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It was a special year for Hillel Day School. There were two major projects; each embodies the mission of the school. At Hillel, we “inspire a passion for learning.” Today, that means providing opportunities for authentic learning experiences and providing the necessary tools to ignite that passion. Technology is a means to that end. While many adults are still skeptical about the transformative power of having computers as an essential learning tool, research tells a very different story. Hillel is committed to providing children with the skills and experiences that they will need to successfully navigate and achieve in the world they will inherit, not ours of the 20th century. As a result of a generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation, Hillel was able to transform the school into a wireless facility and to introduce 1:1 technology into the school. While technology will never be the central focus of education, like other technological advances that came before, it must be integrated into the children’s learning experiences and used to their advantage. Our older students now have their own tablet PCs, while iPads and tablet PCs are available for all of our younger children. Our commitment to using technology to advance learning and to help students learn how to use it ethically and responsibly is steadfast. Unlike other “innovations” in education that have come and gone, technology is here to stay and will continue to be a regular part of the school environment in the years to come. Our mission also promotes “responsibility to self and the community, and a devotion to Jewish living.” This is the ultimate reason why Hillel exists. We are a Jewish day school, and creating a warm, meaningful and authentic Jewish environment at Hillel is a top priority. We want to educate children who are excited, proud and knowledgeable Jews. We want Hillel graduates forever linked and committed to the Jewish community, Jewish people, God, and Israel. There is no more powerful symbol in Judaism than the Torah that embodies these ideas. While technology at Hillel represents the 21st century and the future, the Torah reminds us of our enduring values and principles that are eternally relevant and necessary in our lives. In celebration of who we are, Hillel commissioned a Sofer, scribe, to write a Sefer Torah for our community. It was a great and powerful experience for our entire school community. The children learned all about the role of a Sofer and how a Torah is written. We provided family educational experiences in honor of our Torah and we had a Torah dedication that the over 500 people who attended will never forget. It was an incredible moment in the history of Hillel Day School and a moving and powerful reminder of who we really are! It was a special year at Hillel, and I know that as you read through this issue of the Divrei, you will catch a glimpse of what makes Hillel so special. By Steve Freedman


Table of Contents WELCOME .................................................2 1:1 TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS ................3 SOCIAL ACTION: BEYOND THE SCHOOL HOUSE..........4 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT...............9 WASHINGTON DC TRIP.......................10 ISRAEL TRIP 2013 ....................................11 SEFER TORAH DEDICATION..............12 ANNUAL DINNER...................................14 FAMILY ATHLETIC FUND......................15 PTO, VOLUNTEERING AND FUNDRAISING..............................17 RETIREMENTS...........................................18 ECC ACHIEVES FOUR-STAR RATING ...............................21 BLUESTONE SCHOLARSHIP............... 22 ALUMNA POET RETURNS: THE ZIGAMADOO.................................24 THE TRANSITION TO NINTH GRADE .......................................26

HILLEL DEFINED MY CHILDHOOD ..................................... 27 HILLEL GRADUATES 2009..............28 ALUMNI NOTES.....................................29 TRIBUTES ..................................................30 SAVE THE DATE........................................35

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1:1 Technology Expands to Fifth and Sixth Grades By Marilyn Mossman - Director of Technology

As we come to the end of our first year with our 1:1 laptop program, we are now making preparations to continue our 1:1 journey by expanding the program into our 5-6 Division. Teachers were given laptops in November, and have been busy training and making plans to integrate them into their curriculum. “I am excited about each of my students having their own tablet PCs next year,” said science teacher Amy Martin-Crowel. “I already do a number of activities using technology with only six laptops in my classroom.  I can’t wait to explore the possibilities of what can be done with a whole classroom full of computers.” “If used correctly, this tool has the ability to enhance the students’ critical thinking, collaboration and communication,” Crowel continued. “I know that I can’t wait to explore these possibilities, and neither can the students.” At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, all fifth and sixth grade students will be given a Lenovo ThinkPad tablet PC. Students will become familiar with the machines in the first few weeks of the new school year. Once the orientation is complete, students will be able to take the laptops home to do their work. Providing laptops for students will enable our students to feel empowered, be motivated and be self-directed learners. Based on the feedback from the students and teachers in the 7-8 Division, we know that the impact of the 1:1 program was felt immediately. Students were more organized when using the OneNote program. Other benefits of a 1:1 program include the ability for better communication (between teachers and students as well as students and students). This will create more opportunities for collaboration. In addition, having access to technology all the time gives students opportunities to explore and investigate the world, research topics instantly, write and edit more efficiently and much, much more.

Hillel’s 1:1 laptop program supports the school’s curriculum and provides students equitable access to hardware, software and network resources. The laptop is a technology tool for learning and developing communication, collaboration and problem solving skills necessary for participation and leadership in a global community.



Beyond the School House: Applying Jewish Values to Social Action By Clara Gaba and Ilana Gaba-Maine

A mother and daughter who both teach in Jewish day schools show how social action can enlist student passion for causes that exemplify their Jewish values. “Bowe who?” The English words, transliterated into Hebrew, were the headline of a mainstream Israeli newspaper article and caught our attention. Thus began a journey that would not only impact us but would also mark a special moment of change for our community. The article noted the great number of Americans unfamiliar with the name Bowe Bergdahl. The year was 2010, the first anniversary of an event that changed the lives of an Idaho family forever. In June 2009, Bergdahl, serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan, was kidnapped. At the time of his capture he held the rank of private first class, and he has since been promoted to sergeant. Several videos of Bergdahl were released, and it appeared that his captors were from the Haqqani Network, an insurgent group affiliated with the Taliban. Now 27, he is still being held by his kidnappers; his true condition and his whereabouts are unknown. Across the world from Bowe’s hometown, another soldier was being held captive. On the streets of his country, one would never hear the words, “Gilad who?” The newspaper article questioned why Gilad Shalit, held captive at that point by Hamas, was a household name in Israel, yet relatively few Americans knew of Bowe’s plight. During the years of his captivity, Shalit became everyone’s son, a part of the Israeli collective identity. Bergdahl, on the other hand, rarely moved beyond the local news of his hometown. Both of us, a mother and daughter who are teachers at Jewish day schools in Detroit, recognized the importance of sharing this article with our students. We took the story of Bowe to our students, fifth graders at Hillel Day School and ninth graders at Frankel Jewish Academy. This was an opportunity to look at a real situation that could elicit conversations about multiple core values of our schools. In schools we focus on our teaching practice but we must also remember to educate. We must present the youth with junctures in their learning to put the tools that they have acquired to good use.


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In this situation, we analyzed the Jewish perspective on redemption of hostages and we compared Bergdahl to Shalit. We compared the policies of the United States and Israel in cases such as these. We considered the cultural factors at play in both countries. The goal here was not political nor intended towards any end other than to familiarize students with Bowe’s story. His story, it must be mentioned, is not entirely clear. While there is speculation over where Bowe was when he was captured (some suggest that he may have left his post), this possibility only adds to the moral dilemma of the situation. Our hope was to raise awareness, but today’s generation of youth is far more ambitious than ever before. Students in both schools took on Bowe’s cause as their own. On their own initiative, they created hallway displays about Bowe, noting the number of days he had spent in captivity. They educated the school communities on a weekly basis and were determined to educate the local community as well. They acquired and distributed “Bowe packages” to the student body. Besides a pocket sized flyer telling Bowe’s story, the packages contained a yellow “Bowe bracelet,” a yellow ribbon in order to participate in the national campaign “Bows for Bowe.” Student leaders guided their peers to participate in “Bowe Tuesdays,” an international campaign encouraging Facebook members to change their profile picture each Tuesday to one that would draw attention to Bowe’s cause (he was taken hostage on a Tuesday). The students, themselves too young to be registered voters, participated in a national petition aimed at raising governmental awareness by soliciting signatures from adults in their lives. Through their connections, the students made the names of their schools and their efforts known to Jani and Bob Bergdahl, Bowe’s parents. What is most amazing to us as teachers is the long-term commitment that our students have forged with Bowe’s cause. We often lament that the rapid pace of the world, coupled with technology, has made for a generation of youth that lacks commitment. We complain that they seek instant gratification, that they lack perseverance. The Bowe Kids, as we have affectionately nicknamed them, demonstrate just the opposite.

Another student has single-handedly been responsible for keeping tabs on the daily count of Bowe’s days in captivity for the last three years. A young woman in the 12th grade was just a high school freshman when she learned of Bowe. Bowe’s story touched her so deeply as a 9th grader that as she applies to universities, Bowe is the subject of her application essays.

One young boy learned of Bowe as he transitioned from elementary to middle school. This year he has committed his bar mitzvah project to Bowe; he is raising awareness for Bowe’s cause during his own moment to shine.



Beyond the School House: Applying Jewish Values to Social Action By Clara Gaba and Ilana Gaba-Maine This young woman recently was asked during school minyan to describe a holy object that she possesses. She pointed to her yellow “Bowe bracelet” and shared with her peers how her commitment to Bowe has brought holiness to her life. Minyan is often described by facilitators as the most difficult part of a school day, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy and talent to engage many of today’s youth in a meaningful way. How interesting that Bowe’s story has infiltrated into daily minyan.

