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May 15, 2014 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-15

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'An Evening For Starfish'

Annual dinner for Starfish Family Services

honors longtime supporters of the organization.


n Evening for Starfish" raised
funds in support of vulner-
able children and families in
Metro Detroit on May 1 at The Henry in
Dearborn. The event featured the 2014
Starfish Great Hearts Award, which was

presented to three families who have
impacted the mission of Starfish through
their generosity and advocacy, including
the Jack Demmer family, the Citrins and
U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell and Debbie
Dingell. Starfish is based in Inkster.

Bob, Susie and Jonathan Citrin were awarded the 2014 Starfish Great Hearts

Award by CEO Ann Kalass, third from left, for their longtime support. Jonathan

Citrin currently serves on the Starfish board as the immediate past chairman.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell and wife, Debbie, with Starfish CEO Ann Kalass

Michael and Marcy Feldman

Nancy Waldman and Starfish Chairman

Ron Sollish

Remembering The Fallen

Yom Hazikaron program

commemorates those who gave their lives so Israel can continue.


om Hazikaron, Israel's National Memorial
Day, was marked with a community-wide
program May 4 attended by nearly 600
people at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts
in West Bloomfield. The event was coordinated by the
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in collabo-
ration with Israel program partners, local agencies and
the Yom HaZikaron committee.
The ceremony began with the sounding of a memo-
rial siren and included reading the names of fallen
soldiers from the Detroit Partnership2Gether region, a

Debbie Levin at the JCC memorial

memorial candle-lighting, prayers, songs and national
anthems sung by the Hillel Day School choir.
Many program participants served in the Israel
Defense Forces, have family that served in the IDF or
have children currently serving in the IDF. An IDF
paratrooper spoke about his service and the loss of his
friend in the second Lebanon War.
At the end, flowers were placed on the only Yom
Hazikaron memorial outside of Israel, located at the
JCC, reflecting the community's relationship with

Emma Cohen, left, with a group that includes Ruth
Siegel, Cantor David Propis and his wife, Karen, right

Tess Rosenthal lights the candle for peace.

Erin and Morgan Mettler place their roses at the memorial.

May 15 • 2014


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