Guests receive a tour of the recently remodeled BasBlue to learn about the history of the space
Guests receive a tour of the recently remodeled BasBlue to learn about the history of the space.

BasBlue co-founder and entertainment executive Nancy Tellem welcomed the participants to the recently opened woman-focused gathering space which now boasts more than 700 members.

Detroit Homecoming attendees and representatives of the Detroit Jewish community gathered on Thursday, Sept. 18, for the ninth Annual Detroit Jewish Expat Reception.
Hosted by Adam Finkel and Rabbi Yisrael Pinson of ChabaD at the recently remodeled BasBlue, this year’s event honored Danny Fenster, currently attending a prestigious journalism fellowship at Harvard University, as the 2022 Detroit Jewish Expat. Fenster was provided a “homecoming” after spending nearly six months in a Myanmar prison on fabricated charges.

Josh Berg, Jacob Smith and Danny Fenster
Josh Berg, Jacob Smith and Danny Fenster

BasBlue co-founder and entertainment executive Nancy Tellem welcomed the participants to the recently opened woman-focused gathering space which now boasts more than 700 members.

Joshua Sirefman, CEO of Michigan Central Innovation District, provided remarks on his professional background, which began in Detroit, and his vision for Ford’s investment in Corktown. Sam Woll, president of Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, updated the participants on exciting developments in Detroit as a city and as a welcoming Jewish community.

Dan Brotman, Ariella Osipov, Jessica Davidov, Rabbi Asher Lopatin.
Dan Brotman, Ariella Osipov, Jessica Davidov, Rabbi Asher Lopatin.

The event was made possible by the generosity of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the Joel D. Tauber Foundation, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, Dan & Jennifer Gilbert, and Greatwater Opportunity Capital.

The annual Jewish Expat Reception has recognized an array of individuals with roots in Michigan over the years including presidential adviser Gene Sperling, Harvard President Larry Bacow, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Grammy-nominated musician Mike Posner, former National Geographic CEO Susan Goldberg, Google.org founder Dr. Larry Brilliant, developer Stephen Ross, financier Adam Levinson, and Roots founders Don Green and Michael Budman.

Kelly Opdyke with Detroit expats Jon Opdyke and Justin Golden, partners in Greatwater Opportunity Capital in New York.
Kelly Opdyke with Detroit expats Jon Opdyke and Justin Golden, partners in Greatwater Opportunity Capital in New York.

Several “expats” have now moved back, including technology executive Aaron Averbuch, philanthropist Lisa Applebaum, 313 Presents president Howard Handler, private equity executive Josh Cascade and StockX vice president Jacob Fenton, to name a few. Many others have provided contributions and mentorship to nonprofit organizations and supported the growth of entrepreneurial activities and real estate development in the city.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jamie Feldman

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