At day schools we teach big ideas: tikkun olam, gemilut chasadim, compassion and responsibility. We encourage students to take these lessons to heart, to be tomorrow’s leaders. We pray that they will internalize lessons of character and step up when their time comes. We forget, occasionally, that we must show the students how to find these opportunities beyond the realm of the classroom or the hallways of the school. Jewish values must be taught as the lens through which we view the world, and the world does not have a distinct division between Judaic studies and “everything else.”


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The individual elements of our school mission statements often bear tension when viewed together; we have multiple national allegiances, we celebrate the individual and the community, we hold to Jewish identity and values of the Western world. When given this message, that these tensions are healthy and beg for discussion, young minds can allow the divisions between these elements to blur. Our historic traditions should not be learned only as a part of the past; they are more needed now than ever before, even as the world progresses before our eyes. Ancient Jewish values can guide us in a modern, technology-based world and allow students to view Bowe Bergdahl not only as an American hostage but as a human being in crisis. Armed with the astonishing powers of connectivity in modern technology, the youth of today has literally a world of opportunity ahead of them. Through their iPads and tablets, students have the ability not to just learn of great Jewish values but to act on them quickly and effectively. Their classroom is virtually the world, and their power to change it should not be underestimated. Our students have already made marks on our nation’s map and in the Bergdahl home. We can’t wait to see how their future unfolds. Clara Gaba teaches at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit ( and Ilana Gaba-Maine teaches at Frankel Jewish Academy (igabamaine@ This article originally appeared in a publication of RAVSAK: the Jewish Community Day School Network (


SOCIAL ACTION and Clean Water

School Projects Turns Sixth Graders from Hillel Day School Into Social Entrepreneurs: Students Create a Campaign and Raise Money To Bring Clean Water To Ugandan Children By Lauren Sterling, Language Arts Teacher

Sixth grade students this year embarked on the “Clean Water Flow is More Important Than You Know” campaign, an entrepreneurial venture to raise money to bring clean water to children at a school in Abayudaya, an isolated Jewish Community in Eastern Uganda. “Our students wanted to raise awareness of the lack of clean water in many parts of the developing world, and teachers in all disciplines incorporated the issue into their lesson plans – testing the cleanliness of water in science experiments, calculating water usage in graphing in mathematics,” said Lauren Sterling, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher. Students were encouraged to create a campaign to raise money that would call upon their skills in mathematics, marketing and business, as well as their commitment to living the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repair of the world) and kol arevim zeh lazeh (all Jews being responsible for one another). With help from Kulanu, an organization already supporting the people of Abayudaya, the students determined to raise the money necessary to replace a contaminated water tank in an elementary school, among other repair projects. The result was a student-designed water bottle that retailed for $12, and which helped students eventually raise $2,000, well over their initial goal of $1,000. The Jews of Abayudaya number approximately 1,500 people who practice Jewish rituals including keeping Kosher, observing the Jewish Sabaath, and other Jewish observances. The school the students from Hillel are supporting educates nearly 800 Christian, Jewish and Muslim students from eastern Uganda.


“I was impressed with the interdisciplinary curriculum work and how well the children were prepared for our meeting,” said Harriet Bograd, president of New York-based Kulanu. “They had such bright eyes and enthusiasm,” she said. “They have given me hope that the school children will have clean water next term.”

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Any Dream Can Become A Journey By Michael Brody, Drama Director

As a director, I am always amazed to see students transform into actors, and this year was no different. The cast and crew of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” comprising students who were new to the theater, became transfixed by the choreography and music from the moment they auditioned. As we progressed with rehearsals, enthusiasm for the show became contagious. No one complained at long rehearsals; rather, they were amazed by how the hours could pass so quickly. Overall, the mix of personalities made me hopeful that we would have a fantastic show. It took some work. There was nothing funnier than watching Joseph’s brothers, played by female actors, try to walk and copy the mannerisms of boys. We laughed a lot. It clicked when the one male student playing a brother demonstrated how to act like a real guy. At that moment, I knew I was on the right track. I had given them the foundation, and they took it to the next level. When the production started to rehearse on the stage, and we started putting everything together (lights, sound, costumes, makeup and sets), the magic of theater really started to happen. Every single actor left behind their own personality, and we collectively became the cast of “Joseph.” Watching students discover their talents, and planting the seeds of a love of theater, is why I’ve been working with students for over 20 years. I can’t wait to see next year’s cast shine.


WASHINGTON DC TRIP By Sue Shlom, seventh grade language arts teacher, and Joshua Cutler, seventh grade social sciences teacher

Seventh Graders Learn Freedom “Is Not Free” On Trip to Nation’s Capitol. The Hillel Day School seventh grade social studies classes visited Washington D.C. in early May. The students researched different important sites beforehand, to prepare for the trip, and were excited to see the places they had learned about. The students visited amazing museums, like the Newseum, and many of the Smithsonian Museums. The students took a tour of the Capitol Building, experienced the U.S. Senate while it was in session, and met with Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Gary Peters. Visiting the many memorials in Washington, including those honoring Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had great meaning for the seventh graders. Students also visited the Marine Corps War Memorial, as well as the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials. Visiting the Vietnam Memorial “filled me with horrible emotions and thoughts of how the war must have been,” student Sammy Saperstein said. “At the same time, it gave me a deeper respect for people in the military.” The most special day of the trip was when the students went to Gettysburg, and stood on the battleground that was the turning point of the U.S. Civil War.


Later that same day, students visited Arlington National Cemetery, where they saw the changing of the guard at the tombs of the unknown soldiers, and laid a wreath at the Jewish Chaplain’s Memorial. Seeing both of those sights on the same day helped students realize the sacrifices that have been made for liberty, and that freedom is not free.

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Once again, our eighth graders had the unique opportunity to travel together as a class to Israel. And, as always, Rabbi Jonathan Berger, captured the euphoria and magic of the journey in daily blogs. Please relive the highlights here!


Sefer Torah Dedicaton

Emphasize Importance of Hillel in the Community By Gabriella Burman

More than 500 members of the Jewish community participated in the dedication of Hillel Day School’s newly written Sefer Torah on May 19. The Torah, named for William M. Davidson, the Guardian Industries CEO who passed away in 2009, was communally written by Hillel families and supporters, fulfilling the 613th mitzvah to write a Torah scroll. “It was history in the making to contribute to the actual writing of a Sefer Torah that my children will read from,” said Hillel parent Lezlie Mostyn. “And watching the sofer inscribe the last letters of the Torah, which form the word Yisrael, was very meaningful,” she added. “I cried.” Steve Freedman, head of school, called the dedication, which included a Klezmer-led parade beneath a chuppah handmade by students, “ a moment in time.”


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“If you didn’t get the relevance and purpose of a Jewish day school education before, it all came together on Sunday. This Torah represents who we are as Jews, that we are grounded in our values and traditions even as tools such as technology help us soar into the future, as we educate 21st century children,” he said, noting that a grant from the William Davidson Foundation has facilitated the implementation of technology throughout Hillel, including a 1:1 technology program that has put tablet PCs in the hands of all students in seventh and eighth grades, and which will expand to include fifth and sixth grades next year.

The 613th mitzvah in the Torah commands that every Jew “write a Torah during his/her lifetime.” The Torah is at the heart of who we are as the Jewish people; in fulfilling this obligation, we ensure that our legacy will endure.


THE CELEBRATION CONTINUED AT THE HILLEL DAY SCHOOL ANNUAL DINNER Hillel Day School honored Joel Jacob with the 2013 Dream Maker Award, Karen and Jim Berger with the 2013 Rabbi Jacob E. Segal (z’’l) Award and dedicated the William B. Davidson (z”l) SeferTorah on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Photo, top left: Ronit Lipsky, Andrew Jacob, Autumn Jacob, Micayla Jacob, Merrick Jacob, Michael Jacob, Minister Moshe Kachlon, Eric Lipsky, and Joel Jacob. Photo, top right: Ethan Davidison. Photo, bottom right: Hallie Berger, Jim Berger, Jaclyn Berger, Karen Berger, and Joshua Berger


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Family Athletic Fund

Helps Hillel Level Playing Field By Nicole Miller, Athletic Director

Back in the late 1990s, when Sue and Alan Kaufman’s two daughters were students at Hillel, they were dismayed by the lack of athletic opportunities afforded by the school at that time.

The Kaufman’s, who personally attends the breakfast each year, says they are proud of what their family has helped to bring forth. “A good school has to have an athletic department, and we are pleased the school offers what it does. Hopefully, others will see the benefit, and join us in leaving this legacy.”

