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anis Levin-Gorelick's culi-
nary talents have pleased
the palates of corporate gi-
ants and media luminaries.
Her religious leadership has pro-
vided the blessings for milestone
Ms. Levin-Gorelick, owner of
Classic Cuisine, a full-service cus-
tom catering business in Farm-
ington Hills, is the social-events
coordinator and kitchen manag-
er of Birmingham Temple.
She is certified by the Leader-
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Hillel Day School Graduate, Class of 1983
Columbia University/Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Class of 1991
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grandmother, Sarah Aaronson,
who, until the age of 95, regular-
ly graced the Birmingham Tem-
ple kitchen during the holidays.
"Nana was only four-foot-ten.
We would stand on milk crates to
make gefilte fish together for con-
gregational seders," she recalls.
When Ms. Levin-Gorelick mar-
ried into a "local deli family" over
20 years ago, she learned the com-
mercial end of the business.
But the marriage didn't last.
With a 2-year-old and 6-year-
old to care for, she needed
more flexible work than her
training in geriatric social
work provided. She tutored
bar/bat mitzvah students,
taught Hebrew school and
taught herself calligraphy,
which she could do at home.
In the meantime, Ms.
Levin-Gorelick, who lives
in Bloomfield Hills, contin-
ued to develop her lifelong
interest in Jewish history
and culture, as well as hu-
And, with encourage-
ment from friends and cur-
The business moved into
the kitchen of the Birm-
Name: Janis Leuin-Gorelick
Janis Levin-Gorelick: Caterer and
ship Council of Secular and Hu-
manistic Jews as a madrichah, or
trained Jewish leader who may
officiate at weddings, baby nam
ings and funerals.
Just last month, Ms. Levin-
Gorelick and Classic Cuisine part-
ner Jeff Swider catered, with their
staff of five full-time and 50 "re-
servist" waitpeople and bar-
tenders, the Michigan Cancer
Foundation's dedication of the
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
"I encourage my clients to re-
quest selections which truly re-
flect their tastes and styles,"
which could include traditional
Jewish, vegetarian, Middle East-
ern or no-salt, she says.
Ms. Levin-Gorelick, 42, got her
first cooking lessons from her
Occupation: Owner, Classic
Cuisine, Farmington Hills
Family: . Husband, Stephen;
sons, Marc and Eric;daughter,
Linde; daughter:in-law, Carol;
and granddaughter, Erin.
ingham Temple when members
invited her to become the temple's
social-events coordinator and
kitchen manager in the late
Catering privileges at Temple
Kol Ami in West Bloomfield and
Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park
have expanded her sphere of con-
gregational parties, and she is
preparing more of what she calls
"Oneg brunches," which might in-
clude tiny bagels, spreads and
Ms. Levin-Gorelick has played
dual roles, officiating at a cere-
mony and catering the celebra-