Why go to Israel? Ask anyone who has been to Israel on a mission, a Birthright trip or a fact-finding exchange organized by the Detroit Federation. Most will tell you that their experience was eye-opening, inspiring – even life-changing.
Meet Shimon Gal Levy, 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Naval Captain and Harvard grad with a Master’s in Public Policy. Self-starter, team builder, entrepreneur and connoisseur of Detroit Happy Hours. Currently on tour of duty in service to the community as Federation’s Senior Strategic Advisor and a Principal “ingredient” of Detroit’s venture group, Secret Sauce Capital.
Billed as “the ride of a lifetime,” the Israel Ride delivers as promised. According to Andrea (Andy) Roisman, a veteran traveler to Israel and the sole Detroit rider on the 7-day cycling tour this past October, pedaling 250 miles through the desert from Jerusalem to Eilat was a transformative Israel experience.
Meet Nancy Grosfeld, past President of Federation, current Chair of the Centennial Fund to secure Jewish Detroit’s future; recipient of Federation’s foremost honor, the 2015 Fred M. Butzel Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the health, education and well-being of the community through volunteer leadership and philanthropy.