Not everyone likes a place in the spotlight. For their volunteer roles and impressive work on behalf of the Jewish community, Jonathan and Stacy Schwartz have been refreshingly hesitant to take the kudos. “Let me begin by saying that we’ve never done anything like this interview,” says Jonathan, “But we want to raise awareness in the community about Federation’s NEXTGen outreach to interfaith couples and to the Jewish LGBTQ community. We also wish to express our gratitude to Federation and its wonderful staff for the extraordinary opportunities we’ve had and the friends we’ve made as Co-Chairs of Federation’s First Interfaith Couples Mission to Israel."
Theirs is a story that needs to be told. So kudos to Jonathan and Stacy! Or as we say, Yasher Koach.
She grew up on Velvet peanut butter and Krun-Chee potato chips – her father’s industry and inspiration. Daughter of Velvet Peanut Butter Company founder, Paul Zuckerman, Linda Z. Klein proudly maintains the Z in her name - her signature signifying her family legacy and her longtime role as a community leader, fundraiser and philanthropist.
Linda was 21 and newly wed to Tom Klein when she attended her first Federation Annual Meeting. She vividly recalls that Irwin I. Cohn was named that year as the recipient of Federation’s highest honor - the Butzel Award – the award her father would receive in 1969. This is Linda’s year. Recognized for more than four decades of outstanding service to Federation, greater Detroit and to Israel, Linda is one of the rare and few: a second generation Fred M. Butzel Memorial Awardee.
Their journeys have taken them far and wide. When asked where they started – what inspired them to become rabbis - each shares a story of profound self-discovery. From Jewish youth groups to summer camps, college Hillel activities, residencies in Israel, song leader workshops - and on to rabbinic schools and first pulpits, they have brought us their spark.
After her first (and only) marathon run in 2008, Stacy Doctoroff turned in her running shoes for other equally focused pursuits: returning to school; earning her Master’s degree and credentials as a licensed therapist; starting a private practice; and stepping up to more and more challenging roles in the Jewish community. “My commitments grow out of my passions,” she says. Married to Andrew Doctoroff, mother of three teens, Board Member of Federation, Board Liaison for Tamarack Camps and current Chair of the Israeli Camper Program – still running at her own pace - Stacy has won the esteem of the community as recipient of Federation’s Sylvia Simon Greenberg Award for Young Leadership.
Meet Atieno Nyar Kasagam, MSU grad, urban gardener and resident of neighborhood farm, Founder of the Detroit African Coalition for Liberated Land, awarded top prize in Do It for Detroit’s 2016 grant competition, sponsored by Yad Ezra, NEXTGen and Repair the World, in support of Detroit’s Food Justice Movement.