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Event co-chairs Cheri Victor of Farmington Hills, left, and Nancy Finkel of Bloomfield Hills, right, flank speakers Brian Dickerson and Laura Berman
Event co-chairs Cheri Victor of Farmington Hills, left, and Nancy Finkel of Bloomfield Hills, right, flank speakers Brian Dickerson and Laura Berman

SAJE in the Sun

By Robert Sklar
Contributing Editor

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit demonstrated the expanse of its “community” by attracting 175 Jews in Florida with Detroit ties to a SAJE in the Sun afternoon of mingling, noshing and learning in Delray Beach.

The Jan. 30 program featured a Detroit newspaper power couple, Brian Dickerson, a columnist at the Detroit Free Press since 1998 and a senior editor on the editorial board, and Laura Berman, a columnist at the Detroit News for almost 30 years before she recently retired.

They spoke on the conundrum of “Irreconcilable Differences: An Intimate look at Public (and Private) Discord.” Citing provocative research from psychologists and personal experiences as married, but sometimes dueling, newspaper columnists, they examined the age-old struggle of liberals and conservatives battling in politics and beyond.

Sydelle Sonkin dedicated the event at Seagate Country Club in memory of her late husband, Sheldon. Andee Liberman was introduced as the interim SAJE director.

The JCC’s Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment (SAJE) is presented in partnership with Wayne State University’s Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies. Cis Maisel Kellman endows SAJE, and Carol and Ronald Fogel and Sophie Pearlstein support it through the JCC’s Pillars of Light program.

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