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» The Hub
During the election, a tiny Jewish media
team, including a Detroiter, helped Obama win re-election.
See page 12.
» Farewell, Dear Rabbi
Irwin Groner's life and legacy
remembered at his funeral at Shaarey Zedek. See page 14.
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
» Merciful Alliance Jewish women linked by sacred
task of hospice work. See page 41.
Jason Berger, left, of Farmington Hills, was
part of an effective election media team.
>> cover story
Applications now open for
social action micro-grants.
Jackie Headapohl I Managing Editor
t's time to start giving away the money raised
at last year's Pitch for Detroit softball fundraiser
for the Do It For Detroit Fund (Di4D), and Josh
Kanter, manager of the fund who works in
the NEXTGen Detroit Department at the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, couldn't be more
"We're really breaking the mold here," he says.
"The Jewish community has a vested interest in the
city of Detroit, and we believe that Di4D will engage
young adult Jewish professionals in the city in a
Di4D provides micro-grants, ranging from $500-
$3,000, to support grassroots initiatives aimed at
promoting positive social change in Detroit (including
Highland Park and Hamtramck) and is administered
by partners CommunityNEXT (a Federation initiative)
and the national Jewish service organization Repair
The fund now has opened applications for its
first round of micro-funding on its newly launched
website, www.doitfordetroit.com . The first grants will
be awarded in the realm of education. Kanter says
they're hoping to get a broad range of applications
from within and outside of the Jewish community.
The grant application is accessible to all individuals,
groups and organizations without discrimination.
High school seniors are
increasingly choosing gap year
programs over starting college.
Ronelle Grier I Contributing Writer
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1942 - 2012
alfway through the first Above: Emma Cohen
semester of her fresh-
of West Bloomfield
man year at Michigan
State University, Freya Gothelf
Young Judaea Year
realized something was not right. Course, a gap year
Less than a month later, she was
program in Israel
in Israel, participating in the
that included many
Kivunim gap year program.
Despite the hasty decision
nities. Here she is
and application process, Freya's
with young Israelis
father, Ron Gothelf of Huntington at a preschool in
Woods, is happy with the out-
Bat Yam, near Tel
come, as is his daughter.
"She didn't really know what
she wanted; now she's getting a clearer idea of what she
wants to learn, what kinds of classes she wants to take:' he
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