Posts by Shari Cohen

Detroiters Experience Seders Far from Home

In faraway places, seders offer familiar yet also very different traditions. By Shari S. Cohen As families and friends gather for Passover, they look forward to seders with familiar customs, food and participants. But sometimes circumstances take us far from home, and we share a seder with strangers that creates long-lasting memories. In the Land…

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Seders for 300

Doreen Hermelin plans two last mega-seders as she prepares to move. By Shari S. Cohen, Contributing Writer Photography by Roger Leemis A number of local families host large seders for family and friends, but the Hermelin family seder is legendary for bringing together up to 100 guests — mostly family — at Doreen Hermelin’s home…

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Article on Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Causes Dissension in Dearborn

Bill McGraw and Agustin Arbulu weigh in on Mayor O’Reilly’s actions. By Shari Cohen, Contributing Writer Automotive pioneer Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism is well-documented. While he was an innovator in automotive manufacturing, he held some centuries-old myths about Jews as the controllers of banks and global finance. In 1919 he bought a weekly newspaper, The Dearborn…

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City of Dearborn Responds to Decision to Yank Journal Featuring Ford’s Anti-Semitism

By Keri Guten Cohen, Contributing Writer Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly halted the distribution of the current issue of The Dearborn Historian, a publication of the Dearborn Historical Museum, which contained a special report, “Henry Ford and the Independent Jew,” coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford’s purchase of the Dearborn Independent, a weekly newspaper…

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NCJW Efforts

Helping Israeli women thrive. Shari S. Cohen Contributing Writer Israeli women have diverse religious beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and educational levels, but they increasingly share a common goal — achieving a greater voice in society. Dina B. Charnin, director of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Israel Policy and Programs, visited Michigan recently to update NCJW…

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Wine & Dine

Fundraiser to benefit multiple myeloma research. When Sidney Moss was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, the medical outlook was not very good. Treatments were limited at that time for this incurable blood cancer that affects plasma cells. But he underwent a stem cell transplant, followed by drug treatment, that has kept him in remission…

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Cancer Thrivers Network founders: Michelle Passon, Sandy Schwartz and the late Patti Nemer.

Cancer Thrivers – Celebrating Life

Cancer Thrivers seek to educate, advocate and enjoy each moment How do you live with cancer? Members of the Cancer Thrivers Network for Jewish Women have chosen to thrive, not just survive. They seek to enjoy life as much as possible through friendship, education and humor. “Cancer Thrivers is someplace to go when you have…

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Aryeh Halivni, Toldot Yisrael executive director, interviews Ernie Goldberger of Los Angeles about his service in the Palmach.

Aiding Israel

Video archive documents those who helped create the Jewish state. Jews throughout the diaspora were excited and inspired when the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Hundreds set aside their regular jobs or school activities to help the fledgling state as it faced attack from its Arab neighbors and prepared to welcome thousands of…

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Donnell White, Chemical Bank’s director of strategic partnerships and chief diversity officer; Tom Shafer, president and CEO of Chemical Bank; Mike Duggan, Detroit mayor; Gary Torgow, chairman, Chemical Financial Corporation; Warren Evans, Wayne County executive; and David Provost, president and CEO, Chemical Financial Corporation

Chemical Bank Announces Move to Downtown Detroit

Torgow announces new headquarters for Chemical Financial Corporation Chemical Financial Corporation, led by Chairman Gary Torgow, is moving its headquarters to Downtown Detroit — a city that has not had a major bank headquarters in more than a decade. Torgow announced July 25 that the company is moving its headquarters from Midland to Detroit. Chemical…

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Aaron Tilchin came to the U.S. from David-Horodok in 1912. Because of WWI, he could not bring his family until 1920. This photo of his wife, children and brother was taken in David-Horodok in 1918. Berel Tilchin, the brother, was in the Polish army in 1918. He perished with his family in the Holocaust. Left to right: Seymour Tilchin (who later would become publisher of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle), Berel Tilchin, Miriam Tilchin Knoppow, Minnie Siporin Tilchin (Aaron’s wife) and Sadie Tilchin Sandweiss. local landsmen reconnect

It Takes A Village

Local man hopes to help local landsmen reconnect. Landsman — it’s a term familiar to many Jews of baby boomer and older vintage. A landsman is someone from the same town in the old country as your family. More specifically, landsmen are Eastern Europeans who emigrated from the same place — generally during the late…

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