nursing education. Her pioneering efforts and perseverance helped thousand
of women and men, including many on Welfare,
become nurses in the Greater Cleveland area.
Mrs. Eden devoted her life to her family,
service and her country. She was the Director
and Financial Aid Officer of the Jane Addams
School of Practical Nursing; she served ten years
on the Ohio State Board of Nursing including
two terms as its President. Widowed in 1959,
Mrs. Eden successfully raised four children. To
honor this amazing woman, Mrs. Eden's family
has endowed the Rebecca Plotkin Eden Scholarship to support nurses in graduate school working
towards advanced degrees in nursing education.
“Thank You! The Wiggins Place Remembrance Fund“
The Tenants Association acknowledges Ruth Schwartz
these recent contributions to the
In honor of marriage of Art & Mary GlassRemembrance Fund
In Memory of Evelyn Casselman
In Memory of Leanore Nagel
ATTENTION WIGGINS TENANTS!!
For information regarding contributions to
the Remembrance Fund, please contact
Elise Rosenberg at 216-292-8488.
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“Let’s Hear it for Coats!”~ by Ruth Schwartz
When I was 10 or
11 years old, the hottest
items of apparel for preteens and teens were
Timme Tuft Coats. I
wanted one of these
coats so much I ached.
So imagine my supreme
delight when I got one
for my birthday. I was
ECSTATIC!! Little did I
know what was to follow.
Isn’t there someone reading this who remembers Timme Tuft Coats? Am I the only
person still alive who can recall those thenfashionable articles? They were a sickening
color of brown with a hint of yucky yellow.
They were ugly as sin but, for some reason,
they were the “in” thing at that time. So to be
sure their daughter was fashionably attired, it
seems all the Klivans women bought Timme
Tuft Coats for their budding beauties. I
whish I had a picture of my five cousins and
me wearing our coats. We probably looked
like bloated teddy bears because the material
was surely teddy-bear like.
My cousin, Bernice, was the tallest and
oldest of this group. She lived in Oil City, PA.
Eleanor was next in age and height. She got
Bernice’s outgrown coat. Eleanor’s own coat
went to Natalie in Cleveland since she was
next in age and height. Audrey in Youngstown
was the next happy receiver. And from Audrey
to me in New Castle, PA. there was still my
little sister, Judy, but she was only 4 or 5 when
this started (lucky for her) so she was too
small to benefit from this cavalcade of coats.
The hand-me-down coat blitz lasted for
a year or two until some wise woman said
“enough is enough.” She bundled the 5 Timme
Tufts neatly and sent them to some charity
where I hope they were warmly welcomed.
And Judy was spared the indignity of wearing
5 Timme Tuft Coats which weren’t even hers.
Incidentally, should you ever spot one of
these relics (doubtful—this is ancient history)
at some far away flea market you can be sure
it once belonged to someone in my family. I
forgot to mention that Timme Tuft NEVER
“Elijah’s Cup” ~by Rachel Thrope
My mother had a beautiful wine cup
which she gave to me. At each Passover we
filled the cup with wine, and put it on the Seder table. We opened the door for Elijah the
Prophet to enter and drink.
When we moved to Cleveland and I
opened the boxes, the wine cup was missing.
I was very upset because I planned on passing the cup down to the family.
My grandson Michael liked to go to
antique shows, and bought a wooden box
with a secret drawer at one of them. One Saturday there was an antique show and I took
Michael to it.
At the antique show we were walking
around to the booths. We saw a booth which
had Judaic items. Michael exclaimed, “Nana,
look here is your cup!” I saw a wine cup
which looked like mine, I gladly bought it. Afterward, at each Seder, Michael told how he
found Elijah’s cup.
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~ by Eudice Landy Gilman
Gossip is nothing new. Ancient Jewish law distinguished three types of this
kind of conversation, and it may involve
two or more individuals. It’s a habit which
sometimes starts early in life. In bible
speak, it is called the Hebrew words “la
shon ha ra” — negative though truthful information about others. We call it badmouthing.
In a well received book by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin titled Jewish Literacy, he
wrote about Thomas Eagleton who was the
democratic nominee for vice president in
nineteen seventy-two. When it became
known that he had been hospitalized several times for depression and given shock
treatments, Rabbi Telushkin’s opinion was
that the public did have a right to know. He
researched that this right outweighed the
senator’s right to privacy. Otherwise in the
situation where a person “bad mouths” another, the information he or she passes on is
no one’s business and considered “lo shon
The third part of the law forbids the
spreading of lies. Malicious truths are
equally harmful. Complimentary opinions
like, “So and so is a wonderful person,”
never violates any law.
I became familiar with this as a law,
to which any member of any faith may adhere, at high holy day services some years
ago. The Rabbi was explicit in his examples of how much damage gossip, true or
false, can cause. He made a point of describing the damage it causes to the person
spreading the rumor or lies, much as it does
to the victim. Demeaning others doesn't
make him or her look good enough to make
A “red flag” goes up when the words
“didja hear,” or “keep it to yourself,” or “I
heard it from good authority.” Change the
subject and we’ll all feel better.
“Reform Services at WP”
~ by Bea Gray
It suddenly occurred to me that
since so many new tenants have arrived, they are not aware of our reform
services we have here at Wiggins.
Rabbi Daniel Roberts comes
once a month accompanied by Laurel
Barr, a cantorial soloist. Sometimes
Laurel's husband comes with his guitar. There is great music, singing and
laughter. Services start on Friday evening at 7:30pm and last from 45 minutes to an hour.
Rabbi Roberts is so much fun.
Prior to the services six tenants are invited to have dinner with Rabbi Roberts and his charming wife, Elaine. If
you would like to join Rabbi and
Elaine for dinner, please contact Bea
Thank you so much.
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“Spring” ~by Rachel Thrope
Winter discard your gray cloak
I beg you,
Let spring come with its
Skies of blue.
I want to hear the robin-red breast
And feel the happiness it
I want to see the tulips
In their vivid colors all
Oh! Glorious spring I
To bring joy that’s
“I was Attacked by a Grandfather Clock!”
~ by Charlotte Markowitz
wounds like a title
of a novel by John
Grisham it is not!
This is a true story.
I know this for a
fact because it happened to me!
ago I was slowly
pulling the chain
and weight down as
I do every week.
The top of the
clock is much taller
than I am and as I
looked up the clock
was coming toward
me! I tried in vain
to push it back.
thing I knew my
beautiful clock pushed me down to the floor
and we were lying parallel to each other!!
The movements of the clock were also lying
on the floor. I could not move!
I used my life alert to call for help when
members of the wonderful staff at Wiggins
came running. You can imagine their shock to
see the sight before them. I was taken by ambulance to Ahuja Medical Center. Bumps the
size of eggs were already evident on my head.
My son came rushing into the emergency room. The doctor on duty came in and
asked me what happened that brought me to
I told her “I was attacked by a Grandfather clock.” my son said “I wish she had been
attacked by a grandfather.” I quipped, “me
too!!!” Everyone in that room roared with
I am very fortunate that I broke no
bones but I am still very sore and bruised!
Someone asked me if I am made of
steel. I answered “If steel turns black and blue
I guess I am!” my friends and I joke about this
now but I assure you it wasn’t funny at the
Addendum: Charlotte recently found out that
she did indeed break a bone—her tailbone!
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