Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

March 28, 2013 - Image 8

Resource type:
The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-03-28

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

metro >> on the cover




H i I





DEPARI ti1Fti7


Temple Israel volunteers help
Northwest Detroit stay strong.

Harry Kirsbaum I Contributing Writer

shopping carts and take them back to their cars.
"We'll need more carts next time," says Warren
Crockett, a volunteer from the University Commons
He joins volunteers from Temple Israel, Hartford
Baptist Church, Gleaners Community Food Bank of
Southeastern Michigan and several other local chari-
table organizations at a mobile pantry set up in the cen-
ter as part of "Project Healthy Community: An Evolving
Vision with Endless Opportunities" (PHC), a program
that began at Temple Israel last fall.
This monthly "Mobile Pantry:' a partnership with
Gleaners, is just one spoke in the wheel, says Temple
Israel's Rabbi Josh Bennett.
The next two programs will be "Blessings in a
Backpack," which partners with Meijer to give food to
students from low-income schools for the weekend; and
building a food pantry similar to Yad Ezra in the NWAC
"One of our challenges is to move slowly:' Bennett
says, looking over the scene of volunteers loading shop-
ping carts with food. "We have so much to do. As we
evolve, we'll add more:'
It was the rabbi's High Holiday "A
Call to Action of Social Justice" ser-
mon that sparked the movement.
After 18 years working with teenag-
ers as the youth rabbi, Bennett moved
on to social action, he says. "I had
to re-envision the next stage of my
Rabbi Joshua
And with the help of Dr. Melvyn and

Diane Rubenfire, who heard the ser-
mon, the movement began.

Back To Detroit

Rubenfire of West Bloomfield was
brought up a half-mile from the
NWAC, which in the 1950s was bet-
ter known as the Jewish Community
Center. Schooled at MacDowell
Elementary, Mumford High and
then Wayne State, he became a
cardiologist, then chairman of the
Ron Lockett, executive director and CEO of the Northwest Activity
Department of Medicine at Sinai
Center; Lisa Corey of Birmingham; Warren Crockett of Detroit; Dr. Melvyn
Hospital for 20 years.
Rubenfire of West Bloomfield; Karen Sherbin of Farmington Hills; Rabbi
Now a cardiologist for his sec-
Josh Bennett of Temple Israel; Andre Peterson of Gleaners
ond 20 years at the University of
Michigan Health System and direc-
tor of the Preventive Cardiology
Department, he and
his wife, Diane, want to give back.
"I returned his call, and said how
"We have been giving time and
about a tour in two weeks?" Lockett
money to the Temple and the com-
said. "And he said, 'How about in 20
munity:' Rubenfire said. "We said, 'It's
time to give back to more than the
During the tour, Rubenfire told
Jewish community:"
Lockett that he grew up in the neigh-
borhood, but he was also representing
kth„,,b4 On the Monday after the sermon,
Dr. Melvyn
the Jewish community and Temple
they took a trip to the old neighbor-
Ron Lockett
Israel, adding the rabbi said the NWAC
"We didn't know what to expect, if
would be a good target for the temple's
it was in shambles or what:' Rubenfire said. When he
social action programs. "It's not only
called the NWAC to ask for a tour of the facility, he got
us; it's 3,500 families and 10,000 members," Rubenfire
a call back from Ron Lockett, executive director and
Lockett said, "You wouldn't believe what we discussed

Rebuilding on page 10


March 28 • 2013

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan