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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-03-13

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people were leveraging."
While still at Rock Financial,
Satovsky took advantage of those soar-
ing values, building and selling a num-
ber.of homes in Birmingham through
his Yale Development Co. "I did well,"
he admits, "and got out just before the
Satovsky is a graduate of Bloomfield
Hills Andover High School and
Michigan State University (business
administration major with a concen-
tration in finance) and he is a lifelong
product of Congregation Shaarey
Zedek Southfield. He has followed
his parents, Neil and Joni Satovsky, in
being active in the Jewish community.
"My dad was a president of Junior
Division [forerunner of the Jewish
Federation's Young Adult Division
- YAD] and of Jewish Apartments &
Services," says Brian Satovsky. "They
were both great examples. I always gave
tzedakah [charity] and attended events
with them
But a YAD singles mission to Israel
in 2000 changed his life. "I came back
gung-ho; I just joined everything I
He is a member of Federation's Board
of Governors and its executive com-
mittee, sits on Federation's mission and
Israel and overseas committees and is
on the boards of JVS and YAD. He was
YAD president in 2004.
He also chairs Federation's special
gifts campaign division and the Fetter
Fellows program, and JVS' Strictly
Business Luncheon for the last two

His e-mail program on his computer
at work has separate folders for each
of his communal committees. "I really
immersed myself and did everything
I could," he says, and claims that he
learned more than he gave.
"Every day, I pull up a [pledge]
card and make a call" for Federation's
Annual Campaign. "Sometimes we
joke that its our unpaid, full-time job:'
Satovsky says. "But there is no negative
to it:' And the friends he has made have
helped his business. "That's not why I
do it, but it's an intangible."
Even at the national level, he says, his
charitable work has a personal impact.
At the annual United Jewish
Communities Young Leadership
Cabinet meeting in Washington,
D.C., which is taking place this week,
Satovsky has met people from all over
the country and made lifelong friends.
Being the sole owner of a successful
small business has allowed him to do
it. ❑

At 1 p.m. Sunday,
March 30, the
Jewish Forum, the
Center for Judaic
Studies at Wayne
State University in
Detrtoit and Young
Israel of Southfield are co-sponsor-
ing a.program titled "Jewish History
through the Lens of Sport — Present
Day Challenges to Jewish Group
Identity," featuring Professor Jeffrey S.
Gurock of Yeshiva University. Gurock
is also the assistant men's basketball
coach at YU, New York.
The free program will be hosted
by Young Israel of Southfield, 27745
Lahser Road.
Reservations are encouraged but not
required. For information, contact the
Cohn-Haddow Center, by calling (313)

577-2679 or by e-mail at
programs@thejewishforum.org .
Gurock will be serving as Shabbat
scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of
For details on his topics and times,
contact Iry Goldfein, (248) 354-6415
or goldfein@comcast.net .


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Name: Brian Y. Satovsky
Age: 37
Family: Single
Residence: Birmingham
Synagogue: Congregation
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Affiliations: Jewish Federation
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