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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-22

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"I love it here. I tell my
children there isn't any
place I'd rather be."

-Fox Run resident
Gloria Stoliar

Top row: Rachel Salle, West Bloomfield; Claire Sinai, Huntington Woods;

Michael Niger and Eden Adler, both of Farmington Hills; Emilie Weiner,

Bloomfield Hills; Emily Schottenfels, West Bloomfield. Bottom row: Rachael

Vettese, West Bloomfield; Stephen Vorenberg, Farmington Hills; donor Dina

Brodsky, Rachel Shuman and Alexandra Gudenau, all of West Bloomfield.

Judaism from page 44

Tamaroff. They read the top 10 entries
and interviewed each finalist to reach
their decisions.
Funding for this year's awards was
provided by the Dina and Herman
Brodsky Jewish Youth Awards Fund,
the Esther and Nathan Katz Jewish
Youth Award Fund, and with the sup-
port from the Narens Family Youth
Endowment Fund.

and others. I take this concept
very seriously, and my strong
Jewish values play a large role
in my everyday actions and deci-
sions. Recently, I was at an event
where another teen's needs and
values were disregarded. I have
been taught that it is important
to stand up for one's beliefs and
support someone who is being
treated inappropriately. Therefore,
I chose to express my support
for the affected teen, although it
made the situation more difficult
for me.
Judaism has also helped me
realize the values of education,
stimulating discussions and polite
discourse, being inclusive and
volunteering or seeking ways "to
help repair the world" [Tikkun
Olam]. I love Judaism's emphasis
on community, plus the traditions
and history. It's cool to think our
religion has been around for over
5,000 years and is still surviv-
ing. I want to be an active part in
making sure Judaism continues
to thrive. Therefore, I have cho-
sen to continue with my Jewish
education, and have been enrolled
in Temple Israel's high school pro-
gram all four years.
In addition, I place a strong
emphasis on Tikkun Olam, and vol-

Committee members include Joyce
Blum, Cathy Cantor, Barrie Frankel,
Ruth Goldman, Marlene Goodman,
Claire Kretchmer, Kim Lifton, Marian
Littman, Jennifer LoPatin, Janet Moses
and Alexis Sack. Leslie Moskowitz and
Julie Silberg are co-chairs of NCJW/
GDS' Jewish Youth Awards committee.
LoPatin is the vice president who over-
sees this committee.

These three are the
marks of a Jew — a
tender heart, self-
respect and charity.

— Hebrew Proverb

unteering has become an essential
component of my belief system. I
have not only volunteered over
1,000 hours while in high school,
but also applied to colleges that
place a strong emphasis on com-
munity service. I plan to be an
active participant in college-spon-
sored volunteer opportunities and
beyond.
Another way I have remained an
active participant in the Jewish
community is by choosing to
become a member of BBYO (B'nai
Brith Youth Organization). My
B'nai Brith Girls (BBG) chapter is
like a second family. I originally
joined BBG to meet Jewish teens
from other high schools. At the
time, I never imagined the many
unique friendships and leadership
opportunities that I would experi-
ence.

Fox Run in Oakland County is a great choice for retirees
who want to enjoy a warm, secure lifestyle. At our private
campus, staff members know you and greet you by name. And
your neighbors are friendly people who share your interests and
values. We even offer on-site medical services, plus extended
care if your health needs ever change. A move here is the
greatest gift you can give yourself—and the ones you love.

Learn more about our vibrant
community. Call 1-800-731-7403
today for your free 25-page brochure.

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