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President Rusty Rosman.
End Of An Era
Sinai Guild to host brunch to
mark its years of service.
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July 5 • 2012
fter 60 years of dedicated
service to the Metro Detroit
community, the Sinai Guild
is closing its doors following a celebra-
tory brunch at Knollwood Country
Club on July 11. Founded in 1952 as
the Sinai Women's Auxiliary, the Guild
began as a volunteer arm of Sinai
Hospital and morphed over the years
into a nonprofit organization.
When Sinai Hospital closed 15 years
ago, the Guild shifted its focus from
volunteering to giving grants.
"With our endowment background
and fundraising initiatives, we were
able to fine tune ourselves into a
beautiful fundraising and grant-giving
organization:' said President Rusty
Over the past 12 years, the Guild has
raised and given more than $3.5 mil-
lion in grants for medical research and
equipment. Jewish organizations that
benefited include Tamarack Camps,
Project Chessed and Jewish Senior
Life. It recently gave a gift to Hebrew
Free Loan for dental and medical
"That gift is so wonderful because
the money gets repaid, so it will keep
going:' said Rosman.
She said the Guild has not had a
source of income since the hospital
closed, and the downturn in the econ-
omy affected its ability to fundraise.
"We have found that we are no
longer able to give grants as we have
over the past 12 years:' Rosman said.
"We are all so sad to see the Guild
close, but at the same time we are all
very proud to have been part of such
an incredible organization that made
a difference in our own backyard. It's
been a privilege."
A few of the Guild's grants included
specialized robotic surgery equip-
ment to Children's Hospital, a van
to Kids Kicking Cancer and the first
digital mammography machine to
the Karmanos Cancer Center-Maisel
Breast Suite in Farmington Hills.
When the Guild gave a state-of-the-
art CT scanner to HuronValley-Sinai
Hospital in Commerce Township, the
hospital named its new medical office
building after the organization as a
sign of gratitude.
In addition to giving grants, the
Guild also has created and actively
participated in major research proj-
ects such as the national Sinai Guild
Women's Heart Health study in sum-
mer 2010 and an ovarian cancer study
with the Barbara Ann Karmanos
Cancer Institute in 2004.
Rose Rita Goldman, a past presi-
dent, said, "The goal of the Guild was
to continue the legacy of those who
came before us and expand our reach
even further, and I feel we accom-
plished this. I'm sorry we have to leave,
but I'll never forget what we did as far
as healthcare and medical care in the
At its end, the Guild had an execu-
tive board consisting of 16 members
and a general board of 60.
"All of us have been together since
2001, and it's been the nicest, easiest,
most delightful office to work in," said
Rosman. "I'll miss the women and how
well we work and think together."
Executive Director Sandra Jaffa said,
"Rusty was an incredible president.
Her heart and drive helped propel this
Guild, and under her leadership we've
been like a little family. We have all
worked very hard and collaboratively
to make this work for this long:'
The Sinai Guild is hosting a
farewell brunch on July 11 at
Knollwood Country Club in West
Bloomfield. For details, call (248)
538-6501 to RSVP. Cost is $60 and
must be paid in advance.