OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT
Enhancing the Lives of Jewish Women
Jewish Women's Foundation's
2013 Grant Cycle
The Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan
Detroit is pleased to announce that it is now
accepting requests for funding in 2013.
Students in grades 1-4 from the girls school enjoyed a beautiful day in
Letters of Intent are due no later than
noon on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
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For the grant guidelines, instructions and forms,
please visit our website: www.jewishdetroit.org/jwf
and click on 2012 Grant Guidelines and Instructions
or contact Helen Katz, Director
Katz@jfmd.org or 248.203.1483
The Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit is dedicated to expanding opportunities
and enriching the lives of
women and girls through strategic grant making and education.
The Foundation empowers its Trustees as philanthropists, social advocates and leaders.
Yad E zra
Building On Solid Foundation
Yad Ezra's leadership extends heartfelt thanks to those who partner with us
in helping alleviate hunger in our community. Our recent fundraiser, honoring
Rissa and Sheldon Winkelman, is helping provide the funds to purchase and
distribute thousands of pounds of nutritious, free kosher groceries every month.
Every $1 donated buys the equivalent of $2 worth of groceries
purchased from a store.
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Retail avg. cost
Yad Ezra operates a total choice pantry for vulnerable families living in southeast
Michigan. Client families* choose the items that they desire from a variety of
chicken, meat, fish, dairy items, fresh and canned produce, eggs, grains, juices, soup,
toiletries and household cleaning items.
For more information about Yad Ezra, call (248) 548-3663,
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household income should
fall within 200% of the
national poverty guidelines
14 December 13 • 2012
Because of space and zoning issues,
the current Meer Preschool building
itself cannot be expanded. Similarly,
the Bais Yaakov Girls' School has near-
ly doubled its student population since
buying the former B'nai Moshe facility,
on Church Street in Oak Park, with the
assistance of the Jewish Federation of
As a result of the Yeshiva's growth,
and combining the two needs, the
Yeshiva has embarked on a major proj-
ect to build a new school for both the
Meer Preschool and Girls' High School
on land leased from the Federation and
United Jewish Foundation at the corner
of 10 Mile and Church Street, alongside
Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park.
"The Federation purchased the 10 Mile
Road property several years ago to
preserve it for the Jewish community:'
explains Dorothy Benyas, Federation's
chief financial officer. "Over the years,
the Federation and the United Jewish
Foundation have made significant
investments in the important Oak Park
and Southfield areas. Building and sup-
porting our schools are top priorities."
From vision to blueprints to ground-
breaking, the school building project
has been on a remarkable fast track,
made possible by a strong manage-
ment team in place including Todd
Sachse, United Jewish Foundation
president; Douglas Etkin, United
Jewish Foundation past president; Lee
Hurwitz, Real Estate Committee chair;
Gary Torgow, Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
president; and Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, the
Yeshiva's executive director.
The new 55,000- square-foot building
is designed by French and Associates
and is being built by Rand Construction
to house both the preschool and high
school on separate floors. The school is
scheduled for opening before the 5774
academic year in August 2013.
New Design And Amenities
The first floor of the new building
will house a state-of-the-art pre-
school, including 14 classrooms, an
expanded resource room area, a large
outdoor playground for the children,
a gym and a multipurpose room. The
new facility will give the preschoolers
more room to play, while staff will
use the area for instructional play and
The second floor of the new build-
ing will house the Bais Yaakov High
School. Having a completely sepa-
rate entrance from the preschool,
the high school will be constructed
with numerous high-tech amenities
in classrooms, science labs, com-
puter labs, a media library, a resource
room, a student lounge and a multi-
purpose dining room.
The preschool building project
committee is chaired by Ephraim
Singal; the Bais Yaakov building com-
mittee is chaired by Elana Berlin.
Both chairs and their committees
have worked very hard, together
with the Yeshiva administration and
representatives of the United Jewish
Foundation Real Estate Committee,
along with architects, builders and
design teams, to build a beautiful
Ellenberg is excited by the progress
and pleased with the growing Oak
Park and Southfield areas.
"We've built a community here
where people want to be," he said.
"We can give the Jewish Federation
a lot of credit for that. Detroit has
become a destination city where
people want to live and raise their
children. The schools are excellent,
the community is very supportive,
and Detroit has become a draw for
many young families."
Vivian Henoch is a writer/editor at
myJewishDetroit.org, where this story first