Here’s To – June 7, 2018

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Here’s To is published the first Thursday of every month to celebrate the accomplishments of the Jewish community.

In this month’s Here’s To, Here’s To – June, take a look at the accomplishments of these local Jewish community members, Jack Aronson, Lawrence I. Pasik, M.D, Howard Novetsky, Brian Brodsky, Jonathan Schwartz and Joshua Borson.

Life Directions, Detroit’s Peer to Peer Mentoring organization, hosted its Spark of Hope Tribute Gala fundraiser on May 19. Lear Corp. in Southfield was this year’s Ignite the Spark Title Sponsor. Jack Aronson, co-founder of Clean Planet Foods in Clinton Township, received the Life Directions 2018 Guiding Light Award for his years of dedication and commitment to the Detroit community, promotion of youth literacy, and support of numerous other charitable causes focused on bettering the lives of children and young adults. His dedication and contributions serve as an inspiration and exemplify the spirit of community service represented by the Guiding Light Award.
Lawrence I. Pasik, M.D., has been named to the prestigious 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America list; this recognition marks the third time that Pasik has earned this honor. Current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors Inc. evaluates the review results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.
Howard Novetsky has once again earned the prestigious Presidents Circle Award for sales and commitment to service in real estate. The award was presented at the yearly convention given by Real Estate One/Max Broock Realtors. Novetsky has consistently been in the top 5 percent of Realtors nationwide. This is his 31st year as a Realtor.
Borson. Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm, announced that three of its attorneys were elected to the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit board of directors. Joshua Borson, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, was elected as a first-time board member; Brian Brodsky, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups, was re-elected to the board for the fourth year; Jonathan Schwartz, partner and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, was elected to the executive board after serving three years on the general board.
Brodsky. Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm, announced that three of its attorneys were elected to the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit board of directors. Joshua Borson, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, was elected as a first-time board member; Brian Brodsky, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups, was re-elected to the board for the fourth year; Jonathan Schwartz, partner and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, was elected to the executive board after serving three years on the general board.
Schwartz. Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm, announced that three of its attorneys were elected to the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit board of directors. Joshua Borson, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, was elected as a first-time board member; Brian Brodsky, associate and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups, was re-elected to the board for the fourth year; Jonathan Schwartz, partner and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, was elected to the executive board after serving three years on the general board.
Julie Fershtman received the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s prestigious Jean King Leadership Award during its 100th anniversary Centennial Gala in Detroit in April. This award is given annually to commend a lawyer or judge for outstanding leadership in the advancement of women in the legal profession. Fershtman is a shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC in its Southfield office, where she focuses her law practice in business litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense and equine law. She is a past president of the State Bar of Michigan and has tried cases before juries in four states. A speaker in 29 states, she is the author of books, blogs and articles.
Judith Greenstone Miller, partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., moderated the program “The ‘New’ (Not So New) Uniform Assignment of Rents Statute — A Sign of Better Things to Come?” during the American Law Association’s Business Law Spring Meeting held April 12 in Orlando, Fla. Greenstone Miller is a member of Jaffe’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency, and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups, specializing in creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. Her practice involves representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings, primarily involving Chapter 11 reorganizations.
Jacqueline Spizizen of West Bloomfield, Emory University freshman, has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA D-III National Pitcher of the Week after helping the Eagles to a series sweep at Washington University. So far this year, she has compiled a won-lost mark of 11-4 to go along with an ERA of 1.64 for 77 innings in the circle.
Linda Silverman Rosberg recently completed domestic mediation training at the Oakland Mediation Center. She is practicing as a licensed professional counselor to help injured workers return to work.
The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 has selected Dr. Diane Blau and the Michigan School for Professional Psychology to receive the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award for 2019. This award is given to an institution and an individual associated with an institution that have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology. Blau will present a keynote address at the 12th Annual APA Division 32 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference in 2019.
This fall, under the auspices of the Venice International Center for Jewish Studies, Lynne Avadenka will be one in a group of six artists working on “Living Underwater,” a project focusing on climate change. They will work together for three weeks in October in Italy with a good part of the time spent at the Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica. In November, she will head to the University of Nebraska/Lincoln as a visiting artist in the printmaking department headed by Karen Kunc.
