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Jews in the D One Day at a Time 12 Local families’ simchahs, Pesach plans are in flux during the pandemic.

Coping with Coronavirus 18 From virtual dance classes to online prayer, families get creative amid crisis.

History Repeats Itself 24 A look back at the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Doing Virtually Anything 30 Our Jewish community may be distanced, but we’re never apart.


30 Shabbat Lights

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Shabbat starts: Friday, March 27, 7:35 p.m. Shabbat ends: Saturday, March 28, 8:38 p.m.

Cover photo/credit: Photo illustration includes a photo of Brooke Radner just before her March 13 bat mitzvah at Temple Israel, attended only by immediate family because of the coronavirus./Diane Scafone Cover design: Michelle Sheridan

* Times according to Yeshiva Beth Yehudah calendar.

Arts&Life Intimate Seders 38 Passover during a pandemic means fewer guests but plenty of flavor.

Arts Options 40 DSO, Ann Arbor Film Festival go online.

Unorthodox 40 Netflix show follows Chasidic runaway to Berlin.

Celebrity Jews 41



18 New Leadership at Farber Hebrew Day School and The Well 34

Moments 36

I Had A Heart Attack At 35. This is My Story. 42 A rare, spontaneous heart condition called SCAD almost cost me my life.

Etc. The Exchange Soul Danny Raskin

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Spirit Torah portion 37

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Marooned with Tons of TP


hen someone asks you, “What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?” what do you usually answer? Typical answers are a Kindle (all that time to read), a phone (so you Rochel can call for help), Burstyn chocolate (essential survival food). But did toilet paper ever make it high on your list? Presumably you’d have some leaves at your disposal! Leaves too prickly? Wash off in the ocean. Move over, desert islands. Now the question is, “If you were stranded in your house for an extended social distancing quarantine, what items would you want with you?” And the unanimous answer echoing around the world has clearly been: A lifetime supply of toilet paper. Billions of rolls have been snapped up; people are worried they don’t have enough. And it’s happening all over! In Hong Kong, an armed gang stole 600 rolls of toilet paper. An

Australian newspaper printed an issue with eight extra blank “one-ply” pages, you know, just in case their readers were really desperate. How did the coronavirus cause a TP shortage? As Dr. Steven Taylor, a professor, clinical psychologist and author of The Psychology of Pandemics, said, it doesn’t seem very logical: “Why toilet paper? It’s not gonna stop you from getting infected!” He explained, “When you’re presented with a pandemic, a big new, scary thing, and the government is telling us that we don’t need to do anything special to deal with it — just wash your hands and so on — people feel

the need to do something to prepare. So people are stocking up as a way of preparing themselves. When people do that, it’s inevitable that some people are going to over-shop.” Fear is just as contagious as the coronavirus, if not more so. In fact, Taylor said if you ask most shoppers leaving grocery stores with mountains of toilet paper why they bought so much, many say things like, “I don’t know; everyone else was.” Which is why if you see some panic-stricken people grabbing up all the toilet paper, you’re more likely to feel anxious and start doing the same, causing even more people to run

panic-stricken to the toilet paper aisle to stock up, too … Before we know it, the store shelves are completely empty, there’s a nationwide shortage and that dilapidated old house that was TP’d is listed on Zillow for $12.5 million! That age-old getting-toknow-you question has actually materialized: What items would you bring to a desert island? Only now your desert island is your home, and your family’s marooned along with you. We have literally all the comforts of home: toilet paper, WiFi, running water, electricity. Yup, we’re holed up for some time. It’s not easy. But we’re all in the same boat. Try to enjoy your family (always easier said than done when in you’re in tight quarters with Those Who Annoy You Most). Watch movies. Play games. Do yardwork. Read. Mend things around the house. Prepare for Pesach (it’s still coming, corona pandemic or not!) Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages. Call senior friends. Do yoga. Cook. Color. Dance. Sing. Write letters. Time will pass quickly. In the meantime, let’s make the best of it.

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Snowbirds Count in Michigan Be sure to fill out the U.S. Census with your Michigan residence.


i, there, all you snowbirds! If you are a Michigan resident who is away for the season — or less than six months — this is for you. The 2020 Census is coming. You should be getting a piece Patricia C. of mail from the Becker Census Bureau

any day now, if it hasn’t arrived already. The Census is used to decide how many members of Congress go to each state — a process called reapportionment. It’s also used to form the Congressional districts, legislative districts and county commissioner districts within Michigan — a process called redistricting. Census results are also used

in calculating the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding. It’s critical that Michigan get its fair share of that funding pot. That means we need everyone who resides in Michigan to be counted in Michigan. If you live in Michigan for at least six months a year, you’re a Michigan resident. Make sure you get included in the Census that way.

How can you do that? This month, you will receive mailings with instructions for how to participate in the Census online. You can use a computer, a tablet or your phone to do that. You’ll get a mailing at your home address and likely at your seasonal address, as well (if it’s in the U.S.). Each of these mailings will include a 12-digit Census ID code. When you go continued on page 6 MARCH 26 • 2020

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Rethinking ‘Normal’


’nai mitzvahs livestreamed. Weddings canceled. Seders shrunk. Funerals and shivahs restricted. There is no denying that Jewish life, and every other facet of modern life, has had to change drastically since the outbreak of Andrew COVID-19. Lapin Social distancing has become an imperative, which means that for the time being, we can no longer gather in public as we once did. It is all absolutely necessary to curb the spread of this deadly virus, and I’m glad we’re coming together to do this. But it also

really… sucks. I think it’s OK to admit that. Humans are adaptable creatures, though. And Jews certainly know the meaning of a struggle. This week, we at the JN wanted to spotlight the ways in which our community has adapted. We have stories, either in this issue or online, on the plans families have had to make for their spring calendars; on the synagogues and restaurants making adjustments to their operations; on arts organizations moving to livestreamed gatherings; and on the work that groups like Yad Ezra are doing to continue to get food and other supplies to those in need.

In the coming weeks we hope to do more, including rebooting our events calendar to include live-streamed activities. So please feel free to send us yours. In addition, we know this quarantine period can be a particular strain on families, so we’d like to hear how you are keeping your children healthy and occupied during this crisis. It also seems likely that the coronavirus will impact Passover plans, particularly for those who were planning large seders and family gatherings. (“Next year in public?”) We will try to adjust our coverage accordingly. And in the spirit of continuing to live Jewishly, I don’t want our coverage to

become “all coronavirus, all the time.” Information overload can lead to anxiety and a sense of helplessness. We are phasing regular community coverage back into JN in the coming weeks, including a longterm editorial project we had postponed to focus on the virus response. As I write this from my apartment, looking out the window at the empty streets all around me, the idea of ever getting “back to normal” can feel very far away indeed. So maybe it’s not about “back to normal.” Maybe it’s about finding what “normal” can mean for each of us in this situation. Take care, and I’ll see you all on Zoom.

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to the website, it will ask you to enter that code. When you do, you’ll see the address on the screen. You don’t physically have to be in Michigan to respond to the census as a Michigan resident. You can respond regardless of where you are when you sign onto the online system. If you have the mailing that was sent to your home address, fill out the form at my2020census. gov. The questions are similar to those you answered on a paper questionnaire 10 years ago. If you have only the mailing with the 12-digit Census ID code that came to your winter address, you can go to my2020census.gov and enter that code. Your seasonal address will show on the screen. On the first question,

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enter zero (0) for the number of people at that address, because there’s no one who lives there “most of the time.” Most, in this context, means more than half the year. After confirming that you mean to enter zero, the online system will take you to a question about why no one will be living there on April 1. You can then mark the circle “for seasonal, recreational or occasional use.” The system will then ask you for another address, at which point you can provide your Michigan address and answer the census that way, either providing the 12-digit Census ID code or entering your actual address. So, there are two ways to make sure you respond to the census as a Michigan resident. Easy, no?

If you’ve already responded to the census with your winter home’s census ID, try to do it again using your Michigan Census ID. The Census Bureau has ways of finding the duplication and fixing it. If you don’t want to use the computer to respond to the census, you can call the number provided in the mailing. From there, you can either respond by telephone or you can ask for a paper questionnaire. If you don’t do anything, you’ll be nudged with repeated mailings. If you’ve done nothing by mid-April, they’ll mail you a paper questionnaire. If you still don’t do anything, current plans call for a census worker to come to your door, starting in May. (The coronavirus emergency, however, could mean that those plans

will change.) You’ll probably be home in Michigan by then. Having a census worker come costs the government a lot of money, so it’s better if you can take the initiative and respond to the census yourself online, by phone or by receiving and returning a paper questionnaire. It’s important that everyone who considers Michigan home answers the census as a Michigan resident. Every person counted in Michigan means additional thousands of dollars in federal support for infrastructure and for social programs. Make sure you and your family are counted as part of our Michigan population. Patricia C. Becker is a demographer in private practice with Southfield-based APB Associates, her consulting company.

