The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit will give Douglas Bloom the Fred M. Butzel Award for distinguished community service at its 2018 Annual Meeting 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. The award is Federation’s highest honor for volunteer leadership.
Bloom has served in a variety of roles within the community including president of the Jewish Federation, president of the Jewish Community Center, chair of the American Jewish Committee, chair of Federation’s Annual Campaign, and — his favorite role — chair of the Planning and Allocations Steering Committee.
In addition, Bloom has served on the boards of Jewish Senior Life, JVS, Temple Kol Ami, the Jewish Fund, United Jewish Foundation and various committees throughout the community.
“In every role, Doug brought with him a sense of kol yisroel, the idea that all these organizations are part of one community and their link to one another enables them to do more together than any could do on its own,” says Howard Neistein, chief officer of strategic partnership for Federation.
Federation CEO Scott Kaufman adds: “Doug is a true community champion who has always commanded the deep respect and admiration of the people around him. We are all so grateful for all he has done and so happy to see him receive this much-deserved award.”
Douglas and his wife, Barbara, are the benefactors of the Barbara and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory held each year at the JCC. Hundreds of local Jewish children learn how to make matzah the exacting, traditional 18-minute way every Passover. They also sponsor the Barbara and Douglas Bloom Acts of Loving Kindness Fund, which helps seniors with financial difficulties remain in Fleischman Residence.
Barbara and Douglas have three children and several grandchildren. They reside in Birmingham.
RSVP at jewishdetroit.org/annualmeeting.