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that this is an organization they should
support even though they may have no
need of hospice care at the momen'

"Professional Volunteer"
Andi Wolfe, 64, was born in Detroit and
grew up in Huntington Woods, graduat-
ing from Berkley High School. She now
lives in Bloomfield Hills.
Although she taught middle school
in Madison Heights for four years
after graduating from the University of
Michigan, and worked briefly for WTVS,
Detroit's public TV station, she describes
herself as a "professional volunteer"
She worked on Detroit's Jewish Book
Fair for many years, including three as
its chair. She's active with the American
Technion Society, Birthright Israel
Detroit Council, Bookstock and the
Jewish Women's Foundation. She raised
money for Andover High School when
her children, Jeremy and Erich Thacker,
were students there. She also volunteers
for the WTVS annual auction.
She's a life member of the Adat
Shalom Sisterhood, Hadassah and
National Council of Jewish Women.
Jewish Hospice is close to her heart.
Her husband met Freedman when he
was a student at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
in Southfield. When his father was ill,
Freedman provided spiritual support.
Wolfe says there's a huge need for sup-
port services for Jews who are frail or ill
and living at home.
At hospitals and nursing homes,
there's always someone who can visit:'
she said. "When you're at home alone,
you don't always know what to do or
who to call.
"Jewish Hospice will put you in touch
with people who can help. What Bunny
and his group do is make it possible for
people to live comfortably and die with
dignity at home:'
Dana Burnstein, current chair of the
Grand Circle of Women, said Wolfe's
efforts on behalf of the group are worthy
of honor. "She is a philanthropic human-
itarian; she deserves every honor she can
get," Burnstein said.
Burnstein has been friends with
Wolfe for years, since they met through
Women's American ORT.
"When you're a friend of Andi's,
what she supports, you support; said
Burnstein, who has been a member
of the Grand Circle of Women since it
began. "She gives with her whole heart:'
Burnstein was already a big JCHN fan.
When her husband, Gary, was in the
final stages of lung cancer — he died in
2003 at age 60 — Freedman and other
Jewish Hospice staff visited him at home.
"Truly, they were angels of mercy for
my husband, my family and myself:' said
Burnstein, who became a Jewish Hospice
volunteer about five years ago.

A curriculum with a sense of balance.

Akiva Hebrew Day School is the only local
school that provides both a Modern Orthodox
and college preparatory education, in a dual
curriculum. In the past 50 years, thousands
of Detroit-area children have graduated
from Akiva and gone on to America's most
prestigious colleges. Over 95% of our
students are accepted to the University of
Michigan.

From Pre-K through High School,
we provide a full curriculum in a warm
co-educational Orthodox environment that
gives students the desire and confidence
to live as proud, educated and committed
Zionists at ease in the modern world.

The Jewish Federation, supporting
our past, helping plan for the future.

The Jewish Federation Centennial Fund is
the primary means
for ensuring our
The Jewish Federation
community's long-
term health and security and will impact the
full range of Jewish needs and experience,
including social welfare, Jewish identity and
education, and Jewish life around the world.
Akiva is implementing our 50th Anniversary
Improvement Plan, with an initial generous

Supported by

OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT

Centennial Fund donation from the William
and Audrey Farber Philanthropic
Endowment Fund at the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
It will drive improvement in our
academic excellence and enable
the modernization of our facilities.

CENTENNIAL
FUND

SECURING OUR FUTURE

Celebrate Akiva's 50th Anniversary
on June 8!

Join us at Congregation Shaarey Zedek on
June 8th. Come see how Akiva has become
an important voice in Modern Orthodoxy
and in the Detroit Jewish Community.

Kormans to receive the first Audrey
and William Farber Award.

Howard and Michal Korman will be the
initial recipients of this award as community
activists who personify our mission as an
exceptional educational institution. Since
joining the Akiva family over eleven years
ago, their commitment and hard work have
been essential to our continued growth.

Reserve now!

Visit our website:
www.Akiva.org
or contact Delcia at
248.386.1625 x 237 or
50Years@Akiva.org.

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