Jewish Family Service is pleased to announce its recent hire of Amy Newman as the agency’s new chief development officer. She has been with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit since 2010, most recently as its director of leadership development. In that role, she was responsible for optimizing the experiences of lay leaders at Federation through their committee work, mission involvement, community participation, philanthropy and more.
Deborah Rubin, attorney at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., was appointed to a one-year term as chair-elect of the Bankruptcy Section of the Commercial Law League of America. She is a member of Jaffe’s Insolvency and Reorganization, Litigation, and Privacy and Datasecurity Practice Groups. Her practice concentrates on all areas of bankruptcy law, including representation of creditors’ committees and corporate debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation. She also represents businesses with workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors. She has significant experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in avoidance litigation and collection proceedings.
Trustees of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation announced the hiring of a new program partner, Jennifer Ludwig, to manage the Jewish grants portfolio. Her background includes program management and fundraising with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) based in Washington, D.C. Locally, she has worked with the Michigan Israel Business Bridge and the American Jewish Committee.
Randi Simko Richmond recently joined Hadassah Greater Detroit, as the senior manager, membership outreach and community engagement for the Midwest Region. She will focus on growing membership and working collaboratively with community groups, here in Detroit and in the Midwest Region.
Metro Detroit-based businessman, author and songwriter Andy Gutman has received multiple 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, a prestigious national book contest recognizing authors for excellence in writing and publishing. He is also president of Southfield-based Farbman Group and its related companies. Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are a program of Story Monsters LLC, home to the award-winning Story Monsters Ink magazine, the literary resource for teachers, librarians and parents. His 2017 book, Charlie the Caterpillar, is a story conceptualized by his daughter Riley and wife, Lesley. The book received second place in the Arts/Music category and an honorable mention in the Picture Book 5 & Younger, Best Cover Design and Best Illustrations categories. Pop Lullaby was released earlier this year and received second place in the Picture Books 5 & Younger category. It also received an honorable mention in the Arts/Music, Best Cover Design and Best Illustrations categories.
Meredith Dahlen, J.D., M.S.W., was selected as a 2018 Michigan Rising Star from Super Lawyers. She also completed the domestic relations mediation training and the divorce and custody mediation and domestic violence screening training through the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute.
Dahlen is a collaboratively trained family law attorney at Marie A. Pulte, P.C. in Plymouth.
Olivet College’s first Olivet College Music Festival will be on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1:30-11 p.m. at the field next to Cutler Event Center. It is being organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to raise money and bring the Olivet community together. Zach Oshinsky is a student representative within SAAC and founder of the Olivet College Music Festival. To buy tickets and find more event details, visit ocmusicfest.org.
Temple Kol Ami announced the appointment of two new professionals. In June, Kol Ami welcomed Gail Greenberg of Oak Park, RJE, as the Lifelong Learning and Religious School Director. She has been working in the field of Jewish family education and religious school education for 18 years.
Temple Kol Ami’s new cantorial soloist is Sean Samitt. Originally from New York, he is relocating from Arizona to join the congregation. Samitt will also function as the school’s music teacher.
Jewish Family Service welcomes Jeff Lev as the agency’s new chief financial officer. He previously worked at Guardian Industries as the senior manager of corporate finance and assistant treasurer. Lev had been with the company since 2014. He has also served on the JFS Board of Directors as well as the JFS Finance Committee.
Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, principal, Transitions Legal, co-authored an article with Yeshiva University Prof. Daniel Pollack titled “Collaborative Law and Public Human Services Agencies,” which appeared in the June edition of the journal Policy & Practice. The article explains how collaborative law can be compatible with efforts of social service organizations to protect children and families. Peskin-Shepherd specializes in “mediative” divorce, a term she coined to refer to a constructive approach to divorce, rather than letting anger and emotions lead the way. She founded the Birmingham-based law firm Transitions Legal in 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers honoree every year since 2015 as well as a DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyer for three years running.