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Newest DJN Foundation Honorary Chairs

Respected community leaders Penny Blumenstein, Nancy Grosfeld, Doreen Hermelin and Bob Naftaly are joining the Hon. Avern Cohn and Michael Steinhardt as honorary chairs of the Detroit Jewish News Foundation.

The newest honorary chairs were selected recently by an ad hoc committee of the Foundation’s operating board comprised of Norman Pappas, Karen Sosnick Schoenberg, David Techner and Arthur Horwitz. Their selections are in recognition of their service to the community and long-standing support for the Foundation’s mission to capture, tell and make relevant the ongoing story of the Detroit Jewish community.

The independent, nonprofit Detroit Jewish News Foundation was formed in July 2011. Founding honorary chairs, who have since passed away, included Eugene Applebaum, Bill Berman and A. Alfred Taubman.

“We are honored and humbled that Penny, Nancy, Doreen and Bob have agreed to join Judge Cohn and Michael Steinhardt as honorary chairs of the Foundation,” said Foundation President Arthur Horwitz. “They have helped to shape Detroit into one of North America’s most admired Jewish communities and continue to distinguish themselves as nationally recognized leaders.”

All four of the new honorary chairs, plus Judge Cohn, are previous recipients of the Fred M. Butzel Award — the highest recognition for service to the Detroit Jewish community.

One of the key initiatives of the Detroit Jewish News Foundation has been the digitization of the contents of the Detroit Jewish News and its predecessor publication, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle. Also known collectively as the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, it comprises 330,000 pages of content spanning more than 100 years and the public has full and free access to it through

In addition to its chairs, the honorary board includes Jonathan Aaron, Peter Alter, Kari Alterman, Robert Aronson, Harlene Appelman, Pamela Applebaum, Mark Bernstein, Daniel Cherrin, Eugene Driker, Lena Epstein, Ben Falik, Wayne L. Feinstein, Irwin Field, Jonathan Frank, Drs. Conrad and Lynda Giles, Linda Z. Klein, Aaron Lansky, Matt Lester, Marty Maddin, Florine Mark, Prof. Deborah Dash Moore, Dulcie Rosenfeld, Alan E. Schwartz, Robin Schwartz, Jane Sherman, Sarai Brachman Shoup, Joel Tauber and Mary Lou Simons Zieve.