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Marvin & Betty Danto Health Care Center 6800 West Maple Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322 248.788.5300 Jimmy Berman in 1971 on his boat (left) and a current photo of his son, Rick, near his property in Charlevoix (above).

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in Charlevoix. I walk my dog every morning around Round Lake and often watch the sunrise. It’s always so gorgeous. It never gets old.” In 2015, Freund and his wife, Emily, opened That French Place, a café on Bridge Street specializing in crepes, pastries and coffee. Two years later, they opened Brian’s Ice Cream Experience. Seventy-five percent of their income is generated between Memorial Day weekend and the end of October. Freund isn’t the only native Detroiter with a business in the downtown area. Brothers Bill and Jack Schulman started Schulman Paddleworks with their wives, Lori and Marcia, in 2011. The store opened the same year they sold Camp Sea-Gull, a northern Michigan overnight camp that attracted kids from Metro Detroit. “We call Charlevoix the ‘West Bloomfield of the North’ because during the summer it feels like I see everybody I know from high school and Temple [Beth El]. My parents’ friends are regulars up here, too,” said Freund, a 1988 graduate of Andover High School. The popularity of Charlevoix wasn’t lost on Todd and Jennifer Kroll. When they bought their summer home in 2010, they counted the number of other people they knew with vacation properties.  “I think we came up with something

like 23 or 24 families with homes in the area,” said Todd, who has consistently visited the area for the last 18 summers. He knows this because his oldest daughter is 18. “Right away, we got a generational feeling from being up there, and it was something we wanted to start with our kids.”   Because of the large number of Jewish families who chose to vacation in Charlevoix, Temple Beth El began hosting a yearly outdoor Shabbat service at East Park, located downtown and overlooking Round Lake. This summer’s service, scheduled for Aug. 16, is the temple’s third. The first two attracted more than 300 people, including members of Temple B’nai Israel of Petoskey, the only permanent synagogue in the area. Now there is a Chabad presence in Charlevoix as well. Mendel Shemtov of West Bloomfield and Mendel Goldman of Oklahoma City, both 23, moved in July 12. They plan to host a variety of programs ranging from Shabbat dinners and lunch-and- learn sessions to putting up mezuzahs on vacation homes of those who are interested. There also are plans to host some kids’ programs. Shemtov and Goldman decided to spend part of the summer in Charlevoix with the encouragement and support of residents Mark and Shoshana Schulman. “This is a way where people can have a dose of Jewish fun in the place where they vacation,” Shemtov said. “We’re open to hearing suggestions from the community about what else they are looking for. We want to offer things in a fun, relaxed, summertime atmosphere.” ■

Profile for The Detroit Jewish News

DJN July 18, 2019  

DJN July 18, 2019