Posts Tagged ‘Oak Park JCC’

Knitters Lori Bolkosky, Oak Park; Vicki Salinger, Southfield; Liz Kannon, Ferndale; Gila Gelfond, Southfield; and Judy Domstein, West Bloomfield sit together at a table with knitting needles and yarn and smile at the camera

Filling the Gap

Beth Shalom rents, gives space to help groups stay afloat after JCC’s closure. Barbara Lewis Contributing Writer Congregation Beth Shalom has become a de facto community hub since the Jewish Community Center closed its Oak Park branch in 2015. Detroit Chesed Project’s The Spot program (“The spot for special children”) has been at Beth Shalom…

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Letters – July 12, 2018

Good Things Are Happening We may be not aware of some very good things happening in our community. The massive effort by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,  Jewish Family Service, BBYO and synagogues as well as Jewish day schools called “We Need to Talk” is designed to reduce teen depression with significant funding and…

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Descendants of Judith and Jacob Chicorel at the 100th anniversary gala. Photo credit: Brian Masserman

Preserving Culture – Keter Torah

Keter Torah marks 100 years of the Sephardic community in Detroit. The distinction between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism is evident the moment one walks into the building that houses the Keter Torah congregation at the corner of Orchard Lake and Walnut Lake roads. The mezuzah is hung vertically, just as they were on the doorposts…

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Modesty Makes A S-P-L-A-S-H!

Oak Park pool offers gender-separated hours. The likely closing of the Jewish Community Center’s Jimmy Prentis Morris (JPM) branch in Oak Park, announced in January 2015, was a low point for many residents. Orthodox Jewish patrons in and near Oak Park were particularly distressed about losing the JPM indoor pool. Because of modesty practices, most…

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JCC – In The Black

“We’ve been in the black for two years and we expect to remain in the black for the foreseeable future,” Jewish Community Center CEO Brian Siegel said. The operational gap was closed at first when the JCC in Oak Park was shuttered in 2015. The controversial and “heartbreaking decision” saved $800,000 annually toward a $1…

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CC executive team members CFO Larry Poupard, Assistant Directors Judy Loebl and Heidi Budaj, COO Jeff Lasday and CEO Brian Siegel with JCC senior directors in the windows. Photo Credit: Lizz Cardwell/JCC

Let It Ride!

Above: JCC executive team members CFO Larry Poupard, Assistant Directors Judy Loebl and Heidi Budaj, COO Jeff Lasday and CEO Brian Siegel with JCC senior directors in the windows. Reimagined JCC is on the road with programming, collaborations outside its walls. Major changes have been afoot for nearly a year at the Jewish Community Center…

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Opinion: The Death By Neglect Of A Community

Sorrow and heartache walked with me Erev Rosh Hashanah from the parking lot adjacent to the now dark and boarded up JPM up the path I always walk to Temple Emanu-El, through my family’s Birnkrant Garden. The few spaces left in the parking lot are surrounded by trash, huge dark Dumpsters and shipping crates. Danger…

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Donor steps up to ensure a Jewish communal center continues in Oak Park. The Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close on Monday, Aug. 31, just as officials from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit told hundreds of disappointed and upset stakeholders during two community meetings at the building in January.…

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Grassroots Effort

Supporters seek solutions to keep Oak Park JCC open and viable. One week after two public forums were held to elicit comments about the possible closing of the Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish Community Center in Oak Park, close to 100 people gathered Monday evening for a grassroots effort to keep their JCC open. JPM has…

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