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asked a friend of mine how he was holding up with all the scary things going on in the world these days. He said he has “good news and bad news.” “How so?” I asked. “The good Mark Jacobs news” he said, “is that I don’t have the coronavirus. The bad news is that my 401(k) is now a 201(k).” I smiled and walked away and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. But that’s exactly the kind of gallows humor we hear all the time during these worrisome times. We are officially in a global pandemic. We can wash our hands all day and do everything else we’re supposed to do, but the scary headlines just keep coming and coming, and we have no control over that. But we can choose how we’re going to react to the constant

news about the virus. We can decide whether to be dismissive or nonchalant about it (we all know people like that, right?) or we can fall into a deep, dark despair (I know those folks, too). Or we can work hard — extra hard for me, I confess — to get control of our attitude and do our best to calm our nerves. That would be a sensible and logical plan, although frankly I’m not sure it’s going so well for me. I’m a news junkie, which is hardly the best medicine for calming one’s nerves these days. Let’s be honest, it’s just so damn easy to get frightened, and the 24/7 news cycle can drive a sane person crazy. But still, I, like so many others, pay close attention to the news. I have also over the years assembled a collection of quotes that I find meaningful, from the silly to the profound. One of them, from jazz artist Miles Davis, is eerily reminiscent of the reaction to this virus: “If

you ain’t nervous, you ain’t paying attention.” But I just have to stop paying such close attention. My religious friends — Jewish and Christian — try to calm me down by referring me to scriptures about dealing with anxiety. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs that “anxiety in the heart of a person causes dejection, but a good word will turn it into joy.” A couple of my Christian buddies, both Baptist pastors, instruct me that Isaiah offers a succinct guide for dealing with fear: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you always.” Those passages, and many others, are beautiful and inspirational. I’m from Oak Park, so who am I to argue with King Solomon and Isaiah? But I’m also very much a child of modern Jewish culture, and the stereotype of the nervous, anxiety-ridden, nebbish-y Jew has been drilled into my head for as long as I can remember.

Every time I wonder if I’m getting sick (like every day in the past several weeks), I can’t help but recall the words of that great Jewish sage, Woody Allen, who, although not possessing the wisdom of King Solomon, was nevertheless a lot funnier. “I’m not a hypochondriac,” Woody the Wise Man used to say, “I’m a Jew.” The examples of Jews consumed with high-anxiety humor abound throughout American culture, from literature to film and especially among so many of the country’s greatest comedians. Jokes about Jews being nervous wrecks are legendary. (“I’m tired and thirsty,” says the Jew. “I must have diabetes.”) Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Jackie Mason, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and countless others have indelibly etched this image into our psyches (it was Mel Brooks, after all, who gave us the classic film High Anxiety). continued on page 10

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Woody Allen in Annie Hall tells us that life is separated between the “horrible” and the “miserable.” The horrible are the blind and deaf people and those with terrible diseases. The miserable are the rest of us, so we should be thankful if we’re only miserable. It’s a crazy and outrageous commentary about human life, yet it’s become a popular half-funny/half-serious way some Jews see the world. The best that our people can hope for, under this Woody-ism, is to be only miserable. How sad and yet strangely funny. We can even find humor in the Holocaust. The award-winning 2017 documentary film The Last Laugh interviews survivors and comedians and looks at humor in and about the concentration camps. It’s irreverent, shocking and often hysterical. Who else but Jews could produce such a film? So, I have to ask: Is there something deep within a modern Jewish soul that searches for meaning not just in our holy scriptures, but also even within the humorous corners of our cultural DNA? And if so,

isn’t this the perfect time to tap into the wealth of that vast humor? Our community has always amazed me in our ability to come together. I believe it’s our greatest strength. We’re a very big tent these days, filled with a massive, diverse spectrum of people who look, think and act differently, yet we all share an undeniable commonality. We are all the children of Abraham. We may disagree, debate and even dislike one another at times, but we also share many visceral values. We pray together, study together, dance together, cry together, laugh together. The coronavirus virus pandemic of 2020 shall pass one day, just like all the countless crises humankind has faced since time immemorial. Meanwhile, during these dark days, I suggest that aside from only leaning on our faith, knowledge and determination, Jews should also give ourselves permission to sometimes draw on our vast humor, that other precious Jewish gift that always serves us well. And, as we like to say about chicken soup, it couldn’t hurt either.

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ormally, as spring approaches in Metro Detroit, Jewish families in the area find themselves venturing outside, preparing for Passover and maybe even planning a wedding or b’nai mitzvah celebration. This year, things are different. As COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, spreads through the United States, Metro Detroit families are feeling its impact. Most local synagogues have closed their in-person operations through Passover. Schools are closed, and restaurants have now moved to offering only take-out and delivery. With each day comes new information about the virus’ spread — and new guidelines on how to prevent it from reaching disastrous levels. For many families in the area, this means long-anticipated events must be altered or postponed. PLANS CHANGING FAST Brooke Radner had been looking forward to her bat mitzvah, planned

for Friday, March 13, for years. As of Wednesday, March 11, her family knew there were cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. But everything seemed contained — they figured Brooke’s service and party would be able to go on as normal. Things started to change March 12 as sports leagues, amusement parks and restaurants began to close operations. Knollwood Country Club, where the Radners planned to host Brooke’s party, was still willing to host, but Melanee Radner, Brooke’s mom, said she started to have second thoughts. “How could I have a party knowing all this was happening, even though Knollwood was going to accommodate me?” she said. The Radners of West Bloomfield decided to postpone the party later that day. That night, Temple Israel called and asked if the family could narrow the number of guests invited to the service. Then, at 3 p.m. March 13 — only five


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hours before the service — the West Bloomfield synagogue decided to limit the service to only immediate family, and to livestream it so the rest of the guests could watch. The family considered postponing the ABOVE: Brooke Radner service as well, but learned five hours before her bat mitzvah last Friday night Brooke didn’t want to that her service at Temple wait. She’d been lookIsrael would be limited to ing forward to this immediate family because of moment, and she was the coronavirus. The empty ready. seats didn’t bother her; she was ready. Family and friends “I was really, really watched the service live online. excited,” Brooke said. “[During the service], I felt weird, looking up and seeing only my close family. But after … it made feel relieved because my service was over and all I had to look forward to was my party.” Melanee Radner said she also felt strange, looking up at Brooke on the bimah in an almost-empty sanctuary. But when the service was over and the continued on page 14

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LEFT: Jacob Friedman, right, with his brother, Max, left, on the bimah with Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman during his bar mitzvah service at Shaarey Zedek, which was attended only by immediate family because of the coronavirus. RIGHT: Heidi Budaj says she’s received positive responses from more than 220 people to come to her daughter’s wedding in Chicago. The simchah was set for April 18 but was canceled last week. continued from page 12

family turned their phones back on, they were flooded with messages of support and congratulations from friends and family who had watched the livestream. “It was a very happy, proud, emotional moment when it was all over with,” she said. “I said, ‘Brooke, this will go down in history.’” The family plans to throw a party for Brooke on either June 12 or Sept. 25, depending on when large gatherings become safe again. Similarly, Jen Friedman’s son, Jacob, also had his bar mitzvah last weekend. Friedman, who lives in Huntington Woods, began to realize it was going to look different than originally planned when friends and relatives from out of state began to feel unsafe traveling. Some even started to self-quarantine. Then her synagogue, Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, closed. Eventually it was decided the bar mitzvah service could continue in person, but only Friedman’s immediate family would attend. The service was live-streamed so relatives and friends could share in the simchah. Friedman said her son took the whole situation in stride and helped to make hard choices, like whether to postpone his party. “It was hard when I had to say, ‘Look, your

cousins aren’t coming in from Miami’ — he was really disappointed … but he’s a rational kid,” she said. “We talked about having to make hard choices in life and being grateful for what we do have and not what’s being taken away from us.” It’s not just b’nai mitzvahs being affected by COVID-19. With synagogues closing in-person operations and large gatherings being discouraged — and now temporarily banned in Michigan — weddings are also in limbo. Heidi Budaj has been helping to plan the wedding of her daughter, Marcy Fischgrund, scheduled for April 18 in Chicago. When Budaj talked to the JN on March 12, she was still planning to hold the wedding, even if it had to be a limited celebration or livestreamed to guests who couldn’t make it. But by March 17, Budaj’s daughter and her fiancé made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding. “As the world changes daily, our wedding plans seem to change hourly,” Budaj told the JN last week. “Currently, the plan is for Marcy and Scott to have a small, intimate wedding with immediate family once it is safe to do so. We have no idea when that will be. We have reserved Friday, Oct. 2, to have a reception/ party at the original location in Chicago.”