“I played team sports as a youngster, and wanted the same for my children,” Kaufman, whose son later also attended Hillel, said. “And as an adult, it became apparent to me, working in business, that the team players on the field make the best team players in the workplace. People who’ve played sports know how to get along with people, and that helps them succeed in life.” So instead of complaining about the dearth of athletics at Hillel, or being complacent, he acted. Along with his father, Herbert, Alan established the Kaufman Family Athletic and Enrichment Fund, paving the way for a rich and varied athletic program that today includes competitive soccer, volleyball, basketball, and tennis teams, and a myriad of intramural sports offered throughout the school year. The fund offsets registration and uniform fees, helping students overcome barriers to participation, and helps Hillel level the playing field in recruitment efforts, Kaufman says. “We have to offer what other independent private schools offer, and give kids the chance to play sports with their classmates, and not just outside of school.” At the end of each school year, the fund also sponsors a breakfast after minyan, at which time student athletes are recognized for their achievements on and off the field. This year, Dana McDowell and Jeremy Rosenberg demonstrated strong sportsmanship skills, leadership skills and had a strong academic record. For their accomplishments, they each received an Israel Bond valued at $100. In total, 20 students in grades five through eight received awards.


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The Kaufman Sports Minyan Breakfast and Awards Presentation Hillel Day School 2013 Mensch Award Cross Country Julia Diskin Adam Liebman

Mensch Award Girls’ Basketball Emily Nakisher Allison Bloomberg

Mensch Award Boys’ Golf Jason Teper  Noah Goodman

 Mensch Award Boys’ Soccer Isaac Reed Gabe Schlussel   Mensch Award Boys’ Tennis Seth Kahan Tyler Presser

Mensch Award Boys’ Basketball Jonah Wolf  Daniel Sternberg   Mensch Award Girls’ Volleyball Jordyn Cranis

Coaches Award Cross Country Jeremy Rosenberg

Mensch Award Girls’ Soccer Sophie Erlich Rachel Berg

Coaches Award Boys’ Soccer Jacob Martin

Coaches Award Girls’ Volleyball Dana McDowell   Coaches Award Girls’ Soccer Ilana Weinfeld The Herbert W. (z`l) Kaufman Scholar/Athlete Award

Coaches Award Boys’ Basketball Daniel Levin

Hillel Day School 2013 Dana McDowell   Hillel Day School 2013 Jeremy Rosenberg

Join the fun at

The Hillel Day School

Golf Classic Steven Zack Memorial Lunch, Mahj, & Cards

Noon at Knollwood Country Club

Monday, September 16, 2013 To register to attend, or to be a sponsor, contact Cheryl Schanes, Director of Development 248-539-1488 or


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“Nothing As Fulfilling” As Volunteering By Robbie Sherman

After two years as PTO President, it is hard to believe that my term has come to an end. I am proud of all that has been accomplished, and can’t believe all that is still to be done. The phrase, “It takes a village,” could not be more fitting. Hillel is a village, and it takes many people to run it day by day. I have worked alongside some amazing parents and grandparents, who have not only volunteered tiring hours for the betterment of our children, but have become lifelong friends. Though hard to personally thank every volunteer I have met, please know that your hard work continues to shape the loving community of Hillel Day School, and for that we can all be thankful! Some of our accomplishments include creating a new healthy lunch program by bringing an in-house caterer to prepare daily meals. We have listened to our families and added a fresh salad bar, which is growing in popularity daily. We have been successful in raising enough money, in hard economic times, to allow our children and staff to continue to provide the holiday celebrations, field trips, and cultural art programs to which students are accustomed. We have also bridged the gap between staff and parents, creating grade captains to assist in the many extra-curricular activities. Parents volunteer for many reasons. For me, it has been a combination of give and take. My first responsibility is as a mom, but I am also a wife, business owner, chauffer, chef and tutor, as well as a volunteer. I can honestly say that being PTO President has been one of my greatest accomplishments. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles and the comfort on my children’s faces when I step into Hillel to help with a lunch or event. I can promise you, just because I am stepping down as PTO President, I will never step down as a volunteer. I would encourage each and every parent and grandparent to find a moment to help out where they can. It may be exhausting, especially after a long day of work, but I promise you, nothing will be as fulfilling!

New PTO President Aims to Increase Fundraising and Parent Involvement By Julie Feldman, PTO President

From the very first day my husband and I took a tour of Hillel Day School in 2007, I was amazed by the passion and sense of community that existed within its walls. Today, I am proud to say that all three of our children are Hillel Day School students and that both of us have taken on leadership roles. As I begin my two-year term as PTO president, I am eager to maintain the amazing traditions of the PTO while initiating positive change to help improve fundraising and involvement. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of incredible women who have given their time and energy gracefully and with purpose. The PTO presidency is thankfully only one tiny part of the incredible work and services that the PTO provides. I hope that every single Hillel parent and grandparent feels welcome and finds a way to get involved. I can honestly say that I have made best friends through my involvement with PTO, and that volunteering at my children’s school is extremely rewarding on many levels. I look forward to interacting with every member of the Hillel community throughout the next two years and am grateful for the privilege to serve in this role.


Retirements ….” Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain By Joanne Sokol, Assistant Head of School For the past seven years I have had the pleasure of experiencing how Hillel Day School embraces Mark Twain’s advice, often sailing away from safe harbors to explore, dream and discover new ways to support the mission of the school. This approach, to first deeply understand, and then to implement leading researched-based initiatives, to take risks, and to create a strategic plan that looks forward, is how I will always remember my seven years at Hillel. Although Hillel was nearing its 50th anniversary when I arrived, it was also in the midst of its latest building expansion. My introduction to the school involved construction fences and yellow tape around what came to be the state-of-the art Blumenstein gymnasium and music theater, multipurpose front lobby area and conference room additions. Little did I realize at that time how I would be involved in shaping even more change that expanded way beyond facilities and into the depths of excellence in education. Educational change began with the realigning of the school structure into age appropriate divisions that created professional teacher teams to understand and address the developmental stages of childhood. This change has afforded our teachers many opportunities to participate in professional development, and to implement instructional strategies and curriculum that best meet the needs of the children in their divisions. Early release Wednesdays, focused professional development days, identifying opportunities for common prep time, professional goal setting and review all play an important role in the current structure, and have further evolved since the restructuring was instituted. In addition to the physical growth of the facilities, and the restructuring of the educational staff and learning environment, there have been initiatives that have added to the Hillel experience. The Sue and Alan Jay Kaufman Family Library is the result of the redesign of the central learning hub of the school. The Early Childhood Center, in its third year of operation, has been recognized by the State of Michigan as the first four-star preschool in Oakland County. This school year, the 7/8 Division began the implementation of the school wide 1:1 technology initiative. Over the course of the upcoming school year, this program is expanding to include the 5/6 Division, iPads in the four-year old through second grade classrooms, and laptop carts in the third and fourth grade classrooms. Looking forward, Hillel continues to “catch the trade winds in its sails” with the anticipated restructuring of student support services. The focus of the 2013/14 academic year will be to implement a plan that better understands and supports the needs of each learner to his and her fullest potential. At the end of my seven years at Hillel, even though I personally will be leaving the “safe harbor” of Hillel to explore and dream and discover new realms, I look forward to continuing to see and hear how the Hillel community continues to travels on its journey.

By Margery Jablin In August 1990, I received a phone call from Rochelle Iczkovitz, then principal of Hillel, offering me a teaching position.  Funny, but the best things in life come when you least expect them to. At the time, I was very content teaching ESL to adults and raising my family.  But, why not go for the interview, I thought?  As it turned out, it was one decision I will never regret.  I have spent 23 years at Hillel, working in almost every grade and with hundreds of children and dozens of teachers. The teachers at Hillel have been the best. I have never taught at a school where the teachers shared and encouraged their colleagues with such grace and compassion as the teachers do here.  I have met wonderful people and made long lasting friends.   What will I miss at Hillel? Of course, all my colleagues and students, but the hugs and smiles I receive daily from my students, and the encouragement I hear daily from other teachers have always been the highlights of my day. Watching a student finally discover he can write that paper, seeing the expression on the face of a student when she realizes the book was a great fit for her learning style -- that is the best feeling any teacher can have.  Now it is time to move on and use other talents. Everyone knows I love to schedule. I think I have created a schedule for almost everyone with whom I have worked.  I also love to work with people.  I will try to keep doing these things. I love to travel.  All my students know about my travels, and how exciting it can be to see new places.  Most of all, I want to see more of my children and grandchildren.  Since they live in different cities, this is the perfect time to keep busy visiting and traveling with them. I wish everyone well. I will truly miss my students and the wonderful teachers who have always supported me.


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After years as educators, some of our staff retired at the end of this school year. Here they reflect on their careers, and share their plans for the future. By Elana Adler My career began in 1967, after my husband Sandor and loving cousin Lola, convinced me to attend the Midrasha of Jewish Studies. This was followed by 23 years at United Hebrew Schools, and 22 years at Hillel Day School. The students made for the rich and colorful career I enjoyed, and that has left me with many brilliant memories. I loved waking up every morning to be greeted by the precious smiles of my children, and I kvelled as I watched them grow and mature in front of my eyes. The naches I felt cannot be described, as grown adults with their own children approach and say, “Hi, Mrs. Adler, do you remember me? I’m…… and I still have my Torah cards!” I hope my students continue to take advantage of their education and learn as much as they can from their wonderful teachers. I would like to acknowledge my principals and administrators, who guided and encouraged my attendance at advanced courses in Jewish education. These courses enriched my depth of understanding of Judaism and enabled me to be a more effective Jewish educator. I would like to thank my wonderful colleagues, who made teaching at Hillel such a joyful and meaningful experience. I have learned so much from so many of you and have made lifelong friendships. Looking forward to life after teaching, I plan to continue studying, traveling and spending time with family and friends. I will forever hold my experience as a teacher close to my heart. “Thank you for sending me to Hillel Day School!”

