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December 27, 2002 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-27

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JNF Staffer Helps Link
Detroiters To Israel

Sapphire Society and Herzl Society,
For Alexandra P. Hirschkind, working
everybody gives what they can."
with the Detroit Jewish community as a
"Every year, these elderly men and
Jewish National Fund campaign associate
pool together what they have
matches her sense of Jewish identity with
each collected in their JNF (tzedakah)
her desire to work on behalf of Israel.
blue boxes. Last year, they filled my car
"My grandparents never had a lot of
with $1,400 in bags of change — nick-
money, but they always managed to buy
els, dimes and quarters — and I drove
trees in Israel through JNF," said
away with tears in my eyes," she said.
Hirschkind, 29, who is based in
Hirschkind also is heartened
the grassroots support
"JNF is the only Jewish
Detroit Jewry gives JNF
organization I know of whose
events, especially Green
mission is to be caretaker of
Sunday, the annual volunteer
the land of Israel — from
phone-athon that reaches out
planting and maintaining
to thousands of people. This
forests, to building roads, to
event was held Nov. 24
developing the water supply, to
Jewish Community
teaching children about the
Center in West Bloomfield
ecology of their homeland.
and raised $25, 000 so far.
And I realized how much I
"One of my top priorities
wanted to play my part in that
is to continue building bridges
Alexandr a
with other Detroit community
Hirschkind began by volun- Hirschki nd
organizations," she said.
teering with INF. When a job
"This summer on the JNF
opened up as campaign associ-
staff mission to Israel, I saw firsthand the
ate for Michigan and Ohio, she applied.
impact our work has and the urgent
Her experience in Rind-raising and vol-
need to continue developing Israel's
unteer development at the March of
Dimes, in marketing for professional ath- water resources and building security
roads along Israel's northern border with
letic teams and in rallying fellow Jewish
students at Kent State University in Ohio Lebanon." ❑
has helped her serve JNF locally.
"The Detroit Jewish community is one
For information on JNF, contact
of amazing philanthropists and consis-
Alexandra Hirschkind at (248)
tent proactive supporters of Israel,"
203-9111 or
Hirschkind said. "While we have a cadre
ahirschkind@ja. org
of leaders who are annual members of
our major gifts societies, such as the

Here's To mu

Jeffrey Freedman, son of Marion
and Dr. Michael Freedman of West
Bloomfield, was selected by the
Hollywood Reporter for the ninth
annual Next Generation Class of
2002. Freedman is a vice president
of business affairs, Paramount
Pictures Motion Picture Group.

Sharone R. Senk, daughter of Jon
and Mickey Firsht of West
Bloomfield, was the speaker at the
Michigan State University corn-
' mencement exercises. Senk, a grad-
uate of Hillel Day School and
Andover High School, graduated
MSU with honors a semester early,

having completed a bachelor's
degree in advertising with a minor
in public relations.

Professor Yale Eric Cohen, affiliat-
ed with the department of psycho-
logical and brain sciences and the
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
at Dartmouth College, has won the
Class of 1962 Faculty Fellowship
Award. It is given annually to a
member of the faculty who has
demonstrated excellence in under-
graduate teaching and promise as a
scholar. Cohen is the son of Rena
and Jerry Cohen of West

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