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Reel Rock ‘n’ Roll Distinctive Artistry Freep Film Fest’s opener chronicles CREEM magazine’s Jewish founder, one of an “unruly band of outsiders, misfits and punks.” See page 40

Explore a dramatic new wing for Asian art and culture at the DIA named for Robert and Katherine Jacobs. See page 22.




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40 Reel Rock ‘n’ Roll

JEWS IN THE D 12 Bookstock: Big, Bold & Bountiful Neal Rubin discusses the many wonders of the event.

14 JET Season Delayed Construction is taking longer than anticipated.

14 Humans of Metro Detroit Photoblog highlights standout teens in the community.

16 A Stunning Success Local podcast helps moms become entrepreneurs.

18 Kinder Doctors Folberg stepped down as dean; his legacy includes Jewish values.

18 Running to Raise Dollars Young Franklin resident plans a run across America in memory of her late grandfather.

20 Capitol Newcomers Metro Detroit sent two Jewish representatives to Congress in 2018.

Freep Film Fest’s opener chronicles CREEM magazine’s Jewish founder, one of an “unruly band of outsiders, misfits and punks.” These entrees can enhance your Passover meal.

45 Real-Life Drama Ann Arbor playwright’s work brings John Lennon’s deportation case to the stage.

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42 Savor the Seder

24 Faces & Places 34 Moments/Here’s To

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ERETZ 38 2019 AIPAC Conference Mark Jacobs shares the highlights.

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World


he month of March is over, but March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament, is not. The championship game is this Monday night and while I’m writing this column days in advance of that, I’m praying one of the teams is sporting green. Alan Muskovitz If you’re not a basContributing Writer ketball fan, it turns out there were plenty of other March Madnesses to go around. The much-anticipated Mueller Report was delivered to the attorney general on March 22. I’m sure by the time you’re reading this, that subject will be ancient history, a thing of the past, water under the bridge. I’m sure by now all cable news networks have moved on to discuss other pressing news, not the least of which is the commendable compromising our politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington are making on the issues of the day. I wrote that last paragraph with my tongue so far into my cheek that it’s going to require an ENT to surgically retrieve it. One of the things that we can all be thankful for is that we can now go back to focusing our attention on something of more immediate importance … the next presidential election, which is, don’t look now … only 20 months away! Running for president, whether

you’re the challenger or the incumbent, requires quite a balancing act. In most cases, you need the ability to ignore the job you were currently elected to do while focusing on the next job you want. And get paid for doing it! Imagine Matt Patricia spending next season as the Lions head coach traveling the country actively trying to convince another team owner to hire him? On second thought, that’s not a good analogy because nobody hires a former Lions head coach to coach their team. The other madness that made headlines in March, was the incredible multi-million-dollar college admissions scam involving parents, coaches and administrators. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among the most notable charged with trying to buy their kids way into school. Ironically, one of the story problems on the kids’ doctored SAT tests was “if a parent illegally pays millions to get their kid into college, how many millions of dollars will it take to get the parent out on bail?” Meanwhile, now that spring has sprung, one of my spring-cleaning tasks is to organize the dozens upon dozens of computer passwords I’ve created over the years. I have a binder that houses a variety of passwords for my email addresses, utility bill payments, subscriptions, bank accounts, etc., each given its own 8½” x 11” sheet, each password made up of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols that

even the Russians would have trouble hacking. Don’t be fooled. It sounds like I’m organized, but my password world is a mess. I have a terrible habit of removing my password sheets from their binder, losing the sheet, leaving me no choice but to create a new password. If I had a dollar for every time I had to click the “Forgot Your Password” button trying to access an account, I’d have enough money to bribe someone to get my kid into a prestigious college. How bad does it get? I just invested in a new Mac laptop, which initially required me to enter my Apple ID password to get my programs up and running. However, in the process, I entered the wrong password consecutively so many times that, for security reasons, Apple locked me out of my own computer. I had to call “Apple Care” tech support to get me out of password jail. Meanwhile, the good news is here I sit having successfully finished writing my latest JN column. The bad news, I’m going to be delayed moving onto my next task — responding to emails — because I can’t locate or remember my Gmail password. March is over but Muskovitz Madness marches on. ■ Alan Muskovitz is a writer, voice-over/acting talent, speaker, and emcee. Visit his website at,“Like” Al on Facebook and reach him at

Impressive Numbers, But Not Hoa Kow!


ince opening its doors in March of 2009, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital has posted some impressive numbers. Over a 10-year span, it: • Delivered more than 18,400 babies • Performed 96,976 surgeries • Valet parked more than 300,000 vehicles • Logged 663,273 hours of volunteer time • Produced 551,651 x-rays, 260,198 CT scans, 120,138 MRIs, 253,160 ultrasounds and 157,663 mammograms So how does it measure up against one of the ultimate benchmarks of vol-

ume … the number of pounds of whitefish served by Hoa Kow restaurant? Based on extrapolations of data provided by Hoa Kow in the early 1990s to Danny Raskin of the Jewish News, the combined West Bloomfield and Oak Park locations in their heyday would have served more than 800,000 pounds of whitefish over a 10-year period. While the volume of X-rays and volunteer hours are impressive, they don’t quite measure up to the still-revered Hoa Kow yardstick. And unlike radiation, you could have Hoa Kow whitefish in seven different

styles — broiled, Hong Kong, Szechuan, sweet and sour, hong sui, slightly breaded and sautéed with light breading! ■ By Arthur Horwitz, executive editor and publisher of the Jewish News.


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#Friendseder — The Best Thing Since Boxed Matzah


emember Thanksgiving? Well, a major national trend has taken off among young adults, who overwhelmingly are living away from home, to get together with their “urban families” for “Friendsgiving” — a meal leading up to the holiday they can celebrate with their friends before heading Daniel home. A key feature is Horwitz the taking and posting of event pictures on social media using the shared hashtag “#Friendsgiving” to create virtual connections. Inspired by this Marisa trend, The Well has Meyerson created a Jewish counterpart — #friendseder, to empower young adults to host Passover seder gatherings with their friends during April. Founded in 2015, The Well is a nationally recognized and Metro Detroit-based Jewish community-building, education and spirituality outreach initiative, catering to the needs of young adults and young families. Its initiatives have been replicated nationally, including the #Reflect4Rosh hashtag of introArthur M. Horwitz Executive Editor/Publisher F. Kevin Browett Chief Operating Officer | Editorial Managing Editor: Jackie Headapohl Story Development Editor: Keri Guten Cohen Digital Editor: Allison Jacobs Social Media Coordinator: Chelsie Dzbanski Director of Sponsored Content: Cassie Kunze Editorial Assistant: Sy Manello Senior Columnist: Danny Raskin



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spection and gratitude leading up to the High Holidays, a Passover seder-themed Escape Room and the CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret. model for contemporary text study launched in Detroit and being replicated in Baltimore, Cleveland and Memphis. The Passover seder is a widely practiced Jewish ritual that often requires young adults to travel home and rely on older generations to curate their experiences. Most Jewish millennials live in just 12 cities and have cultivated “urban families.” #friendseder empowers these young adults to make the holiday in ways that are most meaningful to them. They will be able to share their own family rituals with friends, try out new ones and, hopefully, enhance their own family seders with what they’ve learned. So, what is a #friendseder? Think Friendsgiving, but with bitter herbs, an escaping bondage theme and religious justification for consuming too much wine. Or perhaps, a way to do Passover that puts young adults in charge of how they engage with Jewish ritual. Like Friendsgiving, in which gatherings occur in the weeks leading up to the actual holiday, a #friendseder can be held anytime in April. People can host before Passover to get into the holiday spirit or after to keep the celebrations rolling. Shabbat dinner #friendseder? Amazing.

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Wednesday evening #friendseder and board game competition? Fantastic. The Well has built, which is full of fun resources — think awesome recipes, innovative decor ideas, out-of-the-box Seder activities and more — some from us and some from our partners at OneTable, Hazon, InterfaithFamily, Reboot, Moishe House, and Keshet. We’ve also created our own originally designed (and available for download at no cost) #friendseder Haggadah and are putting out live (and recorded) “how-to-host” webinars. And while each #friendseder will be amazing, we’re excited to create global connections through the hashtag, where hosts around the world capture images of their gathering and share them on social media. Some have asked, “Isn’t it weird to do a seder not on the seder nights themselves?” Well — it’s no weirder than the myriad seders that happen before the holiday throughout the Jewish world — whether those are chocolate seders, interfaith seders, women’s seders, diplomatic seders, etc. The Jewish wisdom tradition regularly makes space for getting ready/in the mood for upcoming holidays. Our tradition recognizes that just “jumping in” to a holiday and/or observance often is not as powerful as bringing intention to the lead-up and

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getting in the mood. Others have asked, “Is this just for young adults?” Frankly, no. While our efforts are designed to meet the needs of young adults, anyone can host a #friendseder! So, as we start to prepare for Passover, it’s only appropriate that we close by asking these Four Questions: Is your annual Passover seder starting to get stale? Who are the people in your life you really wish could be around your seder table — the ones you most want to sing, discuss, drink and be free with — but because of pre-existing family customs/ obligations, aren’t able to be with on the holiday itself? What’s stopping you from getting those people together in April, whether before or after the holiday? Why not have the seder of your dreams, snap a pic and post it on social media using the hashtag #friendseder? Sign up at and join the festivities. Rabbi Daniel Horwitz and Marisa Meyerson are professionals with The Well, an outreach initiative of the Lori Talsky Zekelman Fund at Temple Israel of Metropolitan Detroit. For more information, visit and friendseder. com. First published

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Hate, an Action Word


s difficult as it is to admit, our country’s history is rich in hate. Far too often, we’re reminded of how far we still must go for the greater good of all people. Violence, pain, death and sorrow impact victims of hate crime every day, both domestically and abroad. Last month, New Dana Nessel Zealand experienced a tragedy that’s all too familiar here in the United States. What was supposed to be a sanctuary and place of worship quickly morphed into a nightmare. A total of 50 people were killed and 31 injured — nine still in critical condition. This was a crime of pure hate and heartbreakingly tragic.

The attack played out on social media along with the visibility of the manifesto online: Terrorists were applauded, and blatant hatred for specific groups along with self-proclamations of racism were all included. Unfortunately, active shooters and the hate crimes they commit are no stranger to us in the United States: Charleston, S.C. – June 17, 2015, a man* murdered nine people in worship at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He admitted to police his desire to start a “race war.” Orlando, Fla. – June 12, 2016, a man* murdered 49 people and injured 53 at Pulse, a popular nightclub geared toward members of the LGBTQ community. Pittsburgh, Pa. – Oct. 27, 2018, a man* entered the Tree of Life Synagogue,

ultimately murdered 11 innocent people and, according to law enforcement, made anti-Semitic statements while shooting and on social media. I want to make it clear that senseless acts of hate and terror have no place in Michigan. We created the Hate Crimes Unit with the express purpose of protecting everyone in this state from those who wish to terrorize people who live here. We are committed to working relentlessly and tirelessly in cooperation with federal and local authorities. This is personal for me as a Jewish woman. My grandparents fled Europe in order to be free from those who wished to exterminate them for no other reason than they worshipped differently from the majority. But to them, America was — and is — the land of freedom

— freedom to be who we are and to worship any way we like. Our state is home to immense diversity, which is a source of joy and pride for us. There may be individuals who feel the opposite and choose to speak about their dissatisfaction. Regardless of how vile or appalling their words can be for some, hate speech is not illegal and is, in fact, protected. When speech turns to action, however, we are compelled to act. That’s why I established the Hate Crimes Unit within the Department of Attorney General. The Hate Crimes Unit is here to work with both local and federal law enforcement to be vigilant in our efforts to investigate and prosecute actual crime driven by hate. As attorney general, I will always uphold the law and do everything continued on page 10

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Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan: Politics not Peace


ith Israeli elections scheduled for April 9 and polls showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a tight race with the new Blue White party, President Donald Trump has tried to tip the scales. Publicly praising Netanyahu, Yael Aronoff Trump announced his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan while refraining from revealing the details for his IsraelPalestinian peace plan until after the election. Although Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and Netanyahu (until the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March 2011) all sought “land for peace” deals that would have returned most or all the Golan to Syria, many Israelis are relieved that those deals never came to fruition.


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They feared bases for Hezbollah or Iran might have been built in the Golan in the aftermath of the Syrian civil war, thereby literally gaining the high ground over Israeli populations. Prior to the 1967 Six Day War, Israelis remember Syrian troops shooting from these heights at Israeli farmers below. As a 5-year-old, I recall spending the 1973 Yom Kippur War in Israeli bomb shelters as Syria initially stormed the Golan and the Egyptian army initially crossed into the Israel-controlled Sinai Peninsula. Israel has legitimate security concerns, exacerbated by a Syrian regime that has committed crimes against humanity, let Iran build bases in its territory and has allowed Hezbollah to entrench itself on the Israel-Syrian border, as it has on the Israel-Lebanese border. Regardless, it is in Israel’s longterm interests to make peace with Syria when there is a regime that could bar an Iranian and Hezbollah

presence from any territory that Israel concedes. Before the Syrian civil war, Netanyahu was negotiating such a land-for-peace deal. According to Dennis Ross in his book The Missing Peace, Barak was close to trading the Golan to Syria for peace but bowed to the potential domestic political costs of conceding land to both Syria and the Palestinians in a short time frame. These prime ministers recognized that an Israel-Syria peace requires a land deal. Egypt got the entire Sinai back for peace, and negotiations with the Palestinians have been based on this “land-for-peace” formula. The door should be left open to a future peace agreement with Syria. Israel possesses the strongest military in the region and would be able to make a deal ensuring its long-term security. Trump’s bid to give Netanyahu an election boost has additional costs. They have contributed to cracking

the solid bipartisan U.S. support for Israel that is vital to the relationship. The Golan announcement has also galvanized the Israeli far right bent on annexing all or part of the West Bank. Israel’s normalization with more Arab states and its longterm survival as a Jewish majority democracy rely on eventual peace agreements with the Palestinians and Syria, based on the pre-Six Day War borders with land swaps. Until such time, Israel controls the Golan. The temporary emotional appeal of U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan is not worth the negative effects on Israeli politics, bipartisan American support for Israel, and the chances for longterm peace with Syria and normalization in the region. ■ Yael Aronoff is director of the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and the Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Chair in Israel Studies at Michigan State University.