By Barbara Eskin After teaching in Livonia Public Schools when I graduated from Wayne State University, I came to Hillel in 1965. I taught first grade for three years before starting my family. One of my biggest pleasures today is seeing my former students having their own children! Once my three children started Hillel, I started subbing. For the last 16 years, I have been a permanent guest teacher, helping teachers and students. When my son was in first grade, Mrs. Ayala Perlstein asked me to help make covers for the students’ siddurim. Ever since that time, I have loved helping families create the siddur covers for their children’s first grade siddur party. I have made long-lasting friendships here that I will cherish for a lifetime. Working at Hillel has enriched my family’s life with the love of Judaism. I have been fortunate to work alongside my daughter (Marcie Goldstein), and four of my precious grandchildren.


Retirements (cont.)

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” Educating a child is likened to indelibly scribing a new page.” - Avoth 4:25

By Leonora Beuer From my earliest studies of Torah, as a student in Israel, I have always been immersed in Jewish education, and the idea of expanding my knowledge. This joy of learning led me to my lifelong career as a Jewish educator, allowing me to pass on my knowledge to future generations. From my days at United Hebrew Schools, to my time at Hillel Day School and Temple Beth El, I have had the pleasure of teaching children and adults in Torah, Jewish history, the Hebrew language and much more. Being a part of this vibrant Jewish community has been a blessing. It fills me with pride every time I meet a former student, to know that I have had an impact on maintaining Jewish values and traditions. My family and I have a long history with Hillel Day School since I have been a parent and grandparent to Hillel graduates, as well as a teacher. It is with both sadness and joy that I am leaving Hillel at this time, but my time as a Jewish educator isn’t over. I look forward to continuing my teaching at Temple Beth El, and spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren.


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ECC Achieves Four-Star Rating

By Robin Pappas, Early Childhood Center Director

Following rigorous evaluation of the Hillel Day School Early Childhood Center, the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing, this year awarded the preschool four stars, the highest in the surrounding area, and the only Jewish preschool to achieve such a rating. The school received perfect scores in administration and management, and family and community partnerships, and near-perfect scores in environment, curriculum instruction and professional development. “I am so proud that we have achieved this rating by the state,” said Robin Pappas, ECC Director at Hillel Day School. For prospective parents of preschool age children, “this ranking becomes another useful tool for parents as they compare programs in the area,” she added. In its third year, Hillel Day School’s ECC offers full and half day programs for 2, 3, and 4 year olds in a state of the art facility that is safe and secure. Highly trained teachers offer a cutting-edge curriculum for 21st century learners that uses Smart Boards and iPads, as well as a Judaic studies curriculum that introduces children to the Hebrew language and Jewish holidays in a warm and nurturing environment. “The ECC’s four-star rating reflects the same commitment we place on all our students, grades k-8,” said Steve Freedman, Head of School. “We’re blessed to have a professional staff completely dedicated to our students. We are thrilled to be one of the first schools in the county to receive this gold standard.”


Bluest0ne ScholArship When I was younger, my parents made the majority of my decisions for me.

They knew that the decisions they made could affect my life and result in rewards or consequences. When it came time to choose a high school, they could see that the values they had taught me had become my own. They knew that I was aware that the choices I make today will impact my family, my career, and what kind of person I become. For me, that meant making the very best decision by choosing to attend Frankel Jewish Academy for high school. I’m very passionate about my Jewish education and Jewish values so I was certain that I wanted a Jewish high school experience. It might not have been the easiest path, but the goal of attending a Jewish high school is vital because of its tremendous influence on my past, my present and my future. As the grandson of a holocaust survivor, it is very important to me to honor my past. My ancestors highly valued Jewish learning and the keeping of our traditions. My grandfather, whom I was named after, was both a holocaust survivor and a big believer in Jewish schooling. When he came to this country after the camps, there was no Jewish day school in his new small town for his children to attend. Since he felt that going to a Jewish school was a priority, he decided to help create one. My parents and I also feel that going to school in a Jewish setting is an essential experience, even when it is not an easy one. That is why we commuted to Hillel from Windsor, Ontario since I was little. It was difficult for my parents and meant that I endured long carpool rides, but it was nothing in comparison to what my grandfather went through in order to continue Jewish learning. In his memory, I know that I have to be the best Jew and person that I can be. I hope to achieve my dream, and that of my ancestors, by attending FJA. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to or takes advantage of the opportunity to attend a Jewish high school. My experiences at Hillel and my parents’ support are helping me to prepare to attain this goal. Whenever possible, I take on new challenges in both my Judaic and English studies to make me more ready for the challenges to come. I explore opportunities to learn to read Megillah and take on new Torah portions. I lead many services at Hillel, volunteering to be both Hagbah and Gabbai every week. We recently moved here from Canada to make it easier for me to continue my Jewish schooling. Now that I am living in Michigan, I am able to partake in many more Jewish activities. Every day, I try to improve my understanding of Jewish culture and perform more mitzvot. I want to continue those experiences and Jewish traditions that I perform at Hillel, later at FJA, at university and throughout my life. By being at FJA, I will have more opportunities to apply what I learn and deepen my knowledge of Torah. Ultimately, the decisions that I make today will shape who I will become tomorrow. No matter what I do in the future, I want to become a leader in the Jewish community. Being at Frankel Jewish Academy will prepare me to do that both spiritually and academically.


I think the teachers at FJA, like those at Hillel, will inspire me. I hope to then inspire others. I want to take the knowledge and the values that I learn at FJA and pass it on to those around me and eventually to my own children. Being a role model is very important to me and I always try to lead by example. I want my kids and their kids to have a strong grasp on Judaism and that it will be something that they will feel is important. I want to continue expressing leadership throughout my school and community. At FJA, I plan to strengthen this leadership quality so I can continue to motivate those around me. I believe you lead through example and by doing mitzvot. I plan to be a leader and I hope FJA helps me accomplish this. Because of the people in my past and present, as well as who I intend to become in the future, the dream of participating in a Jewish high school experience is extremely important. I believe attending FJA will be my first step into the journey of my life. It is my opinion that going to the Frankel Jewish Academy will be one of the best decisions I will ever make. I look forward to the future that is ahead of me. By Paul Schmitz

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When I was little I thought that everyone in the world was Jewish. I thought everyone kept Shabbat, kept kosher and went to synagogue every week. When I found out that was not true, I was shocked. Judaism is a huge part of my life, it is part of me. It has taught me to value myself because I was made in God’s image, it taught me to treat others like I want to be treated. Judaism laid out the guidelines that I follow to live a happy healthy wonderful life, and going to a Jewish high school is very important to me. Going to Frankel Jewish Academy would mean the world to me because I want to continue expanding my knowledge of Judaic studies and I want to play a role in the Jewish community. Throughout my eight years at Hillel Day School, learning texts such as Torah, Mishnah and Jewish history have intrigued me. Together they tell the captivating story of how the Jewish people came to be. The many layers, interpretations, and concepts in such texts take a lifetime to decipher. I want to continue learning such texts. They are not just schoolwork to me. Studying them is something I would enjoy doing in my free time. An old proverb states that, “knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated it cannot be harvested.” I have learned so much about Judaic studies I want to cultivate, strengthen and extend my garden of knowledge. To learn these subjects in a classroom with other kids who share the same interests as me would be fantastic. Being part of the Jewish community has always been very important to me. I am an active member of United Synagogue Youth Group (USY), I go to Camp Ramah in Canada and attend Hillel Day School. All of these places have taught me the values of Judaism and make me feel proud to be a part of such an amazing community. I want to continue growing up in a community where there are people like me, who celebrate Shabbat and keep kosher. The friendships I have made, whether in USY, Ramah, school or synagogue, are friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I feel that Frankel Jewish Academy would be a great next step for me to find friends with whom to lead services, walk to synagogue, or go to camp.

In Frankel Jewish Academy I would not only have the ability to obtain a wonderful education, but I would get to do so in a warm, familiar environment full of friends. I feel that I would be happier at the Academy than any other school. When I was little, I thought everyone in the world was Jewish. Now that I’m a little older, I know that is not true. I can appreciate now what an environment like the Frankel Jewish Academy offers me: a place to broaden my knowledge of Judaic studies, deepen my love for the Hebrew language and my connection to Israel, and create lasting relationships with the Jewish community. I, as a child of the next generation, need to pass on as much knowledge as possible about Judaism to the generations after me. Attending a Jewish high school is important to me and important to my future as I grow into a young Jewish adult. By Miriam Lupovitch


Alumna Poet Returns

to Hillel for National Poetry Month By Miriam Saperstein, Class of 2012

Have you ever wanted to get inside the brain of a third grader? Just write a poem with one, and you will soon see that third grade mind playgrounds are incredible places to visit. Thanks to Joan Freedman, Director of Library Services, I was able to come and write poetry with her library classes to celebrate April as National Poetry Month. I came in with one made up word: Zigamadoo. The students had to figure out what exactly that meant, using the five senses. The outcome was a fantastic mishmash of detailed descriptions, and all around silliness. In half an hour, each group was able to come up with a list of Zigamadoo traits, and I took the lists home and connected the dots to make the ideas into a poem. What you see here is the authentic work of Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Partovitch and Mrs. Radner’s third grade classes. All I did was add some glue to stick their ideas together. I really hope that they enjoyed the day as much as I did, and I can’t wait to come back to write again!

