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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-08-29

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later. She moved to pre-Israel
Palestine and devoted the rest of
her life assisting wave after wave
of immigrants as a social worker
at absorption centers. Stephanie —
whose Hebrew name is Klara Shifra
— is named for her great-aunt.
From her very first breath in the
delivery room of Sinai Hospital on
June 11, 1991, Stephanie's personal
path has been shaped and influenced
by our Detroit Jewish community.
She was named at Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses, where she also
attended preschool. She pressed
apples and assembled Purim parcels
through the innovative Jewish
Experiences for Families program.
She welcomed Shabbat, as a child
and most recently as a counselor, at
Fresh Air Society's Family Camps in
Ortonville. She developed a slightly
Sephardic Hebrew accent thanks to
her wonderful teachers and Jewish
education at Hillel Day School. She
was a regular visitor and friend
to the men at the Epstein home
operated by JARC and loved when
they came to our home for Sukkot
and Chanukah for food and fun.
Her summers were filled with
adventure at Tamarack Camps,
transitioning from happy camper
to Western U.S. and Alaska hiker
to even happier counselor. Her bat
mitzvah was celebrated at Shaarey
Zedek-B'nai Israel Center and again
on Masada in Israel. She expanded
her formal Jewish education, and
love for Israel, as a student at the
Frankel Jewish Academy. Her

leadership skills were shaped by
Michigan Region BBYO, where
she was the founding president of
Emunah BBG and later regional
president. And, of course, her
views of the Jewish community and
world were shaped by her weekly
readership of the Jewish News!
Four years at the University of
Michigan brought her through the
doors of the Berman Hillel facility,
leading Carlebach-style Kabbalat
Shabbat services. It was during
her junior-year semester at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem
that she decided she would return
as a citizen of Israel via the Garin
Tzabar-Lone Soldier program.
During her final year at the
University of Michigan, she and
her friend, Ariella Yedwab, served
as recruiters for an array of college
and post-college programs available
via Masa Israel Journey, a joint
project of the government of Israel
and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Twenty-three students or recent
graduates of the University of
Michigan are heading to Israel as a
result of their efforts.
While we are filled with pride and
admiration for our daughter, whose
commitment to Israel is strong
enough to separate from family and
friends, we recognize that her path
and story attest to the important
role our Detroit Jewish community
played in bringing us to this happy
occasion. These days, we see other
communities continuing to fragment
around us. What continues to make
Detroit's Jewish
community
strong and resil-
NAVE A HAPPY!
ient is that the
sum of its parts
remains greater
than any indi-
vidual, agency or
school.
Best wishes
from the Horwitz
family, in Detroit
and now Israel,
for a healthy,
fulfilling and safe
New Year. May
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