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Anti-Israel = Anti-Semitic We have now finished Purim and are entering the Passover season, which is the holiday commemorating the birth of our Jewish nationality. Every time I drive down Orchard Lake Road, I see the Holocaust Memorial Center and I am reminded that the pharaohs, the “Hamans” and the “Hitlers” are all gone; yet we the Jewish people, are still here and have again returned to our ancestral homeland, Eretz-Israel, our safety net! Hitler reminded us that, whether we were Chasidic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, secular, Zionist, Humanistic, Jew-Denialist, agnostic or atheist, “A Jew is still a Jew.” Everyone was rounded up. Those that support BDS (Boycott, Divest Sanctions) label us “JewishBenjamins” and want to wipe out the name “Israel” from the map are the same old Jew-hating anti-Semites of centuries old, resurfacing with a new agenda. History repeats itself. Therefore, I submit that Rep. Omar, Rep. Talib, Rep. Clyburn and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison (second in command of the Democratic National Committee) are just simply hidden anti-Semites, and “anti-Jewish” Israel with different names. History is repeating itself! We must be aware of this because Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic party members are despicably ignorant and silent on it. Dr. Fred F. Fischer Farmington Hills

The Gift of Life When I read the article about Brett Ehrmann’s effort to find a living kidney donor (“The Gift of Life,”

March 21, page 22) it struck a chord with me. Five weeks ago, I donated a kidney to my childhood friend, Mike, whom I’ve known for more than 55 years. He was already on dialysis and did not appear to be doing well. I was aware of the disheartening statistics regarding both the number of people waiting for a kidney, 100,000, and the length of the wait, five years. I didn’t think Mike would survive the five-year wait. His wife did not qualify as a donor. Mike never asked me, but I never thought it was a difficult decision. The chances of my being a match were small, but I had agreed to take part in the matched donor program. After several months of testing and sometimes retesting, this 66-year-old and his friend were a match, and the surgery took place on Feb. 13 at Henry Ford Hospital. We both are doing well. Mike is off dialysis and he and his wife were able to see Hamilton five weeks after his surgery. I plan to slowly start to run again in the next two weeks. Mike’s recovery and his pleasure in doing so well have given me a great deal of satisfaction. I felt the risk was small, and if someone my age can do it, I think anyone can. Chuck Otis Birmingham

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within our power to keep our residents safe. I’m excited to work closely with the Hate Crimes Unit, law enforcement and the community to eradicate the criminal activity propelled by hate. If you are a victim of a hate crime or have credible information about a hate crime, contact the Department of Attorney General at (313) 456-0180.

Let those who wish to harm us know that we will not lie down; we will fight back; we will resist, and we will conquer hate by working together. ■ Dana Nessel was elected Michigan Attorney General in November of 2018

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These days Rubin opts for mysteries, s a child, Neal Rubin loved biographies and history when looking nothing more than being in for something to read, and his favorite the family hammock, Dugout place to find them is at Bookstock, with Jinx or Fiery Fullback in hand. The more than 300,000 gently used CDs, series featured Chip Hilton, a football/ DVDs, vinyl and, yes, books. basketball/baseball star who had pals Bookstock opens Sunday, April 7, and like “Biggie” Cohen and “Red,” plus a continues through April 14 at Laurel swell girl, Mitzi, who was head cashier Park Place, 37700 Six Mile Road in at the drugstore. Best of all, Chip was a Livonia. stand-up guy who spoke The event is entering up when other kids were into a new partnership bullied or excluded. with JVS Human Services, Today a columnist for which will soon become the Detroit News and its institutional home. the longstanding honorAlycia Meriweather, ary chair of Bookstock, deputy superintendent Rubin remains loyal to of the Detroit Public his boyhood buddy: He Schools, is honorary still owns the entire Chip chancellor, and the Mike Hilton series, and he gets Morse Law Firm is a bit sentimental when talking about the happy Bookstock Honorary Chairperson Bookstock 2019’s presenttimes he spent with those Neal Rubin opens the 2018 BEST ing sponsor. books. But he notes that Awards ceremony. Since its inception in eventually author Clair Bee could barely 2002, Bookstock has raised more than stomach his annual obligation to chron- $2 million for literacy and education icle Chip’s wholesomeness, and the only projects throughout Michigan. For the eighth year, Bookstock way he could write was to “lock himself will sponsor an essay contest for in his office for a week with his typewriter and a case of whisky,” Rubin says. fourth-graders where the winning stu-


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dent, four runners-up and 10 honorable mentions, along with all their teachers and schools, receive a cash prize. The awards ceremony, which Rubin will host, will be broadcast live on WDIV Local 4. When Rubin heads to Bookstock, he knows the crowd and he enjoys hearing amazing stories, like the volunteer who found a cake recipe, in her late mother’s handwriting, left in a cookbook. Another woman bought every copy of A Day in the Life of America because it included a photo of her mother at a water aerobics class. The mother had since died, and seeing the picture was a way for her daughter to reconnect. Rubin will wander over to the Bookstock history table, where he might pick up a title about WWII. He’s always happy to find — “pounce on,” he says — a book by a friend like the late Elmore Leonard, or Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker, the true story of a couple who adopt a girl left to die in a field in Zimbabwe. Rubin says he was “sobbing” by the end. A lot of times he’ll buy something “I didn’t even know I wanted” and then it becomes a favorite, like Brainiac:

EVENTS • Pre-sale: Sunday, April 7, 8:15-11 a.m. ($20 admission charge) • Monday Madness: Monday, April 8. The first 2,000 shoppers receive giveaways and a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card every hour. • Teacher Appreciation Days: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10. From 3-9 p.m., teachers (with a valid ID) receive 50 percent off. • BEST Awards: Tuesday, April 9, 5 p.m.: Presented to Detroit Public Schools Community District fourth-graders who wrote the top essays on “My Favorite Book Character… and Why.” • Bookbuster Days: Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12: From 3-9 p.m., buy three books and the fourth (least expensive item) is free. Plus: Spend $25 or more on either night and be entered in a drawing for skates signed by Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis; four tickets to a Detroit Tigers game; or two grandstand tickets to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. • Cookstock: Saturday, April 13. All cookbooks are half price, with cooking and dining prizes awarded throughout the day. • Half-price Finale: Sunday, April 29:

Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings (“It’s screamingly funny,” Rubin says). From Bookstock, titles find their way to Farmington Hills where Rubin, the father of two sons, lives with his wife, Marcy Hayes. He’s always reading four books at the same time, so one will be on his nightstand (now it’s Killers of the Flower Moon), one in the basement for when he’s doing laundry (“I’m the laundry god in our house”) and one in the car, in case he’s left waiting somewhere. Finally, he’ll take one to work for lunchtime because “Me, a sandwich and a book; it’s fabulous.” ■ For information about Bookstock: (248) 645-7840, ext. 365.

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he stage lights will go on for the new season of the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) a bit later than originally announced. Construction on the new location — 1124 E. West Maple in Walled Lake, just east of Pontiac Trail — is taking more time than anticipated. Originally scheduled to open in late April, “our grand opening has been delayed until June 10,” says Christopher Bremer, executive director, who’s been taking care of administrative responsibilities out of nearby rental space with the help of two interns. “To celebrate the new theater and the new season scheduling, June to early November, the grand opening will feature a dinner catered by Annabel Cohen before a performance of the first play, The Odd Couple, which continues through July 14. “Brochures are being mailed this week with revised scheduling details for the season, which includes Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Aug. 2-25), On Golden Pond (Sept. 6-28) and Cabaret (Oct. 10-Nov. 3).” Building crews are working their way up, currently finishing electrical and plumbing upgrades beneath the floor. Furnishings and fixtures are being ordered to accommodate different seating arrangements for audiences — all facing the stage, divided according to three sides of the stage or occupying space in the stage setting. “Our goal is to have more flexibility and creativity,” explains Bremer, who said he’s looking forward to the placement of the electronic marquee to light up the outside. “We still have the same phone number and website: (248) 788-2900 and” ■


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Humans of Metro Detroit Photoblog highlights stand-out teens in the community. STACY GITTLEMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER


n the spirit of the photoblog sensation Humans of New York, youth professionals at Temple Israel, Shir Shalom and Temple Beth El teamed up with the Jewish Federation to create Jews of Metro Detroit — a website propelled by and written about ambitious and community-oriented teens who call Detroit home. The project, launched this year and funded by a grant from the Schulman Millennium Fund, gives selected teens the opportunity to hone their interviewing, videography and photography skills as they interview their peers about their pursuits, challenges, and connections to the local and global Jewish community. Currently, there are 14 mostly young Jews highlighted with more added each week. The next profile just might be someone you know if you nominate him or her on the website On the website’s staff is Temple Israel’s Youth Director Zach Goldberger. A transplant from Raleigh, N.C., he said he is enjoying getting to know and appreciate the deep-rooted connectedness of Detroit’s Jewish community. A graduate of North Carolina State, where the Jewish student body is under 1 percent, Goldberger said he still managed to make a Jewish community there for himself with Hillel on campus and hopes to impart the lesson to teens that no matter where the next chapter in life takes them, Judaism can always be a part of it.

Maddy Iwrey

Mac Bauer and Rabbi Jen Lader

Goldberger said there is one year of funding for the project with the opportunity to reapply for a second year. The stories range from kids deeply connected to Judaism through their involvement in their temples to teens who have struggled and are coping with mental health issues.

“There is a plethora of stories out there,” Goldberger said. “Our students are great at telling their stories and connecting with their peers to encourage them to share, and we know they will keep the stories coming.” Already profiled include Youth Federation of Temple Israel (YFTI) seniors Mac Bauer and Maddy Iwrey. Iwrey will be attending Oakland University in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. She said she has gained leadership and Jewish communal skills from the youth group. “Not only have I learned about what it means to be a leader, but also how to create something from a different standpoint and show people what it’s like to build something from the ground up,” said Iwrey, who added that her involvement with the website has helped her develop her listening and interviewing skills — skills she will need in her intended profession. “YFTI is a place where you can find who you really want to be,” she said. Bauer needed some coaxing from his mom to stick with Monday night school and youth group at first and is now YFTI president. He will be studying business at Miami University of Ohio. Outside of presiding over YFTI, Bauer is a basketball enthusiast and likes to coach and teach younger children, including those at Friendship Circle, the ins and outs of the court. Their complete stories and those of more of Detroit’s stand-out Jewish youth can be found on the site. ■



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f you’re a working mother dreaming of being your own boss, Tsippi Gross wants to inspire you to start your own business in her new weekly podcast, “The Stunning Success with Tsippi Gross: Moms, Quit Your Jobs!” The serial entrepreneur and mom of three already runs the successful clothing and lifestyle brand Havah Tribe, which sells elegant, modest nursing clothing online. Having recently celebrated a lucrative first year, the 32-year-old wants to share what she’s learned about living life on her own terms. “It’s really a lot easier to make money online than people think,” says the Dallas native who moved to Oak Park four years ago when her husband, Rabbi Noam Gross, took a job with Partners Detroit. “My skill is helping people figure out how to monetize themselves.” Though Gross runs a product-based business selling clothing, she tends to encourage a servicebased model instead. “I like the idea of people being able to sell their own knowledge and skills to others, and I think it’s more ideal for mothers. You can take your work anywhere.” The idea for the podcast, which Gross calls a “passion project,” began while talking to postpartum women buying her clothing and hearing about the stress of going back to work. “I was hearing stories from women about how they don’t feel like they’re in control of their own lives. They’re feeling miserable about leaving their kids with a babysitter when they’re 6 weeks old. It’s really hard to make arrangements or take days off work every time your kids get sick. It’s really hard when your kids have vacation and you can’t be around.”

The realization came for her personally years ago when she was working a 9-to-5 job and sick of asking permission to make her family a priority. She branched out on her own, creating two catering companies before starting Havah Tribe. After making the lifestyle work for herself, she’s now intent on teaching others how it’s done. Gross’ formal training is in business and career and coaching, and she’s spent the last several years delving into e-commerce and service-based business courses. “I stay up at night thinking about sales funnels, email lists and lead magnets,” says Gross with a laugh. “And I’m like — I need to be talking about this because I love it. I can’t get enough.” The podcast is inspirational and upbeat, covering practical topics like how to identify a personal strength that you can bank on, how to fund your idea with minimal cash and the various roles a spouse can play in a burgeoning business. “I’m hoping through my podcast people get the inspiration and courage and a fire lit under them to know they can do it,” Gross says. One piece of advice she’d give an exhausted mom, or anyone feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to start a business, is to make a move today. “The most important thing is to start taking consistent steps, even if it’s as small as making a phone call or sending an email. Do one small thing in the right direction and you’ll be amazed where you’ll be in a year from now. You’ll have something huge.” ■ Listen on, Apple Podcasts or anywhere podcasts are distributed.