The Zigamadoo

by Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Partovitch and Mrs. Radner’s Classes

Many claim to have seen it, but no one knows for sure Some say it is a checkered, rainbow zebra With matted fur It smells like hot dogs and relish And talks in a high-pitched dolphin voice

A mysterious creature swims in the molten hot center of the earth

Others swear to have seen it ice

Down there it is the perfect temperature

skating, in a dark blue shirt

Negative 102 degrees

Alone (It has no siblings)

There is nothing there


Not even trees

Eating cockroaches roasted with hot

Nothing except for fire


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For dessert,

It’s also afraid of little spotted monsters

The Zigamadoo devours flying pigs

with eight legs and five eyes It loves the outdoors and flowers and

Legend has it that the Zigamadoo morphs into what it eats

eating chocolate cake

The story goes that whenever it eats a flying pig, The feet on the Zigamadoo’s back turn into

One man told me that its ears can

magical golden wings

dance to call me maybe

So that it can come up to the surface

Some believe that it’s not a Zigamadoo

And fly with the birds

at all, but a teddy bear that turns into

But when it eats the ground of the sea,

a god

The Earth floods

Rumor has it that it dies at 3,000,685 years and 2 days

For fun, the Zigamadoo eats computers

That it can barf disease up into acid

Its face becomes the screen

Or that if you look into its evil hypnotic

With a mirror, it connects to its friends


On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

It will take over your brain

The Grim Reaper, and flying lions and cheetahs hunt the

Some say it doesn’t have eyes at all,


Just slits

But under attack it can use its computer face to hack

Or that its fangs and tusks are surely

into the US military database

the signs of a vampire god

Or it can just shave their chest hair All who have met this dreadful It eats fire,

creature agree that it smells like

And breathes out fireballs

sardine guts And rotten broccoli

It is made of lightning,

But no one knows for sure

But afraid of light

What the Zigamadoo really is


The Transition to Ninth Grade

By Morgan Mattler, Class of 2012

High school can be a scary place; one must pick the right school for the right reasons because it practically sets up the path one will take through life. For a good handful of people, it is a difficult decision to choose a high school. Especially if you have been through the great academics at Hillel Day School, it is a tough decision to make. Do you continue your Hebrew studies at yet another private Jewish day school, or do you branch out and see how life is in a public school? Last year, as I prepared to graduate from Hillel, I shadowed at Groves High School, as well as the Frankel Jewish Academy. I really enjoy both schools. I did not know how to make the decision. Therefore, my parents made the ultimate decision for me. Both of my parents are graduates of Hillel. My mother (class of ’83) went to Kingswood for 10 -12th grade (HDS had a 9th grade back then) and my father (class of ’72) went to Groves for 10 -12th grade. After discussing all of our feelings, we decided that Groves would be my high school. The school has a great reputation for its academics, as well as its teachers and student body. Not to mention the diversity that I would be experiencing. At Groves, I have made the tennis team, which has helped me to form new friendships. The other guys, who all knew one another from elementary school, were all very accepting of the “new” kid. Joining a team has been a great way to meet new people, make friends with them, and then be introduced to their friends. The administration at Groves wants its incoming freshman to feel as comfortable as possible, so they not only have an


orientation, but they offer a one-day freshman canoe trip. By the time the first day of school came along, I walked in feeling pretty comfortable with my new surroundings. I had a very successful first day, and I even took the bus home from school – and my first experience riding on a school bus was a good one. I have been riding it ever since the first day. Groves offers X-blocks every Tuesday and Thursday morning, with the school day start delayed by one hour. Students who need extra help or just want to come in and finish homework, study, and/or socialize, take advantage of this. I have taken advantage of X-blocks just about every week since school started. Having this extra hour during the school week has helped with my transition academically and socially.

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“Hillel Defined My Childhood”

A Conversation with Southfield City Councilman Jeremy Moss, Hillel Alumnus (class of 2000) By Gabriella Burman, Communications

City leaders are working hard to bring about the resurgence of the city of Southfield. Chief among their efforts is a proposal to build environmentally-friendly condominiums, to be marketed to students who attend Lawrence Technology University. And the man with the big ideas for his hometown is Jeremy Moss, a Hillel alumnus who, when he was elected at age 24, in 2011, was the youngest person ever elected to the Southfield City Council. Now 26, Moss, a member of the 82-strong, outgoing and memorable Hillel Day School Class of 2000, says he has been passionate about politics since birth. As a toddler, he could name all the presidents, and the summer before first grade, a family visit to Washington, D.C. stoked his interest in politics, so much so, that his bar mitzvah theme was politics, and he was named most likely to become president in his eighth grade yearbook. “None of my classmates would be surprised by the path I’ve chosen,” said Moss, who was raised in Southfield and today resides in a 1929-era house there. His ascent began early. As a journalism student at Michigan State University, he accepted a communications internship with then State Representative Paul Condino of Southfield, and parlayed that experience into a paid legislative aide position, upon his graduation in 2008.

Now having worked for Southfield, Moss has his sights set on Lansing. The current state representative from Southfield, Rudy Hobbs, is eyeing Congressman Gary Peters’ seat, now that Senator Carl Levin has announced his retirement, and Moss is considering running for Hobbs’ seat. “Sen. Levin’s retirement was unexpected, and has opened a lot of opportunity,” Moss said. “If I have the confidence about my ability to contribute, and the support, I would explore running.” Moss says his motivation to always think of the “we,” as opposed to the “I,” stems from his Hillel education. “The entire curriculum prepares you to be an adult who contributes. We learn to be personally accountable and to care about the community. I could have been someone who only cared about me and my business, but I care about the greater good, and those seeds were planted at Hillel. The values you learn there are ingrained in you for the rest of your life.”

Moss later worked as campaign manager for Southfield mayor Brenda Lawrence during her run for reelection in 2009, helping her to capture 78 percent of the vote. That campaign “got me out in my own neighborhood, knocking on doors,” he said, and ultimately led to his election to the Southfield City Council.


Mazal Tov to the  Hillel Day School Class of 2009! Madeline Adelman Groves High School University of Michigan

Oren Duer West Bloomfield High School Michigan State University

Andrew Jacob West Bloomfield High School University of Michigan

Evan Paul West Bloomfield High School Michigan State University

Jacklyn Smith Walled Lake Central High School Michigan State University

Sawyer Altman Frankel Jewish Academy Stanford University

Avital Elyazam Frankel Jewish Academy Wayne State University

Zachary Jirik West Bloomfield High School Young Judaea

Tess Relle Groves High School University of Wisconsin

Carly Sternberg Andover High School Michigan State University

Jillian Apel Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Vanessa Farkas West Bloomfield High School University of Michigan

Joseph Kahn Frankel Jewish Academy Israel

Sydney Rosen Andover High School University of Michigan

Samuel Subia Berkley High School Michigan State University

Michael Appel Unavailable Unavailable

Jake Feldman Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

David Kaplovitz Andover High School Oberlin College

Adar Rubin Frankel Jewish Academy Wayne State University

Lauren Tisdale West Bloomfield High School University of Michigan

Joshua Berger Andover High School University of Michigan

Jonah Folbe Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Allison Karp Frankel Jewish Academy Indiana State University

Devra Ruda North Farmington High School Unavailable

Rebecca Traison Frankel Jewish Academy Fashion Institute of Technology

Rachael Bradley Harrison High School Michigan State University

Samuel Friedman Andover High School University of Michigan

Laurenne Kaufman Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Sydnee Sallan Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Jacob Tukel Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Benjamin Cher International Academy University of Michigan

Seth Garelik Andover High School Bowling Green State University

Samuel Kay Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Theodore Sallen Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Matthew Tukel Frankel Jewish Academy Wayne State University

Michael Cohen Unavailable Unavailable

Brenna Gildenberg Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Michael Klar Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Danielle Schostak Frankel Jewish Academy Parsons The New School for Design

Gillian Tyner Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Adam Cutler Cranbrook University of Michigan

Abbie Ginis Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Elijah Kollin North Farmington High School University of Michigan

Alexander Schwartz Cranbrook University of Michigan

Noam Vaisbuch Israel Unavailable

Alexandra D’Ascenzo Frankel Jewish Academy Cornell University

Rachel Gorosh Andover High School University of Michigan

Tessa LeWitt Andover High School University of Michigan

Jacob Seid Groves High School Michigan State University

Danielle Weinberger Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Gabriel Dell Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Joshua Graff Berkley High School Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Lilly Morrison Berkley High School Kivunim Program-Israel

Angelo Silouk Dearborn High School Wayne State University

Ethan Weinfeld Frankel Jewish Academy Central Michigan University

Jordyn Dresner Frankel Jewish Academy Michigan State University

Colton Graub Cranbrook University of Michigan

Andrew Moss Frankel Jewish Academy University of Michigan

Carly Simko Frankel Jewish Academy Grand Valley State University

Albert Yerman West Bloomfield High School University of Michigan

Noah Duchan Berkley High School University of Michigan

Batsheva Honig Walled Lake Northern High School Washington and Lee University

Jaclyn Nagel Andover High School University of Michigan

Alexandra Smith Frankel Jewish Academy Kivunim Program-Israel

Hillel Graduates. Friends Forever.