Her son, Mark Fischgrund, and Meredith Zale have a wedding planned Aug. 29 in Aspen. Budaj says they are moving forward with those plans. SYNAGOGUES FIND WAYS TO HELP At Temple Israel, all in-person activities have stopped through at least April 19. Rabbi Jen Lader told the JN that on March 12, she had to call a couple having a 350-person wedding that Saturday and tell them she couldn’t officiate. She said the synagogue was nervous about how people would react to their reduced operations, but the community has been more than understanding. “Every single person we’ve spoken to has been understanding and wonderful,” she said. “Everybody understands this is not business as usual, that we’re not canceling lifecycle events to punish them or to be mean. “These things, we’re doing because we feel we have a moral obligation. As Jews, koach nefesh, to save a life, is the most important thing any of us can do during our lifetime.” Although it hasn’t been easy for synagogues in Metro Detroit to cancel and postpone lifecycle events, it has allowed them to find creative ways to help. At Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield, catered meals continued on page 16

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t has been said that a crisis can bring out the best in people, and that certainly seems to be happening among local Jewish families trying to find a “new normal” in the midst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. But it hasn’t been easy. The hustle and bustle of work, school, sports and afterschool activities came to an abrupt halt with a wave of cancellations and closures, leaving families with no time to plan and limited options. The need for social distancing and staying home to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus

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past. I can tell you with a great measure of certainty about prior historical events. For example, yes, the Union won the American Civil War and, yes, America was on the winning side in World Wars I and II. But colleagues in my profession can no more predict the future than any of our neighbors. Of course, not knowing the full impact of the virus is worrisome, a bit scary. However, a study of history reveals one more important lesson: Panicking is of no value … ever. What matters is our support for each other. And this is something Metro Detroit’s Jewish community has practiced since the first Jews settled in the state.

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pandemic is under way in the United States. Political leaders and medical officials are taking dramatic action in order to halt the spread of the virus, which is a worldwide problem. They are recommending changes in our behavior, urging us to wash Mike Smith our hands often, Alene and Graham Landau avoid crowds, Archivist Chair cover our coughs and sneezes and not touch our faces. Citizens are urged to stay at home as much as possible, which is much easier to accomplish because movie theaters, restaurants and other businesses are being shuttered and synagogues are limiting services. People are really worried. No one knows how long the virus will be active. All those recommendations came in 1918. The world was facing the worst pandemic it had ever experienced, before or since. The “Spanish Flu” affected nations around the globe. Sounds a lot like the coronavirus that we are dealing with today, doesn’t it? To be sure, as I write this column, there are many unknowns. How long will the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic last? How many will be infected? How many of our friends and family might become ill, or worse, die? What will be the impact on our economy? Historians and archivists are very good at predicting the


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nity dealt with the pandemic. There were guidelines in the Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 issues of the Chronicle that resemble the warnings we see in the media today: Avoid crowds and wash your hands; don’t put your fingers in your mouth; don’t spit; don’t “cough in people’s faces”; and, above all, don’t panic. The Nov. 1, 1918, issue has a front-page article about the Herman Korlick Influenza Hospital, a “masked interview” by reporter Kate Friedmann. The hospital arose out of the crisis and was operated by courageous doctors and nurses. Friedmann was brave enough to report from the inside of the Korlick for the Chronicle. There are also stories of human compassion and dedication. A story in the Oct. 11 issue of the Chronicle

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his past Friday, 5-year-old Nathan Wagner woke up, got out of bed — and watched school. Along with classmates at Temple Beth El, he was able to clap, bounce and sing along with the school’s Early Childhood Center director, Susie Weiner, and guitar-playing Rabbi Mark Miller in a live-stream viewing of the morning’s Shabbat program, all from his West Bloomfield home. “Our congregation, like others, is working on ways to bring our families together through this new virtual world we live in,” said Nathan’s mom, Lindsey Fox-Wagner, who is Beth El’s communications director. In this time of social distancing, local synagogues and Jewish schools, agencies, groups and individuals are finding innovative and inclusive ways to continue religious studies and observance — from a distance, while staying together. From b’nai mitzvah tutoring and adult-learning webinars to children’s art and science classes broadcast from teachers’ homes, our Jewish community has joined an unprecedented dimension.

Torah lessons from Bais Chabad’s Rabbi Shneur Silberberg have become his “socially distancing, but soulfully connecting Facebook Live” course. Partners in Torah’s women’s division program has become a series of teleconferencing classes. Temple Kol Ami and Tamarack Camps have each planned virtual Havdalah services, with Tamarack set to launch future virtual programs. Younger students are “in school” in their kitchens and dens, many alongside parents who are working remotely from home. Many, like those at Farber Hebrew Day School-Yeshivat Akiva in Southfield, are connecting through Zoom videoconferencing, for class studies as well as morning minyan services. Our community is continually creating and updated ways to connect while learning, praying and socializing. Virtual program and communal event information can be accessed through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (jewishdetroit.org/ covid19resources). With JLearn classes on Zoom, virtual

KOSHER OPTIONS In the absence of sit-down restaurant options, local kosher eateries and some area synagogues are providing carry-out service. One Stop Kosher Food Market in Southfield has implemented “senior shopping” hours for those 65 and older or with compromised immune systems. At Harvard Row Kosher Meat and Poultry in West Bloomfield, customers can have raw and prepared food orders, along with kosher grocery items, brought to their car or delivered. Owner “Chef Larry” and his daughter Stacey Katz make full meal dishes and soups daily. “A couple of weeks ago, I said we have a lot of older customers who hire someone to drive them here; we should do deliveries,” Stacey said. “Definitely, I was not thinking this is why people would need it!” Some kosher bakeries and restaurants also have implemented delivery and curbside service. Spitzer’s Hebrew Book and Gift Store in Southfield is offering home delivery on purchases of $50 or more, including matzah, wine, grape juice and items for children’s activities. Synagogues, caterers and restaurants are taking Passover orders for prepared dishes. As the holiday approaches, synagogues are making decisions on how to handle plans for synagogue seders, with Beth El now planning a virtual second night seder. STAYING CONNECTED Being at home doesn’t have to mean being isolated. “We are all about to discover time and opportunity in our homes we didn’t anticipate,” wrote local leaders of the Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit in a statement. continued on page 32

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“Let’s use it judiciously and meaningfully on the pursuits we generally don’t have enough time for, like conversations and interactions with family, extra Torah learning and meaningful private tefillah (prayer).” At Temple Kol Ami, a website includes both a way to offer and request help, including grocery and prescription pick-up, someone to talk to, tech help to access congregational services and programs, and a weekly time to virtually meet with synagogue Rabbi Brent Gutmann. Federation offers a listing of contact information for agencies providing assistance, like JHELP (jhelpdetroit.org) and Jewish Family Service (jfsdetroit.org). The Shul’s Phone Pals provides numbers for those who want a connection and a way to check on one another. A NEW WAY TO PRAY “It is important to think of all the little everyday acts of goodness, thoughtfulness and kindness we can do. They are like

prayers,” wrote Rabbi Aaron Bergman in an email to Adat Shalom congregants. His offers of assistance include contacting the synagogue “if you need help with anything, even if you would like us to say a prayer with you.” Many synagogues, depending on their specific religious guidelines, offer livestreamed or pre-recorded services and some permit the counting of individuals in a minyan (a quorum of 10 individuals or more) when not located in the same physical space. The mourner’s Kaddish — and on Shabbat, the repetition of the Amidah (silent prayer), Torah reading and blessings connected to it — are to be said in the presence of a minyan. The Shul offers a link (bit.ly/3ddsiBY) to arrange for a volunteer to say Kaddish for those unable to be part of a minyan. Even if our gatherings are virtual, through social media, group chats and videoconferencing, Jewish life remains communal and the connections we have through schools,

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synagogues and programming continue. “Though we are not all together face to face, we are still connected in making the world better,” Bergman said. “Everything we do counts toward bringing spiritual wellbeing into the world and maintaining us as a community.” For Fox-Wagner, community is the key. “Even though we weren’t all in the same space when we watched my son’s Shabbat program on the computer, I knew his classmates were watching the same thing at the same time,” she said. “This is a scary time, but knowing we were all together, singing Shabbat songs was a special time for me. It was a time to smile.”