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Former OUWB Medical School Dean Robert Folberg with a student

Kinder Doctors Folberg’s legacy at OUWB includes Jewish values. SHARI S. COHEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER


hen Robert Folberg, M.D., was named dean of the new Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine in 2008, his background included 20 years as a National Institutes of Healthfunded researcher and as a pathologist and ophthalmologist. Folberg also was influenced by Judaism and credits his Jewish values for helping to create what has been called the medical school’s “kindness curriculum.” “I began to build a culture by putting some values out there,” says Folberg, who stepped down Feb. 18 as dean. Although clearly noting OUWB is a secular school, the founding dean says, “When you are creating something, you need a frame

of reference and I brought these things. Science, knowledge and the techniques of medicine need to be tethered to generous amounts of humanity to create virtuoso physicians.” He references the Jewish Musar Movement that stresses personal growth, the Zohar and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The patch on OUWB medical students’ lab coats has two circles representing the school’s core values, which Folberg connects to Jewish traditions. The circles (one for the medical school and one for Beaumont Health) represent the communities they serve and the understanding that every community member has infinite value. To develop a physician expert in more

Running to Raise Dollars Young Franklin resident plans a run across America in memory of her late grandfather. ELIZABETH KATZ SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS


hat Jackie Katz, 22, remembers most about her late grandfather Jerry Katz are his smile and the interest he showed in her activities. “Every time we visited or spoke over the phone, he always enjoyed asking me about my accomplishments in cross-country running and track and field,” said the Franklin resident. For that reason, Jackie thinks her grandfather would be proud of a new challenge on her horizon: taking part in the 4K for Cancer run across the country to benefit the Ullman Foundation, which provides support to young people with cancer. Accepting the challenge has special meaning for Jackie since she lost her grandfather to pancreatic cancer in 2015. “I felt helpless in his fight,” she said. “I couldn’t really do anything to help the situation. Through the 4K for Cancer,


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I am able to give back and make an impact on those going through a similar situation.”

than science and medical techniques, OUWB developed a special selection process, curriculum and culture under Folberg’s leadership. The admissions process emphasizes attributes and experiences that predict whether a physician will be altruistic, compassionate and empathetic. “Empathy is more than a course or how we teach or inspirational speakers. This is our culture,” Folberg wrote for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) News. “Patients come first, and the goal is to develop doctors who are not only knowledgeable, but are also skilled communicators, compassionate people, respectful of diversity.” OUWB students participate in spirituality rounds with pastoral counseling staff. “We ask that students go outside their own faith traditions, which helps them learn what patients bring to critical decision-making from their faith,” he says. Community service also is emphasized. Such humanistic values reflect Folberg’s traditional Jewish education in Philadelphia. As an adult, he took classes at Gratz College, a local Jewish institution, and taught Hebrew school while attending Temple University School of Medicine. His brother is a rabbi.

“I did a lot of interfaith work and advocacy when we lived in Iowa City. Amy (his wife) taught Hebrew school and I was an amateur hazzan,” he says. They belong to Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield. While a professor at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago during the 1980s, Folberg initiated a collaboration with an Israeli medical school. OUWB has academic partnerships in Israel, including a medical student exchange with Hadassah Hospital. The OUWB Medical School began with 50 students and now has expanded to 500 students. “Given my experience with medical schools across the country, there is no question Dean Folberg has established a top-rate medical school with a truly unique and innovative mission, extraordinarily accomplished and dedicated faculty, and a growing list of exemplary academic and community engagement achievements,” said OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D. Folberg announced last year he would not seek to extend his 10 years as dean. He will continue as a professor of foundational medical studies as well as pathology and ophthalmology. He says he and Amy now consider Metro Detroit their home. ■

Jackie, a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, has a goal of raising more than $5,000 for the race and has accumulated about $3,500 so far. She will begin her race in San Francisco on June 16, running with a team of about 30 people, and will end in Boston Aug. 3. All told, she and her team will cover more than 4,000 miles. During the race, Jackie and her fellow runners will visit various cancer centers to volunteer, including visiting with patients, putting together care packages and cooking for patients staying at various Hope Lodges and Ronald McDonald Houses. “I think my primary reason to do this challenge is to give back to the cancer community,” she said. “I’m excited to meet a lot of people who are also motivated to do the challenge and I’m excited to see the country in a new way.” Becca Eddy, coordinator for the 4K for Cancer run at the Baltimore-based Ulman Foundation, said the race will bring together about 120 people. The event not only includes runners but cyclists, too. Participants come from all quarters of the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. Participants will run or cycle past

spectacular American sites, according to Eddy, including the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore around July 4 and Niagara Falls. “There is no better way to see the country than on foot,” said Eddy, who has participated in the race herself. “It’s a lot of fun. One of the best parts is getting to know your teammates.” With the support of Ulman, the 4K for Cancer has generated more than $7 million. The foundation provides national scholarships to young people living with cancer. They also offer a navigator program, which helps young people from around the country locate support services. “Ulman is one of the oldest and largest organizations helping young people who have been diagnosed with cancer,” Eddy said. “Our programs really do reach across the country.” To support Jackie Katz, visit her fundraising page at https://ulman.z2systems. com/Jackie-Katz. For more information about the Ulman Foundation, visit ■ Elizabeth Katz is a Metro Detroit freelance writer. She has no relation to Jackie Katz.

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Capitol Newcomers Metro Detroit sent two Jewish representatives to Congress in 2018.

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here’s nothing new about Michigan having two Jewish members in Congress at the same time. As a matter of fact, that was always the case for almost a third of a century, from 1983 to 2015. Except, as most people know, those were the brothers Levin, Carl in the U.S. Senate and his older brother Sandy in the House. Carl got to Washington four years before Sandy, and Sandy stayed four years after his brother. Each of the Levins served 36 years — and retired from Congress undefeated. Now, Michigan has two Jewish representatives in Congress again, and this time they are both freshman members of the House of Representatives: Andy Levin, succeeding his father in the Ninth Congressional District, which includes a chunk of both southern Oakland and Macomb counties, and Elissa Slotkin in the nearby, but not-quite adjacent Eighth District, which stretches from north Oakland County through Brighton and Howell to Lansing. Not only is this the first time Michigan has had two new members of Congress who happen to be Jews, it is also the only time the state has had two Jewish members of the House at the same time. Actually, Michigan might have had three Jewish freshmen in the House this year, had Republican Lena Epstein not lost her bid in the neighboring 11th District. That meant that Elissa Slotkin became the first Jewish woman to represent Michigan in Congress. And, in an interesting historical twist, this is the first time since 1885 that the state has had a Jewish congressperson not named Levin! Surprisingly, records indicate Michigan has had only one other Jewish congressman in history — the rather amazing Julius Houseman, who was born in Bavaria, came to America at 19, became the first Jewish citizen of Grand Rapids and made a fortune in lumber and real estate before being elected to Congress in 1882. Houseman apparently didn’t like Washington much; he served a single term, didn’t run again and went back to the private sector. Levin and Slotkin, however, clearly have longer political careers in mind. They’ve both drawn a fair amount of national attention. Levin has become the third member of an impressive family dynasty. Slotkin has gotten even more attention; she defeated an incumbent GOP congressman in a district drawn to favor Republicans. But with a new census next year, a completely new system of redistricting due to take effect and the state certain to lose a seat in Congress in three years, the question is — can both survive? Both have hit the ground running. They

drew important committee assignments, have the pleasure and power of serving in the majority, since Democrats won decisive control of the House the day they were elected, and each has a variety of diverse experiences that may make them better equipped to lead than many newly minted members of Congress. Interestingly, neither missed a single one of the first 123 roll call votes taken in Congress this session. A snapshot of where both stand now: ANDY LEVIN Andy Levin landed committee assignments that seemed tailor-made for his background and strengths — principally, the House Committee on Education and Labor, with a seat on the subcommittees for Higher Education and Workforce Development, and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions. He also got a seat on the prestigious committee on Foreign Affairs. Within his first two months, Levin also introduced bills to require transparency in corporate political spending and to change the Internal Revenue Service tax code to provide equal dignity for same-sex as well as heterosexual married taxpayers. Levin, now 58, insisted during his campaign that he wasn’t running to perpetuate a family dynasty — but to help reach his goals of “high-quality jobs with living wages, quality education for every child, and health care and a dignified retirement for all.” Still, there was no doubt he didn’t mind being known as the son of the beloved longtime congressman and the nephew of the longest-serving and perhaps most popular U.S. senator from Michigan in history. Andy Levin has indeed had a wide variety of both labor and entrepreneurial experience; his jobs have included stints working for the AFL-CIO in Washington, assisting immigrants with legal challenges and running the state of Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program in Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration. Later, he turned to the private sector and founded Levin Energy Partners LLC and created Lean and Green Michigan, a statewide market to help convert older buildings to clean energy. Though he’s said he had a largely secular upbringing, Levin has served as president of Congregation T’chiyah, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Oak Park. But despite his name, he didn’t have a guaranteed lock on the seat. Former State Rep. Ellen Lipton of Huntington Woods, also a graduate of Harvard Law School, won the endorsement of Emily’s List and raised more than a million dollars. He also faced a bare-bones, low-budget continued on page 22


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KUMBAYA? LEVIN, TLAIB AMONG THOSE MEETING TO BUILD MUSLIM-JEWISH RELATIONS IN CONGRESS Michigan Reps. Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib, whose districts cover portions of Detroit and its metropolitan area, were among a small group of Jewish and Muslim Democrats who convened to address accusations of anti-Semitism against fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar prior to the House voting overwhelmingly on March 7 to condemn expressions of various forms of hate. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and reports March 17 in the Washington Post, two Jewish Democrats, Levin and Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, arranged a series of meetings prior to the vote that included all three Muslim members of the House: Tlaib, Omar and Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana. Bend the Arc, a liberal Jewish activist group, facilitated the meetings. Those who attended the meetings have since informally convened on the House floor, according to the JTA report, and more meetings are planned. continued from page 20

effort from Martin Brook, a Birmingham attorney who is the nephew of former Gov. James Blanchard. In an odd twist, all the Democratic candidates live in Oakland County, though two-thirds of the voters are in Macomb. Levin made a misstep or two, as when he said that Lipton had been “in a safe seat in the legislature for a few terms or whatever,” which was angrily criticized by some women. “Andy is going to be a superb congressman, but he didn’t run a superb campaign,” a longtime friend said, expressing a common sentiment. While the younger Levin does have a track record of getting things done, he can come across as arrogant; in his only previous foray into elected politics, he lost a race for the state senate in 2006, in what was an otherwise Democratic year. No one, however, seems to doubt his ability. “He’s a wise intentional bulldog, often for the voiceless,” said Laura Kohn, a longtime therapist from Huntington Woods. “How lucky we are to have Andy in Congress and in world.” In the end, Levin won his the primary easily, 52 percent to 42 for Lipton. He lost Oakland County by 459 votes but carried Macomb by a landslide. The November election was an anticlimax; the


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district is solidly Democratic, and Levin buried Republican businesswoman Candius Stearns, winning almost 60 percent. Still, there were some disgruntled murmurs about hereditary politicians, and two obscure left-wing candidates got a surprising 11,000 votes between them. ELISSA SLOTKIN Elissa Slotkin never saw herself as a political giant killer — and neither did almost anyone else. Had Congressman Mike Bishop been told a couple years ago that his next re-election battle would be against a young Jewish CIA analyst who had been living out of state for years, he probably wouldn’t have been too worried. But then came last year, and energized Democrats, enraged in part by Bishop’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, flooded the Eighth District with attention — and cash. The race became one of the most expensive in the nation; more than $16.4 million in total, with about $9 million of that spent by the Democrats and their allies. In the end, it was Slotkin 172,880 to 159,752 for the incumbent congressman. “This is what happens when you set a goal and stay focused; you believe in this country and that people love it more than anything else in the world,” she said the night she ran. Slotkin, now 42, is best known for her service with the CIA in Iraq (she was motivated to volunteer by the September 2001 attacks.) She rose to become acting assistant secretary of defense for national security affairs in the Obama administration. After she was elected, she was given a seat, as you might expect, on the House Committee on Armed Services, and its subcommittee on intelligence, and on Homeland Security. But as Slotkin has often said, she was motivated to run for Congress by the need to ensure health care for all and by her predecessor’s vote to kill the Affordable Care Act. Though you might expect someone with her background to spend all her time in Washington, Slotkin

and her husband, retired Apache helicopter pilot Dave Moore, insist that the Holly farm where she grew up is her principal home. (Her parents were members of Temple Israel; her grandparents, Temple Beth-El.) She’s also frequently held weekend meetings with constituents, including a recent session in Clarkston where she explained an amendment she had added to the campaign finance reform “For the People Act” that passed the House March 8. Slotkin’s amendment, among other things, is designed to prevent foreign entities from buying TV and digital ads in U.S. elections. Though the bill is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, retired advertising executive Bill Haney has been deeply impressed by his new congresswoman. “Elissa Slotkin has accomplished more in two months than her predecessor did in his barren (fouryear) tenure,” he said. THE FUTURE What nobody knows, however, is what the future holds for either new representative. Levin currently has a safe Democratic seat and should have no problems winning re-election in 2020. Slotkin, however, was an upset winner in a seat drawn to favor Republicans. Will the GOP spend millions in an effort to take it back next year … or will they wait until after redistricting? Redistricting is, in fact, the biggest unknown. Michigan’s boundaries for the 2022 election and beyond will be drawn for the first time by a citizens’ panel of four Republicans, four Democrats and five independents. Some seats, like Andy Levin’s, are likely to be made more competitive. Additionally, Michigan will lose another seat in Congress because of population shifts. Either Slotkin or Levin — or both — could end up having to compete with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a primary. Politics is a game of uncertainty. But for now, both new congresspeople are working hard to try and do a good job — and to persuade a shifting electorate to keep hiring them. ■

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jewsinthed | faces&places On Sunday, March 10, more than 100 volunteers of all generations came together to make 450 Mishloach Manot packages for Jewish seniors living in non-Jewish nursing homes and to Jewish kids who are in the hospitals. This program is a partnership between Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy’s Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) and Jewish Senior Life’s Jewish Chaplaincy Network. JFamily Detroit also contributed to the day. It is chaired by Fawn Chayet and Suzanne Fellows. For more information on volunteer opportunities with Women’s Philanthropy, contact Brittany Karson at PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN HARDWICK

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The 16th Annual Benefit to support the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families, a service of Jewish Senior Life, was held March 10 at Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield. Dr. Charles Silow, director, presented awards to Sima Weberman, accepting on behalf of her late husband, Abraham Weberman, the long-standing president of the Shaarit Haplaytah; Michael Weiss on behalf of the United Jewish Organization; and Rene Lichtman and Erna Gorman, on behalf of the Hidden Children and Child Survivors of Michigan. A farewell presentation honored Renee Fein, program coordinator, for her service for eight years. Entertainment came from Armenian Maestro Harry Hovakimian on violin, vocalist Elaine Serling, pianist and singer Stefan Kukurugya, singer Avy Schreiber and the Cliff Monear Trio. All musicians entertain monthly at Café Europa at Prentis Apartments in Oak Park.