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Alumni Notes Ethan Davidson (class of 1985), was the featured performer at the 2013 JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Festival Patron Event on May 11, 2013 Marty Maddin (class of 1991) and wife, Lindsey are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lainey Ryan on April 28, 2013. Lainey was welcomed by big brother, Brody. Lauren Rosman O’Desky (class of 1992), was installed as President of the Milwaukee National Council of Jewish Women. David Herskovic (class of 1992) and wife, Natalie announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Jared on June 18, 2013. Charlotte was welcomed by big sisters, Abigail and Jordyn, and big brother, Isiah. Marla Tapper Young (class of 1992) and husband, Brian Young are proud to announce the birth of their son, Levi Harrison on December 14, 2012. Levi was welcomed by big brother, Ari. Shari (Katz) Graham (class of 1993) and husband, Heyden Graham are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Joy on May 23, 2013.

Emily (Kaufman) Hunegs (class of 1993) and husband, Josh Hunegs are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aiden Jacob. Dayna (Fidler) Wald (class of 1998) and Rafi Wald announce the birth of their son, Joseph Brady. Brady was welcomed with hugs and kisses by big sister, Layla. Andrew Sherman (class of 2000) is engaged to be married to Allie Gordon on September 1, 2013. Simon Pinter (class of 2002) and Rebecca Starks were married on May 5, 2013 Andrew Jacob (class of 2009), made the Michigan Division 1 All-State Swim Team.  Andrew broke the 16-year old West Bloomfield High School record in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 47 seconds! Zoe Soble (Class of 2010) is co-founder of Gearin’ Up, a nonprofit organization that donates camping gear to campers who have special needs or who have a parent battling cancer.


Tributes TORAH TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Norma HarPaz BY: David Baker BY: Dr. Leora Bar-Levav & Dr. Gary Edelson and Family BY: Lior Kosovski BY: Alan Landau BY: Heather O’Neill BY: Paul Shultz Lloyd Leemis BY: Carmen & Robert Biederman BY: Deena, Bob, Ilene & Sophie Lisak In Honor Of: Joel Jacob BY: Nancy & David Gad-Harf BY: Mary Lou Zieve Marriage of Elana & Stephen Parker BY: Lisa, Dan, Jason, Rachel & Adam Weiner Graduation of Jeremy Rosenberg BY: Sheryl & Milton Gordon Birth of Alex Steinberg Jeff Weinfeld – Thank You! BY: Stearn Family GENEROUS TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Arlene Beals BY: Lindy & Myron Levey BY: Chuck Seigerman Norma HarPaz BY: Einstandig, Kline & Meehan, LLP and Staff BY: Turner & Turner Lloyd Leemis BY: Jennifer & Brian Hermelin BY: Henrietta Hermelin Weinberg Lillian Ruskin BY: Staff at the Office of the Standing Chapter 13 – David Wm. Ruskin Edith Wasserman BY: Elliott & Ronnie Baum Eliahou Zwi Weiss BY: Cara, Ira, Claire, Gabe & Sammy Schlussel


sent from January 3, 2013 -June 1, 2013

In Honor Of: Birthday of Sheri Jaffa BY: Joni & Alan Feldman DOUBLE CHAI TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Marty Apple BY: Elianna Fridman and Family Arlene Beals BY: Lauren & Eric Bean BY: Elaine & Robert Robins Norma HarPaz BY: Janice & Michael Cohen Lorraine Kales BY: Pam & Randy Smith and Family Lillian Ruskin BY: Shelly Rottenberg Jerome Stein BY: Raya & Abraham Gontovnik Bernie Toby BY: Julie & David Sklar In Honor Of: B’nai Mitzvah of Nicole & Noah Kahan BY: Michele & Marc Borovoy Marriage of Rebecca & Simon Pinter BY: Ruth & Norman Beitner, Jennie Beitner & Sam Maxbauer Clara Gaba – Thank you! Saul Rube – Thank you! BY: The Stryk Family CHAI TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Arlene Beals BY: Libby & Acher Ben-Moshe BY: Fran & Larry Bledsoe BY: Karen, Danny, Julia, Ilana & Eric Diskin BY: Feber Family BY: Goldston Family BY: Evva, Michael & Sarah Hepner BY: Seth Korelitz BY: Daniella Mechnikov BY: Samantha & Tatum Partrich BY: Naomi & Amnon Reiter BY: Edna & Brian Sable

BY: Terry & Neil Schloss BY: Danielle, John & Shoshana Sprecher David Blender BY: Elizabeth Liwazer Bradley Botvinick BY: Marcy & Marvin Shulman Clayton Dreyfus BY: Belle & Jerry Kohen Erno Friedman BY: Jodi & Rob Goodman and Family Norma HarPaz BY: Sharon & Mickey Alterman BY: Lorraine & Dan Feber BY: Jen & Lowell Friedman and Family BY: Paula & Lou Glazier BY: Judy & Elliot Greenman BY: Sara Guyer BY: Doreen Hermelin BY: Stephanie & Matt Kates BY: Katkowsky Family BY: Annikki Kurvi BY: Lisa & Hannan Lis BY: Sylvia Serwin BY: Myrna & Mickey Shanker BY: Sally Soberman BY: Meredith Weingarden BY: Debbie & Stuart Weisblatt BY: Rita & Gary Weyer BY: Woehrlen Family Janet Kessler BY: Renae & Joshua Tukel Monte Korn BY: Maxine Carson Frances Kushner BY: Debbie & Jeff Devries Lloyd Leemis BY: Judy & Mark Gordon Henia Ciesla Lewin BY: Allyson & Doug Cohen, Melissa & Richard Levine, Stacy & Jason Vieder Lillian Ruskin BY: Carol Sue & Steve Coden BY: Shelli & Michael Dorfman BY: Karen & Keith Kalish BY: June Ostrow BY: Dottie & Don Wagner

Samuel Patron BY: Vieder & Cohen Families Al Stein BY: Pam & Randy Smith and Family Bernie Toby BY: Lilly & Howard Jacobson Eliahou Zwi Weiss BY: Karen, Tony, Jodi & Brad Levin Marty Apple Arlene Beals N. Brewster Broder Ellen Beth Cantor Marvin Chaben David Gildenberg Joyce Golinsky Yakov Kaushanskiy Frances Lorfel Anne Marx Patti Nemer Victoria Esther Seigerman Adele Sonenklar Eliahou Zwi Weiss BY: Carol & Ricky Blumenstein and Family Louis Gutter Al Stein BY: Elaine & Jacques Darmon Marty Apple Bradley Botvinick Sol Dahan Lorraine Kales Frances Lorfel Helen Lutz Joe Smith BY: Hilary, Larry, Jakey & Nicolette Handler William Darmon Norma HarPaz BY: Susan Knoppow, David, Miriam, Sammy & Josh Saperstein Father of Rena & Mark Lewis Gordon Moses Shirley Obron BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes Sol Dahan David Gildenberg Patti Nemer

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William Schumer Victoria Esther Seigerman Al Stein Bernie Toby Eliahou Zwi Weiss BY: Pam & Randy Smith and Family Janet Kessler Max Moneta BY: Renae & Josh Tukel In Honor Of: Bat Mitzvah of Madi Banooni BY: Siegal Family Mark Canvasser BY: Susan & Larry Slabotsky Bat Mitzvah of Ariel Golnick BY: Elbinger Family BY: Dani, Don, Shea and Kinsley (Dr. Jason’s Office Staff) Bat Mitzvah of Lily Hooberman BY: Hilary & Larry Handler 50th Anniversary of Sheila & Miles Hurwitz BY: Maxine & Bob Carson Hannah Paige Jacobs BY: Lorry & Jerry Cooper B’nai Mitzvah of Nicole Kahan & Noah Kahan BY: Karen, Tony, Jodi & Brad Levin Jaclyn Nagel – Acceptance to University of Michigan BY: Margi & Morry Opperer Bat Mitzvah of Lily Soble BY: Elissa & Jason Miller Bat Mitzvah of Paige Stearn BY: Ruben Family Birth of Magdalene Lee Venning BY: Tatum Partrich Thank you: Michele Akler Kevin Elbinger Brad Feldman Beth Margolin Sylvia Wolf BY: Bob Canvasser

Birthday of Arthur Gaba Happy Mother’s Day – Clara & Ilana Gaba Gaba and Gaba-Maine Families BY: Fran & Sonny Fine Elena & Andrew Kollin – Mazal Tov! Acceptance to the University of Michigan of Elijah Kollin BY: Margie & Morry Opperer Birthday of Anita Blender Graduations of Ben & Jonathan Cher Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Cohen Graduations of Daniel & Jacob Edelson Bar Mitzvah of Ari Mattler Birth of Cole Partovich Graduation of Andrea Siegel Engagement of Jessica Stempek BY: Pam & Randy Smith and Family GENERAL TRIBUTES In Memory Of: Arlene Beals BY: Eden & Kevin Elbinger and Family BY: Feber Family

