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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-11-06

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n 1985, Eileen and Jerry
Borsand of Bloomfield Hills
started a small Shabbos min-
yan in their Bloomfield Hills home.
Now 23 years later, that small min-
yan is known as the Birmingham-
Bloomfield Chai Center, meeting at
the Birmingham Masonic Temple.
This year brings another first for
the Chai Center. It will be holding its
first annual dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday,
NOV. 23 — with a 5 p.m. pre-glow
reception — at the Bloomfield Open
Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills. The
evening's honorees will be Eileen and
Jerry Borsand. Guest speaker is well-
known author/lecturer/radio host
Rabbi Shumley
Boteach.
This year's cel-
ebration is seen as
a "friend-raiser"
to gain more vis-
ibility for the
center. The event is
Rabbi Boteach
chaired by two of
the Borsand's five
children, Dena Borsand of Oak Park
and Yosi Borsand of Farmington
Hills, an attorney. Before the arrival
of Rabbi Boruch Cohen, Yosi often
served the congregation by leading
services and giving sermons.
For many years, the shul has bat-
tled challenges like small member-
ship, sometimes unable to procure
the requisite 10 men for a minyan,
and fluctuating leadership. The
late Rabbi Moshe Poker served as
resident rabbi for many of the early
years, followed by his sons Rabbis
Dovid, Yechiel and Yochanan Polter.
But four years ago, the Borsands
handed the helm to Rabbi Cohen and
his wife, Ita Leah. They have a lofty
mission: connection.
The Cohens have brought a con-
nection with grassroots Judaism and
spirituality.
"I think that the Chai Center has
tapped into a certain vibe from the
Baal Shem Tov, one that perhaps
eludes some bigger institutions;'

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