Posts by Robin Schwartz

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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Chocolate turkeys stuffed with treats? Yes, please!

The quest for the perfect piece of chocolate led Gayle Harte to start a chocolate factory in her Huntington Woods home back in 1979. She was certain she could create the kind of rich, creamy chocolate she’d been dreaming about. As Gayle perfected her recipes, word started spreading about her decadent bite-sized desserts and, before…

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Linda Solomon and Ilene Kahan Gallery Opening

The fabulous photography of Linda Solomon and thought-provoking collage work of Ilene Kahan are on display in a joint exhibit at the TH Muller Galleri in Detroit. The art space, located at 2987 Franklin Street (in Detroit’s East Riverfront district near Stroh River Place) features dramatic lighting, hardwood floors, stainless steel fixtures, floor-to-ceiling windows, and…

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