Arlene Beals Douglas Gantos Henia Ciesla Lewin BY: Amy Schlussel and Family In Honor Of: Bar Mitzvah of Michael Stryk BY: Joanne Liss THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER In Memory Of: Marty Apple BY: Lauren Gooel & Jodi Schaefer BY: Bobbie Green BY: Liss Family Sandy Goodman BY: Sharon & Jerry Knoppow Tamara Goodman BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy Barry F. Gultanoff BY: Herskovic Family

Louis Gutter BY: Marla Zack and Family

Samuel Patron BY: Amy, Adam, Asher & Elie Brode BY: Lauren Gooel

Norma HarPaz BY: Margery Jablin

Danny Swimmer BY: Rhea & Karl Schaefer

Stanley Weingarden BY: Deb, Eric, Sarah, Emily, Zoe & Jillian Schiffer

MartyApple Anne Marx BY: Ilana, Zach, Lily & Eden Liss

Edith Weisdorf BY: Mr. & Mrs. Len Dubin

Marty Apple Doug Pavey Bernie Toby BY: Becky & Marc Melamed

Arlene Beals Yakov Kaushanskiy Bernie Toby Stanley Weingarden BY: Cherrin Family Frances Lorfel Helen Lutz BY: Hilary & Larry Handler Arlene Beals Erno Friedman Yakov Kaushanskiy BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes

Barry F. Gultanoff Ida Schwartz BY: Sapeika Family Arlene Beals Dorothy “Dolly” Friedman BY: Randee Lipman and Brooke Weingarden Debra Clinton Barry F. Gultanoff Ida Schwartz BY: Matzkin-Bridger Family

Leonard Herman Sam Patron Mrs. Piell Danny Swimmer BY: Jodi, Paul & Bebe Schaefer Arlene Beals Veeda Williams BY: Melanie & Brad Weber In Honor Of: Blake Berman BY: Catherine Fridson BY: Helayne Shaw Birth of Talia Rachel Block BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy Birthday of Amy Brode BY: Herskovic, Matzkin-Bridger & Sapeika Families Birth of Sophie Brown BY: Robin Pappas The Maine Family BY: Bobbie Green & Hillel ECC Family Birthday of Rachel Matzkin-Bridger BY: Melanie & Brad Weber Birth of Cole Partovich BY: Pam Smith Anniversary of Susan & Howard Tapper BY: Leigh & Maurice Herskovic Birth of Sam Frischman Birth of Cole Marty Partovich Birth of Alex Harrison Steinberg BY: Lauren Gooel & Jodi Schaefer THE MORRIS D. BAKER LIBRARY FUND In Honor Of: Joan Freedman – Teacher of the Year! BY: Michelle Bortnick, Robin Rosen & Pam Smith THE MARCIA AND MORRY BEDNARSH SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Erno Friedman BY: Mindy & Bruce Ruben and Family


Tributes Dr. Harvey Beaver Dr. Jerome Finck Lorraine Kales Rudi Straus Steve Tower BY: Marcia & Morry Bednarsh In Honor Of: Bat Mitzvah of Paige Stearn BY: Mindy & Bruce Ruben and Family THE ANARUTH AND HENRI BERNARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Dr. Harvey Beaver Selma Cohen Phil Dines Rudi Strauss BY: Anaruth & Henri Bernard In Honor Of: Anaruth & Henri Bernard BY: Betsy Winkelman THE BLECHMAN SCIENCE FUND In Memory Of: Marty Apple BY: Sharon & Marty Gene Yakov Kaushanskiy Frances Lorfel BY: Jon, Michelle, Josh & Adam State In Honor Of: Joan Freedman – Teacher of the Year! BY: Goss Family BRADLEY AND SAUL BLUESTONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Eugene Scartozzi BY: Marlene & Seymour Bresler Mark Chambler Shirley Obron Eugene Scartozzi Emily Stillman Brother of Gene Zamler BY: Eleanor Bluestone


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Speedy Recovery To:

In Honor Of:

In Honor Of:

Lil Erdeljan BY: Eleanor Bluestone

Mr. & Mrs. Al Iwrey – Thank you! Bar Mitzvah of Ari Nitzkin 75th Birthday of Nancy Stulberg BY: Barbara & Larry Traison

B’nai Mitzvah of Nicole & Noah Kahan Bat Mitzvah of NatalieRose Kaufman BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy

Speedy Recovery To:


THE DINA AND HERMAN BRODSKY SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor Of: Birth of Hannah Arielle Rosenberg BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy

Buddy Sollish Ziggy Zegans BY: Barbara & Larry Traison



Norma HarPaz BY: Cheryl & Dan Guyer

Edith Disner BY:Dorothy Diskin



Arlene Beals Sophie Richman Lillian Ruskin BY: Jodi, Scott, Mara & Jordyn Cranis

Sol Dahan Lorraine Kales Patti Nemer William Schumer Victoria Esther Seigerman BY: Robin Rosen

THE WALTER CYKIERT MEMORIAL HOLOCAUST FUND In Memory Of: Arlene Beals BY: Linda, Nina & Danny Friedman David Gildenberg BY: Mark & Ellyn, Emery & Andrew Weiss Herb Gorman BY: Shirley Cykiert and Family THE SHERI TRAISON DEVRIES, PH.D. SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Arlene Beals Irena Erlich Manya Glick Frances Kushner BY: Debbie & Jeff Devries and Family Arlene Beals Janet Kessler Mother of Fran & Joel Piell Dr. David Rosen BY: Barbara & Larry Traison

In Honor Of: Marriage of Elana & Stephen Parker BY: Michelle & Bowie Jacobson and Family Marriage of Rebecca & Simon Pinter BY: Sylvia Sherman Wolf Bar Mitzvah of Roi Golan Marriage of Rebecca & Simon Pinter Birth of Magdalene Lee Venning BY: Robin Rosen Engagement of Sam Maxbauer & Jenny Beitner Marriage of Elana & Stephen Parker BY: Susan & Larry Slabotsky THE SOPHIE (Z”L) AND MAX FISCHEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Arlene Beals Sandra Goodman BY: Barbara, Irvin, Brandon & Michelle Kappy

William Darmon David Gildenberg Robert Schechter Eliahou Zwi Weiss Marcella Wolgel BY: Carol & Sandy, Brandon, Alex & Nicky Vieder In Honor Of: New home of Sarah & Glenn Lipton 101st Birthday of Isabel Schechter BY: Eleanor Hack Birth of Magdalene Venning BY: Nicky Vieder & Family THE RONA AND HERBERT FREEDLAND FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS In Memory Of: William Darmon Sandy Goodman Eliahou Zwi Weiss BY: Jennifer, Stuart, Rachel & Noah Freedland In Honor Of: Jim Berger – Thank you! BY: Marni Cherrin Rabbi Jacob Segal (z”l) Award Recipients - Karen & Jim Berger BY: Bross Family Rabbi Jacob Segal (z”l) Award Recipients - Karen & Jim Berger Graduation from Andover High School of Josh Berger Marriage of Rebecca & Simon Pinter Bar Mitzvah of Gabe Schlussel BY: Jennifer & Stuart Freedland and Family

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RABBI AND MRS. IRWIN GRONER SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Rabbi Irwin Groner BY: Cheryl & Steve Schanes THE STUART GUTTENTAG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Sylvia Bloomberg Barry Gultanoff Robert Kozlow Patti Nemer Robert Schechter Rona Schwartz Beverly Segal BY: Elyse & Jerry Schostak In Honor Of: 90th Birthday of Margo Berdass 30th Birthday of Billy Gershenson 70th Birthday of Dennis Gershenson BY: Elyse & Jerry Schostak THE STANLEY ICZKOVITZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Harvey Beaver Erno Friedman Lillian Ruskin BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca & David Kowalsky Harvey Beaver Milton “Mickey” Fishman Norma HarPaz Harriet Ornstein BY: Rochelle Iczkovitz & Harvey Stein In Honor Of: Law School Graduation of Adam Blanck Law School Graduation of Adam Wallace BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca & David Kowalsky ISAACS CHILDRENS AUTHOR FUND Yahrzeit of: Sylvia Isaacs BY: Karen Lovinger


BY: Beverly Kent Goldenberg and Family

Lloyd Leemis BY: Rosalie Gold

Birthday of Jacob Edelson Birthday of Etai Goldenberg Thank you Anna & Yale Levin Birthday of Jacob Martin Birthday of Tamar BY: Carol Kent & Ariel Gluckson

