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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-05-20

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Federation to cite activists in the community.

Anessa Kramer

Lee Hurwitz


he Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit will honor
seven community leaders at
5:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. The
Awards Night presentation will take
place in Handleman Hall at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield.
Federation will present Young
Leadership Awards to men and women
who have distinguished themselves as
emerging leaders. The recipients of the
Sylvia Simon Greenberg Award, Anessa
Kramer, and the Frank A. Wetsman
Award, Lee Hurwitz, are considered
to be strong leaders within the gen-
eral Federation community. The Mark
Family Award honors a current member
of the Young Adult Division who has
rendered outstanding YAD leadership,

Josh Levine.

Two other awards will be pre-
sented — the Benard L. Maas Prize
for Achievement in Jewish Culture &
Continuity in the Area of Humanities
(Professor Howard N. Lupovitch)
and Federation's Lifetime Achievement
Awards (Dolores and Leonard R.
Farber and Richard Sloan).
The Awards Night Committee consists
of last year's awardees Oscar Feldman,
Dr. Jennifer L. Friedman, Maury Okun,
Joshua Opperer, Robert Slatkin, Jessie
Stern, Dr. Sheldon Stern and Barbara
Zaltz as well as Federation President
Nancy Grosfeld, Foundation President
Douglas M. Etkin and Federation CEO
Scott Kaufman.

Young Leadership Awards

• Anessa Kramer has proven to be a
natural leader with her involvement in
so many facets of Federation: the board

Josh Levine

of YAD and the Women's Department
as well as the Board of Governors. She
was a participant on the Grosfeld 5
Leadership Mission and co-chair of the
Grosfeld 8 Leadership Mission. She has
been a member and co-chair of Shalom
Baby, a member of the IsraelSixty/State
Fair Event Logistics Team and a co-
chair of the Grosfeld Graduates Steering
Committee. She has a keen ability to
move people forward, to stay focused
on a task and provide an energy that
encourages all around her to join in her
• Lee Hurwitz has been long involved
with multiple Federation agencies; he
sets a shining example as an ambas-
sador of community involvement. He
was a participant of the Grosfeld 2
Leadership Mission, co-chair of the
Grosfeld 6 Leadership Mission and a co-
chair of the Grosfeld Graduate Steering
Committee. He also was a co-chair of
the IsraelSixty/State Fair Event Logistics
Team. Currently, he's a member of the
Leadership Development Committee,
Israel & Overseas Committee, the Real
Estate Committee, the Capital Needs
Committee and the Board of Governors.
He cares greatly for the worldwide
Jewish community.
• Josh Levine has shown himself to be
a successful leader within Federation's
Young Adult Division. He has been a
YAD board member since 2006 and an
officer since 2009. He has been a mem-
ber and chair of the Entree Committee.
He currently is co-chair of YAD's 2010
Adam and Jodi Becker All-Star Mission
to Israel. He also is a member of
Federation's Finance Committee as well
as the Human Resources Workgroup

Leonard and Delores Farber Richard Sloan

of the Community Collaboration Task
Force. He is passionate about reaching
out to new people and is constantly
striving to find creative ways to engage
the younger members of our commu-

Lifetime Achievement Awards
• Dolores and Leonard R. Farber have
given a lifetime of service to Detroit's
Jewish community. Leonard is a past
board member of Hillel Day School of
Metropolitan Detroit and was recently
co-chair of Federation's Campaign
Closing. He has been a member of
Federation's Receivables Committee,
the Economic Forum and the Quarter
Century Club. Dolores has been a
Women's Department board member
and a member of numerous Federation
committees, including Endowment,
Lion of Judah/Ruby Lion of Judah, the
Economic Forum, the Quarter Century
Club and the Jewish Community
Endowment Fund. She has chaired
fundraising and membership of B'nai
B'rith and has served on the boards of
B'nai B'rith Detroit Council, the Jewish
Community Center of Metropolitan
Detroit and Federation's Women's
Department. Leonard and Dolores were
participants of Federation's Miracle
Mission 1 and 2.
• Richard Sloan is a strong sup-
porter and ambassador of both the
Jewish community and greater Detroit
community. He has chaired the
Allied Jewish Campaign, the Detroit
Service Group and Federation's Real
Estate and Property Management
Committee. He has been a board mem-
ber of the Jewish Community Center of

Howard Lupovitch

Metropolitan Detroit, Tamarack Camps
and Sinai Hospital of Detroit as well
as ProjectHOPE, Variety-the Children's
Charity and Michigan Opera House.

Benard L. Maas Prize
• Professor Howard N. Lupovitch holds
the Waks Family Chair in Jewish History
at the University of Western Ontario
in London; he specializes in Modern
Jewish History. His broad background,
however, gives him the ability to teach
about intellectual trends, both ancient
and modern. This fourth-genera-
tion Detroiter is a graduate of Hillel
Day School of Metropolitan Detroit
and the University of Michigan. He
received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from
Columbia University and has taught
at Cornell University in New York,
Colby College in Maine and the U-M,
where he was a fellow at the Frankel
Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies.
He has published two books, Jews at the
Crossroads and Jews and Judaism in World
Civilization. He currently is completing
a history of the Jews of Budapest. He is
the baal tefilah/baal koreh [prayer leader
and Torah reader] at Congregation Beth
Ahm in West Bloomfield and a frequent
instructor for Federation's Alliance for
Jewish Education. ❑

The Awards Night presentation is
open to donors of the community.
Those who would like to attend
can RSVP at www.jewishdetroit.
org/awards. For more information or
questions, call Federation at (248)

May 20 • 2010


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