Photo: JHSM honorees: Charles Domstein, Arnold Collens and Robert Kaplow.

Faces & Places – JHSM Awards

The Jewish News


Photos by Elayne Gross

It was natural that Arnold “Arnie” Collens would join the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and rise through its ranks to serve as a docent, board member, president and, most recently, recipient of the 2018 Leonard N. Simons History Award.

Collens credits his father, Harry, with instilling an early appreciation for storytelling and history. The two would walk along Wyoming Avenue to attend services on Saturday mornings in Northwest Detroit. “He didn’t take me to daven (pray), but to hear the stories,” Collens recalled.

That interest never waned, and Collens has lent his knowledge, time and talents — including his professional photography skills — to JHSM for many years. 

Collens shared many of his images at the June 5 award ceremony held at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. Also honored: Robert Kaplow with the Leonard N. Simons Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Charles Domstein with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Beverly Sabbath with Linda and Jerry Gutman
JHSM honorees: Charles Domstein, Arnold Collens and Robert Kaplow.
Arnie Collens shared many of his images, including this one of him and his young bride, Dorothy, shortly after their marriage in 1966.
Dennis and Peggy Frank flank Mary Lou Zieve.
Susan Moiseev with John and Gilda Jacobs
Mike Smith, Dorothy Collens and Cathy and Paul Edwards
  • No comments