Jews in the D Here’s To is published the first Thursday of every month to celebrate the accomplishments of the Jewish community.
In this week’s Here’s To, take a look at the accomplishments of 15 local Jewish community members, Elaine Fieldman, Ken Bernard, Savonna Adell, Teddie Olender, Rabbi Joshua Bennett, Rabbi Rod Glogower, Sandra D. Glazier, Mort Harris, Nancy R. Kaufman, Larry Moss, Saad Abbo, Lisa Kaplan, Elizabeth Schiff Barish, Aric Klar and Kelly Woodley.
Elaine Fieldman of Birmingham won top honors in competitive ballroom dancing at the Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio. She received awards in the World Dancesport Series for Top Female Student, Top Bronze Student and Top Multi-Dance Smooth Competitor. The World Dancesport Series consists of more than 90 ballroom dance competitions throughout the season and more than 4,000 female student competitors. Elaine dances with professional Blake Kish from the Birmingham Ballroom Company studio in Auburn Hills, which won top studio. Bernard Wealth Management, led by Ken Bernard, CFA, is expanding and just moved to a new location at 600 S. Adams Road, Suite 100, Birmingham. The company provides comprehensive investment services including financial counseling, retirement planning and portfolio management. To reach Ken, call (248) 556-2900. Oakland County resident Savonna Adell, 12, is one of the top equestrian competitors in the United States. She has won multiple championship titles in several divisions at top competitions in the country and competes at the highest level in her sport. She is the daughter of Kevin Adell. Savonna attends Cranbrook and travels each week to Florida to compete in prestigious competitions. Teddie Olender, CFP, CIMA, associate vice president- investments, at Wells Fargo Advisors in Farmington Hills, recently obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification, delivered by the Investments & Wealth Institute ™ and taught in conjunction with the Yale School of Management. The CIMA certification provides sophisticated investment knowledge, along with the practical techniques to help meet the real-world needs of individual and institutional investors. Olender has worked as a financial adviser with the Olender Group of Wells Fargo Advisors since 2012. Rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield was honored with Project Healthy Community’s Development Award at the organization’s dinner in March. Bennett is a board member, longtime volunteer and co-founder of PHC. The organization credits a sermon by Bennett as the inspiration behind PHC. (See related story on page 46.) Rabbi Rod Glogower of Ann Arbor will retire after 30+ years of leadership at the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan. A celebration was held at the University of Michigan Hillel on Sunday, April 15 Lipson Neilson P.C. Shareholder Sandra D. Glazier has been selected by the American Bar Association to be on a panel that will discuss attorneys’ roles and responsibilities in protecting aging clients (and their assets) from the seemingly well-intentioned but overly influencing next generation. This session is titled “It May Be a Small World, but You Still Need to Wait Your Turn – Issues with Elder Planning and Abuse.” Glazier is one of only three Michigan attorneys selected by the ABA to present at this national Symposia that will be held in Orlando, Fla., May 10-11. An attorney for more than 35 years, Glazier is known for her expertise and successful track record in probate litigation, estate planning, trust and estate administration, and family law matters. Mort Harris of Detroit, a World War II bomber pilot and entrepreneur, was joined by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer as he became one of the new inductees into the Association of Churchill Fellows, a prestigious organization dedicated to the support of and service to the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Mo. The Kaufman Children’s Center in West Bloomfield expanded into a neighboring building this month. The center offers pediatric special-needs services including speech, language, sensory-motor and autism therapy. Nancy R. Kaufman, a speech-language therapist, is the owner/director of the Kaufman Children’s Center. Larry Moss is a senior vice president/investments and managing director of the Moss Financial Group with Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Birmingham, a member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. He was among the Raymond James-affiliated advisers named to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisers. The list, which recognizes advisers from national, regional and independent firms, was released online in February. Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the 12th annual Key to the Township awards dinner on May 15. A diverse group of honorees committed to helping the community thrive will be recognized for their contributions and service. Honorees include Business Person of the Year, Saad Abbo; Health and Wellness, Lisa Kaplan; Leadership, Elizabeth Schiff Barish; Young entrepreneur of the year, Aric Klar; Chamber Member of the Year, Kelly Woodley.