Sam Englender, former Detroiter, will be ordained in June as a rabbi in a smichah (ordination) ceremony by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Englender is the son of Shaul and Julie Englender. After graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to Israel where he worked for the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and as a project manager in the hi-tech world. He also spent time at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Year Program.
Jeffrey Davidson of Birmingham has joined the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors for a three-year term. He will collaborate with other board members to support the institute’s mission of leading transformative cancer care, research and education. Karmanos treats more than 14,000 new patients annually and is Michigan’s largest cancer care and research network. Davidson is president of Taubman Ventures Management in Bloomfield Hills.
Farbman Group, a full-service commercial real estate firm, announced that CEO Andy Farbman was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year — Real Estate category for its 16th Annual American Business Awards. He also earned a Bronze award in the Lifetime Achievement Award — Business Services Industries category, while the firm earned Bronze awards for Management Team of the Year — Business Products; and Company of the Year — Real Estate — Large.
Jeffrey D. Forman, M.D., FACR, a nationally recognized radiation oncologist who spent 13 years at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, concluding in 2007, is returning to become Medical Director of Development, effective immediately. He will focus on maintaining strong community and professional relationships, working closely with Chief Development Officer Katrina Studvent and her team as well as with Karmanos leadership to develop and execute major gift strategies and to enhance Karmanos’ charitable giving programs.
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, the leading voice for Jewish human service organizations in the U.S., Canada and Israel, announced that Perry Ohren, CEO of Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, will serve as the chair of its new board of directors.
Avery Mendelson of Farmington Hill received his doctorate medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in May. He will do his residency in internal medicine at Providence Hospital Southfield. His parents are Susan and Coby Goutkovitch, and David and Wendy Mendelson.
Southfield law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced the addition of attorneys Earle I. Erman, Julie Beth Teicher, Craig E. Zucker, David H. Freedman, and David Eisenberg. Each of the first four is a shareholder in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Eisenberg is an associate in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group.
Southfield law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced the addition of attorneys Earle I. Erman, Julie Beth Teicher, Craig E. Zucker, David H. Freedman, and David Eisenberg. Each of the first four is a shareholder in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Eisenberg is an associate in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group.
Southfield law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced the addition of attorneys Earle I. Erman, Julie Beth Teicher, Craig E. Zucker, David H. Freedman, and David Eisenberg. Each of the first four is a shareholder in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Eisenberg is an associate in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group.
Southfield law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced the addition of attorneys Earle I. Erman, Julie Beth Teicher, Craig E. Zucker, David H. Freedman, and David Eisenberg. Each of the first four is a shareholder in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Eisenberg is an associate in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group.
Southfield law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C. announced the addition of attorneys Earle I. Erman, Julie Beth Teicher, Craig E. Zucker, David H. Freedman, and David Eisenberg. Each of the first four is a shareholder in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group. Eisenberg is an associate in the firm’s Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group.
Fifth Third Bank is pleased to welcome back Jeff Tischler of West Bloomfield as senior vice president and credit risk executive. In this bank-wide role, he is responsible for leading credit for a number of business units including middle market, asset based lending and leveraged finance, among other specialized lines of business.
Grand Steel Productions Inc., a flat rolled steel service center and steel distributor in Wixom, announced a recent change in leadership. Michael Barnett has been appointed president and chief operating officer. Barnett has overseen the growth of Grand Steel Products, including the purchase of an operations building in 2008, purchase and installation of a slitting line in 2011, and office renovations and additions in 2014, among other purchases and acquisitions. He also assisted in the formation of Barnett Industrial Properties and Grand Steel Transport, where he is a partner.
Isaac Mintz, a sophomore at the West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy, is one of five students in Oakland County to receive a Youth Volunteer Leadership Award presented at the May Michigan Week Community Awards ceremony. He was chosen by his classmates to be one of their three representatives for student government. Mintz stands out for his ability to speak clearly and respectfully.
Jeffrey W. Taub of Birmingham was named a 2018 Crain’s Detroit Business Newspaper Health Care Hero. Taub is the Division Chief of Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Ring Screw Texron Endowed Chair and Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University, where he conducts research in childhood leukemias.
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm, recently hired Michelle M. Younger as an associate in the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. Younger will focus on matters including routine and complex divorces, custody, child support, paternity, property division and post judgment matters. She also serves as a board member of NEXTGen Detroit.
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