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Marnie Fienberg, daughter-inlaw of Joyce Fienberg, one of 11 people murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, is launching a concept called “2 for Seder.” Aimed at tackling anti-Semitism at the grassroots level, 2 for Seder is an effort to encourage Jewish families to open their doors this Passover and build greater understanding with non-Jews. The 2 for Seder event encourages Jewish families to Joyce Fienberg welcome two nonJews into their seder to experience firsthand the most celebrated Jewish holiday of the year in America. Opening the seder to newcomers can dispel myths that breed misunderstanding and directly fight biased attitudes. By opening up one’s home at seder, Jewish families start a dialogue with non-Jewish friends and create a lasting ripple effect. “We believe that all American and Canadian Jews can take active steps to push back against anti-Semitic acts like the shooting in Pittsburgh that touched my family so closely, through better understanding and openness,” Marnie said. “Inviting non-Jews to share seder at Passover, one of the most popular Jewish holidays, is a start.” Marnie said her late motherin-law always invited friends, neighbors, co-workers and international students to the family’s holiday meals. “Her generosity and openness meant new people were regularly a dynamic part of our family’s holiday meals. With 2 for Seder we’re following her example,” Marnie added. Host families are encouraged to sign up to show they are participating and receive a 2 for Seder Kit at The goal for 2019 is to have 1,000 participating seders with at least 2,000 new people experiencing this most Jewish of holidays.

Inspired by their love of sports and their desire to support Israel, Alex Aisner, a junior at West Bloomfield High School from West Bloomfield; Will Bloomberg, a junior at Frankel Jewish Academy from Farmington Hills; and Tal Rubin and Raphael Ifraimov, both juniors at Frankel Jewish Academy from West Bloomfield, got together to organize a 3 X 3 basketball tournament on Sunday, March 24, at the Friendship Circle. The tournament attracted 36 high school boys from West Bloomfield High School, Groves High School, Bloomfield Hills High School, Farber Hebrew Day School and Frankel Jewish Academy. They raised approximately $200 for Friends of the IDF. The event was sponsored by The Friendship Circle.


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The winning team: Naftali Abraham and Yehuda Wrotslavsky, both seniors at Farber Hebrew Day School and Griffin Richter, a senior at Groves High School; tournament organizers: Alex Aisner, Will Bloomberg, Tal Rubin and Raphael Ifraimov.

Jewish and Black Student Leaders to Meet in Detroit More than 30 Jewish and black students from 10 universities across the country — including University of Michigan and Michigan State — will meet in Detroit for an intercultural summit April 5-7. Students will come together to discuss issues facing the Jewish community and the black community, the challenges they encounter on campus, and ways they can better understand and support each other. The summit will be an opportunity for students to examine how their identities impact their views of past and current events that are prevalent

within and between these two communities. The goal is for the history of Black-Jewish relations — from fierce alliances to deep schisms — to inform the conversation, but not define future understanding. The three-day event will include facilitated conversations and activities about faith, intersectional identities, hate crimes and free speech, and how to converse about Israel on campuses. Students will attend religious services and volunteer at a local community center together. They will then take what they’ve learned back to their schools.

National Healthcare Decisions Day Talking about end-of-life care isn’t easy. But it is important. Join Jewish Family Service Tuesday, April 16, for National Healthcare Decisions Day when attorney Howard H. Collens and Lynn Breuer, L.M.S.W., will discuss what goes into long-term care planning, including appointing a health care proxy and understanding the legalities of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. The presentation will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at JFS, 6555 W. Maple, West Bloomfield. To RSVP, contact Lynn Breuer at (248) 592-2333 or

Lions Coach Headlines ‘Beyond the Game’ Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will participate in a panel discussion Tuesday, April 16, at the third annual “Beyond the Game: A Night of Sports Talk,” presented by the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. The event raises funds for the Dr. Steven and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow scholarship program. “We’re thrilled to have Matt Patricia at Beyond the Game,” said foundation president Stuart Raider. “He doesn’t speak at events like this very often.” Mike Stone and Jamie Samuelsen from 97.1 The Ticket will be the hosts for Beyond the Game, which will be held at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club, 5051 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, and begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Stars of Tomorrow scholarships are used by Jewish students to defray expenses in their freshman year in college. Tickets for Beyond the Game are $125. For those under age 21, the price is $55. To purchase tickets, go online to or mail a check, made out to the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, to 6632 Telegraph Road, No. 304, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. For information, call (248) 592-9323. Tickets will be sold at the door April 16, but advance purchase by Friday, April 5, is requested. Birmingham-based MadDog Technology is the presenting sponsor. — Steve Stein, Contributing Writer

Synagogue Scholarship For Israel Study Adat Shalom is offering college students a scholarship opportunity for study in Israel. The Jay Yoskowitz z”l Israel Scholarship Fund will provide a scholarship of $1,500 for a semester of study at a recognized Israeli university or at the Conservative Yeshiva. Applications for the scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year are now available. To apply, contact Sheila Lederman at slederman@ or (248) 851-5100, ext. 246. Applications are due May 24.

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community news “Leaving Hate Behind” The Holocaust Memorial Center is hosting a membership event on Sunday, April 7, featuring Derek Black. During the program, he will be interviewed about the white nationalist movement and what led him to renounce it. The program, “Leaving Hate Behind,” featuring an interview of Black by Michigan Radio’s “Stateside” host Cynthia Canty, will take place at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with each followed by a kosher dessert reception. Black was long considered heir apparent to the white nationalist movement. His world views were shaped since birth by his godfather David Duke and his father, Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard

Higher Hopes! Expands Food Program The food program of Higher Hopes! will now run year-round thanks to support and contributions from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. The organization will be able to provide 1,000 meal kits each month for 11 months of the year and 1,000 food kits that each feed 12-15 people at Thanksgiving. This year, Higher Hopes! will provide more than 400,000 pounds of food through the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Program in Detroit. “It is incredible to grasp the amount of food we are providing to very poor families this year,” says Bill Birndorf, founder of Higher Hopes! “In all, we will distribute 12,000 meal kits to families in the city. Receiving these kits frees up much needed money for parents to pay other bills, buy clothes and other needed items.” For more information about Higher Hopes! visit

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A Return to Auschwitz Sophie Tajch Klisman, 89, a Holocaust survivor from Detroit, will join Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from Michigan and the U.S. on a mission to Poland and Israel, May 2-10. Klisman, born in Lodz, Poland, in 1929, survived, along with her sister Felicia, the Auschwitz, BergenBelsen and Salzwedel concentration camps. Both sisters were liberated from Salzwedel in April 1945 and later immigrated to the U.S. in 1949, settling in the Detroit area. The rest of their family perished. “If I look at the rest of the family, they were already adults and grownups and here was this child; that was just a miracle that I survived; it was meant for me to survive,” Klisman said. The nine-day “From Holocaust to Independence” mission will span Jewish history, from its darkest moments to its most triumphant. Israeli soldiers and Holocaust survivors will accompany the FIDF supporters on a trip across Poland, starting in Krakow, once home to more than 60,000 Jews, and tracing the community’s steps from the city’s

who founded the white nationalism’s first website and online community, Stormfront. While attending New College of Florida, Black came to quesDerek Black tion the fundamental beliefs at the core of his thoughts and actions. In a July 2013 letter published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black describes his “gradual awakening process.” He abandoned the white supremacy movement and no longer identifies with it. Holocaust Memorial Center annual membership begins at $50 as a general member. Space is limited and RSVPs are required at (248) 536-9605.

JACII Detroit will present an evening with State Rep. Robert Wittenberg to discuss gun violence and the laws in Michigan 7:30 p.m. on April 10 at the home of Michal and Jordan Nodel in Bloomfield Hills. Gun violence is something our society faces every day. Whether it occurs at the movies, a restaurant, place of worship or a threat at home, JACII argues that we cannot feel safe until common sense laws are in place to help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Legislators in the Michigan State House and Senate are making real efforts to introduce bills that promote common sense gun laws.

Wittenberg, co-founder and chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus in the Michigan House, and other state legislators will discuss current efforts around proposed “Red Flag” laws (keeping guns out of the hands of people who pose an extreme risk), implementing universal background checks and ending the prohibition on gun violence research. No charge, but donations to JACII are appreciated. For location address and to register, email JACII is the Gen-Y and Millennial arm of JACPAC, the Chicago-based bipartisan political action committee.

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ghetto to the Buczyna forest, where the Nazis executed more than 800 children, and then to the AuschwitzBirkenau concentration and extermination camps. The delegation will then fly to Israel, where they will visit IDF bases and meet soldiers serving on Israel’s front lines, commemorate Yom HaZikaron — Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror — and celebrate Israel’s 71st Independence Day. ■

Gun Violence Prevention The NCJW Michigan Public Affairs Education Committee will hold a program on gun violence prevention, 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Farmington Community Library on W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Featured speakers will be Jeff Kasky, Parkland parent and president of Families vs Assault Rifles, PAC Inc., and Linda Brundage, executive director of Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. NCJW/MI will also be presenting awards to winners of its Youth Media Contest “What Does Gun Violence Prevention Mean to Me?” Cost is $10 for NCJW members; $15 for non-members and $5 for students. For information or to register, call (248) 355-3300, ext. 0, or pay online at





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Groves High School student Lexy Schusterbrown has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2019.

The Jewish Museum of Florida announced that Amy Borman Somek, formerly of Birmingham, has been appointed the museum’s new director of development. She will direct the new capital plan, handle fundraising strategies, major gifts and will cultivate the museum’s donor base.

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced that Julie Beth Teicher was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 15 in California. Fellows are selected by a board of regents from among recommendations of the Circuit Admissions Counsel in each federal judicial circuit.

Dr. Michael D. Seidman, former Michigander of Florida, was nominated to run for the presidency of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. The election will take place in May 2019. He has served in numerous positions on behalf of his patients and academy for 30 years.

Henry Friedman of West Bloomfield speaks in many communities and is a noted speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. He speaks to groups of children and adults about his experiences in captivity. Recently, he gave a lecture to the Catholic Felician Sisters, as well as other invited community guests, on the topics of Jewish Holocaust history, religion and traditions.

Berl Falbaum, veteran journalist/author and contributor to the Jewish News, recently published his memoir, Recollections and Reflections: From a WWII Shanghai Ghetto to Journalism, Politics and other Journeys along the Way. The book captures stories that Falbaum said he believed needed to be saved, from which he learned important lessons.

Arthur Horwitz has been awarded the Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award in his role as president of the Detroit Jewish News Foundation. MAC is a regional professional archival organization for 13 states. The award is designed to recognize significant contributions to the archival profession by individuals, institutions and/or organizations not directly involved in archival work, but who are knowledgeable about its purpose and intrinsic value. Horwitz was honored for the development and establishment of the foundation’s William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, which holds the pages of the Detroit Jewish News/Detroit Jewish Chronicle in an online, open source database.

Ethan Golde, a senior at Okemos High School, was elected by his peers to serve as the 95th Grand Aleph Godol on BBYO’s International Board at the 2019 BBYO Convention in Denver.

Katie Vieder, director of teen engagement for JFamily, has received the national Generation Now Fellowship from the Jewish Education Project. In her role, she oversees the Youth Professionals Network of Metro Detroit, providing professional development, networking opportunities, and continued learning experiences for clergy, Jewish educators, youth directors, and other local professionals serving youth and teens. Max Milstein, 34, of Oak Park, recently was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Oak Park-Huntington Woods Democratic Club. Milstein, who attends Jewish programs with The Well, makes his home with his wife, Ksenia, in the same north Oak Park neighborhood where he was born. He said he is active in local politics because he has a stake in the area where he lives.

Andrea Roisman of Beverly Hills has been named director of major gifts for the Judson Center in Royal Oak. She brings almost 40 years of nonprofit experience with several organizations. Roisman serves and has served on several local boards, including ALS of Michigan, Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Michigan and Kids Kicking Cancer. She was named LLS Woman of the Year in 2017.

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248-926-4100 Michael Pitt and Peggy Goldberg Pitt of Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers in Royal Oak — and their good works — were profiled in the “Citizen Lawyer” feature published in the February 2019 issue of Michigan Bar Journal. In the profile, Peggy Goldberg Pitt says she grew up in a Jewish family and always “felt blessed and was taught that the more fortunate have an obligation to give back.” Partner and co-founder of Goodman Acker PC Barry Goodman has been appointed to the Mackinac Island Commission by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This is Goodman’s second term on the Commission. He previously served from 2007-2013. Goodman’s appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and his term expires April 12, 2025.

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced that David M. Saperstein has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee. A shareholder of the firm, Saperstein concentrates his practice in the areas of professional liability defense and appellate law, primarily defending attorneys, registered representatives and broker-dealers, insurance agents, accountants and real estate agents.

Margery Krevsky Dosey, CEO/president of Production Plusthe Talent Shop, was honored at the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter 25th Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards ceremony. She received the Warrior Award. Among her accomplishments, she helped transform auto show exhibits from silent or memorized scripts to featuring attractive, knowledgeable men and women as product specialists in brand-styled wardrobes.


