Tapped For Honors
One of Detroit Jewry's most communally active
jewelers has been inducted into the National
Jewelers Retailer Hall of Fame.
The New York-based hall selected Howard
Tapper of Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry in
West Bloomfield in the single-store independent
category based on his work ethic, business achieve-
ment, leadership, community involvement and
charitable efforts. Formal induction will take place
at a black-tie dinner hosted by the New York State
Jewelers Association on July 30 in New York.
the Wetsman Young Leadership
Award. Communally, he's a past
board member of Jewish Home and
Aging Services and Hillel Day School
of Metropolitan Detroit. He holds an
annual coat drive to support Kids
Kicking Cancer.He's on the board of
the Variety Club and Michigan's
kosher food bank, Yad Ezra.
Israel's ALYN Hospital and
Women's American ORT also have
honored him for his good will.
Tapper opened his store, now locat-
ed in Orchard Mall, in 1977 with his
brother, Steven. They specialize in
designer jewelry, Swiss watches and
Among his many retail honors, the
Michigan Retailers Association named
Tapper's its top retailer in 2002. He's
Fox2-Style magazine's "Favorite
Jeweler" for two years running. He's
the Contemporary Design Group's
2005 Retailer of the Year.
The Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit presented to him
— Robert A. Sklar, editor
On Sunday, May 22,
Society reached a
major milestone in
its 128-year history
with the dedication
of its new Westland
adoption and veteri-
nary medical center,
the Berman Center
for Animal Care.
ers Madge and Bill
Berman of Franklin
the lead gift —
$750,000 — to the
capital campaign for
Bill Berman of Franklin cuts the ribbon at the
opening of the Berman Center for Animal Care in
Westland facility that
Westland, as his wife, Madge, looks on.
will serve tens of
thousands of corn-
panion animals in need of care. Mrs. Berman is a board member for the
Michigan Humane Society.
— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor
Dr. Hadass Degani, developer of a noninvasive imaging method called Three
Time Point (3TP) that not only detects breast and prostate cancer, but also can
distinguish between malignant and benign tumors by screening instead of cut-
ting, will speak at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Knollwood Country Club in West
"Women and Science" is sponsored by the American Committee for the
Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Degani, whose imaging method has been
given clearance by the FDA, is head of the Biological Regulation Department
and the Willner Family Center for Vascular Biology at the Weizmann Institute of
Science in Rehovot, Israel. She also holds the Fred and Andrea Fallek Professional
Chair for Breast Cancer Science.
She is recognized as a pioneer in the use of magnetic resonance imaging and
one of the first researchers worldwide to use it, in combination with spectrome-
try, to study breast cancer.
Her presentation will include a 45-minute auditorium-style lecture, question-
and-answer session and strolling lunch. Cost is $60. RSVP by calling (248) 258-
— Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor
Anyone Know This Man?
An old, somewhat damaged photograph of an unidentified
man was found in a book purchased during the recent
Bookstock event at Laurel Park mall.
If the man in the photo below is someone you know — a
relative or friend perhaps — you can claim the aged photo-
graph at the Jewish News office, 29200 Northwestern Hwy.,
Suite 110. Call (248) 354-6060 to inquire.
— Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor
Morlie Hammer LeVin of Los Angeles, who in
September will become the national executive
director of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist
Organization of America, has strong Detroit ties
through her husband.
Norman Levin is a Detroit native and an exec-
utive at Rand Corporation in Los Angeles.
Daughter Kari is a student at Eastern Michigan
University and worked for two years as Jewish
family educator at Congregation Shaarey Zedek
in Oakland County. Another daughter, Michelle
Robinson, is a rabbi in the Boston area.
Norman's brother and sister-in-law, Mickey and
Beryl Levin, live in Farmington Hills and sister
Phyllis is a teacher in Detroit.
Morlie Levin was vice president for strategic donor initiatives at the Jewish
Federation of Greater Los Angeles and earlier was manager of operations
and projects. She was a policy analyst at Rand for 21 years.
— Alan Hitsky, associate editor
"I always think television reflects where society is, more than films, more
— Rina Mimoun, executive producer and writer for the TV network Wifs
"Everwood," commenting on the growing popularity and visibility of Jewish
characters on TV, from Hadassah magazine's May issue.
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