Israel

Linda Z. Klein
September 1, 2016

Living the Legacy

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.

September 1, 2016

Turning 10 Days of Travel into Lifelong Friendships

NEXTGen Detroit’s Mifgash Program Reunites Israeli and American Birthright Alumni in Detroit

Geoff Kretchmer
June 1, 2016

Star Power

With a Masters of Psychology and a brilliant mind for business, Geoff Kretchmer is Partner at Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale and President, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Community Builder and Hand-Holder at Star Trax Events, the #1 social entertainment company in the Detroit market.

June 1, 2016

Battling the Hydra-Headed BDS Beast

My first anti-BDS battle took place at the 2007 annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, the 35,000-member organization for literature and foreign language teachers. There already had been anti-Israel divestment resolutions at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT and a few other schools, but this was the first major drive at a national faculty association.We debated the […]

Shakshuka
May 1, 2016

Food, Glorious Food

Never doubt the power of a good eggplant. “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” is one of 30 films in the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival, May 8-19.

Maskit Toga Dress
March 17, 2016

Israel’s Fashion House Maskit: Coming to Detroit

Q & A with Sharon Tal, making her mark today in the world of fashion at the helm of the legendary Israeli brand Maskit.

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