Profiles

Martha Goldberg
August 31, 2018

The Real Deal

She has the brains of an engineer, the heart of a social worker, the gentle soul of a Jewish educator . . . and the spunk and determination of a roller derby athlete (Detroit Roller Derby, #314). For her “derby-girl” role on the track, her three children fondly have given her the name “Mad-Eye” (a tribute to Harry Potter). In her leading role as Coordinator of The Jewish Fund Teen Board, Martha Goldberg has touched and changed hundreds of lives, bringing a new generation of social activists together to practice their skills in leadership and advocacy and leave their mark as grant- makers in service to the community.

August 1, 2018

Attorney on the Frontline 

Given the focus and controversies over immigration, it’s got to be the best of times - or the worst of times - to be an attorney in the practice of immigration law. For some clarity on the law, we turn to Ruby Robinson, 34, Co-managing Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a statewide legal services nonprofit. In his role, Ruby is on the forefront in advancing and defending the interests of immigrants through advocacy, direct representation, impact litigation, pro bono mentorship, coalition building . . . and so much more.

Erin Steibel
July 1, 2018

A Professional Friend and Confidant 

What does Erin Stiebel do? More like, what doesn’t she do? You’re looking at a Partners Detroit Young Professionals Educator, NEXTGen Detroit Board member, Director of NCSY’s GIVE, Great BIG Challah Bake MC, Wexner Graduate Fellow, matchmaker, one of the Jewish News’ 36 Under 36 and mom to three under five. Phew, we’re exhausted just reading that.

May 31, 2018

Parent Whisperer in the Facebook Age

A former high school teacher, now a sought-after speaker and parenting expert as principal consultant at the MJ Fisher Group, Julie Fisher, M.Ed., is a trusted advisor to parents, school administrators, kids and teens on a variety of topics related to managing stress, social media and the pace of life online and off. Developing a new curriculum for resilience, Julie joins Federation’s Mental Health Initiative as an independent consultant and workshop leader.  To follow her work, visit We Need to Talk.

May 1, 2018

Scrappy, Resourceful Social Worker

“Scrappy and resourceful, compassionate and Jewish and here to help.” Those are Perry Ohren’s words to describe Jewish Family Service (JFS). Those words easily describe Perry Ohren, himself – “MSW, LMSW, CEO of JFS” - a social worker with a long train of initials behind his name, signifying his years of commitment and experience in clinical practice, his deep understanding of the needs of the community and his leadership today as Chief Exec and visionary for JFS.

Jeff Forman
April 1, 2018

Medical Miracle

Who better to describe the science of medicine and the inexplicable miracles of life than a nationally recognized radiation oncologist who had a near-fatal diagnosis of bone marrow cancer? A thankful patient returned to health, Jeffrey D. Forman, MD is an inspiration to many today. An academician, a mentor, a community leader, a physician on a life-changing mission, Jeff now continues his work as the first Medical Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.  

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