Longtime Jewish community volunteers and supporters Donna and Robert “Bob” Slatkin collect antique and contemporary totem poles. Perhaps that helps explain their attraction to flagpoles.
As part of a renovation of the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, they named the flagpole site in memory of their parents. In a dedication ceremony Oct. 4, the Slatkin name will be firmly planted at the foundation of the flagpole outside the doors of the Max M. Fisher Federation Building in Bloomfield Hills.
“I like the fact that the flagstaff area stands prominently outdoors for all to see as a symbol of pride in our community and country,” said Bob, past president of the United Jewish Foundation (1997-1999), Federation Campaign chair (1995-1996) and past president of the JCC (1984-1986). He was a recipient of the Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2009.
For her work with Federation, Donna holds the distinction of earning both the Boesky Award (1970) and the Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leadership Award (1978). Bob also earned the Boesky Award as well as the Wetsman Award for Young Leadership.
Now in their mid-70s, they find fulfillment in both their professional and volunteer pursuits. Bob maintains his office and role in apartment management in the Slatkin Corporation, a company he established in 1968. Donna is retired after a 23-year career in electronic data processing with EDS. The Slatkins created the Donna and Robert Slatkin Jewish Life Fund. Parents of Jay Slatkin and Andrea Bershad (married to Philip), they are the grandparents of Ellie and Jack. They are longtime members of Temple Israel.