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arry Potter. The Wheel of Time. “I have spoken much Lashon Harah The Lord of the Rings. These in my lifetime,” the man said. “How are three widely read fantasy can I repent for this?” novels, with magic seeping The Chofetz Chaim instructthrough every page. All are pered him to take a down pillow sonal favorites of mine as well. to the marketplace, cut it open Years ago, when I read works and leave it there. When the of fantasy, I was struck by the man returned and reported that accepted fact that in the realm he had done so, the great sage of magic, words themselves had instructed him to return and power. Rabbi Shragie gather up all the feathers. Myers Could this be true? Do “What!” exclaimed the man. words have power? We know in “How can I possibly find every Genesis God created the world feather? They are scattered Parshat by speaking: “Let there be light.” across the entire town!” Tazria: Would that indicate words have “Exactly” said the Chofetz Leviticus the capacity to create? Does 12:1-13:59; Chaim. “Now do you realize the Harry Potter killing curse how damaging each word of Numbers “Avada Kedavra” come from evil speech can be? How can 28:9-15; “Abra Cadabra” and originally you possibly undo the damEzekiel from Avda Ke’adabra Kezu, age?” 12:1-20. Hebrew for “It shall be done, With the point driven home, (Shabbat just like I say”? the man understood the true HaChodesh). In this week’s portion, we extent of the damage done with meet the Metzorah, the spiritual his words and was ready to leper. Cast out from the communibegin his repentance. ty, marked by spiritual leprosy, the On the other hand, the potential of Metzorah spends a week in solitary words to heal and create positivity is introspection, reflecting on his decialso unlimited. sion to use his mouth for evil speech The Talmud (Berachot 55b) tells (Lashon Hara) about his fellow man. us that if a person were to have a sad This “time out” period for the dream, he should recount it to three Metzorah is designed to bring home friends, who should then say, “Good the message that words do indeed have it was and good it will be,” because power. The only way a person marked the very act of saying it was a positive by this leprosy can become officially dream makes it so. ostracized is for the Kohen to speak Think of the incredible possibilities out loud the words “You are impure.” to create peace and positivity in the When the Metzorah has repented and world. Wishing someone a “good day” been forgiven, it is only by the Kohen’s is much more than a pleasantry; it verbal statement of “You are now pure” changes the day for the better. A “good that he is released from this status. morning” makes it so, and an exclaFurthermore, it is incumbent upon mation of l’chaim! (to life) can extend the Metzorah to have others pray for life itself. him, using their words as the vehicle Let us all join to ensure that every through which he is healed — yet word is a positive word, building a another reminder to the Metzorah of more positive and peaceful world the power of words. together. ■ A story is told of a man who visited the Great Sage Rabbi Yisroel Meir Rabbi Shragie Myers is an adult comKagan (1839-1933), also known as the munity educator and the executive Chofetz Chaim (desirer of life). director of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah.






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2019 AIPAC Policy Conference Editor’s Note: Mark Jacobs provided daily coverage of the annual AIPAC Policy Conference (March 24-26) for the Jewish News on its website, Below is a summary of his dispatches. he 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference kicked off March 24 amid a new wave of criticism and controversy against the organization and a momentous Israeli election on April 9. More than 600 speakers from 21 countries were scheduled to appear, including Vice President Michael Pence, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Mark Jacobs Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Shumer. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his leading political rivals Benny Gantz and Naftali Bennett were also to address the conference. More than 18,000 were expected to attend, including about 6,000 first-timers and 3,600 college students.



Linda and Mark Jacobs enjoy a light moment at the AIPAC Policy Conference.

A former IDF commander sang “Hatikvah.”

MARCH 24 Whether you were a first-timer or a veteran attendee, there’s no denying that this is one heck of a production. The mere scale and professionalism are grand and polished. There may be a swirl of controversy about AIPAC and Israel outside of the Washington Convention Center, but inside these walls, the enthusiasm for the U.S.Israel relationship is giddy, unified and thunderous. Security was, as expected, out in full force, from the armored trucks


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blocking the streets outside to the bomb-sniffing dogs as you entered the building. Once inside, the atmosphere felt calm, safe and festive. The opening moments of the conference are always touching, as the event begins with the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah” — sung by a former IDF tank commander. The opening session included a diverse group of pro-Israel activists, people from different age groups, faiths and ethnicities, all introducing themselves and then proudly declaring, “I stand with AIPAC.” Howard Kohr, AIPAC’s CEO, then delivered his annual address, but with a tone that seemed more ominous than previous years: “We’re being challenged in a way,” he warned, “that is new and far more aggressive.” The intent of our critics and enemies, he added, “is not meant to inform, but to demonize us.” The large crowd was then treated to a massive sing-along led by “Koolalum,” an Israeli social movement that produces international choruses of participants from all different backgrounds, often Arabs and Jews. After a few rehearsals, suddenly the massive screens cut to a live audience in Jerusalem of thousands of people at the Tower of David singing and sway-

ing simultaneously with the AIPAC crowd: “Sing out loud — together we’ll come through.” It was an incredibly touching and uplifting moment. We then heard from a number of “progressive” pro-Israel Democrats, and all were warmly and politely embraced by the crowd. A leader of the new “Democratic Majority for Israel” presented, as did a member of the Knesset from the Labor Party who was surprisingly and sharply critical of the government. (“We are stuck in this conflict; we need a two-state solution with equal rights and opportunities for Jews and Arabs.”) Rabbi Dan Gordis, the esteemed scholar/writer from Israel, delivered a positive and comforting message. He reminded the group that despite all the enormous problems the Jewish people face, “We’re doing great! When have we ever been in better shape than now? These are the greatest days of the Jewish people in 2,000 years.” MARCH 25 A hard, sad reality hit the conference, just as it does to Israel from time to time. News arrived that Hamas rockets had landed deep into Israel. A house near Tel Aviv was struck and seven people were injured. Was this merely an isolated occurrence? Might

a larger conflict be imminent? Would Hezbollah in the north also strike? Another day of violence, fear and sadness in Israel. Just hours earlier, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s chief political rival, Benny Gantz, had addressed the group and boasted of his military bona fides. “I am a soldier,” he said. “That’s who I am. That’s what I do.” Gantz made clear that he “would not hesitate to use force when needed.” His words seemed more prophetic as developments from Israel came in throughout the day. The day also included a segment highlighting the incredible story of Israel’s space mission to the moon. The head of NASA told the crowd that this will make Israel only the fourth nation ever to achieve such a feat. The NASA chief brought the crowd to a thunderous ovation by proclaiming, “Israel — small country. Big dreams.” Vice President Pence then addressed the crowd. He cited the administration’s support for Israel, punctuated with frequent applause lines, and shared that President Donald Trump formally announced U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. He ended by declaring that the administration and the pro-Israel community are mishpachah (which

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he pronounced correctly, I have to admit). The warmest, loudest and longest reception went to Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador. She was clearly the darling of this crowd. She launched into a pointed critique of the U.N. and the anti-Israel bias (hatred) among so many of its members, and often provided â&#x20AC;&#x153;insideâ&#x20AC;? information on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening there. She explained that many ambassadors of anti-Israel countries â&#x20AC;&#x153;know better,â&#x20AC;? but they â&#x20AC;&#x153;have to cater to their people.â&#x20AC;? She noted that at the U.N., â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like everyone was bullying the kid in the cornerâ&#x20AC;? (Israel) and she â&#x20AC;&#x153;just had to stand up and fight.â&#x20AC;? Later in the long day, the roster featured a full range of political speakers, from Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to Sen. Schumer to a British member of parliament, all eloquently expressing their support for Israel. Pompeo asked why none of the other 192 countries in the U.N. have their right to exist questioned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel should be emulated,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;not ostracized.â&#x20AC;? It was a long, emotional day. I ended the night trying to recall everything I learned, but my thoughts lingered with the people of Israel on this sad day.

short his visit in the aftermath of the Hamas rocket incident. And then, around 11 a.m., the real work began â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we headed over to Congress to lobby. That word â&#x20AC;&#x153;lobbyâ&#x20AC;? is so misunderstood in the context of AIPAC. Critics like to advance a false narrative that the organization is a behemoth, and all it has to do is snap its fingers and lawmakers shiver in their boots. In reality, it gets its work done through a lot of effort, a commitment to bipartisanship and an American public that is decidedly pro-Israel. We headed to Capitol Hill to attend prearranged meetings with members of Congress and their staffs. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a key Israel-related bill pending (aid to Israel, anti-BDS) that the AIPAC attendees had been prepped on, and we were ready to get to work. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t detail the discussions at Congress other than to say our reception was extremely warm and positive. I saw the irreplaceable importance of person-to-person contact. With the conference concluded, attendees returned home, including to Detroit, making a collective statement that the US-Israel relationship must remain rock solid. Tomorrow, the work continues. â&#x2013;

MARCH 26 We started with a large general session that included Speaker Pelosi, Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Sen. McConnell, Sen. Bob Menendez and Prime Minister Netanyahu via live video â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he cut

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CREEM founder Barry Kramer, left, with editors Dave Marsh and Lester Bangs on the stoop of the Cass Corridor magazine office


f Rock ‘n’ Roll never forgets, as Bob Seger famously sang, then rock ‘n’ roll can certainly never forget CREEM magazine. Started in Detroit 50 years ago by Barry Kramer, a Jewish counterculture figure who owned a record store, book store and head shop, CREEM went from being sold out of the trunk of his car to becoming the nation’s No. 2 music magazine. Strutting Detroit swagger, it branded itself “America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine,” giving the middle finger to No. 1 Rolling Stone. It’s rise and fall is told in Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine, the opening night offering of the sixth annual Freep Film Festival on April 10 at the Fillmore Detroit. The new documentary explores the magazine’s start in 1969 in the Cass Corridor and its rise to become a national powerhouse by the mid-’70s. It also chronicles the magazine’s demise following the tragic, untimely deaths of its publisher (Kramer) and its most famous alum (writer/editor Lester Bangs). CREEM was irreverent, rude, comic, opinionated, original and groundbreaking. While other music publications largely ignored them, CREEM covered controversial and now-iconic bands such as Iggy Pop, MC5, Lou Reed, J. Geils, Patti Smith, The Clash,


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Reel Rock ‘n’ Roll Freep Film Festival’s opener chronicles CREEM magazine’s Jewish founder, one of an “unruly band of outsiders, misfits and punks.” DON COHEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Film producer JJ Kramer with Alice Cooper

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine, in its Michigan premiere sponsored by Chemical Bank, kicks off the Freep Film Festival Wednesday, April 10, at the Fillmore Detroit. A VIP party starts at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., with the film at 8 p.m. An encore showing will be at 9 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Emagine Royal Oak. For tickets and schedules, go to For more about CREEM magazine, go to The festival runs through April 14.

Ramones, Alice Cooper, KISS, Cheap Trick and Blondie. At the same time, it nurtured some of the best and craziest young rock writers and journalists — Dave Marsh, Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Sylvie Simmons, Cameron Crowe, Greil Marcus, Richard Marcus and Ric Siegel, to name a few — who, much like the rock n’ roll business at the time, made it up as they went along. JJ Kramer, 42, the film’s producer and the son of CREEM founder Barry Kramer, describes his father and the rest of the staff as an “unruly band of outsiders, misfits and punks.” “The film is an authentic story, a Detroit story,” JJ explains. “It evolved into a gritty, no-holds-barred look behind the curtain of the CREEM offices and the relationship the writers had with each other and the artists they covered — all with the Detroit music scene exploding around them. “Detroit gave it a blue-collar aesthetic,” JJ says. “The film is really a story about the do-it-yourself spirit, rolling up your sleeves and doing things on your own terms. It is about being so passionate that you will it into existence.” Working on the film with director Scott Crawford and CREEM alums, including Jaan Uhelszki who also wrote and produced, helped JJ better

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Barry Kramer died when JJ was only 4.

understand his father who died of a nitrous oxide overdose when JJ was 4. “It helped me connect to my dad in a way I had not been connected before. Almost everybody I spoke to had a Barry Kramer story,” JJ says. “He was an incredibly brilliant visionary, but also a provocateur. He had a lot of volatile relationships. He would push people’s buttons on purpose, reate chaos and then try to control and rein it in. Not everyone left on good terms with him, and some still had residual regret and hard feelings.” He says the interviews were often “therapeutic” for all involved. A Michigan native, JJ grew up in Franklin and West Bloomfield, becoming a bar mitzvah at Temple Israel before graduating from Andover High School in 1994 and Michigan State University in 1998. After attending Emory Law School in Atlanta and working in New York, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he has been vice president and associate general counsel for Abercrombie and Fitch for a decade. He lives in suburban Bexley with his wife and two young children. LEGACY GIFT When Barry died in 1981, he left the magazine to JJ, so, at 4, “I became the chairman of the board of my own rock ‘n’ roll magazine,” he quips. His mom, Connie Kramer, then associate publisher, became publisher to keep it going. Over the decades, CREEM had its ups and downs, moving to Los Angeles, being sold and going out of print, and, after a lengthy court battle, a group headed by JJ regained control of its brand and archives in 2017. Connie, 72, lives in Commerce Township and is founder and director of RetroDoggy Rescue, devoted to finding homes for aban-

