Several events this year had people in the
Jewish community talking around the
The year 2012 saw the deaths of many giants in
Metro Detroit's Jewish community. To name a
few: philanthropists D. Dan Kahn, Marvin Danto,
Helen Zuckerman and Jean Frankel; celebrated
author Jeff Zaslow, who lost his life on a snowy
road in northern Michigan last February; beloved
caterer Phillip Tewel of Jewel Kosher Catering in
Oak Park died from a long illness at age 60; Stan
Ovshinsky, the "Jewish Edison," died in October;
and everybody's favorite weatherman Sonny Eliot
died last month at age 91. Each of these people
left a legacy to endure.
Grandmother Charged In Murder Of Grandson
In April, Detroit Tiger DH Delmon
Young was arrested on a misdemeanor
hate-crime harassment charge in New
York City. Police say he had a tussle with
a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic
epithets toward a group of tourists from
Chicago and a panhandler wearing a yar-
After serving a seven-day suspension
from Major League Baseball, Young met
with the media to apologize.
"I put myself in a bad situation and
I have no one to blame but myself. I am
currently getting treatment in an alcohol
program through Major League baseball
... I made a lapse in judgment, but I can
tell you that I am not anti-Semitic."
He pled guilty to aggravated harass-
ment in November. He was sentenced to
perform 10 days community service and
participate in a hate crime program at the
Museum of Tolerance in NYC.
The Tigers declined to re-sign him for
the 2013 season.
Shock and grief surrounded the tragic death of 17-year-old
Jonathan Hoffman, who died May 18 from multiple gunshot
wounds. Charged with his murder was his maternal grandmother,
Sandra Layne, who has since been held without bond.
Hoffman, a former student at Hillel Day School, was a senior at
Farmington Central High School. The teen had been living with his
grandparents in West Bloomfield. His parents, Michael Hoffman
and Jennifer Hoffman, who are divorced, were living in Arizona
with Jonathan's younger sister, Jessica. Neither parent was aware of
any problems between Jonathan and his grandmother.
Emergency dispatchers received calls from a neighbor who heard
gunshots and from Hoffman himself, who said he had been shot by
his grandmother. A detective testifying at Layne's arraignment said
the operator heard Hoffman screaming that he had been shot again.
When police arrived, Layne came to the door holding a semi-
automatic gun she had purchased a month earlier and announced
that she had murdered her grandson. Sandra Layne's murder trial is
tentatively set for March 4.
D. Dan Kahn, died
Jan. 3, 2012
Jeff Zaslow, died
Feb. 10, 2012
Jean Frankel, died
May 10, 2012
Marvin Danto, died
Jan. 24, 2012
died April 18, 2012
Phillip Tewel, died
Sept. 22, 2012
The Hate Crime That Wasn't
Zachary Tennen, 19, said he was assaulted at an off-campus party at
Michigan State University because he was Jewish. Zach told a local tele-
vision news station that two men asked him if he was Jewish and when
he answered, "Yes," they knocked him unconscious. He also said his
mouth was stapled during the attack in which he suffered a broken jaw.
Investigators in Ingham County interviewed more than 50 witnesses
to the Aug. 26 beating of Tennen and found no evidence of ethnic,
religious or racial bias in the fight. Rather, the police report quotes wit-
nesses as saying Tennen was punched after repeatedly harassing young
Tennen's lawyer later said that the investigation was "full and fair"
Stan Ovshinsky, died
Oct. 17, 2012
Sonny Eliot, died
Nov. 16, 2012
Year In Review on page 10
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