BERKLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Holocaust Victims' Names at the Yad
Vashem World Center for Holocaust
Research in Jerusalem. The database
includes the names of more than 1
Dube said he started getting phone
calls from prospective participants
the day after he mailed information
to area congregations and Jewish
organizations. His packet contains a
poignant poem, "The Closed Book,"
written by his daughter, Andrea, 22,
when she was 10.
Harvey Finkelberg, director of
Wooden Acres Camp in Lexington,
Mich., asked to adopt two children, a
boy and a girl, whose yahrzeits fall in
Finkelberg said he does a program
on the Holocaust every year for the
campers, who range in age from 7
to 15. Having information about
children their own age who perished
will make the history more real to
Formal goals and objectives for
the Adopt-a-Kaddish project include
creating empathy and preserving
the memory of Holocaust victims,
recognizing the Holocaust was a loss
to civilization as a whole, gaining a
better understanding about the past,
increasing awareness about the dan-
gers of radical movements, raising
consciousness about contemporary
forms of anti-Semitism, placing a
spotlight on other genocides and all
forms of hatred, promoting respect
for human rights (especially minor-
ity groups) and fostering personal
responsibility as democratic citizens.
"More than just reciting Kaddish
during Yizkor [memorial] services
and on the yahrzeit, we're asking
participants to 'adopt' the children
into their hearts and make them
part of their family's life and legacy,"
"To help create a more tolerant
world, we must remain vigilant to
prevent future acts of oppression and
genocide. It is incumbent upon us to
actively remember our past in order
to help protect our future."
Those interested in learning more about
the Adopt-a-Kaddish project can email
Dube at ottodube®hebrewmemorial.
org or call (248) 543-1622. Hebrew
Memorial Chapel needs participants'
names, addresses and phone numbers.
Congregations and organizations can
collect that information from interested
members and forward it to Dube.
JVS President/CEO Barbara
Nurenberg To Retire Nov. 30
Barbara Nurenberg, president and
CEO of JVS for more than 21 years,
announced her decision to retire
from JVS at a special JVS board
meeting on Aug. 22. Her retirement
is effective Nov. 30.
"I look back
on an amazing
career with JVS,
starting as a
and ending as
its president and
CEO," she said.
"As I move on to
the next phase
of my career, I
will carry with me all that I have
learned from our past and present
staff, board members, donors and
other stakeholders. JVS will always
be family to me, and I'm excited
to see the great JVS management
team lead the organization into the
As a bridge from its successful
current work to a strong future,
effective Nov. 30, Leah Rosenbaum
has been named interim president
and CEO. Rosenbaum is the current
COO and has successfully led the
operations of the agency for more
than 20 years.
Under Nurenberg's leader-
ship, JVS has grown to be one of
the most significant human ser-
vice organizations in Michigan.
Annually, JVS provides critical ser-
vices to nearly 19,000 individuals
Nurenberg has been part of
making advancements in the com-
munity in how the elderly are
honored and cared for; has cre-
ated and implemented workforce
development and financial educa-
tion initiatives; has provided edu-
cational, scholarship and career
advancement opportunities for high
school and college students; and
has developed an array of services
to meet the needs of people with
Through JVS' Business and
Career Development Services, she
has helped thousands of people and
"Under Barbara's leadership, JVS
has been an instrument of posi-
tive change," Rosenbaum said. "On
a local and international level,
Barbara has devoted her career
to ensuring dignity for people in
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