Spring storms bring power
SHARON HART AND PERRY TEICHER
TO RECEIVE UNITED WAY AWARDS.
wo of the 14 volunteers to
be honored with United
Way Community Services'
prestigious volunteer awards
began their volunteer "educations" at
the same place: B'nai B'rith Youth
(BBYO), the largest
Jewish youth group
in the world.
Sharon Hart, presi-
dent of the Jewish
and Perry Teicher, 18,
and a senior at West
School, will be
among those honored Hart
at the United Way
Monday, April 28, at
the Detroit Marriott
More than 1,200
people will attend the
event that coincides
(April 27-May 3).
Both Hart and
Teicher are members
of Adat Shalom
Synagogue and live in West
Hart will receive one of six Heart of
Gold awards, "one of the highest vol-
unteer recognition awards one can
receive," said Virgil H. Carr, president
and CEO of United Way Community
Services. "These honorees represent the
thousands of volunteers throughout
southeastern Michigan who give
unselfishly to benefit the lives of oth-
"Hart's the kind of volunteer every
professional wants to work with," said
Harlene Appelman, director of
Federation's Alliance for Jewish
Education, who wrote a support letter
for Hart. "Sharon is bright, funny and
cares deeply about what she's doing.
She's willing to roll up her sleeves and
do the hard work, and she manages to
motivate professionals because you
want to go the extra mile with her."
For 40-50 hours a week for two
years, Hart has worked as JCC presi-
dent. She's also held leadership posi-
tions in Women's American
ORT-Michigan Region, Yad
Ezra and in the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit's community out-
reach and education pro-
Yet, with all her work in
so many different areas,
Hart has never lost sight of
the importance of another
kind of leader.
"I saw Sharon at the
beginning of her involve-
ment at Adat Shalom," said
Rabbi Efry Spectre, rabbi
emeritus of Adat Shalom,
who knew Hart when she
was president of his congre-
gation. "One thing about
her, she's a friend of rabbis.
She understands the mission
of Judaism and the place of
rabbis in furthering that
mission. At times, not
everybody can see that pic-
ture, but Sharon can."
When asked why she
spends so many hours volun-
teering, Hart said, "I found that I felt
very fulfilled in the volunteer force. I
was continually learning and it afford-
ed new opportunities and new relation-
ships. And I liked being able to influ-
ence people in what they would assume
is a positive way."
With her presidency ending this year,
Hart hopes to have an opportunity for
more Judaic learning, which doesn't
mean she will stop volunteering. "I like
challenges and the opportunity to initi-
ate new programs and experiences —
just doing exactly what I've been doing.
I find it extraordinarily fulfilling."
The five other Heart of Gold
awardees include Eve Boicourt of West
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