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s Farber Hebrew Day School shut its doors last week in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the school also announced that the Board of Directors appointed Dr. Joshua Levisohn as its new head of school. His tenure will begin July 1. The Silver Spring, Maryland, native has 25 years of experience in day school education, including 12 years of bringing engaging Judaic programming and attending to students’ academic needs as head of school at Berman Hebrew Academy in Greater Washington. “We were impressed not only by his educational vision, but by the way that he began building relationships with all of our stakeholders, from students to teachers to board members, even in the short time that he visited,” Farber President Gil Feldman and Joey Selesny, chair of the search committee, said in a press release. Levisohn took a sabbatical in 2018 to work as an educational consultant, where he merged two day schools in West Hartford and built Prizmah’s new Coaching Institute for

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school leaders. The Harvard graduate will succeed Rabbi Scot A. Berman, who plans to make aliyah to Israel at the end of the school year. Levisohn says he is eager to return to a school leadership role in Metro Detroit. “The community has a reputation as such a wonderful place to raise caring, Jewishly committed and thoughtful children, and the school is poised for growth,” Levisohn said in the release. “I feel tremendously privileged to have the opportunity to lead Farber into the new decade.” Levisohn is currently participating in academic decision-making at Farber. He and his wife, Dr. Lisi Levisohn, and their three children will relocate to Metro Detroit in the following academic year. “When Lisi and I spent

time in Detroit this year, we were inspired by the wonderful people that we met, by the warm and passionate Modern Orthodox community, by the devoted, creative and loving Farber teachers, staff and administration, and by the amazingly dedicated lay leaders,” Levisohn shared on his personal Facebook page. “We look forward to helping the school and community grow (affordable housing, great school, good restaurants!) and to writing the next chapter of our lives in a resurgent Michigan.” As a result of coronavirus concerns, “meet-and-greet” events that had been scheduled later this month for Levisohn will be postponed. The school is currently implementing distance learning for its students. “Given the faculty’s complete focus on the immediate school closure, our preference would have been to hold this announcement,” the release said. “However, because word of this announcement inevitably would start to become more public in the coming days, we wanted to communicate with you as soon as possible.”



fter months of searching for its new leader, The Well, Metro Detroit’s nationally recognized organization for Jewish young professionals, released a statement March 17 welcoming Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh as its next executive director. Stombaugh will step in for The Well’s founder, Rabbi Dan Horwitz, Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh who announced in January he would be departing in June to become the head of the Alper JCC in Miami, Florida. “What a win for The Well and Metro Detroit to be able to welcome Rabbi Jeff and his fiancée Stephanie to our community,” Horwitz told the Jewish News. “Rabbi Jeff ’s warmth, humor, musicianship, knowledge and skills will lend themselves beautifully to the role. I’m excited to watch The Well flow in new and dynamic ways under his leadership.” A Seattle native, Stombaugh has a background in Jewish education and nonprofit management, along with a passion for music, teaching and an innovative eye. Since his ordination as a rabbi at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College, Stombaugh has served as the Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at Mishkan Chicago, a “radically inclusive” congregation geared toward families and young professionals. Stombaugh and his fiancée will move to Detroit this summer.

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ventured within the Tent of t is not easy to relate to the Book of Leviticus, which we Meeting, was privy to hear God’s direction. Everyone else recently began. who remained on the outside, It primarily focuses on sacrithough they may have been ficial laws and the rules of the priests (thus the name Leviticus, very close, heard nothing. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of which literally means: the laws Kotzk, a 19th-century Chassidic of the Levites). These laws feel rabbi often referred to as the foreign to our Jewish practices Kotzker, is known primarily for that do not involve Temple his pithy and terse sayings. A worship. story is told about the Kotzker That being said, hidden concerning a student who within the words of the text approached him with a serious are profound lessons about the theological question: “Where relationship between humanis God located? Do we believe ity and God. For example, that God resides somethe opening verse of where in the heavens, on Leviticus, a seemingly Earth or somewhere else inconsequential introentirely?” After a pause duction, contains such a to think, the Kotzker lesson. The verse appears replied very simply, “God to simply set the stage for the laws that follow: “The Rabbi Jared is found wherever we let Him in.” Anstandig Lord called to Moses If we live our religious and spoke to him from lives expecting God to Parshat the Tent of Meeting.” bend to meet us, we will Vayikra: Nonetheless, Rashi, the Leviticus be unsuccessful. It is great French medieval 1:1-5:26; only when we work to let commentator, points out Isaiah 43:21- God into our lives do we that this verse contains 44:23. experience the Divine. a wealth of information This perhaps is the regarding how God commessage of the beginning of the municated with Moses. Book of Leviticus. Before delvRashi observes, “God ing into the minutiae of sacrifispoke to him from the Tent of cial law in the rest of the book, Meeting. This teaches that the the Torah teaches an important voice would stop and would not message about our relationship continue outside of the tent.” with God. Ultimately, if we According to Rashi, only want to grow spiritually, it takes Moses could hear God speak. work on our part. Sometimes, This was not because God it requires a physical act, like a spoke quietly, but because the sound would not travel beyond. trip to the synagogue. But other times (and this is especially This is hardly intuitive or in true now, when many of us are line with the laws of physics. socially distanced), it is about After all, the barrier between being emotionally open, being the Holy of Holies, where willing to look for God and to Moses stood, and the area let God into our lives. beyond was nothing more Whatever the right course than a simple curtain. Rashi’s may be for us, may we not wait statement teaches something for God to come to us, but may fundamental about God. Our we proactively seek Him out. relationship with the Divine is dependent on us, not on God. Rabbi Jared Anstandig is rabbi of the God’s voice does not travel to Orthodox Community at the Michigan us; it is we who move toward Hillel and the rabbi of the Ann Arbor God’s voice. Only Moses, who Orthodox Minyan.

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his spring, almost everything is on hold because of the coronavirus. Gatherings are suffering, with most lifecycle events being canceled or pared way down to the mandated 10 people. With Passover coming up fast, many are limiting their seder meals to immediate family. So, if your holiday meals usually include 12 to 60 guests (or more), this year will most likely be more intimate. With this in mind, here are some recipes for 6-8 guests. Small but mighty.  SIMPLE SAVORY BRISKET  I usually prepare ½ pound of raw brisket per person. This recipe does not require that you sear and brown the beef first for one less step!

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INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 brisket of beef (4-5 pounds), much of the fat trimmed 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup finely chopped celery 1 cup finely chopped carrots 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic Kosher salt and pepper to taste 1 can (28-ounces) diced tomatoes with juice 2 cups red wine, any kind 2 bay leaves Water

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325°F. Place the raw brisket in a large baking dish. Season it lightly with salt and pepper. Combine the onions, garlic, carrots and celery in a bowl and

toss well. Spoon this mixture around the brisket. Pour the tomatoes and wine over the meat and place a bay leaf on each side of the beef. Pour enough water into the pan to reach halfway up the side of the beef. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and cook in the preheated oven for about 3 hours. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes before placing the entire pan in the refrigerator for several hours to overnight.  Remove the chilled beef to a cutting board. Using an electric knife or other sharp knife, slice the brisket against the grain into thin, ¼-inch thick slices. Transfer the meat to another baking dish and stack it horizontally, overlapping the slices slightly (you want to shape this to look like the roast again).  Use a spoon to remove the solidified fat that’s collected on top of the meat juices. Heat remaining juices in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Strain the juices and discard the solids. Cook the liquid until it is reduced by half (this may take up to an hour), stirring occasionally. Adjust the salt and pepper in the sauce to taste at this point. Pour the liquid over the brisket and cover with foil. (You may freeze the brisket at this point and thaw a day ahead). To reheat, preheat oven to 250°F. Place the foil-covered pan in the

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Rita Haddow 1926 - 2020 oven and cook for at least 1½ to 3 hours, uncovering during the last 40 minutes of cooking to brown the beef. Serve hot with pan juices. Makes 8-10 servings. PINEAPPLE FARFEL KUGEL INGREDIENTS: 4 large eggs ½ cup sugar 1 can (about 20-ounces) crushed pineapple in water or light juice, drained 1½ cups matzah farfel ¼ (4 Tbsp.) cup margarine or butter, melted Ground cinnamon, to taste

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush vegetable oil on an 8x8 baking dish. Set side. Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat well. Stir in the pineapple. Set aside. Place farfel in another bowl and add just enough warm water to cover. Allow the farfel to sit for 3 minutes and then drain in a colander. Add the farfel to the egg mixture and stir well. Add the melted butter or margarine and stir until incorporated. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the kugel is set. When warm, cut into squares and serve. Makes 6 or more servings.

RED PEPPER AND GARLIC QUINOA INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. chopped garlic 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed 3 cups chicken broth or water ½ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 tsp. Fresh lemon zest or peel 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: Add the olive oil and garlic to the quinoa in a large skillet and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add broth or water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to warm. Transfer to a bowl, and fold in the remaining ingredients. Stir in additional ingredients as desired: ½ cup cooked chickpeas or beans, ½ cup sauteed vegetables or ¼ cup dried fruits, chopped, if needed. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Adjust salt and pepper to taste just before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 or more servings.

It is with deep sorrow that we mark the passing of Rita Haddow, a generous supporter of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies and patron of the arts in Metropolitan Detroit.

