On June 28th, JASA Starrett Senior Center combined their quarterly birthday party with a commemorative celebration of 38 years serving older adults in the Spring Creek Towers (SCT) community. For almost four decades, JASA has been a social oasis for its members, offering breakfast, lunch, knitting, arts and crafts, exercise classes, trips and so much more. It is a place where seniors can gather in a friendly environment and express their interests with various older adults.
The day’s festivities began with music by DJ Michael Minsky. Some seniors showed off their dancing skills by spinning around to a salsa beat, while others displayed ballroom finesse to slow, romantic tunes. Even art instructor, Rusty Zimmerman, joined the revelries by bringing his girlfriend onto the dance floor to the song, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
The entire event meant a lot to both the staff and longtime members because of how long JASA has served seniors at SCT. Many of the projects and events we have developed to honor our seniors and to promote fun and a feeling of togetherness,” said JASA Director, Anjelika Blyakher. JASA, also known as the Jewish Association Serving the Aging, expanded its program to the SCT community to fulfill a need for a recreational facility for older adults. Still to this day JASA offers a wide range of educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities including free kosher lunches every weekday, Bingo, cooking classes and arts and crafts.
Many of the members had fun laughing as they reminisced about all of their fond memories at JASA. In addition to celebrating the implementation of JASA at SCT and the birth of its dedicated members (born during the months of April, May and June), the center also honored Clare Kerner, who was celebrating her 100th birthday. During the party, a representative from Senator Roxanne J. Persaud’s office presented Kerner with a citation recognizing and congratulating her for longevity.
At the end of the party, the seniors helped themselves to delicious catered food such as cupcakes, fresh fruit and cookies. In addition, there were various memorabilia hung throughout the center commemorating the anniversary celebration.
Photos by Amanda Moses