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Ann Arbor JCC salutes Noreen DeYoung
for her work with community children.
n Jan. 12, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor hon-
ored Noreen DeYoung, director of child, youth and family program-
ming, for her 25 years of service. During her tenure, DeYoung started
as a preschool teacher and then rose to director of the Early Childhood Center
(ECC), where she served from 1992-2012, until being promoted to her current
Celebrants included Ann Arbor JCC founders, former and current JCC lead-
ership, staff and teachers, DeYoung's former preschool students and a wonder-
ful cross section of the Ann Arbor Jewish community at large.
Linda Grekin and her granddaughter Zoe
Grekin, a current ECC student
Haley Margolis and Jerry Lax
Ann Arbor JCC Board President Harriet
Bakalar toasts Noreen DeYoung for her 25
years of service.
Holocaust survivors and families attend uplifting Cafe Europa concert.
Cantors Penny Steyer, Rachel Kalmowitz and Dan Gross gave
a Cafe Europa concert for Holocaust survivors and their
guests at the JCC in Oak Park.
January 31 • 2013
Emily Kahan, a former student,
speaks about DeYoung.
he healing quality of music moved center stage this
month in a concert given for Holocaust survivors and
families at Oak Park's Jewish Community Center.
Presented by Jewish Senior Life, the concert drew more than
100 survivors and their guests to the cantorial and Broadway
performances of Cantors Dan Gross from Adat Shalom
Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Rachel Kalmowitz from Temple
Beth El in Bloomfield Township and Penny Steyer of Temple
Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield. Cliff Monear accompanied the
three cantors on the piano.
The annual concert is part of Cafe Europa, a joint effort of
the JSEs Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families and
the Jewish Community Center. Cafe Europa provides upbeat,
monthly opportunities for survivors and families to meet.
Honoree Noreen DeYoung's family: Nicole Pemo, Josh DeYoung, Noreen DeYoung, Ray
DeYoung, Jude Kander, Jessica Kander and Jake Kander.
Susanna Piontek and her husband, Dr. Guy Stern, Cantor Rachel Kalmowitz, Hazzan Dan Gross,
Miriam Biegun, Rene Lichtman, Cantor Penny Steyer and Sam Biegun.
Southfield resident and Holocaust survivor Edith
Maniker, 82, talks with Adat Shalom's Dan Gross
at the concert.
Penny Steyer with Dr. Guy Stern, 91, of West
Bloomfield, a Holocaust survivor and director of
the Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust
Memorial Center in Farmington Hills