The 24th Annual Jewish Senior Life Eight Over Eighty Celebration was held in May at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. The event brought out more than 400 community members who honored eight extraordinary individuals with the 2017 Tikkun Olam Award for community activism and leadership.

Joining these community leaders were eight students from the Frankel Jewish Academy, each of whom was paired with an honoree. Each FJA student interviewed an honoree and presented them at the event. The event raised a record $182,000 to support the Jewish Senior Life Quality of Life Fund, including support of the JSL Food Program.

Nominations for the 2018 Eight Over Eighty Tikkun Olam Awards are now being accepted. Contact Beth Tryon at Jewish Senior Life for a nomination form at or (248) 592-5026.

2017 Honorees

Beverly Bennett

A longtime Jewish Senior Life volunteer, Beverly utilizes her life experience in owning retail businesses as the buyer for the all JSL boutiques. Beverly’s warmth and spirit enrich the lives of JSL residents every day.

Dr. Stuart Falk

A dentist by profession, Stuart has been an active member of the community, including being a past-president of Temple Emanu-El and chairperson of the Docent Steering Committee of the Holocaust Memorial Center, where he continues to be very active.

Margot Gardner

Margot’s awareness of anti-Semitism began in childhood where she spent her earliest years in Berlin, Germany, during the rise of Nazi Germany. Margot’s true passion for community work was ignited when she became involved in StandWithUs, an organization dedicated to advocating for the State of Israel and in combating misinformation about the Jewish State.

Elaine Greenberg

As the youth choir director at Temple Israel for more than 30 years, Elaine has touched the hearts of thousands of children. After retiring in this role, Elaine used her passion for music to assist women coping with ovarian cancer and has worked as the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator of Survivors Teaching Students, a group helping to educate medical professionals to the human face of battling cancer.

Dr. Robert Matthews

Bob’s parents infused in him the concept of tikkun olam at a very young age, and his work in the community and desire to help others have driven him throughout his lifetime. In 2000, Bob created the Matthews Family Foundation to help improve the quality of life of older Jewish adults, helping them live with dignity and independence in their own homes.

Evelyn Orbach

Evelyn’s life has been devoted to theater and to performance. After growing up in the world of New York theater and the arts, Evelyn moved to Detroit where she founded the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET), an equity actor production company with the highest professional standards. Today, the JET continues to thrive, with a performance schedule at the JCC.

Eunice Korman Ring

Tikkun olam is a concept Eunice has lived by her entire life, one taught by her parents. She has dedicated countless hours to community charities, including the National Council of Jewish Women, Technion, the Israeli Defense Forces, Meals on Wheels, Hadassah and the Karmanos Cancer Center. She continues to be a tireless advocate for those in need in our community.

Michael Weiss

For Holocaust survivor Michael Weiss, education is everything. At the age of 93, Michael continues to regularly speak at the Holocaust Memorial Center, sharing his story of oppression, the horrors of the Holocaust and his ultimate survival with young people. He has dedicated his life to education and remembrance.