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opioid crisis

A Community Conversation On The Opioid Epidemic

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Temple Israel presents the Alicia Joy Techner Memorial Parenting Conference.

The opioid epidemic affecting the entire Metro Detroit community will be the subject of the annual Alicia Joy Techner Memorial Parenting Conference Wednesday, March 7, at Temple Israel.

Ken Daniels

Ken Daniels

Held since 1979, the Alicia Joy Techner Memorial Parenting Conference seeks to bring the Southeast Michigan community together for public conversations about modern parenting challenges. The series is sponsored by Ilene and David Techner of Birmingham in memory of their beloved daughter Alicia, and is open to the

community and presented at no cost for attendees (though advance registration is requested).

Detroit Red Wings TV announcer Ken Daniels, who lost his son Jamie to addiction, will

Steve Feldman

Steve Feldman

speak at the event, entitled “If Only I Had Known.” It is designed to share personal stories from a variety of perspectives so parents can feel more informed, empowered and educated about the opioid crisis and how it is undoubtedly affecting families they know.

Other scheduled speakers include Steve Feldman, COO of Feinberg Consulting/Feinberg Addiction Services; West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton; and the Hon. Edward Sosnick, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge (retired).

Chief Michael Patton

Chief Michael Patton

“Alicia Joy Techner would have been 40 years old last year,” said David Techner, funeral director at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. “Ilene and I take great pride in knowing that the community members who will benefit from this conference would have

been Alicia’s peers and friends, alongside her siblings. These resources, in her memory, will help them with the balance of challenge and reward that comes from the parenting experience.”

Hon. Judge Sosnick

Hon. Judge Sosnick

Kari Provizer, director of the Robert Sosnick Family Life Center at Temple Israel, said, “We appreciate the Techners stepping forward to make possible an event that will call

attention to a community crisis that is still not achieving enough attention.”

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, located at 5725 Walnut Lake Road, just east of Drake Road, in West Bloomfield. Registration is requested via Kate Boman at (248) 661-5700 or kate@temple-israel.org.

David Techner

David Techner

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