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October 12, 2006 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-10-12

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Metro

Gov. Jennifer Granhoim sits with
Butzel winners Emery and Diane ttlein

Looking Forward

The Federation defines its goals at annual meeting.

Harry Kirsbaum

Staff Writer

ewish education and
socialservices for the
elderly were listed as
the key goals for the leading
Jewish communal organization in
Detroit at the Sept. 28 combined
Jewish Federation/United Jewish
Foundation annual meeting.
"Jewish education and older
adult services will be bookends
of our Federation for the coming
year," Robert Aronson, Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit chief executive offi-
cer, said at the meeting. "We
must devote major community
resources to both issues, and
come up with a fundraising plan
which will implement our new
vision!'
He suggested expanding the
Jewish Education Trust, which
endows Jewish day schools,
experiential and congregational
education, and raising money for
"the next generation of services"
for elderly adults:' he said. "Our
annual campaign will simply not
do the job!'
New officers were installed and

Allan Nachman ended his
three-year term as president
of the Foundation, which
is Federation's real estate/
banking arm. "It has been a
privilege," said Nachman of
Bloomfield Hills. "I gained
a greater respect for our
dynamic federated com-
Norman Pappas
Allan Nachman
munity."
Citing the launching of
the Detroit Legacy Fund endow-
our community, it would have
ment, and the additions to
four parts," he said. "First would
Yeshivas Darchei Torah and the
be to have all of our donors
Frankel Jewish Academy, he said,
endow their gifts for our future
"The objectives of these initia-
generations through vehicles
tives emphasize what I have been such as PACE (Perpetual Annual
taught, namely do what you can
Campaign Endowment). Second
to sustain the creative continuity
would be to have each donor
of the Jewish people!"
determine their legacy in a chari-
Norman Pappas of Bloomfield
table way through a variety of
Hills became the Foundation's
endowment opportunities.
new president. "We have a great
"Third would be to have more
community, great leaders and a
workers with good training in
great professional staff,' Pappas
this effort. And fourth would be
said. "But we are also facing a
to have every capable Jewish per-
tough economy, high unemploy-
son make a gift to the Federation.
ment, a declining population, an
"If this could happen, we would
aging population and a declin-
have a larger general fund to
ing donor base. We have a lot of
financially secure our agencies
challenges ahead of us.
and Israel, and to create a strong
"If I could have a dream for the plan for educating our youth, pro-
Foundation and Federation and
viding services for our elderly and

for retaining our young people
to work and raise a family in the
Detroit area instead of Chicago or
New York!"
At the meeting, Emery and
Diane Klein received the Fred M.
Butzel Award, the highest leader-
ship honor in the Detroit Jewish
community. Nancy Grosfeld
was named president-elect of
Federation.
President Peter Alter said,
"This has been a year that's
tested our strength and our com-
mitment. And we have come
through as a community: united
and strong."
He cited among accom-
plishments Federation's Israel
Emergency Fund, which com-
mitted $15 million as an initial
goal to help meet urgent needs
in Michigan Jewry's Partnership
2000 region in the Central
Galilee and throughout Israel.
Before the first dollar was
collected, he added, $1 million
went directly to the partnership
region to repair bomb shelters,
care for the most vulnerable
residents and move kids to the
safety of summer camps in cen-
tral Israel.

Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit
Officers
President: Peter M. Alter
President-elect: Nancy
Grosfeld
Vice presidents: Lynda
Giles, Gary A. Shiffman,
Richard Krugel, Beverly Liss
Treasurer: Lawrence S. Lax
Secretary: Douglas A.
Bloom
Executive Secretary: Robert
P. Aronson
At-Large officers: Scott
Kaufman, Ronald A. Klein,
Marta Rosenthal, Jane F.
Sherman

United Jewish
Foundation Officers
President: Norman A.
Pappas
Vice Presidents: Margot
Halperin, Michael B.
Perlman, Todd Sachse, Paul
M. Ziotoff
Treasurer: Jeffrey M.
Davidson
Secretary: Robert P.
Aronson

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