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Unorthodox Netflix show follows Chasidic runaway to Berlin. ANDREW LAPIN EDITOR


espite its cheeky title, Unorthodox paints a sympathetic portrait of both the Chasidic community and one young woman who desperately wants to leave it. The four-episode Netflix miniseries, premiering March 26 for our housebound pleasure, follows the story of Esther (Israeli actor Shira Haas of Shtisel), who cuts off all ties with her Williamsburg Orthodox community and flees to Berlin to start a new life. In so doing, Esther gets to exhibit more freedom than any of us currently have. Although it’s based on the memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, who also left her cloistered Chasidic New York community for Berlin, the show is largely its own invention. It doesn’t look down on Chasidic or secular life. Instead, series creator Anna Winger allows us to fully understand cultures and customs from every angle, including more critical ones. Unorthodox finds a powerful symbol in modern Berlin: a city of perpetual destruction and rebirth, where its protagonist finally discovers a sense of belonging in spite of the atrocities once perpetuated on her people here. In Brooklyn, Esther only spoke Yiddish, only interacted with other Jews and wasn’t allowed to play music. In

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Berlin, she can speak English at a music conservatory with a multicultural group of friends — like a secular Israeli with some blunt thoughts on Chasids. But Esther’s self-discovery comes with rude awakenings, including the realization she may not have enough raw talent to fulfill her lifelong dreams. These scenes are intercut with the story of Esther’s husband, Yanky (Amit Rahav), desperately trying to track her down, less out of love than as a way to save his social standing in the community. But Yanky isn’t a monster; he’s a shy, confused kid who knows little of the outside world. Together with his loose-cannon cousin Moische (Jeff Wilbusch), the two track Esther to Berlin, where her mother (who fled the community years ago) also lives. What could have been a tiresome cat-and-mouse chase becomes more nuanced as these very different communities collide in unexpected ways. Jewish identity, in all its complex forms, is the heart of Unorthodox. We see Esther use a mikvah; plan and experience her own wedding; and bond with her traditionalist bubbie. And, at the same time, we see how much she plainly struggles with the burden of the community: “God expected too much of me,” she says. The real question is what she expects of herself.


taying at home because of the coronavirus will not completely limit entertainment seekers from experiencing what originally had been planned. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) are offering webcasts while live programming is suspended. Movie buffs can remotely watch new films and cinema discussions planned for the AAFF’s 58th year, which takes place March 24-29, the dates that had been planned for live audiences. Judging of short and feature films entered in competition for $22,500 in awards still will take place. Also being continued are moderated question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers. All programs, unless noted, are aimed at mature audiences. “The filmmakers deserve to have their work seen by an audience and our jurors in consideration of the awards,” said Leslie Raymond, festival director, who has overseen film categories that include experimental, documentary, narrative, animated and music. Award-winning films will be shown on the final day. The AAFF typically receives nearly 3,000 submissions annually from filmmakers in

more than 70 countries. The event is a pioneer of the traveling film festival and has visited theaters, universities, museums and micro-cinemas internationally. AAFF information and a listing of the film schedule are available at aafilmfest. org/58aaff-live-stream. Music fans can watch the talents of Jader Bignamini, the new DSO music director, as he appeared in archived concerts, offered live and on the web, and they also can enjoy other acclaimed maestros who have led a variety of DSO performances, both live and online. The archive, accessible by going to dso.org/replay, categorizes selections by season, musical style, composer and specific presentation. Listen to Baroque, the music of today or to various other styles. Choose a composer simply by scrolling through an alphabetical listing and then hear the DSO play that person’s works. Selections range from Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra through George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” to Conor Brown’s “How to Relax with Origami” (a world premiere presentation). Interviews with performers also are available.

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OVER ON NETFLIX AND HULU Unorthodox is a four-part mini-series that begins streaming on Netflix on March 26. It is based on Deborah Feldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling 2012 autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Feldman, a wife and mother, was a member of the Satmar Hasidic in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In the series, Esther â&#x20AC;&#x153;Estyâ&#x20AC;? Shapiro (played by Israeli actress Shira Haas, 24) flees Brooklyn for Berlin. She leaves behind her husband (Israeli actor Amit Rahav). Most advance reviews praise the series. It tells a multidimensional story that does not vilify the Hasidic community (and shows some of Estherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joyous moments in that community). Esther, in a word, wants more independence. Baghdad Central is a six-part series that begins streaming in its entirety on Hulu March 27. The central character of this series is an Iraqi Muslim police detective who is forced into a risky collaboration with American occupying forces when his older daughter goes missing and his younger daughter requires kidney dialysis. Corey Stoll, 44, co-stars as a U.S. military police officer who may or may not be corrupt. Advance reviews are very good. AFTER A 62-YEAR DROUGHT, A GRAND SLAM VICTORY I became aware of rising tennis star Sofia â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonyaâ&#x20AC;? Kenin, 21, when she won the 2020 Australian Open. She is the first Jewish woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Suzy Kormoczy, a Hungarian Jew, won the French Open in 1958. Keninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents left the Soviet Union for America in 1987, but




briefly returned to Moscow in 1998 (after the fall of the Soviet Union) so family members could help them after Sonyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. They returned to America a few months later and eventually settled in south Florida. Soniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Alex, has been her coach since she was 12. She turned pro in 2017 and, by 2019, she was ranked No. 14 (singles) in the world. Last February, she earned $2.85 million for winning the Australian Open and has moved up to No. 7 in the world. Â Shortly after Kenin won the Open, a friend asked me if Kenin was Jewish. I found what I could and then got assistance from a Russian Jewish ĂŠmigrĂŠ friend. What public records we could find â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a partial family tree and Kenin family Facebook pages that often mention Israel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; convinced us that her father was very likely Jewish, and her mother was probably Jewish, too. I told the Jewish Sports Review what we found, and they attempted to contact Kenin or her parents. It took some time, but contact was made with her mother. She told the Review that Alex is Jewish and that she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;half-Jewish.â&#x20AC;? As I learn more, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you know. Kenin will be a big-time contender for years to come.

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I Had a Heart Attack at 35. This is My Story. A rare, spontaneous heart condition called SCAD almost cost me my life. As a healthy young woman, Morgan Drutchas of Bloomfield Hills enjoyed travel and the outdoors.



t was an ordinary Wednesday at my new job as a 35-year-old human resources manager when I began to have chest pain unlike anything I’d ever experienced. The pain was searing; I went from sweating hot to cold and clammy. My colleague, whom I had known only for a couple days, looked at me with concern. “We are calling 9-1-1.” Everything in me wanted to fight this. I was a petite, healthy and fit young woman with no cardiac risks, perfect cholesterol and blood pressure, and no family history of heart attacks. I exercised regularly, maintained a healthy weight, never did drugs or smoked cigarettes, had just spent a week climbing the Mayan ruins in Mexico without issue and hadn’t even been on oral contraceptives in years. I had no idea what this was, but I was as concerned about cardiac issues as I was about an alien invasion. And yet even as I thought my colleague was overreacting, I was experiencing the oddest pain of my life. The shocking and terrifying

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events that occurred in the days following have changed my life. I suffered two heart attacks only four days apart; the second was so severe and life-threatening that I spent three weeks in the cardiac intensive care unit on the brink of death, with stents, a cardiac pump and IV medications to help my heart contract. SPONTANEOUS CORONARY ARTERY DISSECTION So, what happened? I suffered from a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD),

which occurs when the inner lining of the heart’s coronary arteries tears, causing blood to pool and halting blood flow and oxygen to critical heart muscle, leading to a heart attack. This is not the type of heart attack we commonly think of, the one caused by a buildup of cholesterol plaque. Because I’m not in the demographic commonly considered at risk for heart disease (namely older males, those with diabetes, those who smoke, etc.), the thought I might be experiencing a heart attack surprised even

the colleague who witnessed it. I’ve learned that SCAD is more common than we think: The American Heart Association says it is the leading cause of heart attacks for women between the ages of 35 and 50. An overwhelming number of all SCAD cases occur spontaneously in young women, with no known cause. Unfortunately, there’s no way to test who’s at risk or know when it’s happening until you have a heart attack. That’s why it’s so important to spread awareness about this dangerous condition. SCAD remains largely undiscussed in the broader community. The first medical study wasn’t completed until 2018, even though the medical community has known of the condition since 1931. The harmful bias that only older males have heart attacks still exists, both within healthcare and the population at large. Even when I went into the second ER with severe chest pain, my sister, a physician who happened to be in town that weekend, advocated for me to

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be evaluated in the ER much more urgently than I likely would have. Without family support, I could have died or been left with permanent brain damage. In my case, the entirety of my left coronary artery, which provides blood flow to the main part of the heart that drives its ability to pump, tore. This led not only to a massive heart attack, but eventually heart failure as well. When I woke up four days later, after being intubated in the cardiac ICU, I learned that the interventional cardiology team saved my life by placing six stents in the artery and a pump in my heart called an Impella, all while my family waited for six hours in the hall wondering if I would die on the table. Even after I lived through the cath lab (no small feat, given that I coded three times and had to be put on an emergency ventilator), they gave me a less than a 10% chance of making it through the first night. LIVING WITH THE AFTER-EFFECTS The first person I spoke to when I awoke was a representative from palliative care, and her first question was whether I wanted the plug pulled in the event I had to be intubated again. My medical team did not think my heart was going to last. When I woke up in the ICU on the ventilator, I was too overwhelmed and ill to think. Once they told me how sick I was, I became terrified and desperately wanted my old life back. I

could no longer stand, walk or even wipe myself, and I started quickly filling with fluid because my heart was not working properly. I became part of an alarming statistic that most young women are not even aware of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a heart attack victim due to SCAD. Women my age are often quickly diagnosed with anxiety, esophageal spasm or acid reflux when we report chest pain. While more common, these conditions do not take away from the fact that SCAD and other serious forms of heart disease can and do happen to young women. Even when a heart attack is recognized, SCAD is still often underor misdiagnosed and mismanaged. If anything, I am emblematic of the importance of recognizing the symptoms. I was told if I had stayed home 10 minutes longer during the onset of my second heart attack, I would have died. I also had a massive outpouring of support from family and friends, which helped carry me through the physical and emotional stress and conjure the strength needed to begin to heal. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one of the lucky ones, and I know that many are not this fortunate. The Michigan SCAD support groups call the women who have not survived â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angel Survivors.â&#x20AC;? Every day now, I waiver between my desire to live life to its fullest and the tough recognition that my life is absolutely not the same. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one-year post-incident. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out of the hospital, but I continued on page 44

