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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-03-17

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The Best Mortgage Banker


Alissa Neff

Alisss Neff is a defender
and backup goalie for
the Detroit Maccabi age
17-and-under girls soccer
team that will compete
this summer in Israel.
Coach Franci Silver calls
17-year-old West
Bloomfield resident "a
great defender who pulls our team together on
that end of the field." Neff also plays travel soccer,
and for West Bloomfield High School.

Emily Rozin

Emily Rozin plays midfield
for the Detroit Mac-
cabi age 17-and-under
girls soccer team that
will compete this summer
in Israel. "She directs our
offense," said Coach Franci
Silver. "And she runs from
one end of the field to the
other in the blink of an eye. She's that fast." Rozin,
17, a West Bloomfield resident, also plays travel
soccer and for West Bloomfield High School.

As a Senior Vice President at Capital Mortgage Funding Billy is entering his 24th year in
residential lending. During 12 of these years he was ranked by Mortgage Originator Mag-
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to Tracy and is the proud father of Stephen and Jake. Community service minded, he has
been avolunteer high school and youth coach for over twenty years. His influence over area
youth is legendary. He has former players in the NFL, NCAA and also spread throughout
the country in numerous business capacities. Many of these young men mention Billy's
guidance as part of the driving force behind their transition from youth to successful adult.
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Israel Maccabi

Thirty local teens to compete.

Steve Stein

Special to the Jewish News


hirty teens ages 14-17 will
represent Detroit this summer
in the first JCC Maccabi Games
and ArtsFest ever held in Israel.
Twenty-eight of the 30 are athletes.
There are 11 girls soccer players on an
age 17-and-under team, nine tennis
players, five boys soccer players, and
three swimmers. The two ArtsFest par-
ticipants will compete in digital photog-
raphy and vocal music.
The girls soccer team, coached by
Franci Silver and her husband Larry
Silver, has already scored a goal. It
hosted a fundraiser last week at Olga's
Kitchen in West Bloomfield. The restau-
rant donated 15 percent of each guest
check to the team.
"It was the girls' idea to hold the
fundraiser and they did all the work','
Franci Silver said. "They spent a lot of
time putting together the advertising.
They did a great job."
This is the third year together for
most of the girls on the team. They
competed in the JCC Maccabi Games
in San Francisco, Calif., and Richmond,
Va., the past two summers and, while
they didn't win a medal, they had a
great time.
"Maccabi has become an important
part of their lives:' Franci Silver said.
"They've made friends and learned a
lot. They're very excited about going to
Israel. Our own kids aren't on the team,
but these girls are like our children.
We're honored to go to Israel with them
as their coaches."
It'll be the first trip to Israel for the
coaches, who live in West Bloomfield.
Franci Silver, 48, is a lawyer. Larry Silver,
49, is an insurance agent. They have two
daughters, Erica, 20, and Marti, 17.
The girls on the team range in
age from 14 to 17 and all are in high
school. They're from Bloomfield Hills,
Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield.
A couple were recruited by the coaches
to fill open spots.
Only 11 players were needed because
Maccabi soccer is 7 on 7, different from
the normal 11 vs. 11 game.
Israel Detroit delegation head Stuart
Bass said the cost per athlete is $3,600
for the July 24 through Aug. 5 experi-
The fee includes roundtrip airfare,
meals, lodging and organized tours

Larry and Franci Silver

in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Negev.
Competitions will be held at several
Because Detroit is sending 30 teens,
costs will be waived for the delegation
head and three coaches. Besides Franci
Silver, the other designated Detroit
coaches are Jodi Wolfe - Neirynck (ten-
nis) and David Schwartz (boys soccer).
Maccabi World Union, host of the
Maccabiah Games held every four years
in Israel, is hosting the Maccabi Games
and ArtsFest in Israel and subsidizing
Detroit Maccabi delegation head
Karen Gordon said a raffle will be held
to help pay expenses for participants
going to Israel, or to the JCC Maccabi
Games in Philadelphia, Pa., and
Springfield, Mass., Aug. 14-19.
All three venues are part of what's
being called nationally the 2011 JCC
Maccabi Experience. For raffle details
and information on sponsorships, con-
tact Gordon at (248) 432-5482 or kgor-
don@jccdet.org .

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Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf
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Oakland Hills Country Club.
Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder
Frank Robinson will receive the Hank
Greenberg Lifetime Achievement Award,
and NBC broadcaster Jimmy Roberts
will be presented the Dick Schaap
Award for Media Excellence.
Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson's
former Baltimore Orioles teammate,
received the Greenberg award in 2004.
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