Fay Tenenbaum, 88 years old, has resided in Atlanta for 64 years. She came to Atlanta from Brooklyn, NY by train in 1947. Her husband Sol, had already moved to Atlanta. They purchased their home at 896 Cumberland Road for $17,000, and Fay has lived there ever since.
If only those walls could talk, they would share many stories and memories that have taken place over the past 6 decades. Over the past 64 years, Fay has raised 4 children and helped take care of 6 grandchildren. She has served many Shabbat meals in her home, never missing a week. Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest and is traditionally a time for family members to share a meal together. Fay has always had a passion for cooking traditional Jewish food, constantly cooking for others. She is famous for her amazing pound cakes. Fay bakes dozens of cakes each week, dropping them off at her local fire department, for a friend in need, or a neighbor who may be celebrating an upcoming birthday. She is known around town as “The Cake Lady”.
Since the passing of her husband Sol, Fay has been living by herself for the past 16 years. She has decided that the time has come for her to move into the Jewish Tower-- a well known independent assisted living home in Atlanta, Georgia. She will be joining a great community of elderly men and women, spending their golden years together.
In this documentary, Fay allows us to see firsthand the emotional and physical obstacles that face all senior citizens as they embark on the transition from independence to assisted living. This film will touch on the growing issue facing many baby boomers as they begin to focus on the future care giving of their aging parents. The film will also explore how family members are affected by the move. Through her sense of humor, her willingness to give to others, and her love for baking, Fay Tenenbaum gives us a slice of her life transition, through the eyes of “The Cake Lady”.