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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-22

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college, and I took care of my mom
all along the way:' said Yellen.
"Fast-forward, I'm 26 years old,
and I get married at Temple Israel
in West Bloomfield, a suburb of
Detroit. Then I have kids. I have
my second son, and I was living in
Charleston, S.C., during a hurricane,
and we had to go out of our way to
find a mohel down there. I met some
people whose synagogue had been
destroyed in the hurricane, and for
some reason took it upon myself to
fix their synagogue in time for the
High Holidays.
"I committed 300 guys to do a
$200,000 job in nine days. They
invited me to the services, and I'd
never been part of the High Holiday
services. They gave me a special rec-
ognition, and from that day forward,
I became very good friends with the
president of the synagogue and his
wife, and started to realize more and
more that I wanted to associate with
Jews more, before anyone else
It was not until Yellen's wedding
rehearsal at Temple Israel that he
began to understand the power of
philanthropy in the Jewish communi-
ty. He asked his almost-wife's parents
why their names were on a dedica-
tion on the bathroom wall.
His father-in-law explained that
they donated $25,000 toward the
bathroom. Yellen said, "You gave
$25,000 to a synagogue? Are you
crazy?" and he said, "That's what you
do when you're Jewish. You're gonna
get there one day; don't worry, kid."
Yellen's taken his recent fame from
the CBS reality show and the Emmy
nomination in stride. He's also devot-
ed himself to the community good.
He funded a boys' yeshivah in Toledo,
Ohio, and moved it to the site of the
former Congregation Shaarey Zedek
B'nai Israel Center on Walnut Lake
Road in West Bloomfield. The new
location provides enough classroom
and boarding space to accommodate
its students. II

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