Posts by Barbara Lewis

Hadassah President Carol Ogusky with Gail Katz, new administrative assistant Emily Morgan and Randi Richmond, new senior manager for member outreach and community engagement.

New Structure

Greater Detroit Hadassah sees changes with new hires. It’s not your bubbie’s Hadassah. At least not if Randi Richmond has anything to say about it. In April, Richmond started her new job as Hadassah Midwest’s senior manager for member outreach and community engagement. She replaced Evelyn Diskin, who retired in March after 28 years as…

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Kusnetz with the double-keyboard harpsichord he built.

A Lifetime of Innovation – Master Woodworker

A self-taught master woodworker has created everything from sailboats to salad tongs over the course of 75 years. Turn to almost any corner in Harold Kusnetz’s Southfield home and you’ll find evidence of 75 years of innovation and artistry. A mechanical engineer by trade, Kusnetz, 93, is a self-taught master woodworker whose creations range from…

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Laying Out The Welcome Mat

Shaarey Zedek reaches out to LGBTQ+ community. Congregation Shaarey Zedek is making a concerted effort to reach out to marginalized communities, starting with those who identify as “LGBTQ+”: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and any sexual or gender minority that doesn’t yet have an initial. Rabbi Aaron Starr announced the initiative in his May 26…

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ELI Talks In Detroit!

Two local lecturers to be featured. ELI Talks are coming to Detroit! The program, which produces videotaped lectures on diverse Jewish topics and makes them available to a broad audience online, will be at Repair the World in Detroit’s Mexicantown district June 18, 19 and 20. Two Detroiters, Abi Taylor-Abt and Rabbi Dan Horwitz, are…

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Passengers aboard the MS St. Louis, May 13, 1939-June 17, 1939. On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, carrying 937 passengers, the majority of whom were Jewish. When the St. Louis arrived in Havana, the passengers learned that the landing certificates they had purchased were invalid. After Cuba refused to allow the passengers to land and the United States (and other Western Hemisphere nations) did not offer to take the passengers, the ship returned to Europe. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee worked with the State Department, ultimately persuading four countries — Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium — to admit some of the passengers. The remaining 254 were forced to return to Europe and were killed by the Nazis.

Americans and the Holocaust

A new exhibit dispels the myth that most Americans were unaware of the atrocities happening in Europe. Was it simply ignorance that Jews were being murdered en masse? Was it anti-Semitism? Or did the United States’ unwillingness to rescue Europe’s Jews from the Holocaust have more nuanced causes? That’s the question Daniel Greene set out…

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Three generations: Robert, Natalie and George Blum.

Three Generations Of Pediatricians

Next year, Natalie Blum, D.O., will become a pediatrician. Her father, Robert Blum, D.O., has been a pediatrician since 1994. His father, George Blum, M.D., has been in pediatric practice since 1960, and his father … Well, the Blum pediatric dynasty goes back only three generations so far. George Blum’s father was an immigrant from…

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Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and her husband, Baruch Sienna

Toronto Educators

Beth Shalom to host couple at its annual Nelson Legacy Event. Do men and women read the Bible differently? That’s the question Rabbi Elyse Goldstein will answer as the keynote speaker for this year’s Nelson Legacy Event at Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park, which will start on Wednesday, June 6. For the second half…

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Four generations: Beatrice Gaduzk Sonders, center, with three generations of her family — all are David-Horodokers.

Four Generations Of David-Horodokers

David-Horodok isn’t a person. It’s a small town in southwestern Belarus that in 1940 was home to more than 4,300 Jews. By the end of 1942, almost all of them had been murdered. About 100 escaped. One was Beatrice Gaduzk Sonders. Sonders and some of the other survivors made their way to Detroit, where they…

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Knox Maslia, Sami Dines, Tammy Dines, Steve Dines, Sharon Sisler, Bri Dines and Joe Freedman

Family Legacy Of BBYO Involvement

Many threads make up the tapestry illustrating the Sisler-Dines family’s relationship to the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). One thread shows how three generations of women have belonged to the same chapter of BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls). Another traces members of AZA (Aleph Zedek Aleph), the BBYO program for young men. And there’s the thread…

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Siegel family in 2013: Michael, Nancy Heinrich, Marvin, Gloria and Brian.

All In The Family

Father’s Centennial gift honors his children who head Federation agencies. Members of the board of governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and United Jewish Foundation had reason to celebrate at their April 24 meeting with the announcement of a $1 million gift to Federation’s Centennial Fund from Marvin D. Siegel, M.D. Federation is…

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