Connie Kramer and her young son, JJ, back in the day

doned and lost animals. “Before I rescued animals, I rescued errant rock ‘n’ roll writers,” she says. She went to Mumford High School in Detroit; and her parents, Harold and Cylvia Warren, were active Jewish community members. Connie and Barry were married in Las Vegas in 1973 after attending an Elvis concert and she still tells people Elvis sang at their wedding. They were also married in a Jewish ceremony by Rabbi Jacob Siegel of Adat Shalom at her parents’ home. Reached by phone with dogs barking in the background, she sounds high-energy, but pauses a moment as she recalls the times. “You don’t get to do all the ups in life without all of the downs,” she says. “I look back at things now with a lot of love and a lot of melancholy. I would do most of it again, but I’d have to be young.” Asked how she sees things with the benefit of hindsight, she says, “Every generation has its time, and I’m a bit partial to the generation I lived in and grew up in. So many young people with so much to say came out of a subdued upbringing to live with an explosion of creative thought. It’s not so different from what is happening today, but it was so much rawer.” LOOKING BACK While not directly involved in the film’s production, she has seen the almost-final cut and approves of its warts-and-all storytelling. “It is damn accurate. Watching it with an aged eye, the first feeling I get is I don’t know if I want to live this again,” she says. “We were loud. We were loud in our thinking, in our speech and in our music. The music was everything. “Barry and I shared ideas and concepts,” she says of their working together. She handled the administrative end of the business — sub-

scriptions, promotions, advertising, sales — as well as being a cook and self-described “house mother.” “He was not the easiest person to deal with,” she shares. “Success immobilized him. Nothing could happen without Barry’s OK, and he wasn’t okaying anything. The magazine was super-demanding, and nothing was giving him peace and joy. It was the perfect storm for Barry — we were getting a divorce though it wasn’t because we didn’t love each other. “The day after Barry died, I realized somebody had to take hold of the reins,” she says. “I just knew this was JJ’s.” She says she kept it alive with the vital help of Sue Whitall — who became CREEM’s editor before becoming a writer for the Detroit News in 1983 — and her father, “a brilliant businessman” who headed Paragon Steel. “I’m incredibly proud of JJ. He spent about 10 years of his life to put every block in place to make this film. I’m not just proud of how he has handled the details, but how he handled the people involved.” Surprisingly, not only was CREEM a product of Detroit, it was also a product of West Bloomfield. “Cass Avenue was the original communal space,” Connie says, but due to safety concerns after a robbery and need for more space, the magazine moved to largely undeveloped West Bloomfield. Its original farm was on the northwest corner of Haggerty and 14 Mile, housing on the southeast corner. “I spent most of my time at Cass Avenue and the farm dancing — it was the best emotional outlet ever,” Connie says. Affirming lyrics from the song “Rock ‘n’ Roll” by The Velvet Underground’s lead Lou Reed, later given a local twist by Detroit’s own Mitch Ryder, she says, “I truly do mean it when I say my life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll.” ■

A handful of films in this year’s Freep Film Festival, April 10-14 at various venues, have Jewish elements to them. • Who Will Write Our History: In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back, vowing to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Featuring the voices of Joan Allen and Adrien Brody, the film honors the Oyneg Shabes members’ determination in creating the most important cache of eyewitness accounts to survive the war. 11 a.m. Sunday, April 14, Detroit Historical Museum. • A Thousand Thoughts: This groundbreaking live documentary event combines a musical performance by the legendary Kronos Quartet with an immersive film experience that explores the contemporary classical group’s career. Oscar-nominated Jewish filmmaker Sam Green was born in Detroit and attended University of Michigan. Green’s film tells the story of the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, one of the world’s most celebrated string ensembles, who will be performing live. Newsweek described the performance of A Thousand Thoughts as “easily the most mind-blowing performance” at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Michigan premiere. 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, Detroit Film Theatre, DIA. • Mike Wallace is Here: For more than 50 years, Jewish broadcast journalist Mike Wallace went head-tohead with the 20th century’s most influential figures and became massively influential and widely feared. Avi Belkin examines Wallace’s career and life using archival footage showing him on either side of the interview microphone as he rose to host of CBS’s long-running 60 Minutes. Michigan premiere. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Emagine Royal Oak. • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael: Pauline Kael, the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants, was likely the most powerful and personal movie critic of the 20th century. She ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work or not. The film looks at what made Pauline’s work so influential. Michigan premiere. Noon, Sunday, April 14, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall, DIA. • Untitled The Amazing Jonathan Documentary: This documentary about the Amazing Johnathan, the uniquely deranged Detroit magician/comedian who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, becomes a bizarre story. Jonathan survives a terminal heart condition, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour where Jonathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Michigan premiere. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Emagine Royal Oak. • An Armenian Triology: Local composer Dan Yessian’s life takes a turn when he is asked to write a classical composition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The film, produced by Detroiter Ohad Wilner (whose mother, Niva, teaches at Hillel Day School), follows Yessian’s creative path and the piece’s triumphant debut by the Amenian National Philharmonic Orchestra in his ancestral homeland. World premiere. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Emagine Royal Oak, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Patriot Theater at the War Memorial.  


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Savor the Seder F Annabel Cohen

These entrees can enhance your Passover meal.

ood plays a major role in the rituals of Passover, starting with the seder, our celebratory meal during which families gather to recount the story as written in the Haggadah. Throughout the reading, friends and family sample foods symbolizing the various elements of the Passover story. After all, it is the holiday where the dinner and the religious service are intertwined. Many American Jews follow Ashkenazic traditions of abstaining from beans, rice and legumes. Sephardic Jews have some different seder traditions in regard to food; these traditions lend themselves well to vegetarians.

BRISKET WITH GARLIC, SHALLOTS AND WINE If my butcher does not pre-trim the thick layer of fat from the underside of the brisket, I find it easier to trim the fat from the brisket after it is cooked. This recipe is especially easy because you do not sear the beef first. 2 cups chopped shallots 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic 4-6 pounds beef brisket, flat cut (trimmed or untrimmed) — figure at least ½ pound of (raw) beef per person 2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper 2 cups red wine 1½ cups tomato sauce 4 cups sliced mushrooms, optional Place the brisket, fat side down, in a roasting pan (dis-

posable metal pan works as well) large enough to contain it. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the shallots and garlic around the brisket (not over). Mix the wine and tomato sauce and pour over the onions. Cover tightly with foil and cook 3 hours. Let rest out of the oven until warm. Chill for several hours to overnight. Scrape away and discard the layer of fat that formed over the pan liquids and discard. Place the beef on a cutting board upside down to trim away the fat if the beef has not been pre-trimmed. Turn the beef over and cut against the grain (not along with it; the beef will be stringy if you cut in with the grain). Taste the pan juices to see if

they are salty enough. If not, add more salt to taste (juices should be a little salty or the meat will be bland). Heat the oven to 300°F. Transfer the cut brisket into the pan (to roast again). Add mushrooms to the pan juices if using and cover tightly with a lid or two layers of foil. Warm in the oven for 2 hours. Remove the foil, adjust seasoning to taste again and serve. Makes 8 or more servings. ROASTED CHICKEN WITH POTATOES 2 chickens (about 2½ pounds each), cut into 8 pieces 2 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 cups 1-inch red or Bermuda onions ¼ cup olive oil continued on page 44


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2 Tbsp. minced garlic Kosher salt and pepper to taste Paprika, to taste Place chicken pieces in a large roasting pan (or disposable aluminum pan). Arrange the potatoes, onions and paprika around the chicken. Drizzle oil over all. Season with salt and pepper to taste (you can always add more later). Sprinkle generously with paprika. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes more. Add more salt and pepper to taste and serve. Makes 8-12 servings. PECAN CHICKEN WITH HONEY LEMON DRIZZLE 2 cups pecan halves or pieces 2 large eggs 1 cup matzah cake flour Kosher salt to taste Fresh ground pepper to taste 8 boneless and skinless chicken breasts (about 2 ½ pounds), pounded if thick Vegetable oil for sautéing Drizzle: ¾ cup honey ¼ cup lemon fresh juice Finely chop the pecans with a food processor. Transfer the nuts to a shallow dish. Lightly whisk the eggs in another shallow dish. Place matzah cake meal in another dish. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken with flour. Dip in the egg. Then dredge and press both sides of the chicken into the nuts to coat. Place on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to set the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and cook, turning once, until the nuts are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side (note that the chicken will not be cooked

through). Transfer meat to the baking sheet and bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. While the chicken is heating, combine the honey and juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for about one minute. Just before serving, drizzle over the chicken. Makes 8 servings. KEFTES DE ESPINACA Keftes: ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 cups chopped onions 2 pounds fresh baby spinach 1-2 cups matzah meal 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, feta, Monterrey Jack, etc.) Salt and pepper to taste To fry: Vegetable oil for frying Lemon wedges for serving Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened. Add the spinach and cook until the spinach is tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Start with 1 cup matzah meal and stir until well combined. Add more matzah meal, a tablespoon at a time, if needed to make the cakes hold together. In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil. (You may need to reduce the heat a bit when actually cooking spinach cakes. Be sure they are cooked through.) Form the mixture into 3-inch patties and fry the cakes, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Alternately, spread oil on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange the cakes on the baking sheet and bake at 375°F., turning once, until golden. Serve warm or at room temperature, with lemon wedges. Makes 8-12 servings. ■ All recipes ©Annabel Cohen 2019

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7 STAND WITH TRANS 9:30-11:30 am, April 7. At Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. Parenting with love and acceptance will be discussed by Rabbi Becca Walker and Monica Sampson, MSW. A light breakfast will be served. Sponsored by Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit. Register: upcoming-events/be-the-light. Info: Roz Gould Smith, 248-739-9254 or roz@ KNITTING CIRCLE 9:30 am, April 7. The Adat Shalom Synagogue Sisterhood invites you to make scarves, hats and afghans for charity. At the synagogue. No experience necessary. Info: 248-851-5100. DISCOVER RARE BOOKS 2-3:30 pm, April 7. Meet with the Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood at the Explorers Room in the Detroit Main Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., for a lecture and tour with Mark Bowden, coordinator of Special Collections. No charge. RSVP: sisterhood@shaareyzedek. org or 248-357-5544. Carpooling available. Vehicles will leave the CSZ parking lot at 1:30 pm. SHAKE, RATTLE & TWIST 10:30 am, April 7. At Adat Shalom Synagogue. An opportunity for parents and grandparents to spend time with their babies/toddlers, age 3 and younger. Older sibs are welcome. The group will sing songs and braid challah. The program is free for Adat Shalom members and $3/ family for non-members. Reservations are required. Contact Jewish Family educator Debi Banooni at dbanooni@adatshalom. org or 248-626-2153.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 CAREGIVER SUPPORT 1:30-3:30 pm, April 9. The Dorothy & Peter Brown Adult Day Program holds free monthly family caregiver support group meetings or family caregivers of older adults living with dementia. Respite care may be available during the daytime meetings; if interested, inquire when you RSVP. At JVS, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield. Information/RSVP: Dorothy Moon 248-233-4392, MEDIEVAL THOUGHT 4-5:30 pm, April 9. U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies will sponsor “Jeroboam

in Medieval Jewish Thought” presented by Jonathan Decter of Brandeis University. Jeroboam Ben Nabat was a pretender to the throne of ancient Israel who had created a rival cult outside of Jerusalem replete with golden calves. At Thayer Building, Room 2022, in Ann Arbor. Info: or 734-7639047.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 DROP IN & LEARN 1 pm, April 10. An Interview with the Broadway producer of The Band’ s Visit. Beth Ahm videostreams the interview conducted by Rabbi Mark Golub of JBS (Jewish Broadcasting Service), in conversation with Broadway producer Orin Wolf about Wolf’s Jewish background growing up in Cleveland, his love for Israel, his philosophy of theater and the story behind his creating the play, a Tonyaward winning “Best Musical” of 2018. Brief, informal discussion follows. Free; no reservations needed. 5075 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Info: Nancy Kaplan: 248737-1931 or

ART IN FULL BLOOM The Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair (316 E. 11 Mile Road) officially kicks off the art fair season, featuring 55 artists, many local, exhibiting their latest works of art. Open Thursday and Friday noon-10 p.m., this juried fine art fair takes place inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market and features a diverse array of fine art mediums including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and more. Enjoy food trucks (Nosh Pit Detroit and Regina’s Food Truck), entertainment and rustic farmhouse-inspired beer from the Brewery Vivant. The Detroit Institute of Arts will also have art activities. Information at


HUMAN TRAFFICKING 7-9 pm, April 10. At the JCC of Greater Ann Arbor. The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor’s Women’s Philanthropy is hosting “The Real Truth About Human Trafficking: A Panel Discussion.” The event costs $18 and guests are asked to make a suggested minimum $100 pledge to the Federation’s 2019 Annual Community Campaign. Register at jewishannarbor. org/wp2019 or call 734-677-0100 x 220.

FJA PRESENTS DROP DEAD! Frankel Jewish Academy presents Drop Dead! a play written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore at 2 p.m. at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts. Drop Dead! is actually the name of the play-withinthis-play in which an eclectic group pins their hopes and aspirations on a pot-boiling murder mystery. Directed and produced by Mitch Master, the play features FJA students Sabrina Carson, Julia Diskin, Ella Egrin, Samuel Gawel, Pelli Mechnikov, Paul Siegel Nadiv, Liana Tarnopol, Anna Weinbaum, Asa Weinstein and Ilan Weiss. Tickets are $10 each, available at (248) 661-1900 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 CAREGIVER SUPPORT 1:30-3:30 pm, April 11. At Jewish Senior Life, Fleischman Residence, 6710 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Alzheimer’s Association meeting for family caregivers of older adults living with dementia. Call for information about the evening support group meeting for family caregivers of all older adults. Info/RSVP: Joely Lyons 248592-5032, WOMEN TO WORK 6 pm, April 11. JVS Human Services Trade Secrets fundraiser at the Detroit Marriott Troy. Keynote speaker and honorary chair will be Mindi Fynke, president and CEO of EHIM in Southfield. Individual tickets are $150. Visit continued on page 48

APRIL 6 & 13 EXODUS FOR ALL AGES The Senate Theater (6424 Michigan Ave. Detroit), home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society, is presenting two distinct takes on the story of Exodus in the weeks preceding Passover. Cecil B. DeMille’s original Ten Commandments recreated ancient Egypt in the California desert and explores the relevance of the Ten Commandments in modern (circa 1923) life. The film starts at 8 p.m. April 6 and features Andrew Rogers on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets at $10. The following week, all ages are welcome at The Prince of Egypt (1998), DreamWorks’ animated musical epic, being shown at 2 p.m. and free for all ages. Doors and children’s activities begin at 1 p.m. Find info at or 


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MORE THAN MATZAH 6:30 pm, April 10. This Passover experience for men will be at Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. The CSZ clergy will share Passover seder secrets, stories and commentary that you can use to make your own seder more meaningful and interesting. All community men are welcome for appetizers and open bar, buffet dinner and participatory readings. Cost: $60 per person. RSVP to or 248-357-5544. or contact Jodi Gross, or 248-851-5100.

