Is there a giving gene? What is it that inspires selfless acts of kindness, and can those be nourished from generation to generation? Meet Dana Burnstein, Lori Taylor and Jordyn Taylor, three generations who share the enterprise of the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic.
Dr. Burnstein was a cardiologist who had a kind heart and a big of dream. In 1997, he started a free clinic in a homeless shelter in Pontiac, Michigan. There, in a space no larger than a closet, he provided care to hundreds of needy and uninsured patients for nearly five years. In 2003, Dr. Burnstein passed away, leaving the legacy of the clinic to his wife, Dana, his son, Ian, and daughter, Lori, along with friends, volunteers, supporters and generous donors. This is their story . . . a story of family, community, caring and giving.
Making his mark, listed among the “36 Under 36” in The Jewish News, Gabe Neistein is Tamarack Camps' Alumni Relations Director, working on his Masters in Community Development at the University of Detroit Mercy. A resident of Rivertown downtown, Gabe is all-in: a Jewish Detroiter first, a NEXTGen PresenTense Fellow, a loyal Spartan, a passionate Packers "owner," a whole-hearted city booster, a ready volunteer, a consummate community professional and an all-round great guy.
Director of Sales and Marketing and fourth generation Dubin at Dubin Cleaners & Laundry, NEXTGen Detroit Board member, former Central Michigan Hillel President, veteran volunteer and lay leader extraordinaire, most recently and notably Chair of NEXTGen Detroit Pride.
“A consummate communal pro”. . . “A strategic visionary” . . . “Her deep understanding of our community’s needs are unmatched” . . . “An outstanding leader.” With well-earned praise from colleagues, Leah Rosenbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer of JVS, is the recipient of the 2016 Mandell L. and Madeleine Berman Award for Outstanding Professional Service to the Jewish community of Detroit.
You won’t find a Jewish agency exec more in-step with the needs of her clients than Leah. A passionate advocate for the most vulnerable members of the community – caring for the elderly, youth at risk, the unemployed and those with living with disabilities - Leah has devoted her career to empowering people to get the support and training they need to achieve their fullest potential.
Fourth generation Detroiters, married 37 years, Sue Ellen and Alan Jay Kaufman have been active and ardent supporters of educational, civic and Jewish communal causes since their days as young lawyers in Federation’s “Junior Division” and “Women’s Department.” Steadily and quietly through the years, they have dedicated their energies and resources where their hearts have led them: to Federation, Hillel Day School, Hebrew Free Loan (HFL), Cranbrook, JCC, Yad Ezra, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Frankel Academy, JARC, Jewish Studies at U-M and MSU, the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Technion and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the DIA, the Detroit Zoo.
As their names grace the rosters of so many organizations in Jewish Detroit and beyond, both Alan and Sue play active community leadership roles as well. Currently, Sue serves as Federation’s Campaign Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Michigan Co-Chair of Birthright; Board Member of HFL and the Holocaust Memorial Center; and Committee Member of Federation’s Partnership2Gether and Missions to Israel. Alan is President Elect of the United Jewish Foundation, starting his term in mid-2017, and holds numerous posts on boards, including the Detroit Zoological Society, the Detroit Economic Club and Walsh College.