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Hillel Day School

DAY SCHOOL

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Celebrating 50 Tears!

LiStai by PiiiirlDgSehtiagradtlatiOn date,

This year, Hillel Day School will commemorate the milestone of its 5oth anniversary. In celebration, a group
of 5o Fabulous graduates were selected to represent the school's alumni. This is a distinguished and diverse
group of people.

We salute all of Hillel's graduates over the last 5o years, and all of the parents and grandparents who were, and
continue to be, committed to giving their children and grandchildren the gift of a Jewish day school education.
We hope you enjoy these stories. To read about all of the 5o featured alumni, or to share your own alumni story,
please visit our website at www.hittelday.org and click on Alumni.

The Vieder Family

SANDY VIEDER cuss Of ign,

MARK VIEDER.

CLASS OF1970

The Vieder family has been associated with Hillel Day School
since its beginning. Larry Vieder, Cantor at Congregation
Adat Shalom, was a founder. Brothers' Sandy and Mark are
both graduates of Hillel. While Sandy was attending Hillel,
his older brother, Tom, enrolled his first-born. Eight Vieder
children, all boys, went on to graduate or are currently
attending Hillel. There has been a Vieder male attending
Hillel for the past 4o years!

For Sandy, "Hillel was
all about community. I walked away with the confidence and knowledge to get to a place in my life where
I'd be comfortable knowing that I had made the right choices in getting there. Perhaps more importantly,
it provided me with the framework of ethics and morals which guide me in my professional, social and
family life." Sandy is the Chief of Staff and Director of the Residency Program for Emergency Medicine at
Botsford Hospital. He is also a board member of Hillel Day School and The Technion Institute. Mark lives in
Washington, D.C. where he works for the F.D.A.

JULIE HERMELIN a.A.ss0F1981

Creating Opportunities for Jewish Identity

Julie Hermelin directs reality television shows, music videos and short format films. But in LA, she is also
known as the founder of the Vodka Latka, "one of the hippest and largest Hanukah parties for Jews in the
entertainment industry," where this year L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaragosa helped light the Hanukiah. The
annual bash, which began in Julie's living room, has brought attention to its sponsorship organizations
including the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Julie is also a board member and the Los Angeles Co-Chair of Reboot, a nonprofit organization that works to help young
Jews explore issues of identity, community and meaning. Reboot also publishes the magazine Guilt & Pleasure.

Julie fondly recalls how "Hillel Day School and the warm Jewish homelife my parents built created a solid foundation for my Jewish
knowledge and identity. It has been a gift in my life that constantly reveals itself in new ways and is one I hope to pass on to my children with
the same joy it was given to me."

Julie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Mitchell, and spends most of her time
raising her three small sons Dex, Chaz and Theo. Her brother, Brian, sister, Francie,
and six of her nieces and nephews have also attended or have graduated from Hillel.

DAVID KURZMANN

CLASS OF 2000

Big IDEAS

While at the University of Michigan, David Kurzmann was dissatisfied with the
existing avenues for Israel advocacy. Along with three other students, he founded
the Israel Initiative for Dialogue, Education and Advocacy (IDEA). The Israel IDEA
educates the U of M community through proactive initiatives, thus combating
the negative stereotypes and vilification of Israel often encountered on campus.
Through speakers, film screenings and outreach programs, the Israel IDEA strives
to educate and touch many.

"On an academic level," said David, "both in Judaic and secular departments,
Hillel provided me with the foundation for future studies. However, as much as I
appreciate what I learned in the classroom, Hillel's long lasting impact is in the friendships I formed and maintain to this day. From my
first day at Hillel through middle school, the shabbatonim, the Washington D.C. trip, the b' nai mitzvah circuit, and beyond, I truly grew
up with my Hillel peers. Today, some of my closest friends are those who I first met at Hillel."

Hillel

DAY SCHOOL

OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT

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1.VIEDER FAMILY
2. JUDGE MARK GOLDSMITH '67
3. MARTY LIEBMAN '70
4. ROBERT SCHOSTAK '71
5.WILLIAM LANSAT '72
6. LISA LIS '74
7. RABBI MARTY PASTERNAK '74
8. JOEL LEVIN '75
9. MICHAELTHIRMAN, MD '76
SHARI FERBER KAUFMAN, J,D, '78
11, RABBI GRETA BERNARD BROWN '80
12.TAMI BROWN '80
13.JULIE HERMELIN '81
14.MARIANNE M. BLOOMBERG '83
15.RABBI LAURIE PHILLIPS '83
16.CHERYL COOK '84
II. RABBI AVI FRIEDMAN '84
18. GARY WEISSERMAN '84
19, JOSH OPPERER '85
20. TREVOR HART '86
21, MICHAEL HARPAZ '87
22. CHARLES ORNSTEIN '88
23.JENNIFER BLEYER '89
24, ERICA GUYER '89
25. MICHAL BERRIS '90
26, MARA REINSTEIN '90
27.DR, BARRY ROSENBERG '90
28. RACHEL RUSKIN '90
29. JULIE RUSKIN '93
30. OWEN ALTERMAN '91
31, JORDAN FIELD '91
32. RABBI JENNIFER TISDALE '91
33,ADAM SCHWARTZ '92
34, JAIME RAY NEWMAN '92
35. KEVIN SCHWARTZ '92
36. JESSICA ALTER '93
37,ILANA KOHEN LISS '94
38, ZACHARY LISS '94
39. JENNIFER MAISELOFF '94
40. YANIV BRANDVAIN '95
41,ALEX GRAHAM (&'I) '95
42, AARON LEWIS '95
43. REBECCA GOODMAN '96
44• AVI LEIBOVITCH '96
45. OREN GOLDENBERG '97
46. DANI WOHL '97
47. JENNIFER SCHANES '98
48. JEREMY BARUCH '00
49. DAVID KURZMANN '00
5o, ZACK YOST '00

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