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ABOVE: Leslie Pardo gets a start on her Passover shopping list. TOP: Assistant General Manager Fred Skillman stocks the Kosher for Passover display in the center of the store TOP RIGHT: Neil Koziara works with the dedicated kosher slicer at Nino Salvaggio.

ino Salvaggio is happy to be back in the Bloomfield Township neighborhood — and their neighbors are just as happy to see them return. When the doors opened at the new store at 6592 Telegraph Road late last year, people were waiting in line to welcome them back after a decade’s absence. According to President Kirk Taylor, Nino Salvaggio had been looking for the right space to open a new location in the Bloomfield area since it left the space in Farmington Hills now filled by Johnny Pomodoros in 2008. “It was always our intent to reopen in the area,” Taylor said. “It just took a while to find the space.” The store at the southwest corner of Maple and Telegraph has been in the works for the past few years. “There were many moving pieces that we wanted to get just right,” he said. “We’re really excited to be back in the neighborhood, at a location still convenient to many of our former customers.” Founded in 1979 as a modest fruit stand by the late Nino Salvaggio, the company has stores in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores and Troy in addition to the new Bloomfield Township location. The company remains a family affair. Nino’s children, Leo Salvaggio and Andrea and Frank Nicolella, are continuing to build upon their father’s rich legacy along with Taylor, who’s been with the company since its beginnings. Nino’s five

grandchildren cut the ribbon before the crowd of customers eager to shop when the doors opened Dec. 28. What sets the Bloomfield Township store apart from others is its design, according to Taylor. The store, which was constructed by Sterling Heightsbased Roncelli Inc. and designed by Birmingham-based Ron & Roman, is streamlined with a first-class aesthetic. Connected via both back and front parking, with wide aisles and easyto-find items, the 42,000-square-foot Bloomfield Township store features just about everything under one roof. Shoppers can choose from among the award-winning extensive and fresh produce department, with items hand-picked each morning at Detroit’s Eastern Market and the Detroit Produce Terminal and trucked in daily; a premier meat selection with a neighborhood butcher shop experience; a full-service café serving the lunch crowd; a party planning department; and an expanded Gourmet to Go section. Pete Loren, Nino Salvaggio’s director of culinary development, continues to add new recipes to delicious take home meals, easy for shoppers to pick up on the way home from work on busy nights. Loren has been with the company since 2003. Prior to his present position, the Culinary Institute of America grad was executive chef at award-winning Opus One and the Director of Development for Epoch Restaurant Group. “Under


his direction, our Gourmet to Go has grown tremendously. It’s a fan favorite,” Taylor says. “He’s always trying new things.” Taylor says that Nino Salvaggio really got to know its Jewish clientele well at its previous location. The Bloomfield Township Nino’s features a wide array of kosher products. Customers will find familiar brands, such as Gefen, Kedem, Manischewitz, Streit’s, Tabatchnick and Yehuda. One aisle is dedicated to kosher canned, jarred and boxed items, including Gefen brown rice noodles, Rokeach and Tabatchnick soups, Kedem red wine vinegar, an assortment of matzah, gefilte fish, Kedem sparkling concord grape juice and the list goes on. In the refrigerated section, Nino’s shoppers will find Bubbies sauerkraut, Empire uncured chicken franks, Jack’s Gourmet Facon made from cured beef, and Nathan’s kosher spears, to name a few. The kosher frozen area is stocked with Tabatchnick soups, Golden blintzes and several Dr. Praeger items, which are OU kosher-certified, including Kids Lightly Breaded Fishies, gluten-free Broccoli Cakes, Bombay Veggie Burgers and Tex Mex Veggie Burgers. Packaged kosher beef and deli meats are also available. The deli has a kosher-only slicer on site. Nino’s also sells kosher wine, including Italian wines by Bartenura and Lenotti vineyards as well as Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Upper Galilee, Israel. Taylor is expecting a brisk business in the next few weeks as Passover and Easter take place the same weekend this year. The store is gearing up for the holidays with several Kosher for Passover displays for easy shopping — everything from matzah to prepared desserts. A Kosher for Passover wine display makes it easy to fill those Four Cups at the seder table. “We’re glad to be here and ready to serve the Jewish community again,” Taylor said.

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and Keith Ward, and Jeffrey and Paige Caligiuri; grandchildren, Kate, Robby, Nina, Zoey, Lexi, Pierce, Carter, Rhea and Kayden; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Maurice and Randy Davidson. He is also survived by his loving caregivers, Janice Ashcroft and Joanne Bownes. Mr. Davidson was the beloved husband of the late Jean Davidson. He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Pam; his sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Martin Herman. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033, Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. MARVIN FREDERICK EICHELBAUM, 80, of Savannah, Ga., formerly of Detroit, died March 20, 2019. He was a member of Congregation Mickve Israel of Savannah. He and his wife and their son David owned and operated Uniform Source Stores. Mr. Eichelbaum is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Julie Eichelbaum of Dallas, Texas, David and Katie Eichelbaum of Savannah; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Goldstein of Israel; grandchildren, Bari Emma, Aaron, Natalie, Max, and Elizabeth Eichelbaum, Zippora and Mordechai Zuber, Miriam and Bnaya Deustch, Elisheva and Yossi Lieberman, Shaia, Gila, Hadassah and Yechezkel Goldstein; great-grandchildren, Levi, Uriel, Naomi, Hodaya and Elena; brothers, Eddie, Stuart and Stanley; brother-in-law, Bob Franklin of West Bloomfield. He is also survived by Rosalyn Taratoot, his constant companion for the last year. He was the husband for 57 years of the late Marilyn Lee (Franklin) Eichelbaum. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 381059959; or to a charity of one’s choice. LEO GOLDSTEIN, 98, of Farmington Hills, died March 28, 2019. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Goldstein; grandchil-

dren, Alex, Emily and Jonathan Prog. He is also survived by his dear friend, Shirley Magder; his former son-in-law, Stewart Prog; many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Goldstein was the beloved husband for 66 years of the late Betty Goldstein; the loving brother of the late Betty and the late Carl Burstein; the dear brother-in-law of the late Arnold and the late Shirley Wine, the late Janet and the late Martin Messinger, and the late Leonard Wine; the devoted son of the late Harry and the late Hilda Goldstein. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334,; Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1720, Detroit , MI 48243-1802, make-donation; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. RENEE HOFFMAN, 86, of West Bloomfield, died March 29, 2019. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Helene Kroll; grandchildren, Samantha (Richard) Kerwin, Joshua (Danielle) Kroll, Jacob Kroll; great-grandchildren, Ella and Chase; many other loving family members and friends. Mrs. Hoffman was the beloved wife of the late Sandy Hoffman; mother of the late Terry Kroll; the sister of the late Sandy (the late Liz) Kaye. Interment took place at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. DR. ROBERT M. KATZ, 88, of Bloomfield Hills, died March 27, 2019. He was a native Detroiter who graduated from Central High c. 2012 School and Wayne State University. As a doctor of osteopathy, he was the chief of radiology at Art

Centre Hospital for many years and worked as a radiologist until the age of 80. He was a dedicated, skilled clinician who loved his work. Dr. Katz was passionate about the environment. He loved to garden, travel, exercise and hike; and he knew every trail in some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States and Canada. He loved hiking with his friends and family and could always be counted on for his hiking expertise. He recently hiked in Big Bend National Park at the age of 86 with his children. He was also an award-winning photographer. He always had a positive attitude and an unquenchable zest for life. His many friendships lasted his entire life. He was a loving and caring son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He lost his first wife, June, after almost 36 years of marriage; he was devoted to his second wife, Gail. Dr. Katz is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gail Katz; children, Jonathan and Terry Katz, Deborah Katz, Suzi Katz and Jerry Hudgins, and Michael Katz and Sandra Aresta; grandchildren, Natalie Aresta-Katz, Andrea Aresta-Katz, and Molly and Glen Nogami; sister, Valerie Swartz. Dr. Katz is also survived by Gail’s children and grandchildren, Mara Leichtman and Bengt Jansson, Hava Leichtman and Tim Szakal, Ari Leichtman, and Daniel, Jonathan and Aashma Goldfarb. He was the dear brother-in-law of the late Perry Swartz. Interment was at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to JARC, 6735 Telegraph, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301,; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. JANET LANDSBERG, 82, of Southfield, died March 25, 2019. She was a founding member of Temple Shir Shalom. Also, she was an avid traveler, quilter and reader. Ms. Landsberg is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Ida Landsberg; many loving nieces and nephews, and her Temple Shir Shalom family. She was the devoted daughter of the late Moses and the late Bessie

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Landsberg. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Temple Shir Shalom, the Janet Landsberg Education Fund, 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323, shirshalom. org. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. BRENDA LEVINOWSKY, 80, of Farmington Hills, died March 30, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Levinkowsky; son, c. 2000 Ronald Levinowsky; sister-in-law, Ada Dickinson; brother-in-law, Herbert Samovitz. Mrs. Levinowsky was the beloved wife of the late Irving Levinowsky; the loving sister of the late Alvin Hart, the late Stanley and the late Francine Hart, the late Eunice Samovitz, and the late Herbert Hart. Interment was at Workmen’s Circle Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Michigan Humane Society, Development Dept., 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4507, michiganhumane. org/tributes. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. ELEANOR MANESS, 92, of Southfield, died March 28, 2019. She is survived by her son, Dr. Elliot Maness; daughter-inlaw, Susan Maness; grandchildren, Hillary Maness and Sam Maness; brother and sister-inlaw, Dr. Albert and Marilouise Zager; many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends Mrs. Maness was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Bernard Maness; sister of the late Sydney (the late Anne) Zager and the late Lillian (the late William) Ross; sister-in-law of the late Carl (Evelyn) Maness, the late Eileen Maness and the late Pauline Maness. Interment took place at Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel. JUDITH “JUDIE” NARENS, 83, of Novi, died March 26, 2019. She is survived by

her husband of 64 years, Edward Narens; children, Barb Narens, Jim and Margot Narens, Billy and Lea Narens, and Nanci and Rocky Levy; grandchildren, Dr. Abby, Dana and Johnny Narens, Madison, McKenzie and Harry Narens, and Shale, Lexie and Ruby Levy; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Steve and Barbara Lichtblau; brother-in-law, Larry Miller; sister-in-law, Harriet Narens; other loving relatives and friends. Mrs. Narens was the loving sister of the late Rita Miller; the dear sisterin-law of the late Leonard Narens; the devoted daughter of the late Al and the late Ida Lichtblau. Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Temple Shir Shalom, Judie Narens Memorial Fund, 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323,; or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. ARLENE PARKER, 85, of Farmington, died March 28, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Mike Thomas; children, Marla Parker and c. 1986 Bradley Goldberg, Barbara Parker-Bell and Rich Daniels, and Andrew Parker-Rose and Flavio Epstein; grandchildren, Jill Goldberg, Justin and Kelsea Bell, Wilson Bell, Elias Rose and Carina Rose; sister, Gail Eisner; brother, Steven Leon. Mrs. Parker was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert Parker. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church St. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780, Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. VIVIAN PRINSTEIN, 90, of Oak Park, died March 25, 2019. She is survived by her beloved husband, Allen Prinstein; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Dayle Prinstein; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea Prinstein and Brantley Pifer; grandchildren, Justin Prinstein and Rachel (Jeffrey) Schostak; great-grandson, George Schostak; many other lov-

ing family members and friends. Mrs. Prinstein was the dear daughter of the late Jacob and Lena Berry; sister of the late Dena (the late Duke) Singer. Interment took place at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Contributions may be made to the International Stars Baseball Academy of Detroit or Kadima. Arrangement by Dorfman Chapel. LORRIE ROSEN, 89, of Bloomfield Hills, died March 25, 2019. She is survived by her daughters and sons-inlaw, Sydell and Dr. Allan c. 1974 Michael Grant, Ellyn Lebowitz and Jeffrey Paul Weigand; grandchildren, Dr. Kevin David Grant and Dr. Paul Aaron Grant; sister-in-law, Arlene Stovack. Mrs. Rosen was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Harold Rosen; loving sister of the late Ernest Lee Stovac; dear sister-in-law of the late Dr. Marvin Rosen; the devoted daughter of the late Samuel and the late Tillie Stovack. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076,; or to a charity

of one’s choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. MARILYN N. ROSNER, 89, of West Bloomfield, died March 30, 2019. She is survived by her children, Andrea Rosner-Najer and Nelson Najer, Roberta and Sheldon Greenblatt, Judy RosnerKronzek and Chuck Kronzek, Frank and Esther Rosner, and Karen KatzDiem and Mark Diem; grandchildren, Sarah Najer, William Najer, Aaron Greenblatt, Marshall and Heli Greenblatt, Leah and Joel Barson, Jeremy and Hayley Rosner, Arielle and Matthew Howes; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Noah, Sunny and Rosie Barson, Ethan, Connor and Shayna Rosner, and Dylan Howes. Mrs. Rosner was the beloved wife of the late Wallace Rosner; dear longtime companion of the late Thomas Nessel. Interment was at Hebrew Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to SOAR (Society of Active Retirees), c/o Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334,; or Cancer Thrivers Network for Jewish Women, 6600 W. Maple Road, West

