Posts by Robin Schwartz

handmade abstract clock with a triangle, rhombus, and two circles on it made by Danielle Rahmoloer

Small Wonders

Holiday shoppers will find All the Small Things at Soul Studio’s annual gift show. Robin Schwartz Contributing Writer They say big things come in small packages and that’s certainly true at the Friendship Circle Farber Center in West Bloomfield. The Dresner Foundation Soul Studio recently unveiled its annual holiday gift show filled with colorful, creative,…

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Last year’s Menorah in the D celebration at Campus Martius Park

Lighting the Night

Menorah in the D to honor 8 in their 8’s and pay tribute to Pittsburgh shooting victims. Robin Schwartz Contributing Writer Bringing light to the world around us is always an important theme of Chanukah, which begins at sundown Sunday, Dec. 2. In Downtown Detroit, the eighth annual Menorah in the D will launch Chanukah…

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Seth, Jon, Brett, Lacey and Ellyn Davidson of Huntington Woods, with their dog, Tessa

Know Your Risk

Born with the breast cancer gene, two Huntington Woods women share survivor stories. Above: Seth, Jon, Brett, Lacey and Ellyn Davidson of Huntington Woods, with their dog, Tessa They are wives, mothers, survivors and fighters, each with her own unique story to tell. Ellyn Davidson and Melissa Mally, both of Huntington Woods, live within walking distance…

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Valerie Newman of the Conviction Integrity Unit

Justice Seeker

Valerie Newman’s passion for getting innocent people out of prison leads to new role. Anyone who steps inside Valerie Newman’s Detroit office at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice is greeted by a colorful, framed poster emblazoned with these words from the Torah: “Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.” Newman calls the biblical quote from Deuteronomy…

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Sarah Allyn volunteers at Eden Gardens. Repair the world's new executive director

Leading By Example

Repair the World’s new executive director reflects on her inaugural year. You might find her jogging through Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood or working in a greenhouse or helping to bury old prayer books in a sacred space for Jewish texts. But you’ll most likely find Sarah Allyn, 30, of Detroit at Repair the World’s cool headquarters…

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Delicate Balance

“Sandwich Generation” caregivers walk a fine line with their own mental health. She had a special set of rules about crying — when and where she could let her emotions flow. Barbara of West Bloomfield, a wife, mother and member of what’s known as the Sandwich Generation, agreed to share her story with the Detroit…

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Image of a person's hand holding up a bite-sized chocolate in front of Gayle's Chocolate shop.

Bittersweet Sendoff

Gayle’s Chocolates to relocate to Arizona after 34 years in Royal Oak. For decades, chocolatier Gayle Harte has made many occasions sweeter from weddings to bar/bat mitzvahs to holiday celebrations and more. So, it’s no surprise that she’s doing something sweet for friends and fans to soften the blow of her departure after 34 years…

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Community leaders gathered for a crisis training seminar sponsored by the Security Leaders Coalition.

Securing Schools & Synagogues

Local security leaders ‘at a state of readiness’ following school, church shootings. When a gunman armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle shot and killed 17 people and wounded 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, Gary Sikorski, director of community-wide security for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan…

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Joan Smith of Bloomfield Hills, Raffi Levi of Southfield, and Daphne, Chloe and Debbie Logan, all of Bloomfield Hills, in the Soul Cafe dining room.

Soul Café Unveils New Sunday Dinner Hours and Menu by Popular Demand

A sold-out crowd filled the dining room of Soul Café inside the Friendship Circle Farber Center in West Bloomfield Jan. 14 for the café’s first-ever Sunday dinner. It was an exciting start to a new tradition that diners have been waiting for. Soul Café is the only dairy, full-service kosher restaurant in Michigan. Several pop-up…

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