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Hebrew Free Loan's
Community Build! event
offered young families
plenty of fun.
ate last month, young families
gathered at the Robot Garage in
Birmingham for Hebrew Free
Loan's Community Build! event. Kids
of all ages came to play, and the Robot
Garage staff engaged them in building
with LEGOs and robotics demonstrations
appropriate for various age levels. The
afternoon also included drawings for raffle
prizes from the Robot Garage retail shop.
"There were more than 200 young fam-
ily members, including adorable children
building, playing and interacting," said
HFL Executive Director David Contorer.
"It was a fun afternoon, like a big family
Event co-chairs Julie Yaker and Scott
Rosenblum planned the event with com-
mittee members David Broner, Nita
Cohen, David Kramer, Jeffery Meyers, Ben
Reifman, David Rubin, Jonathan Sterling
and Margie Yaker.
The committee chose the Robot Garage
as a venue because of its playful appeal
and because Hebrew Free Loan's Small
Business Loan Program helped launch the
"We are so thrilled with the turnout
and support we received from the corn-
munity:' said co-chair Julie Yaker. "Scott
and I are proud to be reaching out to the
next generation. It was wonderful to see
so many children engaged:'
Emily, Lisa and Howard Brown at the free building table
Raffle winner Olivia Bloom with brother, Nathaniel, and
Ian Rosenblum builds with LEGOs.
Peters Hosts Town Hall
Event co-chairs Julie Yaker and Scott Rosenblum
Jewish Senior Life residents concerned about Israel,
high gas prices and Social Security.
n Thursday, Feb. 23, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, hosted a
town hall meeting at Jewish Senior Life in West Bloomfield. Peters responded
to audience questions by reaffirming his strong commitment to standing with
Israel, discussing the importance of investing in fuel-efficient technologies to combat
rising gas prices and talking about his efforts to protect Medicare and Social Security for
More than 80 residents of the Meer Apartments and the Fleischman Residence attend-
ed the meeting.
"We are fortunate to once again have our congressman, Gary Peters, come to Meer
and hear from our residents:' said Rochelle Upfal, CEO of Jewish Senior Life, during her
introduction. "Our residents appreciate his accessibility and genuine warmth — not to
mention his concern for their well-being:'
Other notables who attended Peters' town hall meeting were Gene Farber, West
Bloomfield trustee, and Karen Spector, former Oakland County commissioner. Peters
also participated in a similar meeting for seniors in January at the Prentis Apartments
in Oak Park. ❑
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