Bloomfield, MI 48322, https://tinyurl. com/y6dz5qdx. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. DR. JACOB SHARP, retired hand surgeon at Tri City Orthopedics, Oceanside, Calif., died Jan. 13, 2019. Having been diagnosed a decade ago with stage 4 lung cancer, metastatic to the brain, he passed at the age of 87, with Liz, his wife of 35 years, at his side. Growing up in Michigan, “Jake” knew that his passion for sailing and the ocean had to be a part of his life. In college, he and his three buddies built a sailboat and were noted in The Detroit Times as the “Four Detroit Collegians, Who Built a Sloop from Scratch.” He attended Wayne State Medical School, followed by Einstein in Philadelphia for advanced training, and Columbia in New York, to study under the preeminent hand surgeon, Dr. John Carol. Not only did Jake take to the seas, but he also ventured to the skies. His experience as an Air Force flight surgeon sparked his passion for flying. When stationed in Modesto, Calif., he

knew that this was the state in which he wanted to reside, where he could be near the ocean, convenient airports and teaching hospitals. Jake met the love of his life, and he and Liz made roots together beachside, in Oceanside. They nurtured their mutual love for adventure with many outings on their sailboat to Catalina, Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. On land, they enjoyed many road trips to Las Vegas, where Jake and Liz proved to be quite the blackjack players. Three years later, yet another love of his life, little Becky, their infant daughter, entered their hearts and home. Despite his busy practice, he was a doting and involved father. Becky enjoyed the thrills of sailing with her daddy and their love of string instruments, often playing duets on violin and viola, as background to Liz’s beautiful singing. Becky was born on Mother’s Day 1986, which expanded the deep and tender love in the Sharp household. Liz’s adult son, Craig, who resides in Michigan, also was a very important member of their family. He and Jake loved to discuss ethics, politics and spiritual philosophies. Jake was thrilled to be a grandfather and eventually a great-grandfather to Craig’s ever-growcontinued on page 60


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ing family; he lavished them with his love and generosity. In addition to Becky and Craig, Liz and Jake embraced the love and devotion of Jake’s medical assistant, Debbie, whom they considered their unofficially adopted daughter. Debbie’s ever-present, ever-helpful, ever-caring and ever-loving ways meant so much to Jake and Liz. The loss of Jake was profoundly felt by both Craig and his entire family, and Debbie and her family. Sadly, Jake and Liz lost their Becky in 2007, which broke their hearts, but further cemented their commitment to each other. The healing presence of Craig, Debbie and their families helped Liz and Jake bear their loss. Just one year later, Jake received the difficult news of his lung cancer diagnosis. Miraculously, genetic testing revealed that he would be a candidate for a unique form of oral chemotherapy, which allowed him a more viable quality of life. He outlived the statistics and managed to endure far beyond expectations. Through his decline, Jake managed to keep his dry sense of humor, loved to play the devil’s advocate and regularly journaled in his 3x5 spiral binders with

his four-colored Bic pens. He was a man who counted on people’s loyalty and honesty because these were qualities that defined him. He was secure in the knowledge that he could always count on Liz. Dr. Jacob Sharp was a trusted man, partaking in group ownership of small aircrafts; his sailboat remains today in the original slip he had secured so many years ago. Despite his broad range of interests, talents and deep intellect, Jake was a humble man, whose basic needs were minimal. He leaves behind his wonderful, adoring wife, Liz; his kids, Craig and Debbie; many wonderful and loving cousins, dear friends and colleagues, all of whom lived large in his heart. He was loved. ROBERT M. ZEVE, 74, of Mt. Clemens, died March 29, 2019. Known endearingly as “Dad,” “Unc,” “Great Unc,” every variation of “Robert” and to his fraternity brothers as “Heckle”, Robert Zeve died of natural causes March 29, 2019, in Boca Raton, Fla., with his sister Leah

Reeves by his side. Born Nov. 8, 1944, to Louis and Rose (Litwak) Zeve, and raised in Mt. Clemens, Robert grew up working behind the counter at Litwak’s, his family’s Jewish delicatessen and restaurant on Gratiot Avenue. He learned to ride horses and canoe with his cousins during a childhood summer at Camp Ocala in Florida. Robert was president of the class of 1962 at Mt. Clemens High School and then majored at Central Michigan University in business administration, with minors in marketing and speech, and later earned an M.B.A. there. At CMU, he made friends for a lifetime in Delta Sigma Phi. He served in the Michigan National Guard in Sturgis, Mich. An entrepreneur, who once ran a soda pop shop, among other ventures, Robert eventually settled into the medical supply business, specializing in anesthesia products. A leader of the Jewish community, he was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Tephilath Moses in Mt. Clemens and fought in college for the inclusion of Jews in fraternities. He served as an adult adviser for the B’nai B’rith Youth

Organization; and, after his move in 1982 to Irvine, Calif., he volunteered at the Jewish Community Center. A self-described people person, Robert worked as an ESL and substitute teacher before moving to Boca Raton in the early 2000s; once there, he occupied himself as a handyman and driver for older residents of his building. He enjoyed cooking/baking for family, friends and community, watching college basketball with his son and coaching his team, driving great cars and attending family simchahs. Mr. Zeve leaves his son, Michael Leon Zeve; two sisters, Judith Kandell and Leah; his good friend and former wife, Judy (Hoyt) Carlson; loving cousins, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. Contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Tephilath Moses, P.O. Box 842, Mt. Clemens, MI 48046 or to a charity of one’s choice. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at Beth Tephilath Moses Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

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chip off the ol’ block, or two of them, it might be said as Mark Zarkin celebrates the ninth anniversary of his Steven Lelli’s Inn On the Green, 12 Mile, between Halsted and Haggerty, Farmington Hills. His dad, Jerry Zarkin, after retiring, did what son Mark had always hoped for … helped at Danny Raskin his son’s various eateries Senior Columnist … Jerry passed away in 2002. Now Mark’s two fine sons, Ari and Michael Zarkin, also have made his fervent dream come true … having the blessings of his sons on hand to beautifully assist their dad. Ari is Mark’s front-of-the-house manager … greeting patrons, taking reservations, seating them, etc. … along with making certain that all Steven Lelli’s Inn’s customers are well taken care of. Michael is the restaurant’s kitchen manager, assisting the executive chef and his fine staff … plus toiling in garmache or garde manager capacities making salads, desserts, house breads, etc. Both sons have, like Mark, became huge favorites of many customers … Steven Lelli’s offerings of excellent food with gracious service abilities of fine servers is the ultimate full culmination of dining satisfaction. New dining items to go with its already noted 32-ounce Tomahawk Steak for Two … include a luscious housemade chocolate cake dessert topped with hot fudge. In celebration of Steven Lelli’s Inn’s ninth anniversary, two days only, Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10, it will present the choice offering of three delicious porterhouse lamb chops ... with potato, vegetable and bread basket, for $11.95 … No coupons … Dine in or carry-out. It’s much acclaimed ultra-large and elegant enclosed outdoor patio off the main dining room will again soon be opened to all … 10 lava heat lamps, if needed, (you know the unpredictable Michigan weather), table umbrellas, padded wicker chairs, etc. Going into its ninth year is a special one for Mark, having the greatly endeared addition of his two sons … And as has been its credo since opening,

Steven Lelli’s Inn On the Green’s constant efforts … the full maintenance of dining satisfaction. MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw talked about opening a delicatessen … It became more than just talk when they opened one in Ann Arbor and called it Zingerman’s … with today’s corned beef king, Sy Ginsberg, then delivering out of the back of his Volkswagen and sometimes staying at Zingerman’s Deli to help make corned beef, etc., sandwiches. MAIL DEPT. ... From Sam Erman ... “I used to go to Brownie’s On The Lake and loved it. I didn’t know it was still there.” (It’s not the same one, Sam … Joe Vicari bought Jack’s Waterfront and renamed it Brownies on the Lake seven years ago … You can find it at the foot of Lake St. Clair … The original Brownies on the Lake became the Beach Grill, then the Channel Marker and is now called The Sports Channel, also in St. Clair Shores.) DID YOU KNOW DEPT. … That Little Harry’s, owned by Diamond Philips, was the one-time residence of a prominent Detroit family on East Jefferson and the home of Detroit’s first piano bar? … Diamond kept it along with the original architectural features of the yesteryear’s period … and those same piano ivories continued to twinkle Monday through Thursday at his Little Harry’s … Another Diamond Philips restaurant of the past was on East Jefferson and crammed with memorabilia he couldn’t get into Little Harry’s. OLDIE BUT GOODIE … Jake and his friend Izzy were halfway through a round of golf when a golf ball came from out of nowhere and hit Jake on the back of his head. “Oy!” Jake cried out, rubbing the back of his head. Almost immediately, a third golfer, Hymie, arrived to apologize. But Jake would have none of that. “You call yourself a golfer?” yells Jake. “If I had my way, I’d ban you from every golf club. Do you see what you’ve done to me? My head is bleeding. I’m going to call my lawyer as soon as I get to the clubhouse and sue you!” “But, but”, says Hymie, “didn’t you hear me? I yelled FORE.” “OK,” says Jake, “I’ll take it!” CONGRATS … To Don Cohen on his birthday … To Gertrude Solomon on her birthday … To Sid Riemer on his birthday … To Robert Seffinger on his birthday. ■ Danny’s email address is


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Lucky you to find this quality of a home in Bloomfield Township with Birmingham Schools. Located in an active sub with 2 parks and Walnut Lake Privileges. Not your typical home. This is a great professional home with two offices/studies and an open floor plan. Cooks delight island granite kitchen with all stainless appliances incl 5 Burner Professional gas stove, refrigerator, micro, DW, W/I pantry plus full wall pantry and under cab lighting. Huge Greatroom w/marble surround FP, recessed lights & prepped for wet bar updated 2010 with 24x16 tiles. Newer Pella windows and doorwalls. Hdwd in foyer, hall, kitchen, study and stairs. Wall of cabinets in 1st fl laundry plus access to backyard & garage. Master bedroom with 11x11 closet with folding dresser. Master bath retreat has whirlpool tub, two sinks, linen closet and steam shower. Guest Bathroom w/granite and 2 sinks, tub, and shower with seat. New roof 2006, and gas generator in 2009. Freshly painted and move in ready. 219023082







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So much curb appeal as you drive up to this 2-Story brick home on a private 1/2 acre lot on cul-de-sac. Brickpaver walkway leads to porch and double beveled glass entry door. Two-story foyer with circular stairs and granite floor. All the rooms buyers request. Formal Livingroom with bay window and formal Diningroom plus private study and large family room with cathedral ceiling and all brick gas fireplace. Newer kitchen with walk-in pantry and built-in safe. Lots of wood flooring throughout first floor. Updated master bath with seamless glass door and granite counter. New roof in 2017. Backyard multi-level patio pavers are perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature’s best. Finished basement with an abundance of storage. Two half baths on first floor. Wallside Windows with transferable warranty. Enjoy the perks of having private Walnut Lake privileges while being in a family friendly neighborhood with parks, playground, ponds and walking trails. Birmingham Schools. 219021096

Lovely colonial with Bloomfield Hills schools nestled on a picturesque pond with panoramic views. Features include an open floor plan with a 2-story foyer, newer hardwood flooring throughout, some new/newer energy efficient double-pane windows, new hot water heater, bright kitchen with butcher block counters, backsplash, all appliances and a gas cooktop. Spacious master suite features includes a double door entrance, sitting area and a private bathroom with a jetted tub and glass shower. Beautifully finished lower level with a wet bar, cabinets, full kitchen, bath, and large area for entertainment. Grand style deck, brick paver walkway, and front porch makes this an inviting home. Very clean and in move-in condition. Show and Sell! 219011970 248-851-4100

Beautiful location deep in the subdivision. You won’t want to miss this wonderful home that has been totally updated in 2018/2019. Owner’s transfer is lucky for you. Lots of natural light from large picture window in Livingroom/ Diningroom combination will make entertaining easy. New granite kitchen with stainless gas stove, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher plus new floor and backsplash. New carpet throughout. Hardwood exposed in most bedrooms. Lower level includes updated laundry, full bath, office, bedroom and Family Room with natural fireplace, built ins and newer insulated door wall leading to spacious backyard. Great house for the executive couple that needs two studies or a family with quiet study areas. No need to fight over a bathroom....there are 3 full baths!! Zoned heating with Two new 95% efficient Rheeme furnaces. Home has 2018 new windows and 2019 new insulation to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Exemplary Bloomfield Hills Schools. 219021760


Beautifully decorated 4 bdrm 3 bth 2 lav colonial situated on .38 Acre wooded lot w/ brick paver walkway and a finished w/o lower level. Home features 2 story foyer w/ dramatic circular staircase leading to a spacious great rm w/ volume ceilings, large windows & gas fireplace leading to a beautiful dining room w/ french doors & amazing views. Kitchen w/ granite countertops, appliances including cooktop, double oven, dishwasher. Refrigerator & eating area w/ doorwall leading to a deck overlooking a priv wooded yrd. Beautiful family rm w/modern gray slate surround gas fireplace & john morgan built in. Library w/ custom built in bookshelves & french doors. Spacious master bedroom with cathedral ceilings, his & her closets and his & her sinks. Finished walkout lower level with a kitchen, bedroom, recreation area, cedar closet & full bath. Hardwood floors thru-out: large bedrms: roof 2012: first floor laundry: 3 car side entry garage: sidewalks: close to expressways and shopping. 219018932 248-851-4100






“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

We are proud to announce Regent Street Senior Living is now

Townehall Place

It’s a new day for senior living in West Bloomfield. With fresh new renovations, a new name and new management guided by Northstar Senior Living, we are just getting started! Townehall Place is committed to providing a lifestyle where you are surrounded by warm, friendly people; caring, well-trained staff; interesting and engaging things to do; and personalized services with just the right amount of support to give you the freedom to do as you please...a place you will be happy to call home.

Great new things are happening...and we are celebrating! The first 15 new resident of Townehall Place will receive...

FOUNDERS CLUB SPECIAL PRICING 4460 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323

2 Months for $99 each + a 2 Year Rate Lock*

Call (248)

683-1010 for more details

*Available for a limited time only. Rate lock is on base rent. Restrictions apply.

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