Archive for 2016

Cancer Advance

Israeli researchers create tiny “barcodes” that bring promise for personal drug therapies Haifa, Israel Using synthetic DNA sequences as the tiniest of barcodes, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new diagnostic technology for determining the suitability of specific anticancer drugs to a specific patient — before treatment even begins. The study, published in…

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Editor’s Picks

THROUGH DECEMBER 25: OVO There’s still time to pick up tickets to Cirque du Soleil: OVO, performing at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena through Dec. 25. Portugeuse for “egg,” OVO is a vibrant rush into the Earth’s eco-system. Fifty acrobats bring to life the energy and movement of the bustling world of insects. Tickets start at…

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Kick-Starting Art

Playground Detroit to open retail, gallery and event space near Eastern Market They have mastered the art of multitasking. That’s what creative entrepreneurs with big dreams do. Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Banks Schefman, both 30, are making things happen for themselves and the growing community of artists and musicians they support via Playground Detroit, an…

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Year In Review 2016

JANUARY The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue unveiled a new urban agriculture program called Seeds to Table just before Tu b’Shevat. Volunteers nurture seeds into plantlets then transplant them into the community garden in the spring. Metro Detroit’s Jewish community reacted to the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint by collecting bottled water and monetary donations. Temple…

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The Enchanted Forest

Natalie Balazovich is an extraordinary gardener. In only a matter of days, she is transforming a few indoor rooms — where there is little sun, no soil, no streams or lakes — into a beautiful forest. The forest will be home to trees (of a sort) and images of nature in all colors and sizes,…

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Shared Loves — Jewish Education And Pickles

 I met Bill through our passion for Jewish family education, which he funded so generously throughout the years. But I had the privilege of calling him a dear friend to me and my family. When my children were born, he was there. At their b’nai mitzvot, he came. When my father-in-law died, he checked in.…

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Good Spirits

The holiday season is upon us, which means family celebrations, office parties, tropical vacations and ski trips. For some, however, this equates to indulgent meals, delicious desserts and festive cocktails. When the social calendar gets busy or we take time off for extended vacations, we often fail to recognize the number of alcoholic beverages we…

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My Mentor, My Friend

Bill Berman was the closest individual I had to a grandfather as well as my primary mentor, adviser, supporter, synagogue seat-mate, political guide, philanthropic teacher and — perhaps most importantly of all — friend.  Outside of my immediate family, there is no one who knew me better or counseled me more wisely. I cannot think of a major personal…

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