THE KAUFMAN FAMILY ATHLETIC AND ENRICHMENT FUND In Memory Of: Arlene Beals BY: Alita & Hal Rossen Frances Lorfel BY: Eden, Kevin, Skylar & Zachary Elbinger In Honor Of: Josh Cutler BY: Nancy Glen & Ralph McDowell and Family Birth of Aiden Jacob Hunegs BY: Alita Rossen, Nicole Miller & the Athletic Coaches Marcy Spitz BY: Pam & Randy Smith and Family THE JUDGE GEORGE AND MRS. JENNIE KENT ENDOWMENT FUND In Memory Of: William Darmon Henry Goldstein Robin Gorell William Schumer BY: Beverly Kent Goldenberg and Family Paul Gluckson Norma HarPaz Lorraine Kales BY: Carol Kent & Ariel Gluckson In Honor Of: Birth of Beverly & Michael Goldenberg’s 1st grandson BY: Rochelle & Jerald Gach Roberta & Doron Bar-Levav Heidi Budaj Graduation of Daniel Edelson Graduation of Jacob Edelson Birthday of Jacob Edelson Birthday of Jacob Martin Offir Family

Speedy Recovery To: THE EDITH AND LARRY KOWALSKY MORNING MINYAN FUND In Memory Of: Steven White BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca & David Kowalsky Lorraine Kales William Schumer BY: Ilene Burk & Steven, Marisa & Daniel Kowalsky David Gildenberg Arthur Goldman Myron Gruskin Miriam Haffer Mollye Hechtman Evelyn Silverman Edith Sleutelberg BY: Julie & Jeff Kowalsky In Honor Of: Graduation of Yossie Lichterman BY: Bonnie, Mark, Rebecca & David Kowalsky Golden Torah Award Honoree at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah - Gary Shiffman BY: Julie & Jeff Kowalsky THE MAYME AND VICTOR LAWSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Max Pincus BY: Judy & Noel Lawson THE MINA AND HENRY MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Memory Of: Elaine Hafetz BY: Allyce & Doug Silber & Adam Martin

Norma HarPaz BY: Kanti, Rosie, Justin & Michelle Daya BY: Karen & Morris Rottman and Family BY: Smith Family Sol Dahan Phil Dembs Jerry Jacobs Lorraine Kales Roger Neirynck BY: Fran & Aaron Martin and Family In Honor Of: Reitrement after 30+ years of service to Tapper’s Jewelry - Stan Berlin Graduation of Amir Fogel Engagement of Ronny Leibovitch to Allison Cobb Marriage of Jessica Harold & Matthew Schick Birth of Max Abraham Lipson 50th Birthday of Rodney Nagel Bat Mitzvah of Shayna Pearlman BY: Fran & Aaron Martin and Family THE MILGROM FAMILY MUSIC FUND In Memory Of: Norma HarPaz BY: Cindy Friedman THE MIKE AND MARY MUST CULTURAL EVENTS FUND In Memory Of: Marta Fleischer Herbert Goldberg Rose Lubin Patti Nemer Susan T. Rosen BY: Madelon & Lou Seligman THE NADIS FAMILY FUND In Memory Of: Donald Sachs BY: Susan & Sanford Shulman and Family Marvin Chaben Sol Dahan Walter Stark BY: Howard Lupovitch, Marni Foster & Girls



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Sue Horwitz Dr. Donald Klein Mother of Richard Kushner BY: Anaruth & Henri Bernard

Norma HarPaz BY: Nancy Glen, Ralph McDowell and Family

In Honor Of: Birthday of Tom Wexelberg Clouser BY: Anaruth & Henri Bernard Bat Mitzvah of Leia Serlin BY: Bertha Stearn THE REED FAMILY FUND OF TECHNOLOGY In Memory Of: Walter Stark BY: JoEllen & Daniel Schwartz In Honor Of: Being wonderful teachers: Marcie Goldstein, Ronit Lipsky, Rebecca Melamed & Julie Stoller BY: Avi Graham Birth of granddaughter Carys Eve to Gary Izor BY: Dan Schwartz ROSENTHAL TEACHER EDUCATION FUND Yahrzeit of: Dorothy & Jay M. Rosenthal BY: Rusty Rosenthal Rosman

Jayne Rudy Schostak BY: Arlene & Asher Tilchin Marty Apple Mary Fink Barry Gultanoff David Rosen Beverly Blau Segal Geraldine Spalter BY: Nancy & Bobby Schostak and Family In Honor Of:

Lisa Shiffman Linda Singer Marci Spector Eileen Strauss Joni Weiner Trudy Weiss Judy Witebsky Lynn Zamansky BY: Nancy & Bobby Schostak

Donald Sachs Victoria Esther Siegerman Mildred Simon Jean Sosin Geraldine Spalter Judge Michael Stacey Irving Stollman Dr. Burton Waisbren BY: Warren Tessler


In Honor Of:


Marriage of Kendall & Elad Zuntz BY: Lillian & Mark Schostak and Family

Father of Kent Genin Sheldon Levinson Mother of Janice Posner Ethel Schnitzel BY: Rabbi Asher, Rachel, Shayna, Cara, Judah & Gideon Lopatin

Birthday of Dayle Prinstein Thank you: Linda Jacobs Michelle Jacobson Sue Kaufman Lois Langberg Denise Levin Gail Pesis Beth Puchtel Ellen Reinhardt Rollye Rinkey Terri Farber Roth Lynn Rubin Elise Schostak Lillian Schostak Robin Segal

Arlene Beals Dr. Harvey Beaver Dr. Bradley Botvinick Dovid Yechezkel Cohen William Darmon Phillip Dembs Mindy Dunn Lucille Gordon Rabbi Irwin Groner Lorraine Kales Robert Kozlow Esther Kraft Henia Ciesla Lewin Roger Nierynck Esther Pantzer Lillian Ruskin

Birthdays of Olive and Sailor Schostak BY: Michelle & Bowie Jacobson and Family

To make a tribute contact:

The Advancement Office 248-851-6950 or visit:


Bat Mitzvah of Warren Tessler’s Granddaughter BY: Edith Levin Birth of granddaughter to Joanne & Michael Bellet Bat Mitzvah of Raquel Cohen Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Yvonne Israel Special Birthday of Dr. Zieva Konvisser Birth of Levi Korotkin Rothberger Marriage of Ariella Sprague, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Stuart Sprague 40th Anniversary of Rabbi Daniel Syme’s Rabbinic Ordination BY: Warren Tessler FLOYD TUKEL M.D. MEMORIAL FUND In Memory Of: Dr. Harvey Beaver Robert Kozlow BY: Gail Tukel ZIVIAN & ZWICKL FAMILY G’MILUT CHASADIM FUND In Memory Of: Frances Lorfel Geraldine Spalter BY: Etta Zivian

HEAD OF SCHOOL Steve Freedman CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Gary M. Izor Director of Early Childhood Center Robin Pappas PRINCIPAL K-8 Melissa Michaelson DEAN of student learning/ Educational PSYCHologist Jennifer Friedman DEAN OF JUDAIC STUDIES Saul A. Rube RABBI-IN -RESIDENCE Jonathan Berger DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION Amy Schlussel DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Cheryl Schanes DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY Marilyn Mossman



4UFWFO;BDL BOARD OF TRUSTEES Richard Blumenstein, President MEMBERS Nancy Adler, Immediate Past-President Eric Bronstein Kevin Elbinger #PC$BOWBTTFS David Feber Brad Feldman%BO$IFSSJO Julie Feldman Todd Fink %BO%JTLJO Ellen Folbe Amy Gottlieb #BSSZ(PPENBO Alan J. Kaufman Jason Klein .JUDI1SFTTFS Josh Levine "OEZ4BMMBO Howard Lupovitch Beth Margolin 4ZMWJB8PMG Ross Partrich Robbie Sherman and theLarry Goldman-Hermelin Education Foundation Slabotsky the Schostak Family Campus KellyatRogers Victor The Mala and Henry Dorfman Elementary School Sylvia Wolf


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS School Office ……………. 248-851-3220 Attendance Line ………. . . . 248-539-1321 Advancement Office………. 248-851-6950

SAVE the DATE Welcome Back Pizza Party

August 21, 2013 5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. For all ECC-8th grade Families For more information contact Melanie Weber at 248-539-1490 or

The Steven Zack Memorial Golf Classic

Lunch, Maj & Cards September 16, 2013 Time: Noon , lunch and registration , 1:00 Shotgun start ) * - -Country & -  %Club ":  4 $ ) 0 0 Knollwood For more information contact Cheryl Schanes at 248-539-1488 or




Sukkah Breakfast

September 24, 2013 8:15 a.m. -9:00 p.m. For K/1 parents and parents of new students For more information contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484 or

Storytime Adventure

A fun filled program of stories, music, and art October 22, 2013   10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. For preschool children ages 3 and 4 For more information contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484 or

ECC-8th grade Open House

November, 6, 2013   6:30 p.m. For parents of prospective ECC-8th grade students For more information contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484 or

ECC-8th Grade Open House Tour

November 7, 2013  9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. For parents of prospective ECC-8th grade students For more information contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484 or



PAID and the Goldman-Hermelin Education Foundation at the Schostak Family Campus The Mala and Henry Dorfman Elementary School 32200 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-1715 and the Goldman-Hermelin Education Foundation tel (248) 851-3220 • fax (248) 851-5095 •

at the Schostak Family Campus The Mala and Henry Dorfman Elementary School




32200 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-1715 tel (248) 851-3220 • fax (248) 851-5095 •

“... the Israel trip was the greatest adventure of my life.“



Divrei Hillel, Summer2013