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By Esther Allweiss Ingber Amanda Salter, MD, a comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, will mark her second anniversary with Cataract and Eye Consultants of Michigan on April 1. It’s also the date that she will begin seeing patients at the brand new Farmington practice location. A native of Farmington Hills, Dr. Salter, 36, “will take a leading role” in the new office. Joining her at both locations will be Dr. Sarah Muenk-Gold and Dr. Alan Parent. The three physicians are board-certified ophthalmologists and fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Salter, daughter of Adrea Benkoff, MD, is a second-generation ophthalmologist at Cataract and Eye Consultants. “I began seeing my mother’s patients after she retired in March 2018,” Dr. Salter said. Dr. Benkoff spent nearly 30 years with the practice. Dr. Salter’s medically-oriented family also includes her husband, Matthew Salter, DO, an anesthesiologist; father, David Benkoff, MD, a gastroenterologist; sister, Reesa Benkoff, JD, who practices healthcare law, representing physicians; and father-in-law, Michael Salter, DPM, a podiatrist. Growing up, Dr. Salter and her Benkoff family belonged to Adat Shalom Synagogue. She and her husband are Temple Beth El members now, along with daughters Liora, 5, and Daphne, 3. Dr. Salter graduated from North Farmington High School and continued her studies at the University of Michigan. She earned her medical degree at New York University and did her ophthalmology residency training in the Ivy League at Brown University in Rhode Island. She practiced in Massachusetts before returning home to continue her practice in the Detroit area. The doctors on staff at Cataract and Eye Consultants are “excellent surgeons and clinicians,” said Dr. Salter. “We all do everything within the field of ophthalmology but also have our areas of expertise.” The focus of Dr. Salter’s practice is cataract surgery, glaucoma, dry-eye syndrome and facial rejuvenation, primarily for aesthetic reasons, through the use of Botox and dermal fillers. “We strive to stay up to date with technological advances in ophthalmology, so we can offer the newest advancements to our patients,” said Dr. Salter. She’s excited about being able to offer her dry-eye patients a new eyelid treatment in the near future, to be administered in the office. For cataract surgery, an out-patient procedure, the ophthalmologists are utilizing state-of-the-art technology with more precise accuracy. Astigmatism is managed without requiring needles or stitches. Regarding facial rejuvenation, “when people age 30 to 50 begin receiving treatments, they may reduce the likelihood of getting deeper wrinkles when they’re older,” said Dr. Salter. The Farmington office of Cataract and Eye Consultants is already taking appointments. “My passion is treating disease in and around the eye, and I work hard to care for my patients,” she said.



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battle ongoing fatigue due to my cardiac medications, heart failure and ongoing chest pain. I’m out of breath from simple acts, such as walking up or down stairs, and my new work restrictions limit my career trajectory. Every day I take a myriad of medications to keep my stents open and help my heart pump. Moreover, because of heart failure, I can no longer have biological children, and my future quality of life is uncertain. When I see my cardiologists now, they remark I’m a medical miracle; most women with SCAD as severe as mine do not live or only live with cardiac assistive devices or heart transplants. This, too, may be my future, but for now I am trying to live in the moment. I hope to raise awareness of SCAD as a cardiac emergency that requires immediate medical attention from a knowledgeable provider. More specifically,

women need to know the symptoms of a heart attack and understand that younger, healthy women of childbearing age, especially those who have recently had a baby, are at risk, too. We as a community of women need to empower ourselves with knowledge and change our understanding to realize that women can be otherwise healthy and still have heart attacks. It’s common in American verbiage to talk about selfcare and “knowing your body.” Yet, when it comes to cardiac emergencies, this is so much more than a mindful slogan. It’s critical for women to know the signs and trust ourselves and our bodies when something seems wrong. While SCAD can present as mild and thus the mortality rate is low, the chance of recurrence is high. Let’s take a moment to empower ourselves with knowledge. Let me be a warning and a beacon of hope.

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A Community Stalwart with a Kind and Generous Heart RONELLE GRIER CONTRIBUTING WRITER


ita Haddow was an inspirational leader, devoted wife and mother and generous supporter of many causes. A stalwart of the Detroit Jewish community, Rita passed away on March 13, 2020, leaving a long legacy of philanthropy and service. She was 93. Rita was born in Detroit, the second child of Irwin I. and Sadie Cohn, community leaders in their own right. Growing up, she went to Winterhalter Elementary School, Durfee Junior High and Central High School, graduating in 1944. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Wayne State University, where she studied drama and began a lifetime love of theater and the arts. She acted in college and during her adult life, appearing on the Michigan-based television show Divorce Court and in community theater productions at the Jewish Community Center. Her flair for acting made her a talented storyteller and public speaker who captivated audiences of all sizes with her entertaining tales and signature sense of humor. She had a gift of making whomever she was with at the time, whether family, friends or new acquaintances, feel like the most important person in the room. Her sense of humor, kindness, compassion, laughter and love enriched the lives of everyone who knew her. In 1948, Rita married Jay M. Kogan, and together they had four children, manifesting their desire to help rebuild the Jewish population after the devastating losses of WWII. They enjoyed dancing,

travel and family celebrations and, when their marriage ended in divorce, they maintained a close friendship. On a trip to Spain with three Rita Haddow of her children, Rita met John Haddow, an insurance industry executive living in New York City. Over the next year, she made many trips to Manhattan under the guise of shopping for a dining table. While she never found that table, she did find love, and Rita and John were married in 1971. She embraced John’s children, Jeff and Jack, and was happy to see her family grow once more. Together, they created a rich and fulfilling life, filled with service to the Jewish community, travel, and a love of creatures large and small. After spotting a white rhinoceros on a trip to Africa, Rita became passionate about collecting rhinos. From small table pieces to sculptures and larger works of art, her collection grew to include close to 1,000 rhinos in every imaginable size and material. Rita always remained proud of her Detroit roots and was a fervent believer in giving back to her community. She was a member of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, a board member of the Jewish Community Center (with a particular interest in the JET Theatre), a board member of JARC, a docent at the Detroit Zoological Society, and an active participant and contributor to the Jewish Federation of Metro

Detroit. She contributed significantly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and said she would give anything to help find a cure for the disease that afflicted her grandson Josh and other children. In 2019, she was honored as a recipient of Jewish Senior Life’s Eight over Eighty Tikkun Olam Award. In a video created for the award (youtu.be/68BjqYMoFmQ), she expressed her enthusiasm for serving the community that had given her so many opportunities. The only thing that surpassed her dedication to her community was her devotion to her family. Her sons and daughters remember their mother as “a constant champion and cheerleader who loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren passionately and unconditionally.” Rita filled the household with stories, jokes and songs her children have since passed on to their own children and grandchildren. She sewed Halloween and Purim costumes by hand and created memorable characters like Susabelle Pridgett, head of the Clean Plate Club. She enjoyed taking her children and grandchildren on adventures around town and across the world. She emphasized the value of tzedakah, how giving back to others opened up a universe of possibilities. She loved nothing more than giving something away to someone she cared about.

