Ws Volunteers Clean
It is not typical to see 25 teens dressed in shorts and T-
shirts, wearing backward baseball caps, hanging out in the
front yard of Yeshivas Darchei Torah in Southfield.
But this was the scene on Aug. 5, when two busloads of
teens from the Warren YMCA arrived to help the day
school clean up the school grounds.
In addition, a group of young adults, led by Laura Lazar
of Farmington Hills, came to volunteer as well, after read-
ing about Jewish Family Service (JFS) volunteer opportuni-
ties in the Jewish News.
The school was looking for volunteers to help move hun-
dreds of rocks away from the front doors, lay down piles of
wood chips for the playground and clean up the school
grounds. After a meeting with Rabbi Dovid Kahn, the
school principal, JFS agreed to find volunteers.
JFS contacted the Volunteer Center at United Way
Community Services, which found an organization eager to
In a letter to JFS, Rabbi Aharon Baruch, the assistant
principal, wrote, "We never had such a large crew of fine
young people doing work around our building. The kids
came with eagerness to help and really put in a lot of effort
for the benefit of our school. It was a pleasure to have them
here and we appreciate everything they did."
"At the Warren YMCA, the teen camp takes pride in
contributing their time to many community service proj-
ects throughout the summer. We were happy that we were
able to help the Jewish Family Service and we had a great
time doing it," said Kristen Van Collie, Warren YMCA
"I felt as if a wall had come down that day," said
Michelle Greenstein, program director for volunteer servic-
es at JFS. "Youth and adult, black and white, Jewish and
non-Jewish, we all came together to fulfill a universal need,
to help clean up a school for its students. Volunteering
brings people together like nothing else. It is days like this
that make me feel so proud to be a member of our commu-
Clockwise from top left:
The campers dig out rocks
near the entrance.
Warren teens help gather and
dispose of trash from the grounds.
Jodie Strong, camp counselor;
helps girls clean up the
Roberta and Sheldon Toll
Dr. Roberta and Sheldon Toll will
receive the Institute of Human
Relations Distinguished Jewish
Community Service Award in recog-
nition of outstanding contributions
to the Jewish people, to the preser-
vation and strengthening of demo-
cratic ideals and to the welfare of
Michigan from the American Jewish
Committee, Metropolitan Detroit
Chapter at its annual autumn party
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Roberta Toll is a clinical psycholo-
gist with expertise in the area of eat-
ing disorders and women's issues.
She serves on the allocation com-
mittee of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit, is a Lion of
Judah award recipient and a found-
ing trustee of the Jewish Women's
Sheldon Toll, a recently retired
law partner of Honigman Miller
Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has
become the general counsel to the
international consulting firm
AlixParners LLC and affiliates. He is
a board member of Temple Beth El.
The evening's speaker will be
Frederick L. Brown. Judge Brown
has served as associate justice on the
Appeals Court of the
Commonwealth of Masachusetts
since his appointment in 1976.
The evening's co-chairs are Sally
and Frederick Marx, Judith
Greenstone Miller, Barbara and
Martin Rom and Brenda and
Howard Rosenberg. Tribute co-
chairs are Shelly and Peter Cooper,
Phyllis and Gregory DeMars,
Blanche Pollack, Linda Schafer,
Carol and Gary Sole, Nanci Rands
and Robert Ziegelman.
Advance reservations are required.
Tickets are $125. For information:
(248) 646-7686 or e-mail