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$2.00 MAY 8-14, 2014 / 8-14 IYAR 5774

theJEWISHNEWS.com

A JEWISH RENAISSANCE MEDIA PUBLICATION

» Picking Up The PACE First-of-its-kind clean
energy project under way at 1-800-Law-Firm.
See page 38.

» Spreading The Light

Bais Chabad to honor
the Silberbergs on the shul's 40th year. See page 14.

DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

» Happy Mother's Day New books penned by
moms reveal the pain, pleasure of raising children.
See page 53.

Son, Rabbi Shneur Silberberg, holds a young
adult Sukkot program at Bais Chabad.

Quiet Volunteer

Stolen Year

Andi Wolfe to be honored with
Jewish Hospice's first Dove Award.

Barbara Lewis I Contributing Writer

A

ndrea "Andi" Wolfe is one of that legion of volun-
teers who go about their business quietly, working
without fanfare to build a better community.
She prefers being in the background to being in the spot-
light and doesn't want much fuss made about the fact she soon
will be the first recipient of Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy
Network's Dove Award.
When Rabbi E.B. "Bunny" Freedman asked her to accept
the award, she bet him that
no one would pay money to
see her honored. "I've always
thought of myself as invisible:'
she said.
She lost the bet. So far hun-
dreds of women have bought
tickets to the second annual
educational event May 15 of
the Grand Circle of Women, a
group Wolfe started to support
Jewish Hospice, based in West
Bloomfield.
Jewish Hospice and
Chaplaincy Network works with Andi Wolfe
area hospices, hospitals and
nursing homes to provide social
work services, spiritual care and grief support for Jewish patients
and their families.

A local family copes with early-onset dementia with
fortitude and love.

Ruthan Brodsky I Contributing Writer

ife changed dramatically for
the Bloombergs of Farmington
Hills in 2012. That's when
husband Erwin's behavior changed sig-
nificantly, leaving his wife, Mickey, and
their children perplexed and troubled.
"I was convinced he must have a

brain tumor causing his erratic behav-
ior the past few months:' Mickey said.
"He had quit his job, changed from a
very social person to a recluse, gave a
way thousands of dollars to someone
in Africa and totally changed his eating
habits.

The Bloombergs:
Sara, Audrey,
Erwin and Mickey
at his assisted
living facility.

Women United

Wolfe formed the Grand Circle of Women two years ago after
Freedman told her he wanted to talk to her about something. "I
know him well enough to realize that when he says you need to
talk, he's going to ask for something:' she said.
Freedman planned to invite Wolfe to serve on the Jewish
Hospice and Chaplaincy Network's board. But because her hus-
band, Larry, was already serving, Wolfe decided to help the orga-
nization in another way, by organizing a women's support group.
In the old days, such a group would likely have been called the
women's auxiliary. Wolfe's idea was more expansive. She named
her nascent group the Grand Circle of Women. From the start, it
was designed to educate women in the community about end-of-
life care as well as to increase awareness of — and financial sup-
port for — Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.
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