FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life

Thank you for being a Friend!  FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life has been supporting older adults for 93 years.


Having transitioned from the Auxiliary, FRIENDS continues to dedicate itself to enhancing the quality of life for older adults by engaging residents and community members in volunteerism, outreach and fundraising in accordance with Jewish values, while providing funding to support diverse programming for JSL residents. FRIENDS plans annual membership and fundraising events, activities to connect volunteers with JSL residents and daily excitement in our Boutiques and Bistros. In addition, FRIENDS provides a Welcome Wagon for new JSL residents and beautifies our residences with flowers on the major Jewish holidays, among other enrichments for JSL residents. 

For a history of FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life click here.

Please consider making a gift to FRIENDS in honor or memory of a loved one. Your generosity will benefit the lives of so many we serve. 

For more information on FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life please contact Leslie Katz at (248) 592-5062 or


Order your “FRIENDS COOK” cookbook today!

There are lots of ways to become involved with FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life. We’re here to help you find your connection!


FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life volunteers enrich the lives of our residents every day, and we are always happy to have more volunteers join our family! 

There is a way to get involved for every level of interest and time commitment. Volunteering is a great way to meet others, develop new skills and relationships, feel great about yourself and your community…and it’s even been shown to offer medical benefits through the satisfaction of helping others.

Complete the volunteer application below to get started!


FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life offers a $36 annual membership or a $360 lifetime membership, payable over two years. 

With membership comes the feeling of camaraderie, knowing you’re enriching the lives of our residents and their family members. You will gain a network of other professionals, friends and volunteers, while receiving special FRIENDS member-only coupons to our Bistros and Boutiques and invitations to FRIENDS only events!

Complete the form below and join today!



FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life runs three shops open Mondays through Fridays, all located on the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield. 


Sharon’s Boutique

Located at Fleischman Residence/Blumberg Plaza
(open 10am – 2pm)


Meer Boutique

Located at Meer Apartments
(open 11am – 2pm)


Danto Gift Shop

Located at Danto Family Healthcare Center
(open 11:30am – 2:30pm)

We carry fabulous apparel, gift items, jewelry, plush toys, Judaica, candy and so much more! Come visit us today!

All proceeds benefit resident programs and services. The Boutiques are entirely volunteer run, under the direction of FRIENDS Director Leslie Katz.


FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life operates two café’s – Marvin’s Bistro located at Fleischman Residence/ Blumberg Plaza, and the Krolik Café located at Meer Apartments, both in West Bloomfield. 

Residents, family members, staff and community gather to enjoy food and friendship in our kosher fleishig (non-dairy) restaurants. Marvin’s Bistro and Krolik Café are open from 10am – 3pm Mondays through Fridays and are volunteer run. 

All proceeds benefit resident programs and services.


FRIENDS of Jewish Senior Life plans many exciting events during the year. We have Fashion Shows featuring our Boutique apparel and starring our residents as models; an exciting annual membership event, “An Evening with FRIENDS,” our major annual fundraiser, as well as many other functions that bring our residents, their families and the community together. Come join in on the fun!