Never doubt the power of a Jewish mom determined to repair the world for a child in need of a loving home. This is Erika Jones: An adoptive mom, a foster mom - a passionate and outspoken mom. In her professional role, Erika is an advocate for families and children in need at Judson Center. This is her remarkable story.
Named after his grandfather - Hyman Safran (1913-1982), a beloved Jewish community leader, a titan of the printing industry in its heyday and Federation President of blessed memory – grandson Hy Safran, 33, now brings his own game to Jewish communal leadership and donor stewardship in his role as Federation’s Associate Director of Philanthropy.
Listen carefully and you still hear that Texas lilt in her voice. From Corpus Christi, Beverly Liss has committed herself wholeheartedly to Jewish Detroit since moving to the community 45 years ago. For her beloved husband, Arthur, for her family and close friends –those who have watched and lauded her community work and steady rise through the ranks of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit - it comes as no surprise that Beverly Liss is Federation’s 28th President – with the distinction of being the third woman to hold that office.
Head coach, lead cheerleader; legal counsel, counselor advisor; property manager, top watchdog; fundraiser, flag-raiser; team builder, brand builder; loving family man and Chief Executive Dad . . . this is Lee Trepeck, nonstop Director of Camp Maas, Tamarack Camps. Now celebrating his 10th season, Lee has earned the accolades of the community as the recipient of the 2017 Mandell L.(z”l) and Madeleine H. Berman Award for Outstanding Professional Jewish Communal Service. Well done!
Imagine a school with no homework for students K through 4, a school where children are happy to arrive early and stay late to work and play together, a school with resources and spaces that spark creativity, a school with a long list of highly qualified teachers waiting to apply, a school where educators from around the country have come to visit, to learn and to share ideas. This is Hillel Day School, with Steve Freedman at the helm - proof positive of what inspired leadership, philanthropic community support, committed Jewish families and naturally motivated students can achieve.
Jewish Detroiter and quintessential communal professional, David Kurzmann returned to Detroit in 2015 to join the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) as its Executive Director after nearly a decade of service to the Chicago Jewish community. With credentials proven to be impeccable for the job, David, 31, is the youngest in Federation’s agency network of top executives. His homecoming marks an exciting new path forward for the agency, now working in partnership with the American Jewish Committee – as JCRC/AJC – to better serve as the voice and leading public affairs representative of our Jewish community on both the local and global stages.