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A JEWISH RENAISSANCE MEDIA PUBLICATION
» In Their Corner
Jewish woman helps young Detroit
boxers beat the odds. See page 14.
» Gaza War In Real Time
Social media's role in the war
in Israel. See page 18.
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
» Lighting Up The D Second annual celebration to be
bigger and brighter than last year. See page 22.
Jessica Hauser with Wayne County Sheriff
Benny Napoleon and Coach Khali Sweeney
How Ford's Mark Fields rose to the top.
Bill Carroll I Contributing Writer
hen Mark Fields begins his new
duties as chief operating officer of
Ford Motor Company Dec. 1, he'll
be making history.
Fields will become the first Jewish person
to, in effect, run the 109-year-old international
automaker with 164,000 employees. He'll
also be just a step away from the title of Ford
chief executive officer, making him one of the
highest-ranking Jewish executives in the global
A Jew running Ford, the company founded
by Henry Ford, one of the most notorious anti-
Semites in American history? Veteran observ-
ers of the automotive scene thought it could
never happen. But it's a new era at Ford, an
era that actually started when the elder Ford's
grandson, Henry Ford II, took over the com-
pany in the 1940s and launched his version of
Ford II, a friend of philanthropist Max Fisher
and other Jewish leaders and frequent con-
tributor to the old United Jewish Appeal, hired
Jewish, African American and other minority
employees, and installed minority dealers and
suppliers. What's even more important, many
of the minority employees rose to higher ranks
within Ford than did those at GM and Chrysler.
Mark Fields will
become Ford's new
00 on Dec. 1.
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Oakwood Center for
Exceptional Families in
Dearborn benefits from
a Jewish Fund grant.
Esther Allweiss Ingber I Contributing Writer
1942 - 2012
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two-year Jewish Fund grant worth more than $60,000
was awarded earlier this year to Oakwood's Center for
Exceptional Families (CEF), an award-winning clinical
service established in 1998 in Dearborn. The purpose of CEF is to
provide comprehensive, coordinated care to children with com-
plex, life-challenging medical diagnoses, disabilities and injuries,
while offering support for the whole family.
CEF is affiliated with the Wayne State University School of
Medicine and University of Michigan-Dearborn School of
The grant made to the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation sup-
ports inclusive recreational programs for children with disabili-
ties, ranging from mild developmental delays to autism,