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July 21, 2013
Albert S. Thav
July 22, 2013
Daniel A. Laven
Calvin Earl Lewis
July 23, 2013
Michael S. Beatus
During the coming week, the students of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
will study in memory of the following departed friends.
In addition, Kaddish will be said during the daily minyan.
July 24, 2013
Seymour B. Goldman
Rose Anne Hirsch
Elaine Darlene Lusky
Donald Mark Wolin
July 26, 2013
July 25, 2013
July 27, 2013
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months before her death with the help
of Huntington Woods author and busi-
nessman, Ryan Beale. The book, We
iliya Bromberg inspired every-
All Have Our Challenges (2013, Detroit
one she met with her invinci-
Sparks LLC), sums up her attitude
ble spirit, boundless optimism
toward life: Realize that everyone has
and brilliant signature smile. Born
problems; focus on the positive; help
with cerebral palsy, she spent her last
others and avoid the trap of self-pity.
year fighting a rare form of cancer that Using quotes and bits of wisdom from
ended her life on July 9, 2013, a month Bromberg, the book conveys the grati-
before her 23rd birthday.
tude, optimism and selflessness that she
exemplified throughout her life.
Despite the daunting challenges
that marked her too-
Beale spoke at Liliya's
short life, Liliya was
funeral about the impact this
remarkable young woman
a source of joy and
had on his life. While work-
encouragement to her
parents, Ilya and Tonya
ing together to complete
Bromberg, and countless
the book, the two formed a
friends. Many of these
close bond, which extended
friends were through
to Beale's wife, Louise. Liliya
enjoyed spending time with
Friendship Circle of
the couple and took a great
Michigan, where Liliya
interest in the impending
birth of their first child, ask-
was an active and enthu- Liliya Bromberg
siastic participant for 15
ing numerous questions and
years. She did not allow the confines of
absorbing every detail.
her wheelchair to limit her involvement
"The instant that we met, you radi-
in a variety of activities and events, sur-
ated with a spirit that I had never
rounded by a large group of friends and known:' Beale said in his eulogy. "You
wearing her ever-present smile.
were weak in body, but your soul
Liliya was born in Kiev in 1990 and
was emanating beyond your physi-
came to the United States with her
cal challenges. We talked for hours,
parents when she was 4 years old. Her
we laughed, we tried not to cry, and
arms and legs were paralyzed from
you taught me that we all have a little
quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and it took magic inside of us, no matter where
we are in life:'
great effort to do most things, includ-
ing speaking. In spite of these difficul-
When she was not attending com-
ties, she displayed an amazing capacity munity events, Liliya enjoyed spending
for happiness and gratitude.
time with her many friends and vol-
Officiating at her funeral service,
unteers in her own custom-designed,
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive direc-
wheelchair-accessible studio apartment,
tor of Friendship Circle of Michigan,
made possible by Friendship Circle and
described Liliya as "a shining soul:'
more than two dozen generous indi-
"She was a person with a unique
viduals and local businesses.
ability to get into each of our souls;
"She was an amazing young lady;
she spent every minute of every day
she always had something to talk
impacting the world:' the rabbi said.
about, something to say:' said Alex
Sherman of Birmingham, a Friendship
"She loved life; she always looked for-
Circle volunteer. "Spiritually, she will
ward to the next exciting event"
In addition to the many Friendship
always be in our hearts:'
Liliya is survived by her parents, Ilya
Circle programs she attended, Liliya
relished her trips with Kids of
and Tonya Bromberg of Oak Park, and
Courage, a nonprofit organization that hundreds of friends around the world.
provides travel and camping experi-
Interment was at Hebrew Memorial
Park. Arrangements by Hebrew
ences for children and young adults
Memorial Chapel. Contributions may
with serious medical diagnoses.
"Liliya embodied what our organi-
be directed to the Friendship Circle,
zation has been trying to accomplish
6892 W Maple Road, West Bloomfield,
MI, 48322, (248) 788 7878, www.
... She acknowledged her challenges
friendshipcircle.org . ❑
but was determined to face them with
a smile and a cheerful disposition:'
said Ari Dobkin, a program director
We All Have Our Challenges by Liliya
Bromberg, with special help from Ryan G.
with Kids of Courage, who came from
Beale, is available on www.amazon.com
New York to attend Liliya's funeral.
One of Liliya's dreams was to write a
and through the INGRAM Book Company,
book encompassing her philosophy of
www.ingramcontent.com , with special
discounts for educators and organizations.
life, and this dream was realized a few
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