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The Sinai Guild hosts Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at its Philanthropy 2011 luncheon.
upporters of the Sinai Guild recently attended the Women in Philanthropy
2011 luncheon at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. Robert F.
Kennedy Jr., a noted environmentalist, spoke about the environment's
impact on health and well-being at the luncheon as well as at the Patron Breakfast
at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield.
The Sinai Guild's mission is to support and promote medical and scientific activi-
ties that benefit both the Jewish and Metropolitan Detroit communities through the
Health and Wellness Foundation of Greater Detroit.
Jacqui Elkus and Sandi Matz, co-
Harriet Dunsky of Bloomfield Hills,
chairs of Women in Philanthropy 2011,
Rusty Rosman, Sinai Guild president,
with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
and Beverly Yost of Farmington Hills
Funds raised from the event go toward the Sinai Guild's endowment, which funds
all of its medical grants. Recent grants include the purchase of medications for
uninsured seniors and obtaining medical supplies for a nonprofit clinic.
Jacqui Elkus of West Bloomfield and Sandi Matz of Franklin chaired Women in
Philanthropy 2011. Patron chairs were Suzi Dell of West Bloomfield and Phyllis
Pilcowitz of Bloomfield Hills. Rusty Rosman of Commerce Township is president of
the Sinai Guild. II
Ruth Tobias and Marian Kantor, both of
Rusty Rosman, Joseph Walsh,
West Bloomfield, and Marjorie Blinder of
president of Legacy DMC, and Teri
Goodman of Franklin
Mitzvah Circuit 101
Middle-schoolers glean advice about behavior,
gift-giving, kindness from new Joe Cornell program.
hen you receive a party invita-
tion from your friend in the
mail, do you a) tape it to the
refrigerator; b) fill it out and mail it back
promptly; c) tell your friend at school that
you will be attending; or d) wait for the
friend's mom to call your parents to see if
you are attending?
This question and others like it, hid-
ing an important lesson in the snarky
verbiage, kicked off Joe Cornell's Mitzvah
Circuit 101 gathering recently, first at
Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills to
a crowd of Adat Shalom kids and then at
The goal from Southfield-based Joe
Cornell Entertainment owners and sib-
lings Steve Jasgur and Becca Schlussel is
to help kids understand what to do, what
not to do and how to make every party the
best one yet.
"We were asked to speak to a group of
students about how to behave, respond to
invitations and socialize successfully, and
we jumped at the chance," Jasgur said. "It
was great fun, and the kids really got into
the discussion of do's and don'ts. Then, of
course, we had to add an element of fun
to the night so we gave the group a taste
of the kind of Joe Cornell fun they'll see at
b'nai mitzvah parties this year."
Interested congregations, schools
and community groups can learn about
Mitzvah Circuit 101 programs by calling
(248) 356-6000 or emailing becca@
joecornell.com . I I
Josh George addresses Temple Israel students.
Cousins Cole and Max Levine
Joe Cornell's Steve Jasgur and student
Avery Ribiat role-play
Jewish Art At
spent precious time
ongregation Beth Shalom spent a weekend with
Mordechai Rosenstein as artist in residence. Though
he spoke several times with adult audiences, the
highlight was his interaction with religious-school kids. They
watched him work on an original piece he created during his
residency that he donated to Beth Shalom. While in Detroit,
he also spent three days at Hillel Day School in Farmington
Hills and another the next weekend at Temple Kol Ami/B'nai
Israel Synagogue in West Bloomfield. II
Right: Mordechai Rosenstein explains his work to Gan
Shalom preschool students Sophie Thompson, Gabriella
Rice and Shira Mendelson, all 4.
December 5 2011