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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Falik’

election Tuesday, Nov. 5th poster from the Detroit Jewish News or Detroit Jewish Chronicle

Jewfro: The Future Is History …

I spent election day working the polls at New Paradigm Glazer Academy. In between voters, I scoured the news from November 1918 for clues about the shape of our community and the state of our union. Here is some of what I gleaned from the pages of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle — by way of…

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Let's Detroit home page

Jewfro: This Year, Let’s Detroit

I like to name things. Especially things I like that I think might like me back. But it’s not about me. To the contrary. Power? Privilege? Posterity? No doubt. Yet a good name has a stickiness and usefulness (glutility?) whose coinage outlasts its coiner. Don’t think Adam wandering fancy figleaf free in the Garden of…

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Summer in the City turns 17 in Detroit. 17th summer. SITC. Summers in the City. Detroit

Jewfro: Reflecting On 17 Summers In The City (SITC)

The winter I turned 17, I donated blood for the first time. For that first pint and the 40 since, I’ve overcome my anxiety based on both giving of myself and taking of cookies and apple juice. This year, Summer in the City turned 17, and I found myself in a similarly sanguine and sweet scenario.…

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Elliot Darvick, Lyft general manager for Michigan and Ohio, shares the front seat with Lyft driver Mellisa Nelson of Detroit.

Need A Lyft?

Ben Falik – Contributing Writer Native son Elliot Darvick heads regional office involved in uplifting Detroit transportation. To understand the success of Elliot Darvick — as Michigan and Ohio general manager for Lyft; as a son, sibling, friend, husband and father — you just have to look. I can tell out of the corner of…

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letters to camp

Jewfro: Letters To Camp

I  knew this day would come. My children moved out and they are never coming back for 2-4 weeks. I am coping with being an empty nester the only way I know how — writing a 21st-century parody of a 20th-century parody of a 19th-century ballet. With apologies to Allan Sherman, Amilcare Ponchielli and A.J. ……

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Jewfro: Don’t Cheer For Me, Argentina, Part 2

Read Part 1 first. Adrift after the tournament, aftershocks of the F-bomb I dropped still reverberating, I stumbled onto a path toward recovery from choaching (cheering + coaching). A seemingly desperate measure that has helped me through these desperate times: Silent Soccer. As Stefan Fatsis describes it in Slate magazine, Silent Soccer is a movement…

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Ben Falik at a soccer game. Jewfro.

Jewfro: Don’t Cheer For Me, Argentina, Part I

Hi, my name is Ben and I’m an addict. I’ve had this problem for years, but I was never willing to admit it was an addiction until a Memorial Day bender that left my eyes bloodshot, voice hoarse — At risk of spoiling the suspension of disbelief, I’m going to stop here to disclaim that…

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Jewfro – Meet Joshua …

Greetings from Corporate America! Things are going great so far and I haven’t even gotten my Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan with its 33-mile all-electric driving range, 566 miles of total range and 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode. Beyond a fine fleet of varied vehicles that my son Judah and I were…

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Jewfro: Ben Voyage

Sometimes you get a job. And sometimes — if you’re lucky and outgoing and patient, but mostly lucky — a job gets you. That’s how I felt six years ago when, amidst grave demographic and economic uncertainty, Repair the World tapped me to engage the Jewish community in Detroit in a way that might turn…

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Jewfro: Meet (My Fellow Millennials): The Repair The World Fellows

I am TOM, The Original Millennial: born in January 1982, graduated high school in 2000 and endeavored upon this new century with cautious optimism and an uneven attention span. Sometimes it’s hard carrying the banner for a generation of 80 million Americans. On Jan. 2, 2000, when it was still not clear whether Y2K would…

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