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June 19, 2008 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-06-19

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Ilana Liss, 27 of Birmingham, a
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board and is active within the Detroit
Jewish community. It was precisely the
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NCJW Officers
Members of National Council of
Jewish Women Greater Detroit Section
held an installation luncheon May 22.
The event also honored Sandi Matz
with the organization's Emerging
Leader Award.
NCJW-GDS members elected the
following slate of officers for 2008-
2009: president, Cathy Cantor; vice
presidents, Irma Glaser, Marlene
Goodman, Susan Marwil, Sue Simon;
corresponding secretary, Joan Brode;
recording secretary, Joyce Blum; asst.
recording secretary, Joyce Sherman;
treasurer, RoseLynn Schlussel.
Elected to first term, first-year board
positions were Joanne Aronovitz,
Harriet Dunsky, Carol Eisenshtadt,
Beverly Frank, Nancy Jospehson, Ruth
Klueger, Sherri Lumberg, Janet Moses,
Barbara Rosenthal, Amy Schlussel,
Rissa Winkelman.

Liss said. "I was interested in learned
how Jews live in Eastern Europe today."
Second-year law student and execu-
tive director of the non-profit program
Summer in the City, Ben Falik, 26, of
Huntington Woods, said the experi-
ence was eye-opening in terms of how
the rule of the USSR affected residents
of Kiev.
"I learned that decades of com-
munism have cast a long shadow
over the former Soviet Union," Falik
said. "Things are changing fast there
but the people are products of their
upbringing and countries can't rewrite
Gil Feldman, 31 of Huntington
Woods, an investment analyst at
Pappas Financial in Farmington Hills,
summed up the collective experience.
"That despite our differences, we are
all Jews and all responsible for each
other;' he said, adding, "It is, therefore,
our responsibility to make sure the
Jewish community [in Kiev] grows
and matures so that perhaps it can one
day regain its place as a leading Jewish
community in Eastern Europe." LI

Elected to second-term, first-year
board positions were Barbara Berger,
Arlene Frank, Diana Lieberman,
Marian Littman, Jennifer LoPatin,
Bobbi Patt, Carolyn Schreiber, Julie
Schwartz Silberg, Shayna Silverman,
Fran Stern.
Elected to fill an unexpired first-
term board position was Ellie Slovis.
To serve on the 2008-2009 nominat-
ing committee from the general mem-
bership are Helene Indianer, Sandra

JWV Scholarships
The Department of Michigan Jewish
War Veterans of USA and Ladies
Auxiliary will be awarding 24 college
scholarships to kick off the annual
convention activities at the Jewish
Community Center in Oak Park at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, June 26.
The $750 scholarships are given
without regard to religion or ethnicity
and are determined by an impartial
committee of educators. Funds are
raised through the annual poppy sales
and private donations.
The event is chaired by Shirlee
Marshall and Herb Benson. The public
is invited. Light refreshments will be

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