According to her children, “Mom taught us how to laugh, how to cry, how the forgiveness of others opens your heart. She taught us to treat everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of the color of their skin, country of origin, gender, love preference or profession.” Rita Haddow is survived by her children, Lauren (Marvin) Daitch, Amy (Steve) Coyer, Dr. Seth (Vicki) Kogan, Mark (Betsy) Kogan, Jeffrey (Miyako Yoshinaga) Haddow and John “Jack” (Nina) Haddow; loving stepchildren, Joshua and Erica Daitch; brother, Judge Avern Cohn; grandchildren, Rebecca (Ari Grief) Liss, Joshua (Dr. Claudine) Liss, Emily Kogan, Michael Kogan, Alexander Kogan, Benjamin Kogan, Eli Kogan, Barrett Haddow and Jordyn Haddow; great-grandchildren, Liza Liss and Lev Liss, Spencer and Ayla Daitch, Karen Daitch. In her later years, Rita was supported by her devoted and loving caregiver Coral Washington and her precious pooch Violet. Contributions in memory of Rita Haddow may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 125, Southfield, MI 48075, (248) 355-1133, jdrf.org; Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, (248) 541-5717, detroitzoo.org; JARC, 6735 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, (248) 940-2617, jarc.org; or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. MARCH 26 • 2020

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obert L. Fenton, 90, of West Bloomfield, died March 16, 2020. As a senior partner of Fenton, Nederlander & Dodge for 25 years, Robert L. Fenton was one of the earliest sports attorney agents and became one of the most prominent entertainment lawyers in America. He has represented such celebrity clients as Roger Maris, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Rick Upchurch, Mel Farr, Orel Hershiser and the Frigid Pink, Detroit Wheels, Bob Welch, George Best, Marilyn Turner, J.P. McCarthy and song composer Sammy Fain (“I’ll Be Seeing You”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”), along with many more well-known athletes, radio and television personalities, authors and song composers throughout the world. Mr. Fenton participated in some of the early legal decisions involving athletes that ultimately wound up as sports law in this country. In the early 1970s, he indicated an interest, at the suggestion of several of his clients, in the film business and became an executive producer in Hollywood, funding such films as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The Land That Time Forgot, which was distributed by Orion; The Incredible Melting Man; Fyre, which was distributed by Fries Entertainment Inc.; Joan Collins’ Homework, which was distributed by Orion; and Invasion Earth, They Came From Outer Space, a New World distribution. In the early 1980s, he became deeply involved in the production of films and was a producer at both 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios for several years. During his years out in California, he produced and distributed several successful films. In conjunction with his film activities, also in the 1980s, he became involved in the development of film material and fund-

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ed the writing of seven books that were sold to New York mainstream publishers, such as Simon & Schuster, Putnam & Sons, William Morrow & Company, St. Martin’s Press, etc. Eventually, a number were made into feature films. He was also a literary agent for dozens of authors over the years and many of them were best-sellers. In October of 1988, Mr. Fenton produced the NBC Movie of the Week, Double Standard, which earned the largest market share of any TV film in the prior two seasons. His most recent film venture was Woman on the Ledge, also a two-hour Movie of the Week for NBC; airing on Monday, March 15, 1993, it was the highest rated TV movie of the year. Also in 1988, Mr. Fenton added another dimension to his career and wrote his first book with a writing partner. His first novel, Black Tie Only, was published by Contemporary Books Inc. in April 1990 under the nom de plume of Julia Fenton. This novel was chosen as the main selection of both the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club for the fall of 1990. Mr. Fenton and his partner completed their second novel, Blue Orchids, and it was published by the Putnam/Berkley Publishing Group in July of 1992. In addition, a third novel, Royal Invitation, was also published by the Putnam/Berkley Group in February 1995. After four years of research, Mr.

Fenton completed his last book, Three Wise Men, in 2008. He was a guest lecturer in an entertainment law seminar at University of Michigan Law School and conducted several writers’ workshops aboard the Holland America Cruise Lines for Writer’s Digest. Mr. Fenton was first elected to Who’s Who in America in 1976 and Who’s Who in the World in 1980 and has been reelected each year thereafter. He was an adjunct professor at Marygrove College in Detroit and taught creative writing, not only at the college but at Ford Motor Company. At the time of his death, he was the president of Fenton Entertainment Group Inc. in Farmington Hills, specializing in publishing, feature films, TV films, recording artists and Broadway producers. Mr. Fenton is survived by his most important, loving, significant other, Dr. Karen Patricia Roth; daughter, Cynthia Rose Fenton and her fiance, Alan Creveling; son and daughterin-law, Robert L. Fenton Jr. and Aileen Fenton; grandchildren, Robert L. Fenton III, Hallie Marie Fenton and Olivia Paige Fenton. He was the loving brother of the late Edgar M. Fenton and the late Marilyn “Dolly” Rotenberg. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076, cancer.org; Disabled American Veterans, 477 Michigan Ave., Room 1200, Detroit, MI 48226, dav. org; or Friendship Circle, 6892 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322,  friendshipcircle.org/donate. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

EVERETT M. BEHRENDT, 90, of Longboat Key, Fla., died March 9, 2020. He was born in Detroit and served as an officer in the United States Army. Mr. Behrendt practiced law in Detroit for more than 50 years. He was a lover of the arts and an avid golfer. He is survived by his sons, Marc and Glen (Lenore) Behrendt; stepchild, Leslie (Roger) Black; beloved grandchildren, Tony (Julia) Birdwell, Andrew (Alison) Black and Daniel Black; great-grandchildren, Miles Birdwell, Ethan and Cameron Black. Mr. Behrendt was the beloved husband of the late Rhoda (Englebert) and the late Shirley (Schneider); stepfather of the late Harris Schneider. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. MADELINE BRONSTEIN, 90, of Oak Park, died March 12, 2020. She is survived by her children, Stewart and Diana Bronstein of Commerce Township, Gail and Steve Elkus of Royal Oak, Gary and Beth Bronstein of Long Grove, Ill., Joel and Michelle Bronstein of Farmington Hills, Bob and Regina Bronstein of Troy; grandchildren, Justin and Kristina Bronstein, Jordyn Bronstein, Michael and Carly Weinstock, Sammi Elkus, Taylor Bronstein, Jared Bronstein, Travis Bronstein, Ashley Bronstein, Ryan Bronstein, Kaitlin Bronstein, Patrick Bronstein; great-grandchildren, Joshua Weinstock, Marlee Weinstock; many other loving relatives and friends. Mrs. Bronstein was the beloved wife of the late Martin Bronstein; loving sister and sister-in-law of the late Harvey and the late Gloria Cohen, the late Eileen and the late Bert Sloane.

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Contributions may be made to BBYO Michigan Region, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322; Parkinson Foundation, 30400 Telegraph Road, Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025; Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, 25882 Orchard Lake Road, Suite102, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Services and interment were held at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel. ROBERT BURK, 93, of Chicago, formerly of Michigan, died March 13, 2020. He is survived by his son, Gerald Howard Burk of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Ilene (Steven Kowalsky) Burk of West Bloomfield, Nancy (Howard Moritz) Burk of Wilmette, Ill., Amy (Bennett Klasky) Burk of Highland Park, Ill.; grandchildren, Marisa (Daniel) Meyers, Daniel (Allison) Kowalsky, Rachel Burk, Michael Burk, Yitzchok (Ariana) Burk, Avrum Burk, Benjamin Bernstein, Andrew Klasky, Dana Klasky, Emily Klasky, Samuel Klasky; six great-grandchildren; brotherin-law, Jerry Clayton. Mr. Burk was the beloved husband of the late Rema Burk; dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Sidney and the late Jenny Burk, the late Helaine Clayton. Contributions may be made to Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. Services and interment were held at Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel. MILTON GOLDMAN, 88, of West Bloomfield, died March 13, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances






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Goldman; son, Howard Goldman of West Bloomfield, Michelle Morton of West Bloomfield, Jacqueline and Joshua Burton of Livonia; grandchildren, Jaymie and Ryan Eden, Arielle and Brandon Rose, Shaun Morton and Joyce Mitten, Andy Burton; sister-in-law, Sharon Berkowitz; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Goldman was the loving father of the late Deborah Stevenson; dear brother-in-law of the late Michael Berkowitz and the late Irving Berkowitz. Contributions may be made to Congregation Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nai Moshe, 6800 Drake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. Services and interment were held at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel. PAMELA VICKY GOTTLIEB, 76, of Bloomfield Hills, died March 14, 2020. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Charles Gottlieb; daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Jeffrey Lynn, Amy and Steve Fink; grandchildren, Brendan Lynn, Mari Lynn, Evie Fink, Rosie Fink, Leo Fink; brother, Eric Carpenter; brother-in-law, Arnie (Joyce) Gottlieb; nieces and nephews, Kevin (Joelle) Adell, Bernie (Debbie) Weiss, Judie (Chris) Kim, Suzanne (Marty) Flax, David (Shelly) Gottlieb, Beth (Mike) Mealoy; many other loving family members and friends. Mrs. Gottlieb was the sister-in-law of the late Sharon (the late Frank) Adell, the late Janice Weiss; the aunt of the late Jeffrey Carpenter. Interment took place at Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association or Temple Shir Shalom. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel.Â

RON HAMBURGER, 87, of Oak Park, died March 13, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife, Gail Hamburger; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Sandra Hamburger; grandchildren, Alex and Hayley; brother, William Hamburger; nieces and nephews, Susie (Gary) Lieberman, Joy (Michael) Moskovic, Nancy (Dave) Macleod, Karen (Idan) Regev and Michael Richardson; many other loving family members and friends. Mr. Hamburger was the brother-in-law of the late Frances Hamburger; the brother of the late Edwin Hamburger Interment took place at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Michigan Humane Society. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. IRVIN KESSLER, 88, of West Bloomfield, died March 13, 2020. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Jane Kessler, and Maury and Julie Kessler; grandchildren, Stacy (David) Schonberg, Allison (Bradley) Levick, Renee Kessler and Faith Kessler; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Hannah and Eli. He is also remembered by many loving nieces, nephews, caregivers, other family members and friends. Mr. Kessler was the beloved husband of the late Janet Kessler and the late Ilene Cohen; brother of the late Jack Kessler and the late Barbara Seay. Interment took place at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Contributions

