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thanks to you,

Akiva Plays Unique Role
Thank you for the wonderful job you did with the "Cap and
Gown" issue last week. It was wonderful to see such a great
number of graduates who participated. Congratulations to all
of the graduates and their families. I am especially proud of
my son Avi Katz and his entire graduating class from Akiva
Hebrew Day School. Among the 26 graduates, 21 of them will
be spending next year studying in Israel in several diverse set-
tings, and all of them plan on going on to well-known colleges
the following year.
I can't stress strongly enough the important role that Akiva
plays within our Jewish community in general, and within our
Modern Orthodox community specifically. Akiva is dedicated
to providing a strong Judaic education in conjunction with
strong secular and college preparatory classes to provide its
students with a solid foundation for the future. In addition to
the educational aspects of Akiva, it also provides an environ-
ment that fosters love for Israel and respect for all of man-
kind. This combination of attributes in a Modern Orthodox
environment truly makes Akiva unique and provides our
Jewish community with the next generation of leaders. Thank
you to all of the administration and staff at Akiva for all of
your hard work and dedication.

Dr. Shoshana Katz


Nusbaums' Well-Deserved Honor
As executive director of the Midwest Friends of Bar-Ilan
University, I have had the professional and personal pleasure of
working with Irving and Barbara Nusbaum for 34 years. They
have immersed themselves in the welfare of our community far
longer than that. Their work has centered around the compas-
sionate: JARC, JFS, JFS, Beth AHM Synagogue, and, of course,
Bar-Ilan University, which just celebrated the 60-year partner-
ship between the university and our Jewish community.
Irving's late father, Abraham, along with Phillip Stollman
and a handful of additional Detroiters, created both this part-
nership and the university that sprang from it. No less impor-
tant, Barbara and Irving have passed their sense of compas-
sion and commitment on to their children.
On behalf of Bar-Ilan, let me add my warm congratulations
to this couple and family, and may they thrive for many years
to come.

was a huge



Your support

will impact

hundreds of

children with


disabilities and

their families

Les Goldstein
Midwest Executive Director
American Friends of Bar-Ilan University


In "Star-filled Happening" (May 22, page 114), the number of
individuals 95 years and older who were honored at the May
3, Bessie Spector Oldest Jewish Americans Brunch was 85,
with 15 of them 100 years and older.



JCRC To Honor Patti Aaron
As Activist Of The Year


atti Aaron will receive the 2013
Activist Award from the Jewish
Community Relations Council
at a special event in her honor on at 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Adat Shalom
Synagogue in Farmington Hills.
Ruth W. Messinger, a
renowned activist, will
be the featured speaker
at the event.
Messinger is president
of American Jewish
World Service (AJWS),
the international devel-
opment organization
Patti Aaron
that supports human
rights for marginalized people worldwide
and works within the American Jewish
community to promote global citizenship
and social justice through activism, volun-
teer service and education.
Aaron, an avid gardener who loves to
plant seeds in her garden and her com-
munity, has cultivated numerous initia-
tives aimed at equalizing access to quality
education, developing healthy and safe
communities, and fostering interfaith
Actively involved in many organizations,
she has been passionately committed to
ORT America for more than 25 years. She
has held multiple leadership positions
nationally and internationally, including
chairing the campaign to establish the
David B. Hermelin ORT Resource Center

at the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Jewish
Community Center. Now in partnership
with JVS, the Hermelin Center is thriving
and providing critically needed technology
skills training to individuals from all walks
of life.
JCRC's agenda and focus on addressing
the community's most challenging social
issues was a natural fit for Aaron, who
served as a board member and chaired the
Jewish Coalition to Defeat Proposal 2 (sup-
port Affirmative Action).
A former JCC vice president, Aaron is
a recipient of the JCC's Susan Alterman
Young Leadership Award, and she
is a trustee of the Jewish Women's
Foundation. In Ann Arbor, where she
lives, Aaron now volunteers with Jewish
Family Services and Washtenaw Literacy
as an ESL teacher and tutor. She is also
an advisory board member for Project
Healthy Schools, a program of the
University of Michigan Health System.
To help the JCRC recognize Aaron's con-
siderable achievements, donations may
be made online at detroitjcrc.org or by
calling (248) 642-5393. Contributors at
the Sponsor ($500 and above), Platinum
($360 and above) and Gold ($180) levels
are invited to attend a 6 p.m. pre-glow
strolling dinner with a guest prior to the
main event.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact
Beverly K. Phillips at (248) 203-1527 or
via email at phillips@jfmd.org .

New Website Counters
Israel Bias On Campus
Students facing relentless anti-
Israel campaigns on college cam-
puses now have a new resource—
a website providing comprehen-
sive information on Arab-Israeli
issues and practical strategies for
winning the fight.
The website, with its stu-
dent-oriented blog In Focus,
was launched by CAMERA
(the Committee for Accuracy
in Middle East Reporting in
"This project grew out of
repeated requests by students
for a site that would provide
them very specific information
they need, with campus speak-
ers, films and books. It's also
where students will have their
op-eds published together with
those of professionals.
By integrating highly respect-
ed journalists and students on
the same platform, In Focus and
www.cameraoncampus.org treat
students like the campus experts
they are," said Aviva Slomich,
CAMERAS Campus Director.
Students interested in con-
tributing to the blog In Focus or
being part of CAMERA on their
campus can call (617) 789-3672
or email Gilad Skolnick at


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