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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-02-02

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Young Leaders

To Guide

The Detroit Jewish News Foundation Board of Directors
will bring our community's history to life.
Jackie Headapohl I Managing Editor


welve young Jewish leaders in
Metro Detroit will help guide the
15-member Detroit Jewish News
Foundation (DJNF) on its mission to
digitize and make searchable 70 years of
Jewish News archives as well as bring all
that history to life.
"I wanted to assemble a group of some
of our best and brightest emerging lead-
ers," said Arthur Horwitz, founder and
president of the Foundation. "As these
leaders direct the Foundation and its proj-
ects, they will also benefit from a better
understanding of our community's history
and use that knowledge to help navigate
our future as a Jewish community in
Southeastern Michigan:'
The Foundation's first priority will
be to bring the Jewish News archives,
currently on microfiche, into the 21st
century in a digitized and searchable
format that will be accessible to the
"As a journalist, I have deep appre-

ciation for history and the amazing stories
and lessons we can learn from our past;'
said Robin Schwartz, DJNF director, Fox 2
News anchor and JN correspondent. "It's an
honor to be part of this group and I'm anx-
ious to see where our efforts may lead:'
Aside from digitizing the IN, those
efforts could lead to many interesting and
educational programs for the community,
Horwitz said. "The board of directors will
also be involved in finding new and innova-
tive ways to bring our history to life to edu-
cate and inform our community, including
seminars and town hall-style gatherings:'
"I'm thrilled and honored to serve on

the Detroit Jewish News Foundation board
of directors:' said Lena Epstein Koretzky,
DJNF director and general manger at
Southfield-based Vesco Oil Corporation.
"I look forward to preserving and sharing
the history of Detroit's Jewish commu-
nity. So much can be learned from those
who walked before us:'
Board member Daniel Cherrin added,
"As an involved member of the DJNF, I
hope we can build upon that legacy in a
meaningful way, while making our own
mark on the next generation. At the same
time, I am looking forward to sharing in
that experience with my own children
and creating new memories for them to
carry in the decades to come, building a
more vibrant and enriched Jewish com-
munity in and around Detroit."
And so much can be learned from
each other, added Horwitz, who said he
looked forward to getting these leaders
around the table not only to move the
Detroit Jewish News Foundation toward

its goal, "but also so they can learn from
and help each other in their individual
and collective roles and responsibilities
and aspirations for their community:'
The 12 directors join the Foundation's
founding directors, Arthur Horwitz, presi-
dent of Renaissance Media and publisher/
executive editor of the Jewish News; Kevin
Browett, COO of Renaissance Media and
the Jewish News; and Donald Lifton, a
business executive and attorney who is a
director of Renaissance Media.
The Foundation previously announced
its honorary board of directors, chaired
by Eugene Applebaum, Mandell L. "Bill"
Berman, Judge Avern Cohn and A. Alfred
Taubman, and comprising a veritable
who's who of Jewish leaders and philan-
thropists who share the goal of ensuring
that the history of Metro Detroit's Jewish
community is preserved and shared with
generations to come.
The first meeting of the Foundation
board is being planned for this spring.


Jewish News



Board of






Principal of The Velvel Group
... president, William Davidson
Foundation ... director/sec-
retary, The Ravitz Foundation
... former assistant to the
president and current director,
Guardian Industries ... board
chair, University of Michigan
Hillel ...trustee, Jewish
Theological Seminary... Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit Investment Committee
... bachelor's degree, University
of Michigan ... JD, Michigan
State University.


February 2 • 2012

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Regional leadership/Detroit
regional director, American
Jewish Committee ... for-
mer leadership development
director, Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit ... adjunct
lecturer, University of Michigan
School of Social Work ...
trustee, Congregation Shaarey
Zedek ... executive committee,
Detroit Interfaith Leadership
Council ... BA, MSW, certificate
in Jewish Communal Service,
University of Michigan.

Vice president, Arbor
Investments Group ...sec-
retary, Eugene and Marcia
Applebaum Family Foundation
... trustee, Beaumont Hospitals
... Properties Committee,
Cranbrook Academy ... vice
president, United Jewish
Foundation ... board of gov-
ernors, Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit ... BA,
University of Michigan ... JD,
Georgetown University.

President of the Sam Bernstein
Law Firm ... Longest-serving
member of the Michigan Civil
Rights Commission ... direc-
for of White House Press Pool
Operations in the Clinton
administration ... director,
Jewish Funds for Social Justice
... former chair, Community
Relations Committee of the
Jewish Federation of Washtenaw
County ... lecturer, University
of Michigan Law School...
BA, MBA, JD, University of

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