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may be made to Congregation Beth Ahm or to the Rod Brown L’Chaim Foundation. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. ALVIN LEVINE, 92, of West Bloomfield, died March 12, 2020. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Sharan Levine; daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and Michael Nedelman, Dr. Barbara and Dr. Lawrence Blase; loving grandchildren, Erica, Bryan, Reyna, Alana, Shayna, Maura (Ross) and Jessyca; many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Mr. Levine was the beloved husband of the late Blanche Levine; the devoted brother

of the late Louis Levine, the late David Laveau, the late Jesse Baskin, the late Madeline Gamble and the late Sylvia Hirsch. Interment took place at Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Contributions may be made to Tamarack Camps, the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network or to Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. ELLEN LUBY, 70, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Music was her life, and she was a gifted violinist who played in chamber music groups and symphony orchestras. She also taught violin to many children in the Detroit Metropolitan area, in whose growth and development she revelled. She was educated at Barnard College in New York, where she contin-

ued her lifelong appreciation of music, literature and art. Ms. Luby was the sister of concert violinist and professor of music at the University of North Carolina, Dr Richard Luby; sister-in-law of Susan Klebanow Luby; aunt of Nicholas Luby, both accomplished musicians. She is also survived by her uncle, Dr. Elliot Luby; cousins, Arthur, Howard and Dr. Joan Luby Hirsch. She was the beloved daughter of the late Dr. Robert and the late Miriam Luby; beloved niece of the late Morton and the late Mildred Lewis (Luby); dear cousin to and survived by their daughters, Rhea Krull (Lewis), Judy Deutchman (Lewis), Shirley Ablitz (Lewis) and Marcy Raska (Lewis). Services were held at graveside at Nusach Hari Cemetery in Ferndale.

HARRIET PRENTIS, 94, of Huntington Woods, died March 15, 2020. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mandy Prentis; granddaughter, Mara Prentis. Mrs. Prentis was the beloved wife of the late Richard Prentis; the loving sister of the late Helene Greenwald. Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. ROBERT “BOB” PRICE, 88, of Oak Park, died March 15, 2020. He is survived by his children, Adrienne and George McClintock, Brian Price continued on page 52

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and Alison Price; grandson, Nolan McClintock; loving companion, Pinah Barger; and other loving relatives and friends. Mr. Price was the loving brother of the late Myrtle and the late Ben Zeff, the late Frances and the late Marvin Rhum, the late Edward “Buddy” and the late Ruth Price. Interment was at Workmen’s Circle Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033, alz.org/gmc; Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, woundedwarriorproject. org; or Partners Detroit, 15751 W. Lincoln Drive, Southfield, MI 48076, partnersdetroit.org. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

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LILLIAN SCHWARTZ, 102, of Bloomfield Hills, died March 16, 2020. She is survived by her son, Frederick “Rick” Schwartz; daughter and son-in-law, Enid and Gary Goodman; grandchildren, Andrew Schwartz and his fiancee, Katherine, Laurel Schwartz, Roger and Hailey Goodman, and Brandon and Michele Goodman; great-grandchildren, Crystal Schwartz, Winter Goodman and Rex Goodman. Mrs. Schwartz was the beloved wife of the late Larry M. Schwartz; the cherished mother of the late Burton Schwartz; the proud grandmother of the late David Schwartz. Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Jewish Hospice

& Chaplaincy Network, 6555 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, jewishhospice. org; Red Magen David Adom, 3177 Commercial Ave., Suite 101, Northbrook, IL 60062, afmda.org; or Friends of the IDF, Michigan Chapter, P.O. Box 999, Walled Lake, MI 48390, fidf.org/donate. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. MELVIN SEFFINGER, 91, of Commerce Township, died March 13, 2020. He is survived by his son, Robert Seffinger; daughters and sons-in-law, Marla and Joel Gartner, Debbi Seffinger and Doug Holloway; grandchildren, Renay Gartner; many other loving family members and friends.

Mr. Seffinger was the beloved husband of the late Shirley Seffinger; the grandfather of the late Michael Gartner. Interment took place at Hebrew Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton Township. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. LEON STEIN, audiologist, educator and humanist, died March 16, 2020, at his home in Brighton. He was 90. Born and raised in Detroit, he served in the Air Force and then attended college on the G.I. Bill. He received a B.S. in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in audiology, both from Wayne

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State University. His teaching career was varied, including science classes in secondary schools and audiology courses at Wayne State University and the University of Akron. After transitioning to clinical practice, he saw patients for almost 30 years. In retirement he found fulfillment as a member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Throughout his life, he placed the highest value on family and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly. Mr. Stein is survived by his wife, Maureen; daughters, Susan (Gary) Kanter and Carol Stein; grandchildren, Maggie (Matt) Speciale, Emma Kanter and Jacob Kanter; numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jack (Helen) Stein and Lillian (Mordie) Falick. Friends who wish may contribute to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Union of Concerned Scientists or Compassion and Choices. Due to the current COVID19 crisis, no memorial will be immediately scheduled. The family will organize a time for everyone to gather and remember Leon at a later date. ROBERT TUCKER, 69, of Commerce Township, died March 17, 2020. He was active with Special Olympics Team Farmington,

Senior Bowling League at Wonderland Lanes, Michigan Sailing Club and the Waterford Senior Center. Mr. Tucker is survived by his sister, Jane Tucker of Commerce Township. He was the dear brother of the late Richard Tucker. Contributions may be made to Special Olympics Team Farmington. Services and interment were held at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel. MARILYN WARNICK, 84, of West Bloomfield, died March 15, 2020. She is survived

by her children, Richard (Fran Swick) Warnick and Jill Warnick; brother and sisterin-law, Stanford and Lynn Trompeter; many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.  Mrs. Warnick was the beloved wife of the late Avery Warnick; the sister of the late Alan Trompeter. Interment took place at Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Michigan Humane Society. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel.



hirlee Bloom was an “icon” in the Jewish community as the owner of Bloom’s, a pioneering kosher catering firm started by her parents in Detroit. Shirlee herself had a legendary 70-year career. Shirlee Bloom Feroni, 85, of Oak Park, died on March 14, 2020. Born in Detroit on April 29, 1934, she graduated from Central High School. At age 15, she joined her parents, Harry and Lillian “Lil” Bloom, at their kosher catering business in the Dexter-Davison area. They moved to the Labor Zionist building on Schaefer at Seven Mile and became popular as Mayfair Caterers. Harry Bloom died in 1958. The following summer, Lil brought her still-grieving daughter to Fidelman’s Resort in South Haven, Michigan. Shirlee met Tony Feroni while he was singing on stage. They had an immediate connection and married soon afterward. Tony passed away in 1990.

Cookie Chimoff, Shirlee worked more who called her mother than 20 years at Lil’s “my best friend,” Kosher Catering in said their home was Oak Park. She took “filled with fun and over the business laughter.” Her two when Lil died in 1976. half-brothers, George Shirlee later operated and Billy, adored for 11 years in Harvard Shirlee and considered Row Shopping Center her their “mom.” She Shirlee Bloom Feroni in Southfield. also raised her two She was a beloved nephews, Rob and fixture and enjoyed Steve, and considered them her extended family during 25 her sons. Her house was open years with the former Vineyards to anyone who needed a place Café & Catering in Farmington to stay. Everyone felt safe and Hills. loved in her presence. Blessed with exceptional She fulfilled “the mitzvah of energy, Shirlee put in 11-hour hospitality by welcoming people days until she was 80. Though with food and love, in the noble busy, she didn’t miss her family’s tradition of Abraham and special events. Granddaughter Sarah,” Rabbi David Nelson said Cortney Chimoff eulogized that at her graveside funeral. Rabbi her “g-ma taught us about the Alon Tolwin co-officiated. way to live an honest, ethical, Working with her family, moral life.” Bloom’s became well known Bloom’s Kosher Carryout for many delicious dishes, and Catering in Southfield including chicken soup, brisket, continues operating under fried (baked) chicken, gefilte Cookie and her daughter, Taylor fish and vegetarian chopped Chimoff — the third and fourth liver. Bloom generation.

Shirlee Bloom is survived by her daughter, Hope “Cookie” (Barton) Chimoff, George Feroni and Rob (Dawn) Bloom; “g-ma” of Cortney Chimoff, Taylor Chimoff, Ashli Feroni, Alysia (Matt) Rodgers, Josh Feroni and Jessica Feroni; and great-grandmother of Corey Feroni, Mikaela Hays, Noah Rodgers and Ava Rodgers. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tony” Feroni. She also was the daughter of the late Harry and the late Lil Bloom, and sister and sisterin-law of the late Harvey (the late Karen) Bloom, the late Billy Feroni and the late Steve Bloom. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dive, Southfield, MI 48076, (248) 663-3400, cancer. org, or Aish HaTorah Detroit, 25725 Coolidge Hwy., Oak Park, MI 48237, (248)-3273579, aishdetroit.com/donate. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. MARCH 26 • 2020

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