LSC 2019 AR corrected spreads 3-23-20 - Page 29



Getting to
Know...
WE BELIEVE respect, empathy, and generosity are hallmarks
jewish values
+ culture
of Jewish values and crucial to a healthy and dynamic environment.
We dedicate ourselves to making clients, residents, families, and staff,
feel welcomed and included by nurturing meaningful relationships and
upholding Jewish culture and traditions throughout our communities.
Rabbi Michael Cohen
jewish values + culture
,
As LSC’s newly minted director of rabbinical services, RABBI MICHAEL COHEN brings with him more
than a decade of clerical experience, including serving at several senior-care facilities while studying
at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Rabbi Cohen’s path wasn’t
exactly traditional. He was a family law attorney before launching his second career and taking to the
bema. His position further strengthens LSC’s commitment to Jewish values and culture and fulfilling
the spiritual needs of residents of all faiths. In the short time he’s been a part of the LSC family, he’s
already earned a reputation as a master storyteller and trusted advisor. Here, we learn a little more
We couldn’t be more thrilled with the exceptional care
at The Legacy Willow Bend. The staff has exceeded our
expectations with their loving, caring treatment and happy
environment. When we arrived we were greeted with
anticipation and I knew that everything would be alright.
There’s a confidence that can be felt in the staff ’s smiling
faces and compassionate approach to caring for others. Our
son enjoys the various services and programs especially on
Shabbat that are familiar and connect him to our traditions.
It is clear that everyone here has a heart for service.
–Janice Pullman
Most exciting thing about
Dallas? I love being able to
occasionally get away to see
theater or art in the DFW
Metroplex or, on occasion,
music. Last year, we took
our twins to see a wonderful
production of “The Nutcracker.”
During my downtime, I like
to…I’m a big fan of Boston
sports, and I’m currently
hooked on their hockey team,
the Bruins, which had some
glory years when I was a kid
in the early ’70s. The current
team seems to have resilience,
skill, as well as great chemistry
with their coach and with
each other.
Your go-to Bible verse?
In your light, we see light: Psalm
36:9 is a verse that reminds me
of our debt to the Holy One, for
life, inspiration, and meaning,
and that we have a path of
blessing that each one of us is
meant to seek out and follow.
Favorite cuisine? I love
spicy food, and perhaps I was
born Indian in an earlier life.
Most enjoyable part of
the job? I love meeting with
people and sharing moments
of meaning, whether
celebrating past successes
or current joy, finding
meaning in adversity or grief,
or illuminating spiritual
messages of Torah learning
and our search for peace and
understanding.
Most interesting thing
you’ve learned about
Legacy residents? As I
relearn over and over again,
in life, it’s wise not to take
anything for granted. Even
in this beautiful, caring
community, there is much
going on that calls for a
pastoral presence and care.
How do you think you’ll
make the greatest impact
at LSC? I’m out and about
getting to know the residents
of the community. I believe
that by making opportunities
for that to happen—like
breakfast club and happy
hour—I’ll be able to make
the biggest difference in
the lives of individuals of
LSC. These opportunities
will become easier as my
wife and I find help with
childcare for our 5-yearold twins and our Siberian
Husky. I’ve begun welcoming
visitors to my office, calling
residents, making visits,
and meeting with the Bible
study group, ambassadors,
and volunteers. And, of
course, I’ll continue to expand
on the lunch-and-learn
opportunities and leading
High Holy Day, Festival, and
Shabbat Services.
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about our warmhearted new rabbi.





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